First Drive: Redesigned 2022 Hyundai Tucson Edges Upscale and Offers a Hybrid That Shines

The redesigned SUV shows panache inside and out

2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid front, driving

Hyundai’s all-new fourth-generation Tucson SUV brings more creature comforts, power, room, and safety features than the mediocre model it replaces.

The boldly styled Tucson addresses shortcomings with the previous model while adding an array of available upscale features. It's poised to better compete against the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, the sales leaders.

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Like the CR-V and RAV4, it offers a hybrid but with a twist. Unlike most hybrid engines, this one is turbocharged. Hyundai announced that a plug-in hybrid powertrain will come later with a claimed electric range of 32 miles. Fuel economy promises to be an improvement over the unimpressive 22 mpg overall measured in the last Tucson we tested. But the powertrain story isn’t just about fuel economy; all powertrains offered have more horsepower than before.

The redesigned 2022 Tucson is now on sale. We rented a regular model and a hybrid from Hyundai for early impressions, and we just purchased one for our test program.

If you’re a Consumer Reports member, our initial expert assessment of the Tucson is available to you below. Once we complete 2,000 break-in miles, we’ll put the Tucson we purchased through more than 50 tests at the CR Auto Test Center, including those that evaluate acceleration, braking, fuel economy, handling, car-seat fit, and controls. CR members will get access to the full road-test results as soon as they’re available.

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What we bought: 2022 Hyundai Tucson SEL AWD
Powertrain: 187-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 8-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive.
MSRP: $27,900
Options: Convenience package ($2,600), carpeted floor mats ($169), cargo tray ($115)
Destination fee: $1,185
Total cost: $31,969

What we rented: 2022 Hyundai Tucson Limited AWD, 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid Limited AWD
Powertrain: 187-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 8-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive. 226-hp, 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder hybrid engine with 6-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive.
MSRP: $36,100 / $37,350
Destination fee: $1,185
Total cost: $37,285 / $38,535

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