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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 PHEV Limited AWD

Vehicle Type: SUV Hybrid
 overall score
Category Ranking: 17

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $42,700
Price as Tested: $44,140

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Electricity/regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 11.1
120V Charge Time: 3.8 miles per hour
240V Charge Time: 18.8 miles per hour
EPA City mpg35
EPA Highway mpg35
EPA Combined mpg: 35
EPA Combined MPGe: 80
EPA-Est. Electric Range (mi): 33

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 [S]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional

Overall Observations

When Hyundai redesigned its popular Tucson for 2022, it added a hybrid (see page 149) and a plug-in hybrid; both versions add to the compact SUV’s versatility, power, fuel efficiency, and solid value. That value is best expressed in the Tucson’s abundance of standard features. The base SEL trim, for example, comes with keyless entry/push-button start, a power driver’s seat, heated front seats, LED headlights with auto high beams, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear vents, a 6-speaker audio system, and more. It also has a full complement of ADAS features, including driverattention warning and safe-exit assist. The top Limited trim adds a surround-view camera, a blind-spot camera with an instrument-panel display, and reverse automatic emergency braking. The PHEV version’s drivetrain is efficient as well, with fast charging times, an all-EV range of up to 33 miles, and fuel-economy ratings of 80 MPGe and 35 mpg. The Tucson’s cabin provides plenty of room for all passengers, although some of its materials could use an upgrade; entry and exit is easy from both front and rear doors. A few of the Tucson’s features could stand improvement, however. For instance, the engine is noisy, especially when pushed hard, and the hybrid-drivetrain transitions could be smoother. Finally, the small rear window and high beltline hamper rear visibility, and the capacitive-touch controls for the HVAC and infotainments systems are distracting to use.

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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • • Good overall value, lots of standard ADAS features
  • • Excellent PHEV versatility; up to 33 all-electric miles
  • • Plenty of room for passengers and cargo
  • • Good overall MPGe and mpg ratings
  • • Easy entry and exit from backseat

Weak Points

  • • Noisy engine under full power
  • • Poor rear visibility (high belt line; small rear window)
  • • Some cheap-looking interior materials
  • • Distracting-to-use capacitive-touch HVAC and audio controls

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2022
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 4220.0
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: Hybrid drive
Drivetrain type: All wheel
Engine/motor: 1.6L I4 turbo GDI
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 180 @ 5,500
Electric motor horsepower: 90
Combined system horsepower: 261

Test Data

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Handling: 6.56
Quality and Drivability: 6.81

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