The brand new Hyundai Tucson is unbelievable each to drive and have a look at.

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Hyundai is not falling into the industry-typical behavior of constructing all its new automobiles appear like Russian dolls. From the Sonata to the Palisade to the Elantra, each new Hyundai debut is extra attention-grabbing than the final. However they’re extra than simply nice items of design — these merchandise are well-rounded, too. The 2022 Tucson crossover is not simply Hyundai’s newest mannequin, it is the corporate’s greatest one but.

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Radical exterior stylingSupercomfortable rideImpressive inside designLoads of options and tech

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Tepid four-cylinder engineTouch controls aren’t for everybody

Crossovers will be cool, too

Like the brand new Sonata and Elantra, the Tucson will certainly be divisive, however I completely find it irresistible. Simply probably the most placing a part of the design is the Tucson’s face. The wing-shaped “parametric design” entrance grille has angular inserts and a darkish chrome-ish end, and the LED operating lights and switch alerts are built-in into the grille, showing hidden when off. In the meantime, the primary headlights and excessive beams are within the bigger pods within the decrease bumper. It is a distinctive resolution and appears superior, particularly at night time.

The remainder of the Tucson is cool, too. It is obtained squared-off wheel arches paying homage to the Lamborghini Countach — sure, actually — and many intense character traces and surfacing particulars. My Tucson’s Amazon Grey paint has tons of metallic flake and appears inexperienced underneath direct daylight, exhibiting off the traces completely. The greenhouse is accented by a spearlike chrome strip that will get thicker on the D-pillar, however in any other case there’s not a whole lot of jewellery. The slash-shaped taillights have a singular signature and are related by a full-width gentle bar, and the position of the Hyundai badge within the rear glass is attention-grabbing.

Globally the 2022 Tucson is obtainable with two completely different wheelbase lengths, however we solely get the longer one within the US. The 2022 mannequin is 6.1 inches longer, 0.6 inch wider and 0.6 inch taller than the outgoing Tucson, and it is on a 3.4-inch-longer wheelbase. Passenger quantity and cargo house are up, too, besting the Toyota RAV4 in each metrics however falling somewhat wanting the Honda CR-V. The rear is particularly roomy, with reclining seat backs that simply fold flat and a fold-down armrest with cup holders and storage. The cargo space additionally has an adjustable load flooring with two top ranges.

The Tucson provides us Lamborghini Countach vibes.

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An inside you could contact

Whereas extra restrained than the outside, the Tucson’s inside nonetheless stands out. It has a waterfall dashboard design with skinny air vents that wrap all the way in which across the rectangular sprint and onto the door playing cards, and a big middle panel that homes the infotainment system and local weather controls. Most trims get analog gauges with a 4.2-inch show within the middle, however non-obligatory on the SEL and normal on the Restricted is a pleasant 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The Restricted additionally will get a push-button gear selector as an alternative of the bodily shifter discovered on the opposite trims.

Fabric upholstery is normal, and the bottom Tucson has plastic door panels, however supportive leather-based seats and soft-touch door playing cards are normal on the Restricted and obtainable on the SEL. I positively favor the two-tone gentle grey and black coloration scheme you see right here, as the inside seems to be extra sterile in all black. One in every of my favourite particulars is the Restricted’s cool material inserts on the door panels and on the sprint in entrance of the passenger; I want that materials had been used extra all through the inside. 

The bottom Tucson makes use of an 8-inch touchscreen, however Restricted fashions like my automotive get a ten.3-inch show operating the identical unbelievable infotainment system that is present in a variety of different Hyundai Motor Group merchandise just like the Santa Fe and the Kia K5. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are normal throughout the board, however solely automobiles with the 8-inch display screen get wi-fi CarPlay. The massive show seems to be actually good and is tremendous snappy, and I like which you can swipe over to a easy show that simply exhibits the clock and exterior temperature data. It is also obtained enjoyable options like nature soundscapes, and there is a quiet mode for the audio that focuses the noise on the motive force.

That is a particularly good place to be.

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Whereas the lower-end Tucsons have a bunch of bodily buttons and knobs, the Restricted replaces them with a wholly touch-sensitive panel for the local weather, audio and infotainment controls, and a digital show for the temperature and fan velocity. I would like a house button for the infotainment and need the buttons to have some form of pressure suggestions, however they’re simple to get used to. You’ll be able to maintain your finger on a button to rapidly modify fan velocity or quantity, and I like that Hyundai has a number of intensities for the automated local weather management.

Consolation over nook carving

The Tucson’s normal powertrain is a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-4 paired with an eight-speed automated transmission. It makes 187 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque, practically similar to the Honda CR-V’s turbo motor and 16 hp and 6 lb-ft lower than the RAV4’s four-cylinder engine. Entrance-wheel drive is normal, however my check automotive has the non-obligatory $1,400 all-wheel-drive system that has variable torque distribution. This engine is completely high-quality round city and on the freeway, but it surely actually does not make the Tucson fast or sporty-feeling. The transmission will be sluggish to downshift, however at the very least the Restricted comes with paddle shifters.

The Tucson’s steering is each frivolously weighted and lightweight on suggestions, and there is a good quantity of physique roll within the corners. However what this crossover lacks in sportiness it makes up for in consolation. Even on the Restricted’s 19-inch wheels the Tucson soaks up bumps and tough surfaces, delivering an excellent trip that is smoother than any of its opponents — even the refined Mazda CX-5. It is luxury-car quiet on the within, too, although the noisy engine typically cuts by way of that serenity underneath exhausting acceleration. 

The Tucson’s rear seat reclines and folds flat.

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The EPA charges the Tucson at 26 mpg metropolis, 33 mpg freeway and 29 mpg mixed for the front-drive mannequin, whereas the AWD Tucson is rated at 24/29/26. In principally stop-and-go metropolis driving I common about 22 mpg, however on a protracted drive from Los Angeles to Bakersfield I match the Tucson’s 29-mpg freeway determine — and that is at 85 mph with elevation modifications and the air-con on.

Each Tucson trim stage is offered with a brand new hybrid setup that pairs a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder with an electrical motor for a complete of 261 hp, and it is rated at practically 40 mpg. Whereas I have never had an opportunity to drive the Tucson hybrid but, with turbo response, extra energy and higher effectivity, it could be the powertrain to get. However there’s additionally a plug-in hybrid on the way in which with 261 hp and 32 miles of electrical vary, and the lately revealed Santa Cruz pickup, which is predicated on the Tucson, has an obtainable turbo-four engine with 281 hp and 311 lb-ft that is paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Tucson N, anybody?

Numerous bang in your buck

The bottom Tucson SE begins at $26,135 together with $1,185 for vacation spot, making it cheaper than rivals from Honda and Toyota. It comes with full-LED entrance lighting, automated headlights and excessive beams, 17-inch wheels, keyless entry, automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keeping help with lane centering, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, a pair of front-passenger USB shops and HD radio. 

Higher trims get a ten.3-inch display screen and contact controls.

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Leaping as much as the $27,685 SEL nets you LED taillights, push-button begin, adaptive cruise management with stop-and-go functionality, two USB shops within the rear, heated facet mirrors, a powered driver’s seat, heated entrance seats, auto up/down entrance home windows, satellite tv for pc radio, blind-spot help, rear cross-traffic help and a variety of aesthetic enhancements. A $2,600 Comfort package deal provides issues like a hands-free energy liftgate, 19-inch wheels, a sunroof, that digital gauge cluster, a leather-wrapped shifter and steering wheel, 10-color ambient lighting, dual-zone automated local weather management and wi-fi charging. There’s additionally a $1,700 Premium package deal with leather-based seats, ventilated entrance seats, a Bose audio system and the darkish chrome grille. Then there is a $31,785 N Line trim that builds off the SEL and its packages with extra aggressive exterior styling, distinctive inside trimmings and sportier tuning for the suspension and steering, although it does not add any additional energy.

The absolutely loaded $35,885 Restricted mannequin like I’ve consists of options and tech objects that will have been exceptional in an inexpensive compact crossover not even 10 years in the past. Along with all the things from these SEL packages, it provides a panoramic sunroof, extra exterior brightwork, a 360-degree digicam and parking sensors, Hyundai’s Digital Key cellphone app, reminiscence for the motive force’s seat, a powered passenger seat, rain-sensing wipers, distant good park, 64-color inside ambient lighting, blind-spot cameras that show within the gauge cluster, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel, and Hyundai’s Degree 2 Freeway Driving Help system. Unusually, one characteristic that the Tucson does not have is auto up/down rear home windows, which is a bizarre omission given how a lot different fancy stuff you will get.

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson’s styling will not be for everybody, and that is OK. I feel it is higher to face out and be memorable than to be nameless and fade into the background, particularly in such a packed and historically boring phase. In the event you’re into the angular seems to be — or can at the very least get previous them — the redesigned Tucson presents the perfect mixture of tech, options, refinement and worth of any new compact crossover immediately.

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