2022 Hyundai Tucson Limited PHEV AWD - Review by Mark Fulmer
The 80 mpg Plug-in Hybrid that Excels
Executive Producer, Editor
The Auto Channel
The 2022 Hyundai Tucson is an excellent example of plug-in and hybrid technologies giving drivers a lot of control over both their fuel types and consumption as well as driving modes that can adjust to traffic and road conditions. With a comfortable, spacious, and useful interior, distinctive angular exterior design, and driver assist and safety systems galore, the fourth generation '22 Tucson simply excels.
A 13.8-kilowatt-hour battery can do 33 miles solo, and with a level 2 charger can fully recharge in two hours. Add to that a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and puts out 261 hp and 258 pound-feet of torque. A silky smooth six-speed automatic transmission, and a mechanical all-wheel-drive system means that all four wheels are powered and available at all times. And yes, there is a sport mode and paddle shifters for those rare empty roads. Does that sound like fun for both the left and right side of the brain? Yes it do, and does.
The Limited trim has a 10.3-inch digital gauge cluster and an upgraded eight-speaker Bose stereo system which will delight music lovers with its legendary separation and clarity. The spacious cabin has a clean uncluttered look. The leather front seats include 8-way power adjustments for both driver and passenger as well as heating and ventilation (or as my daughter calls them "bun warmers and coolers")
Front head room 38.1 in.
Front leg room 41.1 in.
Front shoulder room 57.6 in.
Front hip room 54.5 in.
The second row seats are great for sightseeing with and expansive sun/moon roof.
And second row passengers are also blessed with reclining seats and their own multi-level heating as well as reasonable legroom.
Rear head room 38.7 in.
Rear leg room 39.5 in.
Rear shoulder room 56.0 in.
Rear hip room 53.9 in.
Even with the battery, there is 31.9 cubic feet of space behind the second row.
But fold the seats down and you've got 71.8 cubic feet of very useful space ( for those of use who play full 88 key keyboards).
Hyundai packs a boatload of safety and driver assist systems which include:
Emergency Service Airbag Deployment Notification
Vehicle Alarm notification
Stolen Vehicle Tracking/Assistance
Destination guidance (also Turn-by-Turn Navigation)
Blind spot and lane departure warnings accident avoidance system
Pre-collision safety system
Post-collision safety system
Ventilated front disc / solid rear disc brakes
Emergency braking assist
Tire pressure monitoring
Remote anti-theft alarm system
When you test drive a car for seven days and end up wanting another week, that's always a good sign.