The first thing to notice about our press vehicle during our 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid MPG test is Hyundai’s bold stab at a new exterior design. Where the new Tucson differs is in the location of its headlights or lack of an actual distinct headlight placement. It looks funky but it’s actually pretty cool! The light assembly you would think provides the illumination of the road is actually just for daytime running lights and turn signals. When the vehicle is powered off, they blend in with the rest of the pattern of the front grille with the actual headlights located off to the sides of the vehicle in a light housing you would think is just fog lights. This is actually becoming more popular of a design with other crossovers like the Jeep Cherokee adopting the same idea so the headlights have a futuristic, slim look. Fun facts aside, we were excited to perform this test of the 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid MPG in the real world because Hyundai is a bit unconventional with their hybrid powertrains and we wanted to see how this one stacked up to its competitors.
How our test car differed from other hybrid powertrains during our 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid fuel economy test is by using a traditional automatic transmission. Usually a CVT transmission is employed to transfer power from the gas/electric powertrain to the wheels, but on the Tucson Hybrid a 6-speed torque-converter automatic transmission is used. This makes for a more familiar approach to its driving dynamics rather than a slurry CVT with no character; it may sacrifice some fuel economy, but it’s not terribly far behind the consumption claims of the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and Ford Escape Hybrid competitors. During Car and Driver’s testing, it proved to greatly help the performance of the Tucson in acceleration and quarter-mile times. Something else that makes the Tucson Hybrid much different from a traditional hybrid crossover is the presence of a turbocharger! There seems to be a Mr. Hyde to this Dr. Jekyll of fuel savings.
During our test of the 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid, Charlie found during real-world driving on Michigan highways to result in 35 MPG! This is one mile short of the EPA’s claim of 36 MPG for the Hyundai Tucson Hybrid gas mileage but it is miles better than what Car and Driver found during their 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid fuel economy test. They run their tests at an average of 75 mph and found their test car to return a staggering result of 28 MPG! We’re not sure how they got such a bad result, but we were pleased to find our Hyundai Tucson Hybrid fuel mileage result to correspond much closer to the EPA’s Hyundai Tucson Hybrid MPG result. If based on this 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid fuel economy result you were to cruise on a full tank, you can expect to travel 470 miles between fuel stops.
Watch Our Test of the 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid Fuel Economy:
How We Test the 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid Gas Mileage:
Daily Motor‘s real-world highway fuel economy test of the 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid MPG consists of over 100 miles of consistent highway driving. We fill this hybrid SUV using the “three-click method,” meaning running the gas pump on super fast flow until it clicks, waiting ten seconds, running low flow until it clicks again, waiting another ten seconds, then running low flow one last time. The lowest octane fuel accepted by the vehicle’s manufacturer is used. We then drive 50 miles on public highway in one direction and then back in the opposite direction, attempting not to draft or drive aggressively. We set the cruise control at GPS-indicated 73 MPH in an attempt to achieve a moving average speed of 70 MPH over the entire test. Upon return to the gas station, we refill at the same gas pump as the initial fill using the same method. Miles per gallon is determined by dividing total miles traveled by fuel consumed. In cases where our observed figure differs greatly from the vehicle’s indicated figure and/or EPA’s estimate, we may recommend a number in between or plan to retest the 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid gas mileage.