2022 Hyundai Tucson Plug-In Hybrid Priced Less Than Toyota RAV4 Prime

hyundai-tucson-phev-2022-oem-charging 2022 Hyundai Tucson PHEV | Manufacturer image

In the spring, Hyundai announced the addition of a plug-in-hybrid version of its Tucson compact SUV. At the time, the automaker said the 2022 Tucson Plug-in Hybrid would have standard all-wheel drive, 32 miles of all-electric range and 261 system horsepower — but it didn’t say how much the Tucson’s latest variant would cost. Now we know: $35,975 (all prices include destination but not any available plug-in tax credits) for an SEL, the lowest trim available for the PHEV Tucson. (PHEV stands for plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.)

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$29,585 $1,104 price drop
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Primed for an Upset?

That starting price is more than $3,500 less than the Tucson Plug-in Hybrid’s chief rival, the 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime, a PHEV version of Toyota’s popular compact SUV. The RAV4 Prime starts at $39,565 for its lower trim, SE, though it beats the plug-in Tucson in horsepower and all-electric range with 302 total system hp and 42 miles of EPA-rated all-electric range. (Factors beyond horsepower affect acceleration, but the RAV4 Prime is legitimately quick.) Whether that extra power and range is worth the extra money remains to be seen.

Limited, Too

In addition to the SEL, the Tucson Plug-in Hybrid will be available in the SUV’s highest trim, Limited, adding a significant number of comfort, convenience and safety features. Among them:

  • A 10.25-inch touchscreen display, up from 8 inches in the SEL (albeit likely with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto versus the wireless integration on the 8-inch unit, as was the case for the 2021 Tucson)
  • Heated rear seats (heated front seats are standard on all trims)
  • A surround-view camera system
  • Hyundai’s blind spot cameras

All of that will cost $7,800 more than the SEL, with a total price of $43,775. At that, the most expensive Toyota RAV4 Prime, the XSE, is actually slightly less expensive than the Tucson Plug-in Hybrid Limited, with a starting price of $42,890.

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson Plug-in Hybrid should go on sale soon.

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