How Is the 2022 Hyundai Tucson Different From the 2021 Tucson?

The Hyundai Tucson is finally getting into the electric game, and it’s creating quite the buzz in the auto world with its new hybrid model. It’s unclear if the 2022 model has enough going for it to beat out the ever-popular Honda CR-V, but the all-new hybrid version will doubtless win it some much-needed consumer love. So, what else does the 2022 Tucson have to offer, and how does it compare to the 2021 Tucson model?

What’s so great about the 2022 Hyundai Tucson?

A dark red 2022 Hyundai Tucson compact SUV model and a white 2021 Hyundai Tucson compact SUV model
2022 Hyundai Tucson and 2021 Hyundai Tucson | Hyundai Motor America

Hybrid lovers who want the best of both worlds will be thrilled to learn that the new Tucson is now on the lineup. It’s a big step forward for Hyundai, which has come a long way over the years. 

Hyundai has focused on adding more tech to the Tucson, with features such as half-mirror type daytime running lamps, which are only visible when illuminated. While many drivers don’t need lights during the day, others are only too happy with any additional features which will help them drive.

The most noticeable changes are located in the interior, and the Hyundai Media Center created a visual picture when it stated, “The broad ridge of the dashboard blends consistently with the doors, wrapping around front occupants like a geologic gorge, while a vertically oriented, fully integrated center fascia descends to the console like a waterfall. Twin silver garnish lines streaming from the center fascia to the rear doors harmonize neatly layered surface materials in complementary, neutral tones. Ambient mood lighting is adjustable to 64 colors in ten levels of brightness.”

Can the 2022 Tucson top what the 2021 has to offer?

According to the Hyundai Media Center, the 2021 Tucson didn’t offer many changes from the 2020 model beyond a few color changes. Coliseum Gray was a new feature, while the Sage Brown color option was dropped completely. Gemstone Red became Red Crimson, and Black Noir Pearl was replaced with Ash Black. However, the 2022 model has quite a few changes in comparison to the 2021 model.

One of the most noticeable features that is different on the 2022 model, besides the available hybrid version, is the bigger size. According to the Hyundai Media Center, the 2022 model is larger and has more passenger room. 

How much does the 2022 Tucson cost?

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson has already hit showroom floors, so drivers can shop for one now. The model starts at $24,950 for the entry-level Tucson SE. This trim offers quite a bit for this price. It includes an eight-inch touch screen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, HD Radio, a six-speaker stereo, remote keyless entry, cloth upholstery, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The SEL has a starting price of $26,500. This trim adds blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, safe exit assist, adaptive cruise control, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, two additional USB ports, satellite radio, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start. 

The all-new N Line starts at $30,600. Additional features include the Convenience package, Bose stereo, and all of the SEL trim features, plus unique styling tweaks to the front and rear bumpers, headlight bezels, grille, wheels, rear spoiler, front seats, and pedal covers.

The Tucson Limited is the highest trim level, and it starts at $34,700. It offers all of the SEL, Convenience, and Premium features, plus a 10.25-inch touch screen, navigation, a panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel with shift paddles, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, heated rear seats, front and rear parking sensors, rear collision warning, a surround-view parking camera system, blind-spot cameras, remote-controlled parking, and a semi-autonomous driving mode.

The hybrid trims are the Blue ($29,050), SEL Convenience ($31,650), and Limited ($37,350) models. The prices for the hybrid versions might be higher, but you’ll undoubtedly get that money back as you save at the pumps.

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