5 Fun Facts You Might Not Know About the 2022 Hyundai Tucson

It is a well-kept secret, but over the past few years, the Hyundai Tucson compact sport-utility has taken over the mantle as Hyundai's bestselling vehicle in the United States. Now, with the introduction of the all-new 2022 Hyundai Tucson, the automaker is going all out to make its bestseller even more appealing to American car buyers. 

2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid Limited White Front Quarter

From new hybrid and plug-in hybrids to added levels of luxury and convenience, the multi-faceted 2022 Hyundai Tucson hits many of the current consumer's biggest hot buttons. That means more safety, more security, and more connectivity. And the 2022 Tucson is all about that with a variety of new features that aren't obvious at first glance but make a big difference once you know they're there. 

Here are five facts of importance to anyone considering the purchase of a 2022 Hyundai Tucson.

Fun Fact 1: The Tucson has grown up - Find the best Hyundai deals!

The previous edition of the Tucson was a significant sales success, but one complaint about it versus key competitors was its smaller size. So, without making it obvious, Hyundai has changed all that for this generation. The 2022 Tucson is longer, wider, and taller than its predecessor. The biggest change is in overall length, which is up by over six inches.

All this translates into more interior space, which puts more utility into the sport-utility. The 2022 Tucson's cargo hold measures 38.7 cubic feet, nearly eight cubic feet bigger than in the 2021 model. Passenger space is greater too. At 108.2 cubic feet, it is six cubic feet larger than the previous Tucson.

Fun Fact 2: The all-wheel-drive system is really smart - Find the best Hyundai deals!

The all-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-drive systems in many SUVs are essentially analog. They operate mechanically with no way to adjust on their own for changing conditions. But the 2022 Tucson's Hyundai Traction (HTRAC) AWD system uses computer technology to offer drivers more control while at the same time assuming some control on its own. 

2022 Hyundai Tucson Limited Red Rear View Driving in Dirt

A multi-modal system, the Tucson's HTRAC AWD employs an electronically controlled variable-torque-split clutch. This gives it the ability to send torque to the front or rear axle, depending on the traction available.

In HTRAC-equipped Tucsons, the driver also can choose from four different modes — Normal, Sport, Smart, and Snow — that change the way the AWD system distributes torque for better control and all-around drivability. For example, the Sport mode offers a more performance-oriented experience by sending a higher proportion of torque to the rear wheels.

Fun Fact 3: Tucson hybrids help you steer - Find the best Hyundai deals!

The 2022 Tucson is available with hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains. Both are great for fuel economy, but they have additional benefits as well. One of them is Hyundai's E-handling technology, which uses the hybrid's electric motors and control electronics to improve the vehicle's cornering ability.

2022 Hyundai Tucson Interior Dashboard

How does it work? As a Tucson hybrid or plug-in hybrid enters a corner, the system applies braking force to the front wheels increasing the front tires' contact patch with the road and enabling better steering control. When exiting the turn, the system provides electric-motor torque virtually instantly to the rear axle, giving the Tucson better traction and more power. 

This combination of traits, transparent to the driver, offers better cornering performance.

Fun Fact 4: The Tucson will call you - Find the best Hyundai deals!

For several years many Hyundai models have offered the proprietary Blue Link connected services system as part of the company's Hyundai Owner Assurance program. But in the 2022 Tucson, Hyundai significantly enhances the system. For instance, if you leave the vehicle unlocked or with the windows open, it will call you to let you know.

It has some other neat tricks as well. Before you enter the Tucson, you can use your smartphone to turn on the heated or ventilated seats individually, so they are to your liking when you sit down. You can also send up to three waypoints at a time to your car to construct a driving route before you slip behind the wheel. 

Fun Fact 5: The Tucson checks on kids & pets - Find the best Hyundai deals!

Each year tragedies occur when drivers inadvertently leave children or pets in the back seats of vehicles. To offer safety to kids and pets, the 2022 Hyundai Tucson has an ultrasonic rear-seat reminder system that monitors for motion inside of the SUV after you've locked and left it.

This system will remind you to check the rear seats when you exit the vehicle. But that's just the beginning. If it detects movement in the back seats after the driver has left the vehicle, it will sound the Tucson's horn and send an alert to the driver's smartphone.

Hyundai Motor America is the source of information in this article. It was accurate as of April 16, 2021, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker's website or your local dealership.