The Hyundai brand has afforded itself a position at the top of the field for mainstream automobiles and the newly redesigned Hyundai Tucson plays an important role in such a recognition. As I embark on another experience with the Hyundai Tucson, there’s a lot of new information to take away in having the normal gas-powered Tucson in my possession for a week in the top Limited trim.

What I have found in the new 2022 Hyundai Tucson Limited all-wheel-drive is that its powertrain may be the worst part of such a vehicle, and that’s rather unfortunate because it’s a likable vehicle with several welcomed features and amenities and the proper spacious accommodations for a “compact” crossover.

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Powering the 2022 Hyundai Tucson Limited AWD is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that has 187 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. The naturally aspirated engine is mated to a decent 8-speed automatic transmission that does all it can to help land the 4-cylinder engine in its powerband. However, the excitement of the Tucson Limited AWD never arrives as the engine feels sluggish, and getting the Tucson moving from a stop is somewhat of a letdown. Getting up to 60 mph takes about 8.8 seconds, which is much slower than the Tucson Hybrid I tested a few months ago, about 1.4 seconds slower. Moreover, the normal gas-powered Tucson Limited AWD wants to lurch and slow preventing you from keeping a consistent pace when you travel at speeds around 40 to 60 mph. At such speeds, the Tucson’s transmission never locks up its torque converter leaving the engine to loft around where you can hardly ever find the right throttle position to keep a steady speed. This little quirks is mostly due to the lack of torque from the engine where the 8-speed automatic transmission has to compensate by slipping the torque converter and allowing the engine to rev a little higher without upshifting constantly.

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By: Malcolm Hogan
Title: 2022 Hyundai Tucson Limited AWD Review & Test Drive
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Published Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2022 13:11:59 +0000

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