Crossover & Midsize

Which 2022 Hyundai Tucson Should You Put on Your Wish List?

The Hyundai Tucson has been a bestseller for quite some time. Now, the Korean automaker is doubling down on its success by releasing several variants of the hit vehicle. The 2022 Hyundai Tucson is the most diverse version of the nameplate yet, with the introduction of eco-friendly and performance-inspired models.

Hyundai gave the Tucson a much-needed redesign for the 2022 model year. This included more athletic styling cues, an enhanced lineup of features, and a massive bump in interior space. However, its new powertrain options headline the list of changes.

Shoppers have anxiously have awaited details about the all-new Tucson for months. Now, these potential customers just have to narrow down which model they want, as Hyundai recently revealed the 2022 Tucson’s specs via a press release. Here, we will analyze each powertrain option, so you can decide which 2022 Hyundai Tucson is right for you.

Hyundai’s compact SUV is more powerful and efficient than ever before

A grey 2022 Hyundai Tucson parked in front of a wall on display
The 2022 Hyundai Tucson on display | Photo via Hyundai

The gas-powered 2022 Hyundai Tucson is similar to the one we all know and love, but it comes with a few enhancements. Previous Tucson models came with the choice of two engine options – an underpowered 161-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder and an available 181-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder. Both units achieved a lackluster EPA-estimated 25 MPG city/highway combined.

Drivers will be pleased to see that the 2022 iteration is more potent and efficient than both of the outgoing engines. Hyundai estimates that the redesigned Tucson’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder will deliver 187 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque. Plus, the automaker is targeting a fuel-efficiency rating of 28 MPG combined.

The 2022 Tucson is equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission, as opposed to the six-speed automatic used by its predecessor. The compact SUV will also continue to utilize a front-wheel-drive system, and an all-wheel-drive system is available for those who need additional traction.

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson goes green

Whether your passion is helping the environment or saving at the pump, Hyundai has your interest at heart. The 2022 Hyundai Tucson features a pair of eco-friendly options – a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid (PHEV).

Both models are equipped with a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and an AWD system. In addition, the 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid utilizes an electric motor and a 1.49-kWh battery pack, and it delivers an estimated total output of 177 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The manufacturer claims this model is 30% more efficient than the gas-powered Tucson and that it has a 500-mile range on a full tank.

Meanwhile, the 2022 Hyundai Tucson PHEV has a 13.8-kWh battery. This larger battery helps it achieve a manufacturer-estimated all-electric range of 28 miles and a fuel-efficiency rating of 70 MPGe.

N Line models deliver invigorating performance

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The Hyundai Tucson has finally received a race-inspired variant, proving that there’s a Tucson for nearly every type of driver. Official details of this model are scarce. The manufacturer’s press release stated, “(The) N Line will be coming later in 2021.”

However, other Hyundai performance models, such as the 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line, may provide clues to what we should expect.

Car and Driver speculated the 2022 Hyundai Tucson N Line might share the same engine as the Sonata N Line. This 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant delivers 290 hp and 311 lb-ft of torque in the midsize sedan. The publication also believes the Tucson N Line comes standard with AWD and an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Shoppers should expect the 2022 Hyundai Tucson N Line to display a more aggressive styling. Like the Sonata N Line, it’ll likely include performance-inspired features like sport seats, a leather sports steering wheel, and several tech upgrades.