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2023 Hyundai Tucson Review, Pricing, and Specs

Overview

The 2023 Hyundai Tucson has cutting-edge styling that stands out among its more sober-looking compact SUV competitors. That doesn’t mean the Tucson sacrifices practicality or affordability. It boasts both. Hyundai took the blanket approach with the Tucson, offering a wide variety of trims and powertrains—including a hybrid and plug-in hybrid—giving it broad appeal. The entry-level powertrain is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, but the hybrid and plug-in hybrid models use a turbocharged 1.6-liter four backed by an electric motor—a combination that provides more pep . Entry-level models of the Tucson are nicely equipped, while higher-end trims cross the line from mainstream to premium, giving it an edge over rivals like the Honda CR-V, the Toyota RAV4 and the Volkswagen Tiguan.

What’s new for 2023?

After a complete redesign for the 2022 model year, the Tucson sees only a few packaging changes for 2023. The Premium package has been eliminated from the SEL model and its contents spread to other trim levels as standard features. For example, the panoramic sunroof is now standard on the N-Line trim and the larger 10.3-inch infotainment screen can be found on all XRT trims and up. Adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection and a speed limit assist feature are now standard on all Tucson trims. Serenity White Pearl replaces Quartz White on the Tucson’s exterior color palette.

Prices and which one to buy

SAY

$27,745

CELL

$29,345

CELL Convenience

$31,595

Blue Hybrid

$32,195

XRT

$34,570

N line

$34,620

$35,155

Restrict

$37,005

CELL PHEV

$38,345

Limit hybrids

$39,955

Limited PHEV

$45,605

After sampling the Tucson’s various powertrains, we think the hybrid represents the sweet spot between performance, features and price. We suggest the SEL Convenience Hybrid trim because it comes standard with heated front seats, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, a sunroof, and a 10.3-inch digital gauge display, among other things.

Engine, transmission and performance

A 187-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder will be standard and come with an eight-speed automatic and either front- or all-wheel drive. A turbocharged 1.6-liter four will power hybrid and plug-in hybrid models, good for a combined 226-hp in the former and 261-hp in the latter; all-wheel drive is standard with the electrified powertrains and both come with a six-speed automatic transmission. The non-hybrid Tucson’s performance is adequate at best, so lead-footed drivers will yearn for more power. At our test track, our all-wheel-drive Limited test vehicle hit 60 mph in an unimpressive 8.8 seconds, which is nonetheless close to average for this not-very-quick class of SUVs. The more powerful Tucson hybrid and plug-in hybrid are both faster, but don’t have the sports car-like acceleration of Toyota’s RAV4 Prime Of them. At our test track, we loaded Limited hybrid test vehicle managed a reasonable 7.1-second run to 60 mph. While the Tucson is no sports car, its handling is confident, its steering is reasonably sharp and its ride is pleasant. What’s most striking about the Tucson’s driving behavior is how quiet and refined it feels when cruising; it is these qualities that give the SUV a sense of luxury rarely found in this class.

Range, charging and battery life

The plug-in hybrid model has a 13.8 kWh battery pack that the EPA says offers up to 33 miles of electric-only driving. A 7.2kW on-board charger fully recharges the battery in around two hours when connected to a level 2 charging station.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The EPA estimates that non-hybrid versions of the Tucson should return as high as 26 mpg city and 33 mpg highway with front-wheel drive. Fuel efficiency ratings for the hybrid are as high as 38 mpg city and 38 mpg highway; the plug-in hybrid model has a rating of 80 MPGe combined and delivered 33 miles of electric-only driving in the EPA’s test. On us 75 mph highway fuel economy route, The hybrid model failed to deliver its EPA-estimated 38 mpg, returning just 28 mpg; we haven’t tested the plug-in hybrid or the non-hybrid Tucson on our route. For more information on the Tucson’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, comfort and cargo

The Tucson has a simplistic yet modern dashboard design with a digital gauge display, a push-button shifter and a touch-sensitive control panel for the climate control system and infotainment. Hyundai’s flagship Palisade SUV and the brand’s recently redesigned Sonata and Elantra sedans served as a watershed moment of sorts for the company’s interior designs, and the new Tucson continues the trend with a thoughtful interior filled with quality materials and luxury features. The Tucson’s rear seat space and cargo area are both larger than the outgoing model, offering more passenger comfort and practicality. Behind the hybrid’s rear row, we fit nine carry-on bags, and the luggage capacity rose to 22 bags with the seats stowed.

Infotainment and connectivity

A standard 8.8-inch touchscreen is integrated into the dashboard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; a larger 10.3-inch screen with built-in navigation is optional—as are features like SiriusXM satellite radio and an upgraded Bose stereo system. Other high-tech offerings include Hyundai’s Digital Key smartphone app, which offers locking and unlocking features as well as a remote start option.

Safety and Driver Assistance Features

A multitude of driver assistance features will be available, many of which will be standard. For more information on the Tucson’s crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Standard lane departure warning with lane keeping assist
  • Available adaptive cruise control with lane centering assist

Warranty and Maintenance Cover

In the compact SUV market, only one competitor offers as much warranty coverage as the Tucson, and that’s its corporate twin, the Kia Sportage. The Hyundai still holds an edge over the Come on in this area, however, thanks to its generous complimentary scheduled maintenance program.

  • Limited warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers 10 years or 100,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for three years or 36,000 miles

Specifications

Specifications

2022 Hyundai Tucson Limited AWD
Vehicle type: front engine, four-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon

PRICE
Base/As Tested: $37,395/$37,890
Options: Calypso Red paint, $400; carpet floor mats, $195

ENGINE
DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, port and direct fuel injection
Displacement: 152 inches32497 cm3
Power: 187 hp @ 6100 rpm
Torque: 178 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

TRANSMISSION
8-speed automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 12.8-inch ventilated disc/12.0-in disc
Tires: Michelin Primacy A/S
235/55R-19 101V M+S

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 108.5 inches
Length: 182.3 inches
Width: 73.4 inches
Height: 65.6 inches
Passenger volume: 106 feet3
Cargo volume: 39 feet3
Curb weight: 3695 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 8.8 sec
1/4-mile: 16.7 sec @ 85 mph
100 mph: 24.6 sec

Results above show 1 foot deployment of 0.3 sec. away.
Roll start, 5–60 mph: 9.1 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 4.2 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 6.0 sec
Fastest speed (C/D east): 120 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 178 ft
Road holding capacity, 300-foot skid road: 0.83 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 26/24/29 mpg

C/D TEST EXPLAINED

2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid
Vehicle type: front-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, 4-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon

PRICE
Base/As Tested: $30,425/$39,320

POWER TRAIN
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TRANSMISSION

6-speed automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 12.8-inch ventilated disc/12.0-in disc
Tires: Michelin Primacy A/S
235/55R-19 101V M+S

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 108.5 inches
Length: 182.3 inches
Width: 73.4 inches
Height: 65.6 inches
Passenger volume: 104 feet3
Cargo volume: 39 feet3
Curb weight: 3841 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 7.1 sec
1/4-mile: 15.4 sec @ 91 mph
100 mph: 19.0 sec

Results above show 1 foot deployment of 0.3 sec. away.
Acceleration, 5–60 mph: 7.5 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 3.6 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 4.6 sec
Top speed (gov ltd): 122 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 167 ft
Road holding capacity, 300-ft Skid road: 0.84 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 25 mpg
75 mph highway driving: 28 mpg
Highway range: 380 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 37/37/36 mpg

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