This factor seems to be so freakin’ good.

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The 2022 Hyundai Tucson units a brand new benchmark for compact crossovers, and it is superior. This fetching SUV packs tons of options, all the newest tech and strong on-road manners in a rad-looking bundle. How might Hyundai make it higher? Meet the 2022 Tucson Hybrid.

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Standout styling37 mpg with out even tryingLuxurious interiorExcellent infotainment tech

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Sensitive contact controlsNo wi-fi CarPlay with bigger multimedia display screen

Clearly, the massive promoting level for any hybrid is gas economic system, and the Tucson does not disappoint. Essentially the most environment friendly Blue mannequin will return 38 mpg mixed in response to the Environmental Safety Company, whereas my loaded Restricted does barely worse (a still-very-good 37 mpg). After 300 miles of testing, I had no hassle assembly the EPA’s mixed ranking, and that is with out altering my hardly tepid driving fashion. Actually, the Tucson Hybrid truly encourages spirited driving, which is one other massive motive this CUV is significantly good.

Normal Tucsons are powered by a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated I4 with 187 horsepower which, whereas enough, is hardly thrilling. As a substitute of simply electrifying that powertrain, the Tucson Hybrid makes use of a 1.6-liter turbo I4 that by itself gives 180 hp, complemented by 195 pound-feet of torque that comes on sturdy at simply 1,500 rpm. A 1.5-kilowatt-hour battery sends energy to an electrical motor, providing a further 59 hp and 195 lb-ft. You’ll be able to’t simply add all these numbers collectively to get complete system output, in fact, however Hyundai quotes a closing determine of 226 hp, which is a reasonably strong enhance over the bottom Tucson, particularly contemplating that plentiful low-end torque.

Essentially the most environment friendly Tucson Hybrid ought to return 38 mpg, in response to the EPA.

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All Tucson Hybrids come normal with a six-speed computerized transmission and all-wheel drive, and from the second I pulled out of my driveway, I might actually really feel a distinction. The Hybrid accelerates with much more authority than the traditional Tucson, with a bit of electrical shove off the road earlier than a rush of turbocharged torque helps this SUV rise up to hurry. Gear-changes are clean and imperceptible, and there are even steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, although I am probably not certain when or why you’d use them in a automotive like this.

Tucson Hybrids get Hyundai’s e-handling tech, which makes use of energy from the electrical motor to basically introduce torque vectoring, braking the entrance wheels when getting into a nook and sending extra torque to the rear axle if you exit. It is one thing you’ll be able to actually really feel on a winding street, not that it abruptly turns the Tucson right into a sports activities automotive. Fuel-only and electrified Tucsons have the identical steering and suspension tunes, each of that are completely applicable for a compact crossover. The steering is gentle however direct, and the MacPherson entrance strut and multilink rear suspension do a pleasant job of protecting the Tucson clean and steady always. Even with the Restricted’s swanky 19-inch wheels, this Hyundai is not in the least crashy — even over nasty blemishes.

It is uncommon {that a} CUV’s hybrid possibility is each extra environment friendly and extra highly effective than the usual gasoline mannequin, but it surely solely makes this Tucson extra compelling. Actually, it makes me tremendous stoked to drive the upcoming Tucson plug-in hybrid, which gives a wholesome 261 hp, to not point out an estimated 32 miles of all-electric driving vary.

Hyundai gives the Tucson Hybrid in three trim ranges. The bottom Blue is available in at $30,235, together with $1,185 for vacation spot, and has the identical degree of apparatus as a non-hybrid Tucson SEL AWD. Which means goodies like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, full-speed adaptive cruise management, tinted home windows, a proximity key and heated seats are all normal, along with applied sciences that include essentially the most fundamental Tucson — ahead collision warning, lane-keeping help, computerized high-beams, an 8-inch touchscreen with wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and, in fact, these freaking rad LED daytime working lights.

The SEL Hybrid provides 19-inch wheels, ambient inside lighting, Hyundai’s Digital Key, wi-fi charging and a ten.3-inch digital instrument cluster. At $32,835 delivered, this actually looks like the way in which to go in case you do not care about having each final creature consolation.

The Tucson’s inside is quiet, comfy and filled with tech.

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The upper-crust $38,535 Restricted Hybrid has all the things you possibly can ever need in a compact SUV. Issues like a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, distant parking help (smaht pahk), heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, blind-spot cameras are all normal, and also you get a bigger 10.3-inch multimedia show, too (which weirdly does not embody wi-fi CarPlay). The Restricted even has Hyundai’s Freeway Driving Help, which mixes lane-centering tech and adaptive cruise management to make these tedious drives down the freeway lots simpler.

This is not an exaggeration: The Tucson Restricted’s inside is nicer than what you may discover in loads of luxurious automobiles. The leather-based seats are cozy, the supplies on the dashboard and door panels appear and feel nice (I really like these cloth inserts) and the touch-sensitive array of buttons under the infotainment display screen is each modern-looking and useful. These buttons supply instantaneous response, not like the haptic controls utilized in some automobiles (Cadillac), although that gloss black panel is a magnet for fingerprint smudges, so possibly hold some wipes within the glovebox or heart console.

Apart from a couple of badges, the Hybrid seems to be the identical as different Tucsons. Which is to say, it is rad.

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Entrance and rear passengers have loads of room to stretch out, and the Tucson Hybrid isn’t any much less capacious than its gas-only counterpart. There is a beneficiant 38.8 cubic ft of area behind the rear seats, which expands to 74.5 cubic ft in case you fold the bench flat. That is ever so barely lower than what a Honda CR-V gives, however greater than what you may get within the Ford Escape or Toyota RAV4 hybrids. Contemplating how a lot nicer the Hyundai’s inside is — and the way superior this SUV seems to be from the skin — it is a fairly minor tradeoff.

It is definitely value noting that the aforementioned opponents are a pair miles per gallon extra environment friendly than the Tucson, they usually’re all fairly evenly priced. The Hyundai is much and away the perfect trying and finest driving compact hybrid crossover, plus it is obtained the fanciest inside and by far the nicest infotainment tech. I would completely be prepared to sacrifice a mile per gallon or two contemplating all this crossover has to supply. The usual Tucson already raised the bar for compact SUVs; the brand new Hybrid solely pushes it larger.

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