Daring design. Blame it on crash-test requirements or the fact that nearly every automaker is competing in the same segments these days, but cars all look the same. Luckily, that’s not the case with the 2022 Hyundai Tucson. In fact, the Tucson is one of the more uniquely styled mainstream crossover SUVs on the market. For better or worse.

The striking grille, unique headlight design, angular bodywork, and sharp taillights result in one of the more distinct vehicles on the road. With the design, the Tucson stands out in the bland class. The interior of the 2022 Tucson isn’t as dramatically styled, but it’s just as special. Sweeping lines, a four-pronged steering wheel, and a center console that juts out of the dashboard give the compact SUV a modern feel.

Jam-packed value. The outgoing 2021 Tucson was a strong value option and it’s a similar case with the all-new 2022 model. On top of coming with a lengthy list of standard safety features, the Tucson has some unique features that competitors can’t match.

An 8-inch touchscreen is standard for the Tucson, bringing wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Seeing wireless smartphone compatibility as standard on a mainstream compact SUV is unusual. Higher trim levels come with a 10.25-inch touchscreen and a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, bringing a screen-heavy dashboard with tech that’s unusual for the compact class. The Tucson does have one odd quirk. The larger touchscreen has wired smartphone compatibility.

The SEL trim is the best value option in the Tucson lineup. It adds features like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, heated front seats, adaptive cruise control, keyless entry, and push-button start as standard. With the available Premium Package, the Tucson feels upscale, while the Convenience Package adds more high-tech goodies.

Spacious interior. Compared to the previous Tucson, the 2022 model’s wheelbase has been stretched by 3.4 inches and has grown by 6.1 inches overall. The extra length results in a roomy cabin that offers plenty of space for up to five people. In the back, passengers get 41.3 inches of rear legroom. The rear seats can recline for added comfort, too.

When it comes to cargo capacity, the Tucson has one of the larger cargo areas. With the rear seats in place, the Tucson offers up to 38.7 cubic feet of cargo space. That figure expands to 74.8 cubic feet of space in total. Those are some of the largest figures in the compact class.


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Where's the performance?Hyundai is one of the few automakers to offer the compact Tucson with a four-cylinder engine, hybrid powertrain, and plug-in hybrid powertrain. It’s an extensive lineup of powertrains that results in an option for everyone.

Out of the 2022 Tucson’s current powertrains, the hybrid is the peppiest of the bunch. The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder produces 187 horsepower, which isn’t much for a compact SUV.

The hybrid and plug-in hybrid models come with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that makes 227 hp in the hybrid and 261 hp in the plug-in hybrid. All-wheel drive is standard with the electrified models. For consumers that want a peppy compact SUV, the hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains are better choices.

In addition to being more powerful, the Tucson Hybrid is the better choice when it comes to fuel economy. The Tucson Hybrid Blue is rated to get up to 38 mpg combined, which is a large jump compared to the regular Tucson’s 29-mpg combined rating. Fuel economy figures for the Tucson PHEV aren’t available yet.

Final thoughts. The all-new 2022 Hyundai Tucson is sure to immediately win over some shoppers with its bold design and high-tech features, but the compact SUV has a lot more to offer. Its trio of powertrains, spacious interior, and strong value are sure to draw even more people in.

The major issue with the Tucson is its lack of performance. In a car that’s as large as the Tucson, 187 hp from a base engine just isn’t enough. While the hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains offer more power and slightly better pep than the base engine, those options are geared toward fuel economy and comfort, not performance.

For a sporty, upscale compact SUV, the Mazda CX-5 fits the bill. It's not as high tech as the Tucson and isn’t available with an electrified powertrain, but the CX-5 is a joy to drive, has a powerful turbocharged engine as an option, and looks high end.

The Toyota RAV4 can’t match the Tucson when it comes to technology or its daring design, but has similar electrified powertrains. Is one of the few rivals to be available in hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions. The PHEV powertrain makes up to 302 horsepower, so it’s quicker than the Tucson in a straight line.

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