Crossover & Midsize

Clumsy 2022 Hyundai Tucson Gets Squashed by Subaru, Volkswagen, and Jeep

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson hasn’t even arrived in the U.S. market, and it’s already one of the most striking options in its segment. With a unique headlight design and sharp aesthetic features, this borderline odd Hyundai stands out. However, aside from unique looks, this crossover has to offer excellent handling as well.

In a recent test performed by KM77 covered by CarBuzz, we see the crossover attempt the dreaded moose test. The test is meant to examine how well new cars perform in emergency handling situations. Unfortunately, this brand-new Hyundai didn’t manage to impress. In fact, it falls behind some much older competitors.

How did the 2022 Hyundai Tucson perform during the moose test?

From the video shown above, you can clearly see the 2022 Hyundai Tucson running the moose test without any major drama. In fact, the crossover appears relatively tame during the exercise. However, KM77 reports that it only managed to complete the test with a max speed of 44 mph. Anything above this speed would cause the crossover to strike at least one cone.

For context, the 2022 Hyundai Tucson used for the rest is an all-wheel-drive model with a 1.6-liter hybrid powertrain and adjustable dampers. Despite this, we can clearly see the driver fighting the crossover’s understeer as the test’s speed was increased. As a result, the Tucson appears reluctant to change direction under these circumstances.

Regardless, it is worth pointing out that the Tucson did not exhibit any dangerous behavior as the RAV4 Prime did. Additionally, other trim levels and configurations of this crossover might perform better during this crucial test.

How do some of its competitors stack up?

An image of a 2022 Hyundai Tucson parked outdoors.
2022 Hyundai Tucson | Hyundai

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Thankfully, KM77 has already tested plenty of the 2022 Hyundai Tucson’s competitors during this same test. As a result, we get a clear comparison as to how other segment favorites compare. While the Hyundai had a maximum speed of 44 mph during this test, CarBuzz reports that the Subaru Forester and the Volkswagen Tiguan managed to achieve 48 mph.

However, the shocking performance comes from the Jeep Compass, which managed to pass the test at 49 mph. Part of what makes these results interesting is the fact that these competing crossovers are significantly older than the 2022 Hyundai Tucson.

Additionally, some of these competitors don’t even offer adjustable dampers, which should’ve helped sharpen up the crossover’s overall agility during the test.

Is this crossover still a worthwhile buy?

An image of a 2022 Hyundai Tucson parked outdoors.
2022 Hyundai Tucson | Hyundai

If the moose test results don’t scare you away, there is plenty to like about the 2022 Hyundai Tucson. In fact, with a sub-$25,000 base price, this crossover will certainly have mass-market appeal. Additionally, Motor1 reports that you can go the eco-friendly route with the hybrid, which starts at $29,050, or the sporty route with the $30,600 N Line.

Thanks to a wide variety of standard features, sharp aesthetics, and an affordable price, the 2022 Hyundai Tucson will likely succeed. Just look at the Toyota RAV4, which failed this same test a few years ago yet sells in massive numbers.