Sometimes the adage, “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it,” is taken too literally. For years, the Hyundai Tucson has remained a best seller but has seen little to no upgrades. That’s all changed for the 2022 model year. The 2022 Hyundai Tucson received a complete makeover that’s leaving car shoppers with their proverbial nose to the glass.
The industry is still awaiting the initial pricing for this popular compact SUV. However, the 2022 Tucson should command even more attention based on its new look, upgraded performance, and impressive features.
Hyundai revealed the details of the redesigned SUV via a press release, giving the automotive world better insight into what’s next for the Tucson. What upgrades can buyers expect, and will the 2022 Hyundai Tucson become one of the more exciting options in the compact SUV class?
The interior gets a huge upgrade
Spaciousness is one of the biggest draws for SUV enthusiasts. That’s why buyers will be thrilled that the 2022 Hyundai Tucson’s cabin gained more cubic footage thanks to the redesign.
Most shoppers’ eyes will be instantly drawn to the SUV’s new exterior design, which is more rugged and athletic than the outgoing model. However, we all know that it’s what on the inside that counts, and that’s where the 2022 Hyundai Tucson shines.
Hyundai increased the compact SUV’s passenger volume by six cu. ft. and its cargo space by nearly eight cu. ft. That means you’ll have more room to stretch out on your daily commute, and you’ll be able to fit an extra bag of luggage in the back during your next road trip.
One innovation that may be overlooked is the 2022 Tucson’s air conditioning system. Its front vents stretch across the dashboard in a nearly continuous strip, allowing air to evenly distribute across the cabin rather than focus on a single point.
What else is new with the 2022 Hyundai Tucson
In past years, rivals like the Toyota RAV4 pushed the industry forward with hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants. Meanwhile, the Tucson remained relatively stagnant. That all changes with the introduction of the 2022 Hyundai Tucson.
This redesigned compact SUV now offers gas-powered, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid models. Plus, the 2022 Tucson, like many other Hyundai vehicles, is getting a performance-focused N Line trim.
A standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission powers the regular 2022 Tucson models. This powerplant delivers 187 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque, which is slightly more potent than the previous model’s most powerful engine. Plus, Hyundai expects this powerplant to achieve 28 MPG city/highway combined, which would be three extra MPG than the 2021 Tucson’s EPA estimates.
Notable technology additions include an eight-inch touchscreen display that comes standard with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Previous models required you to link your smartphone via a cable in order to use these applications. A 10.25-inch touchscreen is available on higher trims. Plus, the Hyundai Tucson now utilizes an all-new voice recognition system that’s more intuitive than ever before. You’ll be able to adjust the temperature, activate the available heated/cooled seats, open/close the rear hatch, get the weather forecast, and more.
The 2022 Hyundai Tucson is poised for success
The Hyundai Tucson is clearly a keystone model for the Hyundai brand. This is why the automaker consistently put time and effort into making sure the Tucson is up-to-snuff for their customers. The 2022 redesign is further evidence of this fact.
Hyundai seems to really have hit the mark with this redesign, especially considering that sales figures were consistently solid before the 2022 model year. Since the 2022 Hyundai Tucson has yet to hit the market, only time will tell if this is a successful redesign, but it’s safe to say that Hyundai is on the right track.