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Hyundai confirms powertrains, features of redesigned 2022 Tucson for U.S. market

The Hyundai Tucson has been remade for the 2022 model year.

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

In mid-September, Hyundai unveiled its next-generation Tucson SUV. Now, the automaker has confirmed which of its powertrains and features will make their way to the U.S. market.

"Our new Tucson represents the future of Hyundai's full-spectrum eco-powertrain approach, offering internal combustion, hybrid and plug-in hybrid models in a high-volume compact SUV. With all-wheel-drive capability now added to new hybrid SUV platforms, customers no longer need to choose between all-road, all-weather capability and outstanding efficiency," said Thomas Schemera, executive vice president, head of Product Division at Hyundai Motor Group.

2022 Hyundai TucsonThis version of the Tucson is longer and winner than before.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The new Tucson for the U.S. will be offered only in the long-wheelbase version of the global platform. That makes the 2022 Tucson longer, wider, taller, and has a longer wheelbase than the previous generation. Passenger volume increases by 6 cubic feet and cargo volume is up 7.7 cubic feet.

The two-row SUV will be available in gasoline and hybrid variants. Those will be available for purchase by U.S. customers in spring 2021. Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama and the company's plant in Ulsan, Korea will make the internal combustion models.

U.S. customers can choose either a 2.5-liter or a turbocharged 1.6-liter hybrid engine in their Tucson. The larger engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and yields 187 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. Both are improvements over the 2021 model's 2.4-liter engine capabilities. It's also targeted to get 28 mpg, 3 mpg more than the outgoing power plant.

The hybrid Tucson will be available in two flavors. In the typical Tucson Hybrid, the turbocharged hybrid engine gets 177 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque, with a total system output of 266 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That powertrains is completed by a six-speed automatic transmission, 44.2 kW electric motor, and a 1.49 kWh battery pack. It delivers over 500 miles of range.

2022 Hyundai TucsonThe car features no knobs, buttons, or levers on its center stack.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

A plug-in hybrid Tucson will be sold featuring the same turbo engine and transmission but with a larger battery that yields 13.8 kilowatt-hours of power and an all-electric driving range of 28 miles. Hyundai estimates the SUV achieves 70 MPGe. Using Level 2 charging, the SUV can get a full charge in less than two hours using a 7.2-kilowatt-hour on-board charger.

Models equipped with the available all-wheel drive come with three drive modes: Normal, Sport, and Smart.

U.S. customers will be able to get their Tucson with a 10.25-inch infotainment touch screen, a hoodless digital gauge cluster, and multi-air ventilation, a temperature-adjusting system providing diffused airflow on the front passengers. Hyundai touts the new airflow system as a more comfortable alternative to the traditional vented air distribution within the cabin.

2022 Hyundai TucsonThe Tucson has a fully digital instrument panel in front of the driver.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

Tucson's second-row seats feature fold-and-dive functionality. A release lever in the rear cargo area helps make this feature easier to operate.

Hyundai has given the Tucson some segment-first technology: Remote Smart Park Assist, remote start with heated and ventilated seats, Digital Key, and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Pricing for the 2022 Tucson has yet to be announced. Expect it to be price similar to the 2021 model, which starts at $23,700 and tops out near $34,000.

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2023 Nissan Leaf pricing announced

The Leaf got a mild facelift for 2023.

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Nissan is nearing the release of the Ariya, its first new EV in several years. Even so, the brand hasn't forgotten about its first mass-market EV, the Leaf. It was an early entrant in the space, and has been an efficient, affordable, commuter car for over a decade. The car got a mild facelift for 2023, with updated wheels and exterior styling accents. Today, Nissan announced pricing for the Leaf, which starts at just under $29,000.

2023 Nissan LeafThe Leaf feels lively, despite middling power numbers.Nissan

The base Leaf comes with a 40-kWh battery capable of delivering a 149-mile range. Its 110-kW electric motor produces 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. The Leaf SV Plus features a 60-kWh battery for a range of 212 miles. It comes with a 160-kW motor that makes 214 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. Nissan backs all Leaf models with an eight-year/100,000-mile battery warranty.

ProPilot Assist comes standard for the Leaf SV Plus, and brings a full suite of advanced driver aids that include adaptive cruise control, driver alertness features, and a surround-view monitor. All Leaf models get Nissan Safety Shield 360, which includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warnings, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts, automatic high beams, and rear automatic braking.

2023 Nissan LeafThe Leaf SV Plus offers up to 212 miles of range.Nissan

The new Leaf starts at $28,895, which includes a $1,095 destination charge. The Leaf SV Plus starts at $36,895. The 2023 Nissan Leaf is on sale now, and may be eligible for federal tax credits of up to $7,500. Depending on where you live, you may also be able to receive a state tax credit or other incentives.

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The Hyundai Palisade got a mild refresh for 2023.

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Earlier this year, Hyundai announced changes to the Palisade for 2023. The list includes a new front fascia, an updated grille with new headlights and daytime running lights, a 12-inch touchscreen with navigation, and more. A new XRT trim joined the lineup as well, bringing brawny off-road styling and dar exterior trim. Today, Hyundai announced pricing for the SUV, which starts at a little more than $32,000.

2023 Hyundai PalisadeA new XRT trim adds rugged styling. Hyundai

The Palisade's powertrain carries over from 2022, which includes a 3.8-liter V6 that makes 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. Inside, the SUV got several new and updated technology features, including a more powerful wireless device charging pad, an updated digital key system, and a larger infotainment display.

As Hyundai's flagship SUV, the Palisade edges on luxury territory, with plush leather upholstery and a serene cabin that offers excellent noise cancellation and comfort. Captain's chairs and seven-passenger seating are available, but a second-row bench comes standard and brings eight-passenger capacity to the SUV.

Muscular SUVs are more popular than ever before, so Hyundai gave the posh Palisade an outdoorsy treatment with its XRT trim. The new Palisade XRT builds on the SEL trim with 20-inch wheels, a more rugged bumper and lower body cladding, a sunroof, and leatherette upholstery. To be clear, XRT is an appearance package that does not improve off-road capability to a large degree.

2023 Hyundai PalisadeTop trims border on the quality and design of some luxury brands. Hyundai

Standard safety equipment is generous, and includes forward collision warnings with avoidance, lane keep assist, lane following assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, driver attention warnings, high beam assist, and adaptive cruise control.

Pricing for the base Palisade SE starts at $36,245, which includes a $1,295 destination charge. The top Calligraphy AWD model starts at $52,095 after destination. All-wheel drive is available for all trims as an added-cost option.

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