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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2023 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2022 Hyundai Tucson Limited AWD

Vehicle Type: SUV Gasoline
 overall score
Category Ranking: 27

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $36,100
Price as Tested: $37,454

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 14.3
EPA City mpg24
EPA Highway mpg29
EPA Combined mpg26

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [S]
  • Driver Monitoring [S]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
  • Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking [O]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional
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Overall Observations

Hyundai completely redesigned its Tucson compact crossover for 2022, giving it bolder styling, more tech, new engines, and a new transmission. The Tucson was Hyundai’s best-selling vehicle in 2022 and delivers good value for the money. The cabin has a generous amount of space, with plenty of headroom and legroom, and its height makes it easy to get in and out of. There’s good interior storage, and its cargo space is among the best for small SUVs. The Tucson has a lot of convenience features, too. The front seats are heated and ventilated, and the rear seats are heated. Interior lighting is good, and the center-stack layout and controls are easy to access. All trim levels have basic ADAS features, and higher trims offer more sophisticated ones, such as a surround-view camera. Unfortunately, there are negatives as well. The Tucson’s only engine (185 hp) feels underpowered, with a lagging initial throttle response and nonlinear throttle surge. The brake feel is spongy, and the brakes sometimes squeak. The Tucson’s ride is comfortable on smooth roads but turns harsh on rough pavement. The seats are too firm and lack adjustability. Most controls are operated via the touch screen and don’t provide feedback - some hard buttons and knobs would be an improvement. Finally, large rear roof pillars obstructs visibility

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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • • Good value for the money
  • • Spacious interior with abundant headroom and legroom
  • • Excellent storage and cargo space
  • • Easy to enter and exit

Weak Points

  • • Underpowered drivetrain, lagging throttle response
  • • Ride quality is harsh on uneven pavement
  • • Seats are too firm and lack adjustability

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2022
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 3720.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 182.3 / 73.4 / 65.6
Wheelbase (in): 108.5
Number of air bags: 7
Warranty (months/miles): 60/60,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Michelin Primacy A/S
Front and rear tire size: 235/55 R19
Max towing capacity (lbs): 2,000
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Auto 8-speed
Drivetrain type: All wheel
Engine/motor: 2.5L I4 GDI
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 187 @ 6,100

Test Data

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Handling: 7.24
Quality and Drivability: 6.54

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