Several updates highlighted by improved headlights have elevated the 2022 Hyundai Tucson to Top Safety Pick Plus status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Many versions of the redesigned Tucson scored top “Good” or “Superior” scores in the instrumented crash tests performed by the insurance-industry-funded non-profit. The IIHS also evaluated headlight effectiveness on a dark road and the ease of installing a child seat base.
The Tucson scored “Good” ratings in all of the instrumented crash tests. The LED projector headlights fitted to the range-topping Tucson Limited earned a “Good” score, though the LED reflector lights fitted to other versions (SE and SEL) of the new Hyundai earned an “Acceptable” rating.
The collision-avoidance tech standard on the 2022 Tucson was rated with the top “Superior” score regardless of trim level.
The 2022 Tucson starts at $26,135 — a $1,200 hike over last year’s model — though it comes with a wide array of standard driver-assistance and collision-avoidance tech. That price includes a mandatory $1,185 destination charge.
Stepping up to the more effective headlights requires amping the budget to $35,885 for a Santa Fe Limited, including the aforementioned LED projector headlights plus blind-spot monitors, a navigation system, and a large sunroof. The redesigned Tucson began arriving in dealers back in May. See Hyundai Tucson models for sale