2022 Hyundai Tucson PHEV
When we tested the revamped Hyundai Tucson earlier this year, we made brief mention of two new hybrid models. One with a plug and one without. Well, we finally had a chance to plug into the former: the 2022 Tucson PHEV.
It flaunts the Tucson’s 4th-gen looks and features, underscored by the familiar humming of internal combustion, which comes from a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four. Electrification is by way of a 66.9 kilowatt electric motor and 13.8 kilowatt hour battery. Combined output is pegged at 261 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.
Even with efficiency at the top of the PHEV’s checklist, Hyundai dismissed a CVT in favor of a six-speed automatic transmission. From there, power is channeled to the standard HTRAC all-wheel drive system.
Expect an all-electric range of about 33 miles; both systems working in tandem should get you close to the EPA estimated 35 combined mpg.
It’s a fine driving experience that offers a little bit more grunt than its strictly gas-powered sibling, feeling a tad less sluggish sprinting from a dig. What the ICE and PHEV share is the quiet, smooth and comfortable experience constructed by this new generation of Tucson. And thanks to the 22’s 6-extra inches of length, there’s more room inside for cargo and passengers, though the PHEV benefits less than its counterparts.
With a starting price in the mid 30-thousands, the 2022 Hyundai Tucson PHEV costs between five-to-ten grand more than its traditional hybrid and internal combustion siblings, but we think it’s still an appealing offer for those looking for their first foray into the world of plug-in motoring.
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