A new trim will adorn the redesigned 2022 Hyundai Tucson. It’s called the XRT, an appearance package with some blackout elements and styling cues that portray a go-anywhere, adventurous, ready-for-ruggedness attitude. The XRT is especially un-boring, asserting that it’s totally appropriate for vehicles like the Tucson to have a ‘lil attitude, to have zest, a spark, some personality, an extra dose of boldness, sportiness, and ruggedness.
Of the 2022 Tucson trim levels—SE, SEL, N Line, and Limited—the XRT is based on the SEL, combining that trim’s Convenience Package with the extra XRT garb. Under the hood, the XRT has the 190-hp, 182 lb-ft of torque 2.5-liter I-4 (rather than the 1.6-liter turbocharged I-4 hybrid), and it’s available in FWD or AWD. The Tuscon isn’t the only Hyundai to get XRT’d—there’s also the Santa Fe.
Tucson XRT isn’t over-the-top, but there are some XRT-specific elements that define the new trim: rugged front and rear fascias; side cladding; black monotone side mirrors; and special black 19-inch wheels. Dark side window surrounds, black cloth seats, and a black headliner add to the dark theme. Capping off the XRT’s features are side steps, approach lighting, roof cross rails, and a tow hitch.
The XRT exterior styling package hints at ruggedness and teases the spirit of adventure. With that in mind, it’s a natural assumption that the XRT is an off-road package—but that’s not the case. While it may be half appropriate to call the XRT off-road inspired, calling it anything more than that wouldn’t be. It doesn’t add all-terrain tires (and really, 19s don’t make for the best off-roading option), skidplates, underbody protection, more ground clearance, or suspension upgrades.
But it looks cool and a tad tougher than the average Tucson, and that definitely counts for something. The Tucson XRT FWD runs $32,625, and the XRT AWD comes in at $34,125.
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