Is the Hyundai Tucson Worth Buying in 2021?

As of late, Hyundai has been putting some great effort into revamping its SUV line. Almost everything has been redesigned in their recent additions, and the latest to undergo a makeover is the 2022 Tucson. However, it also raises an important question: can an affordable SUV really live up to the expectations?

The fourth generation of Hyundai Tucson comes with quite a few upgrades, including squared wheel arches, bold creases on the bodywork, and a distinctive cascading headlight design. Furthermore, the interior is also more dynamic. The center stack is devoid of hard buttons and features a shroudless digital instrument panel. 

Another upgrade for the new Hyundai Tucson model is the three powertrain options. In addition to the conventional gasoline engine, there are two hybrid options: a standard hybrid and a plug-in hybrid with up to 28 miles of electric-only range.

Among the things that remain the same include the long-lasting warranty and a value for money.

Here is an overview of the features of Hyundai Tucson to help you determine if it is the right car for you.

1. Engine and Performance

Whether you need to drive around the city or want to take the car for a road trip, the Hyundai Tucson provides a good range of horsepower. However, if you want to haul stuff, you may crave some more power. So if high horsepower is your priority, you may want to look into other cars. For the average driver, however, the horsepower is sufficient.

Other than that, the Hyundai Tucson boasts some great features. The handling feels superior to the budget, the steering is more than satisfactory, and the ride feels comfortable and smooth. It can feel a little heavy on roundabouts but is stable on long roads and highways. Overall, it gets the job done and exceeds expectations just a little.

2. Interior and Comfort

The modern yet simple dashboard design in the Hyundai Tucson features a push button gauge display, infotainment, and a touch sensitive control panel for climate control. More trims come with a standard 8.8-inch touchscreen integrated with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. You can opt for the 10-inch screen with built-in navigation.

Where the Hyundai Tucson truly wins is the spaciousness and comfort levels of the interior. It has plenty of space in both the rear and the cargo, which makes it a practical yet comfortable car. It is a two-row SUV with five seats that are softly padded and supportive. The seats provide ample headroom and legroom for even the tallest of passengers and can easily accommodate two adults and three kids with some room to spare.

It has a compact exterior and a spacious interior, which makes it very functional if you’re looking for an SUV.

3. Battery Life

Talking about functionality, the Hyundai Tucson comes with a good battery life. The battery can be charged fully in about 2 hours when the car is connected to a level 2 charging station. The plug-in hybrid model comes with a 13.8 kWh battery pack that can offer a 32-mil range of electricity. Overall, the battery performance is terrific.

4. Safety Features

The safety features of a car can make or break the deal. The great news is that the Hyundai Tucson has a 5 star ANCAP safety rating out of 5 – which makes it better than the competition. The Tucson comes with a host of driver assistance features, most of which are available across all trims.

The safety features of the car include blind-spot collision warning, forward collision avoidance warning, and lane keeping assist. The blind spot monitoring is a great asset, as it lets you keep your eyes on the road while also being able to watch for rogue vehicles that may be passing by.

The standard driver assistance has the following features: 

  • Rearview camera
  • Forward collision warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Driver drowsiness monitoring
  • Rear seat alert (helps to prevent children and pets from being left inside vehicle)

The driver’s assistance has the following features: 

  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Safe exit assist (uses sensors to detect when it’s safe to open the rear doors)
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Rear collision warning
  • Surround-view parking camera system with blind spot view
  • Remote Smart Parking Assist (lets you use the key fob to pull the SUV in/out of a parking spot while you’re outside the vehicle)
  • Highway Driving Assist (advanced adaptive cruise control with lane centering)

Overall, as long as you do your job as a driver, you won’t have to worry much about the safety of the car. 

5. Costs

Starting at $24,950, the 2022 Tucson is slightly lower than most average compact SUVs that you can find. The cost for mid range trims SEL and N Line increases to $26,500 and $30,600, respectively. The range-topping Limited trim costs around $34,700.

Overall, even the high-end model of the 2022 Hyundai Tucson comes well within a budget. Depending on your needs and uses, you can easily get a car that fits your needs while also falling under your budget.

Final Thoughts

The Hyundai Tucson may not be the best car you can get your hands on. However, if you’re looking for a compact SUV that is economical and comfortable and gets the job done, The Hyundai Tucson 2022 is a very good option to consider.

The spacious five-seat interior, upmarket cabin materials, and large cargo area are some of its key features. It definitely has some high-end features in the tech department and can make the daily commute feel a little more exciting. And at this price tag, it is one of the best cars you can invest in. Some of its competitors include the Toyota Rav4, the Kia Sportage, the Hyundai Santa Fe, the Ford Escape and the Honda HR-V.

So if you’re looking for a budget car that gets the job done and are okay with compromising on some higher-end features, a Hyundai Tucson could be perfect for you.

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