By Larry Lark, contributor
Hyundai’s “horse” in the compact sports utility market niche is the 2022 Tucson.
My tester was the Limited with all-wheel drive. Tucson is Hyundai’s top-selling vehicle globally, and it has been refreshed for the new model year. It is now larger, providing more passenger and cargo room.
Powered by a Smartstream 2.5-liter, four-cylinder, direct- and multi-port-injected gasoline engine mated to and eight-speed automatic transmission, the Tucson is delivers power and fuel economy.
With seating for five adults and some cargo, the combo boasts a generous 187 horsepower at 6,100 rpm and 178 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm, with and EPA-estimated combined fuel economy of 29 mpg with front-wheel drive, and 26 mpg with all-wheel drive.
All-wheel drive capabilities are an example of technology that facilitates active lifestyles that often include inclement weather, adverse terrain, and active outdoor adventures.
Tucson is also offered with hybrid and plug-in hybrid drivetrains, and Limited, N Line, SE and SEL trim levels. Starting price is just under $25,000.
Tucson offers a number of segment-first exclusive features including:
Remote Smart Park Assist
Remote Smart Park Assist allows owners to park and retrieve their Tucson from the tightest of parking spaces from outside the vehicle, a very convenient feature. The driver simply uses the smart key to drive the SUV forward or backward, into or out of a parking space, garage or any tight parking situation.
Remote Start with Heated and Ventilated Seats
Remote Start uses a cellular data connection via the Blue Link app that allows an owner to warm up or cool down the Tucson remotely.
Hyundai Digital Key
Hyundai Digital Key is a segment-exclusive feature, supported via a dedicated smartphone app. The Digital Key app also allows smartphones to control selected vehicle systems remotely. Users can lock and unlock the vehicle, activate the panic alert and start the engine.
Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
Tucson now offers an eight-inch color touchscreen coupled with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to make staying connected easier than ever. Wireless pairing automatically connects an Android or Apple smartphone, so the driver can keep their phone in a pocket, backpack or purse.
My tester came equipped with an extra-long list of standard creature comforts highlighted by leather trimmed seats, heated steering wheel and side mirrors, smart cruise control, hands-free power lift-gate, surround view monitor, dual USB and 12V DC power outlets, Bose premium audio system, expanded ambient interior lighting, and dual-zone climate control.
The exterior benefits from a panoramic sunroof, 19-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running
lights, headlights and tail lamps, rear privacy glass, and an “Intense Blue” coat of enamel.
The new Tucson currently offers more standard and available active safety features than any other SUV in its class to help keep drivers, passengers and others out of harm’s way.
The creme de la creme includes forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane-keeping assist, high-beam assist, driver attention warning, rear occupant alert, intelligent speed limit assist and leading vehicle departure alert.
Base Price: $37,285
Price As Driven: $37,454
Destination charge is included in base price. Vehicles are provided by the manufacturer. List price may vary at local dealerships.