The 2024 Tucson PHEV is a compact crossover offered as the base SEL and the more heavily equipped Limited. Their powertrain pairs a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor, which combine to produce 261 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. That power is transmitted to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.
With a 13.8-kWh battery on board, the Tucson PHEV provides an all-electric range of 33 miles. When the gasoline engine takes over, it still maintains a remarkable EPA-estimated 35 mpg in combined city and highway fuel economy (with its electric range included, this equates to 80 MPGe). It also has a regenerative braking system that helps add charge by capturing the mechanical energy formed during braking activity and storing it in the battery.
The SEL is generously equipped with appealing features such as a hands-free liftgate, proximity keyless entry, Digital Key, automatic LED headlights, heated side mirrors, roof rails, push-button start, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a wireless phone charge pad, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The Limited shows off a sleeker look with its dark exterior accents. Its equipment list rises considerably with leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a panoramic sunroof, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, projector-type LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, a 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and 64-color ambient interior lighting, a power-adjustable front passenger’s seat, and position memory for the driver’s seat.
The Hyundai SmartSense safety suite comes standard in the 2024 Tucson PHEV. The SEL’s version of this bundle includes forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian and junction turning detection, blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, driver attention warning, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, adaptive cruise control, safe exit warning, and rear occupant alert. The Limited adds a blind-spot view monitor, navigation-based adaptive cruise control with highway driving assist, front and rear parking sensors, reverse parking collision-avoidance assist, a surround-view monitor, and Remote Smart Parking Assist (self-parking).
Both trims receive an expansive infotainment system that can be controlled via voice recognition and its 10.25-inch touchscreen. Its other components are built-in navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, HD radio, and SiriusXM satellite radio. While the SEL gets a more basic audio system, the Limited gains a premium Bose unit. Hyundai’s Bluelink connected car services are also standard so that owners of both trims can enhance their ownership experience.