It's just a $1,250 premium over the standard 2.5-liter, meaning you'll get your money back in under four years at $3 a gallon of gas courtesy of the hybrid's 30% better fuel efficiency.
Given the cabin quiet, I'd be content with the 2.5-liter. In keeping with its smartphone-like LCD screens, the Tucson boasts wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Climb into the comfy front thrones and the Tucson recognizes your phone. Simply bark your destination to Google Maps and you're on your way to the next destination.
In Tucson, my destination was Arizona Zipline Adventures in the middle of the desert. Like Michigan winters and sandy coastlines, its slippery terrain rewards a good all-wheel-drive system, and Tucson comes equipped with an electronic transfer case that is lockable for maximum traction below 20 mph.
Like a Jeep, the Tucson's four wheels churned happily away in unison in order to maintain traction. And like a Lambo, I couldn't stop looking at its angles.
2022 Hyundai Tucson
Vehicle type: Front engine, front- and all-wheel-drive, five-passenger SUV
Price: $26,135, including $1,185 destination fee ($37,454 2.5-liter Limited AWD and $38,704 Hybrid Limited as tested)
Powerplant: 2.5-liter 4 cylinder; 1.6-liter turbo-4 mated to an electric motor and 13.8 kWh lithium ion battery
Power: 187 horsepower, 178 pound-feet torque (2.5-liter); 226 horsepower, 195 pound-feet torque (hybrid)