The Best 2022 SUV For Seniors

Between more affordable crossover models, luxury models, and more off-road capable vehicles, there are more than three dozen compact SUVs to choose from for the 2022 model year. These include models from American, Japanese, South Korean, British, Italian, and German manufacturers.

With all these choices, it can be challenging for seniors to determine which compact SUV model is best for them. And compact doesn’t have to mean small. Several compact SUVs have more cargo room than their midsize crossover competitors.

But the smaller size does lend itself to easier ingress and egress, better fuel economy, and practicality, while still offering the practicality, safety, and improved road visibility that SUVs are known for. Compact SUVs typically offer plenty of space without being too small like some subcompact crossover models.

A Changing Automotive World

The automotive landscape has been changing rapidly in recent years. Hyundai first debuted in the 1980s in the U.S. and was known as cheap, diminutive economy cars. The company has come a long way and is on a roll. Hyundai and Kia have become serious contenders taking on the best models in their vehicle classes.

Hyundai’s popular compact SUV, the Tucson has been completely redesigned for the 2022 model year. Read on to find out what new features it offers and why it’s our pick for the best 2022 SUV for seniors.

2022 Hyundai Tucsons

2022 Hyundai Tucson

The Tucson first debuted in the U.S. for the 2005 model year. Currently, it’s built on the same platform as the larger Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento, along with its corporate twin, the Kia Sportage.


Both companies offer a warranty of five years or 60,000 miles, and a powertrain warranty covering ten years or 100,000 miles. Hyundai offers a more generous complimentary scheduled maintenance program of three years or 36,000 miles.

A Bold New Path for 2022 & Beyond

The Tucson is must more than just a competitive price, extended warranty, and lengthy complimentary maintenance. The 2022 Tucson has bold styling with bulging fenders, angled wheel wells, and headlights integrated into the grill design. Some may find the design polarizing but it does stand out in the crowded compact crossover class.

The Tucson comes with lots of excellent standard features. Step up to the SEL Convenience trim and you get standard heated front seats, a sunroof, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and a 10.3-inches digital gauge display.

Despite its sporty, futuristic styling, the redesigned Tucson has lots of interior space. It has near class-leading cargo space and the rear passenger room is larger, which is perfect for adult passengers or more room for car seats for the grandkids.

The new design shows more consistency across Hyundai’s SUV lineup and certainly draws inspiration from the company’s flagship SUV, the three-row Hyundai Palisade, which is among the best in its class. The Tucson delivers quality materials and luxury features in an affordable, practical, and pleasant package.

2022 Hyundai Tucson

Powertrain Choices

The 2022 Tucson has three powertrain choices. The base is a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder gas engine outputting 187 horsepower. While not a spirited turbocharged or electrified engine, it is sufficient for most senior drivers and has a good throttle response.

The engine delivers good fuel economy of 26-mpg city and 33-mpg highway. With all-wheel-drive, the fuel economy dips noticeably to 24-mpg city and 29-mpg highway.

The Tucson is offered in the U.S. with a dizzying ten different trim lines ranging from the base SE starting at just over $26,000 to the range-topping Limited Hybrid which approaches $40,000.

The reason for so many trim lines is that in addition to the gas engine, the Tucson is offered with both traditional hybrid and plug-in hybrid engines. While it is offered in N line trim, no turbocharged four-cylinder engine is available in the N line for 2022.

Plug-in Electric Charging

Tucson Hybrids

The Tucson Blue hybrid is the model’s lowest-cost hybrid engine choice in terms of sticker price starting at $30,275. This is comparable to the compact crossover hybrids such as the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and Ford Escape Hybrid.

Tucson’s hybrid pairs a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine with an electric motor that combines for 227 horsepower. The hybrid gets excellent fuel economy of 37-mpg city and 36-mpg highway.

The Tucson’s plug-in hybrid uses the same gas engine, but with its plug-in motor abilities, total output increases to 261 horsepower. The plug-in hybrid can go up to 32 miles on electric-only range, allowing it to qualify for electric vehicle tax credits.

As an added benefit, both Tucson hybrid engine options come standard with all-wheel drive on all trim lines.

2019 Hyundai Tucson

Is the Tucson Right For You?

While the Tucson delivers in terms of features and value, it does have some weaknesses. Its highway passing acceleration is not brisk with the base engine. While the hybrid engines are quicker, particularly the plug-in hybrid, it’s not as quick as the Toyota RAV4 Prime, which is the fastest SUV under $40,000.

Other limiting factors depending on a driver’s vehicle tastes and needs may include its bold styling and its lack of a third-row option. The Volkswagen Tiguan and Mitsubishi Outlander are both compact crossovers that offer a third row of seats.

If winter driving or added safety is more of a factor for you there are a couple of compact crossovers that offer all-wheel drive standard for 2022 – the Mazda CX-5 and Subaru Forester. For 2021 models, take a look at our article on the best 2021 SUVs for seniors.

What do you think of the 2022 Tucson? Is it the best SUV for seniors and younger drivers as well? Let us know in the comments below.

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