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Luxury cars often lead the industry in cutting-edge technology. But Hyundai is raising the bar by introducing a smart feature typically found in high-end vehicles. That feature is Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA). Hyundai has made this smart parking tech accessible to a broader audience by offering it in higher trim levels of specific models, including the Tucson compact SUV. How does the feature work? Which Hyundai models and trims have RSPA?

How does Hyundai’s Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) work?

2023 Hyundai Tucson smart feature: Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA)
A 2023 Hyundai Tucson with Remote Smart Parking Assist displayed | Hyundai Motor Company

RSPA is an innovative feature available in only a few Hyundai models and trims, including the 2023 Tucson Limited. With the push of a button, this advanced technology allows users to effortlessly park their Tucson in tight spots, making parking a breeze. It’s similar to a feature in pricey BMW models such as the 7 Series sedan, X7 SUV, and iX electric crossover.

To use RSPA, according to Hyundai, the user positions their Tucson in front of the desired parking space, engages parking mode, activates RSPA by pressing the button on the center console, and exits the vehicle. Using the smart-key fob from outside the car, the user can guide the Tucson forward or backward up to 23 feet.

The vehicle has obstacle detection sensors and will stop if an obstacle is in its path. The system even turns the steering wheel to avoid objects. It’s a handy feature for navigating challenging parking situations. 

BMW has a similar feature, Parking Assistant Professional. It offers a comparable solution for parking convenience in the BMW 7 Series sedan, X7 SUV, and iX electric crossover. Through the My BMW App, drivers can control their vehicles’ parking process, including acceleration, braking, steering, and gear changes.

With the ability to pause and resume the parking maneuver and real-time monitoring using the app, this feature is handy for tight parking spaces and large vehicles. BMW’s parking system can cover a maximum distance of 200 meters using GPS and trajectory data.

The 2023 Hyundai Tucson Limited retails for $36,160

If you’re interested in a stylish and technologically advanced vehicle, you don’t need to fork over $100,000 for a top-of-the-line BMW. The 2023 Hyundai Tucson Limited boasts impressive features like Remote Smart Parking Assist, a sleek design, and a delightful driving experience. And with a starting MSRP of $36,160, the Tucson Limited delivers exceptional value.

The Limited packs a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 187 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. That powertrain can’t compete with BMW’s high-performance configurations, but this small SUV still delivers smooth, responsive acceleration. And its handling provides a confident and enjoyable ride.

Other Hyundai models and trims with Remote Smart Parking Assist

The convenience of Remote Smart Parking Assist isn’t limited to the 2023 Tucson Limited. Hyundai offers this smart feature in other models and trims.

The 2023 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid Limited is also equipped with RSPA. With its hybrid powertrain touting impressive fuel efficiency, the Tucson Hybrid Limited has an appealing combination of sustainability and convenience. 

If you prefer a midsize sedan, the Hyundai Sonata Limited is an excellent choice. In addition to its sleek design, the Sonata Limited also comes equipped with RSPA. 

For those who desire a midsize SUV, Hyundai offers the Santa Fe. The Limited and Calligraphy trims provide an elevated driving experience and RSPA. 

Other 2023 Hyundai models/trims with RSPA are the Palisade Calligraphy and the Ioniq 5 Limited.

In addition to RSPA, Hyundai rolled out RSPA 2, also known as Premium RSPA, in two models/trims: the Ioniq 6 Limited and the Nexo Limited. This upgraded version adds parallel parking and diagonal parking capability.


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