New SUV

2022 Hyundai Tucson lineup expanded with N Line, plug-in hybrid models

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson Plug-In Hybrid joins the Hyundai family this summer.

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson has yet to reach dealerships, but that isn't stopping the automaker from introducing two new variants. The 2022 Hyundai Tucson N Line and 2022 Hyundai Tucson Plug-in Hybrid join the lineup and will be available in the spring and summer, respectively.

2022 Hyundai Tucson N Line

2022 Hyundai Tucson N Line

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The new Hyundai Tucson N Line is designed to appeal to enthusiast buyers and has looks that fall into the N Line design precedent set by the Sonata N Line and Elantra N Line with a more aggressive appearance. Hyundai also says that it has motorsport-inspired details.

The Tucson N Line builds on the Tucson SEL and includes the features from the Convenience package. Unlike other upgraded Hyundais, the N Line model has no performance enhancements.

Its exterior features N Line front and rear bumper fascia, an N Line grille, black headlamp bezels, Fender N line badging, 19-inch black alloy wheels, black side mirrors and window surrounds, a dual-tipped exhaust, and N Line rear spoiler.

The interior of the SUV has N line logos, steering wheel, shifter, and seats. There's also a black headliner, metal pedals and door sill plates, and a Bose premium audio system. N Line interior details include N-branded black leather sport seats with cloth inserts and red stitching on the door trim and armrest. N logos accent the shifter console surround, metal pedals, footrest and doorsills.

Hyundai will sell the model in Ash Black, White Pearl, Titan Gray, and Red Crimson paint colors. The red is exclusive to the Hyundai family.

2022 Hyundai Tucson Plug-in Hybrid

Hyundai says that this model focuses on balancing fun-to-drive performance and fuel economy. The SUV is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter hybrid engine that is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. It achieves 261 horsepower and combines with a 13.8-kilowatt-hour battery to yield 32 miles of all-electric range. Fuel economy is rated at 70 MPGe and 30 mpg.

All-wheel drive and Snow drive mode are standard.

The vehicle is capable of charging via a Level II (240-volt) system using the on-board 7.2-kilowatt on-board charger. It takes two hours to charge the battery on this type of power source.

Hyundai rates the Tucson Plug-In Hybrid as having a 2,000-pound towing capacity.

Hyundai is backing both models with a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, five-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty, and even-year anti-perforation warranty. Three years/36,000 miles of normal oil changes and tire rotations are also included.

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2022 Lexus NX earns Top Safety Pick +

The 2022 NX earned a Top Safety Pick + award.

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The redesigned 2022 Lexus NX just got its crash test scores, and they're strong. The new crossover picked up a Top Safety Pick + award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the agency's top award. It's the NX's fourth consecutive Top Safety Pick + award, and before that the vehicle earned Top Safety Picks.

2022 Lexus NXThe NX has picked up top awards for several years in a row. Lexus

The 2022 NX picked up top scores in testing, earning a "Good" rating in all crash-test categories, a "Good" score for headlights, "Superior" scores for both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian crash prevention, and a "Good+" score for LATCH system ease of use. Though the 2021 model also picked up a Top Safety Pick + award, it scored lower for its car seat anchors.

Lexus offers the new NX with a whopping four propulsion options, including a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 203 horsepower, a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 275 horsepower, a 2.5-liter hybrid with 239 horsepower and a plug-in hybrid powertrain with 302 horsepower. The two gas engines come paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive, while the two hybrids both get all-wheel drive.

2022 Lexus NXLexus offers the NX with four powertrain options. Lexus

Pricing for the 2022 NX starts at $39,025 for the base NX250. Moving up the line, the NX350h starts at $42,125 and the NX450h+ starts at $56,725.

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New luxury EV

Lexus announces all-electric RZ 450e

Lexus just announced the new RZ 450e

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Lexus and Toyota have finally jumped onto the EV train, and we’ll soon see new all-electric SUVs from both. The Lexus variant, named RZ 450e, features a reasonable range, upscale interior, and neat all-wheel drive technology. We don’t have firm pricing for the Lexus, but expect it to start in the mid-to-high $40,000 range.

2023 Lexus RZRange is expected to reach 225 miles per chage. Lexus

The RZ shares a platform and much of its underlying engineering with the Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra, but will take a more upscale approach. Though its size and overall shape are similar to the others, the Lexus’ exterior styling is sharper and sportier, with functional aerodynamic bodywork. A new Lexus logo is spelled out on the rear gate, instead of the traditional “L” of previous models.

The SUV comes with a 71.4-kWh battery that should deliver a range of around 225 miles on a charge. All-wheel drive is standard, and uses the RZ’s dual electric motors to shift power between the wheels that need it most.

Inside, the RZ features a minimalist, open space with controls meant to remind drivers of a horse’s reins. Ultrasuede upholstery and woodgrain trim come standard. Lexus notes the RZ’s head-up display is controllable via steering wheel-mounted buttons that handle navigation, audio, and other functions.

2023 Lexus RZThough similar to the Toyota bZ4X inside, the Lexus IS more upscale and minimalist. Lexus

Speaking of the steering wheel, the first RZs will be available with a round wheel only, but later on, Lexus will offer a yoke-style wheel like the one seen in the Toyota bZ4X concept and Tesla’s Plaid models.

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