Sunday, November 20, 2022

2022 Hyundai Tucson Limited Plug-In AWD: An All-New Electrified Compact Crossover

 Highlight: This is the first time the Tuscon is available with an electrified powertrain.

Test Vehicle's MSRP: $44,540 (Base Model: $36,695)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features (Limited): airbags; ABS; a stability control system; a 360-degree camera; forward collision brakes; lane keep assist system; a high beam assist system; a driver assistance warning system; a heated side mirrors with turn signals; and a tire pressure monitoring system

Standard Equipment (Limited): 19-inch wheels; 120-volt charger; a 6-speed automatic transmission; electric parking brake; roof side rails; a panoramic roof; rear privacy glass; rear spoiler; leather trimmed seating; power driver side memory; a dual automatic temperature control system; a push button starter system; power driver seat with lumbar support; heated and ventilated front seats; a manual operated tilt/telescopic steering wheel; a radar activated cruise control system; and a wireless device charging system; a remote park assist system; and a hands-free remote liftgate

Options: quartz white paint; and carpeted floor mats

Other Trim Levels:

Tucson gasoline model

Tuscon hybrid

Standard Audio On Test Vehicle: a 13-speaker Bose audio system with AM/FM/HD with SiriusXM

Bluetooth Connectivity: Standard

USB Connectivity: Standard

Apple/Android Connectivity: Standard

Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles

Powertrain Warranty: 10 years or 100,000 miles

Hybrid Battery Warranty: 10 years or 100,000 miles

Standard Engine/Horsepower: 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine/180-hp

Recommended Fuel: Regular

Towing: 2,000 lbs 

Standard Fuel Mileage: 80-MPGe/35-hwy

What’s New:  The all-new larger quasi-compact Tuscon wears a new design. The Tuscon is also partially electrified for the 2022 model year, offering a plug-in model.


A sexy futuristic design

Runs off gasoline and electricity

35 miles electricity

Peppy engine

Great road trip vehicle

Easy to use infotainment system

Partial split rear reclining seats

19-inch wheels

Roomy cargo area with rear seat in use

A panoramic power sunroof

Leather seats

Ventilated front seats available

Heated front and rear seat

A remote smart park system (designed for close parking)

A handsfree smart liftgate


A host of driving aid features

A co pilot assist driving system and a radar activated cruise control system

One of the best new vehicle warranties in the industry

A wireless remote smartphone charger

Most horsepower in the segment

An ability to ventilate the right side of the vehicle to reserve electric power

A brake hold system


A separate gauges need to be designed to gasoline miles and electric vehicle range. The Tuscon combines both.

Where is the totally electrified model??

Verdict:  The all-new electrified Tuscon is available in two trims: SEL and Limited. The stylish compact crossover is available as a plug-in, which runs off of both gas and electricity. In fact, depending on where one lives, the Tucson has an electric driving range of 33 miles. The segment leader, Toyota RAV4, is in the 40 mile range. This means that if one works close to home, they can literally drive back and forth without using gasoline. Moreover, the plug-in also allows for drivers to take long distance road trips without having to experience what the industry term as range anxiety.

Furthermore, the oversized compact crossover, with its partially reclining split rear seats, offers a variety of luxury-like features, ranging from leather ventilated front seats to heated rear seats to an oversize panoramic roof.

Lastly, the economically priced vehicle is also outfitted with some of the latest safety driving aids to a remote parking assist system. With this being an electrified crossover, this is a great transition vehicle for those who want the best of both worlds.

Overall the Tuscon is being pushed to be competitive with the Toyota RAV4, the segmen,t leading by offering a variety of powertrains.  

Competition: Ford Escape Plug-In; Kia Sportage Plug-In; Kia Niro Plug-In; Mitsubishi Plug-In; and Toyota RAV4 Prime



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