2022 Hyundai Tucson plug-in hybrid SUV

MSRP $35,000

Ranked #20 in Midsize Suv

2022 Hyundai Tucson plug-in hybrid SUV Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 15, 2021

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Unveiled first at the 2019 LA auto show as the Vision T Concept, the new Tucson takes a lot of bold steps in terms of design and features which seems to be paying off really well. The 2022 Hyundai Tucson is offered in three different variants – a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, and a normal gas variant. 

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Pros

n/a

Cons

n/a

What's New?

The hybrid version is new for 2022

Increased interior and cargo space

The SUV enters its fourth generation

Completely redesigned interior and exterior


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$35000

bodystyle

4dr SUV

engine type

displacement

98 cu.in.

horsepower

226 @ 5500

torque

258 @ 1500

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

38/38/38 mpg

highway range

520.60 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$35,000 onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Hyundai Tucson plug-in hybrid SUV in Billet Silver Metallic Clearcoat color
Billet Silver Metallic Clearcoat

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

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For someone looking for a way to help the environment and also save cash on fuel money, the plug-in hybrid version is here. The 2022 Hyundai Tucson PHEV also comes with its own powertrain option and it competes against the likes of Toyota RAV4 Prime, Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, and Ford Escape Hybrid.

2022 Hyundai Tucson plug-in hybrid SUV Features

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson PHEV will arrive in two trims which are SEL and the top-end Limited. Both trims would come with the same 1.6 L turbocharged engine combined with an electric motor in an AWD drivetrain. The PHEV looks similar to the Hybrid variant of Tucson and shares similar exterior and interior features. The following are the features that come with the different trims of the Tucson PHEV -

Trim

SEL

Limited

MSRP

$35,000

$38,000

Features

Blind-Spot Collision and Cross Traffic Avoidance Assist

Surround View and Blind-Spot View Monitor

 

Proximity Key with push-button start/stop

Remote Smart Parking Assist

 

Smart Cruise Control with start/stop

Parking Distance Warning (front and rear)

 

Power driver seat and heated front seats

Heated steering wheel and rear seats

 

The 8-inch touchscreen infotainment unit 

The 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment unit

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The SEL trim would be the ideal option as it comes with a pretty good list of features. The powertrain is the same in both trims and so the SEL trim which is expected to start at around $35,000 would be the best option. This trim is equipped with a great set of features as listed in the table above, so there’s no need to spend quite more on the Limited trim.

2022 Hyundai Tucson plug-in hybrid SUV Engine and Performance

 The 2022 Hyundai Tucson PHEV comes equipped with a 1.6L turbocharged inline-4 in conjunction with an electric motor. Together they produce 261 horsepower while the torque output is available. The transmission of choice is a six-speed automatic and power is sent to all four wheels. The electric motor can produce 90 horsepower by itself and it is coupled with a 13.8-kWh battery pack.

The engine is decent, but it most likely will not deliver a lively acceleration. The transmission does a pretty good job. For general city driving, the PHEV is okay-ish; and even for highway endeavors, the Tucson won’t leave you desiring more power. The 0-60 mph times are not known, as of yet, but it will not be as agile as the RAV4 Prime, or other quick PHEVs. Overall, the Tucson PHEV is a powerful enough machine.

Models

2022 Hyundai Tucson PHEV (expected)

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid PHEV

2021 Ford Escape PHEV

MSRP

$35,000

$39,425

$35,145

$36,755

Engine

1.6L Turbocharged Inline-4 with Electric Motor

2.5L Inline-4 with 2 Electric Motors

2.0L Flat-4 with Electric Motor

2.5L Inline-4 with Electric Motor

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

CVT

CVT

EVT

Power

261 hp @ N/A RPM

302 hp @ 6,000 RPM

148 hp @ 6,000 RPM

221 hp @ 6,250 RPM

Torque

N/A

165 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm

145 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

155 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

0-60 MPH

N/A

5.7 sec

8.3 sec

8.7 sec

Quarter Mile

N/A

N/A

16 sec

17.4 sec

The RAV4 Prime produces the most power, while the Tucson PHEV comes second. The Ford Escape also produces a similar amount of power output while the Crosstrek is left way behind in terms of power on paper. Speaking of which, the RAV4 Prime also leaves its rivals way behind in the dust with its acceleration, which is extremely impressive.

How does the 2022 Hyundai Tucson PHEV handle?

The 2022 Tucson PHEV is clearly more focused on offering a comfortable ride for its occupants rather than being outright sporty. The engine and transmission offer a good feel while on the road. The steering is focused and precise. The AWD surely helps in increasing traction and grip on the road. Even while off-roading, the Korean SUV feels pretty confident.

The interior is kept well-shielded from the outside. The ride is fairly comfortable. The suspension sucks up most of the bumps and keeps the ride smooth throughout. Despite being quite heavy, Hyundai did a fair job keeping the body roll in check during cornering. But obviously, there is some inevitable body roll involved with an SUV this size.

2022 Hyundai Tucson plug-in hybrid SUV Fuel Economy

The fuel economy figures of the 2022 Tucson PHEV model are not out yet, but Hyundai says it will deliver a combined driving mileage of 70 MPGe. This Korean SUV can go for 32 miles purely on electric power. If Hyundai’s claims are true, the figure is not impressive at all, when compared to the rivals. 

Also, these are claims made by the company, so the EPA estimates might actually be lower. The Tucson PHEV also gets a fuel tank of 11.1-gallons. While the actual range is not known, it might do somewhere around 400 miles or better, which is not impressive considering that it is a plug-in hybrid.

Models

2022 Hyundai Tucson PHEV (expected)

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid PHEV

2021 Ford Escape PHEV

MPG (City)

N/A

40

36

44

MPG (Highway)

N/A

36

34

37

MPG (Combined)

N/A

38

35

41

MPGe (Combined)

70

94

90

102

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

11.1

14.5

13.2

14.2

Range (City/Highway) (miles)

N/A

580/522/551

475/448/462

624/525/582

The other vehicles leave the Tucson PHEV in the dust when it comes to fuel economy. The Escape Hybrid is the most impressive with over 100 MPGe. The 2022 Tucson PHEV really suffers from a very poor fuel economy leaving Escape to dominate in this aspect. When it comes to the gas fuel capacity also, the Tucson has the lowest fuel capacity of 11.1 gallons.

2022 Hyundai Tucson plug-in hybrid SUV Interior

 Not a whole lot has changed from the 2021 model in terms of interior. Hyundai has taken a modern approach to the interior, but at the same time, preserving neutrality. The dashboard of the 2022 Tucson PHEV is stylistic and clutter-free. The design is ergonomic and very modern. The dash is presented in layers, with the first contour housing the AC vents; and the one below it housing the infotainment system and all the buttons. Even the steering wheel has an interesting design. Quality materials are used throughout, but there are some cheap materials too.

A total of five people can be seated inside Tucson, but the PHEV loses some space in the rear and cargo due to the battery and electric components. Also, the seats should come in leather upholstery, or there should be an option to upgrade to leather. Spacing for the front row should not be a problem at all. The second row gets around 41.3” of legroom in the gas variant but the PHEV should get a little less.

Models

2022 Hyundai Tucson PHEV (expected)

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid PHEV

2021 Ford Escape PHEV

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

N/A

39.5/57.8/41.0

39.8/56.7/43.1

40.0/57.6/42.4

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

N/A

39.5/56.4/37.8

37.4/55.6/36.7

39.3/56.0/38.9

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

31.9

33.5

15.9

30.7

The 2022 Tucson PHEV is expected to offer around 31.9 cubic feet, which is down from 41.2 cubic feet in the gas variant, due to battery placement. The rear seats fold down and increase the area to 71.8 cubic feet, which is again down from 80.3 cubic feet in the gas variants. The Escape Hybrid offers the best space at the rear row, but all of the vehicles are decent. The cargo capacity in the Subaru is the lowest when compared to the others. Some interior features are –

  • Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Distance pacing w/ traffic stop-go
  • Day-night auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Fade-to-off interior lighting
  • Cargo area concealed storage
  • Trunk/hatch auto-latch

2022 Hyundai Tucson PHEV: Infotainment and Connectivity

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson PHEV is probably going to come with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment screen. The screen is very bright and crisp. It is also visible under direct sunlight. Plus, the system is intuitive and responsive. 

Standard infotainment features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, HD Radio, SiriusXM radio. Navigation with traffic updates might also be added. We also don’t know which sound system the PHEV will be rocking by default, but there should be an option to upgrade to Bose premium sound system. Some highlights of the infotainment system are –

  • 10.25” infotainment touchscreen
  • SiriusXM Radio and HD Radio
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Bluetooth Connectivity

2022 Hyundai Tucson plug-in hybrid SUV Exterior

 Hyundai picked the design from their Vision T Concept. They have decided to go for a controversial step. The 2022 Tucson PHEV oozes out exuberance with a bold and futuristic design. The front fascia houses the big V-shape which is home to both the headlamps and the massive grille. The fog lights flank the bottom half of the front fascia. 

The design is very striking and will turn a lot of heads on the street. The sides have masculine lines and the rear has a light bar. The taillights are shaped like a tiger’s fangs. The Tucson PHEV is also expected to feature 17-inch alloy wheels similar to the Hybrid variant. Overall the Tucson PHEV looks good and very similar to the other Tucson models in the lineup.

Models

2022 Hyundai Tucson PHEV (expected)

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid PHEV

2021 Ford Escape PHEV

Curb Weight (lbs)

N/A

4,235

3,717

3,491

Length (inches)

182.3

180.9

176.5

180.5

Width (inches)

73.4

73.0

71.0

74.1

Height (inches)

65.6

67.0

62.8

66.1

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.3

8.0

8.7

7.9

Wheelbase (inches)

108.5

105.9

104.9

106.7

Length-wise, the Tucson is expected to be the longest, while the RAV4 Prime and Escape have similar exterior dimensions. The cars also have pretty comparable wheelbases. The RAV4 Prime sits pretty taller than the other cars in the segment which translates into better headroom. The Subaru comes with the best legroom of 8.7 inches while the Tucson PHEV comes in at a second place. Prominent exterior highlights include:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
  • Tiger fang shaped Taillights
  • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access

2022 Hyundai Tucson plug-in hybrid SUV Safety

The Hyundai Tucson PHEV is expected to come with a set of advanced safety features including Rear Occupant Alert (ROA) and Remote Smart Parking Assist. The 2022 Tucson models are also expected to receive impressive safety ratings from NHTSA as well as IIHS as the 2021 model received very good crash test scores. Hyundai also provides the Tucson PHEV with impressive warranty coverage. The following are a major safety features sure to be in the 2022 Hyundai Tucson PHEV -

  • Surround View and Blind-Spot View Monitor
  • Parking Distance Warning (front and rear)
  • Blind-Spot Collision and Cross Traffic Avoidance Assist
  • Smart Cruise Control with start/stop

2022 Hyundai Tucson plug-in hybrid SUV Final Verdict

Hyundai is taking a bold approach and they are not afraid to hide it. The 2022 Tucson PHEV is for those who want to do their part in saving the environment but also want a peppy and responsive engine. The handling is good, the interior is upscale and the exterior design is handsome. Tucson has made some excellent changes, however, it still has a lower fuel economy and less practicality compared to its rivals.