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2022 Hyundai Tucson XRT joins rugged trim trend

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The 2022 Hyundai Tucson will get a little a tougher in 2022 — and maybe a little more mud on the tires, too. The XRT trim joins the Tucson lineup with some rugged styling cues and more amenities.

This rugged trim trend is something we’re starting to see a lot of in recent months, and we’re going to call it the Subaru effect. As people started to spend more time outside during the pandemic, automakers realized there was an opportunity here. So, Subaru launched its Outback and Forester Wilderness models. Then we saw Honda added a TrailSport trim.

Most recently Mazda announced the 2022 CX-50, which also targets the off-road-ready SUV set. Now we have the 2022 Tucson XRT added to the list.

2022 Hyundai Tucson XRT details

The Tucson XRT offers exterior styling attributes distinct from standard Tucson models, including XRT-exclusive wheels and special dark exterior elements. The Tucson XRT will be available as both front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD).

This trim will pick up all of the offerings SEL trim plus the Convenience package, excluding the sunroof.

Other highlights of the Tucson XRT trim include:

  • XRT-exclusive front and rear fascia with rugged detailing
  • XRT-exclusive prominent side cladding
  • XRT-exclusive black monotone exterior side mirrors
  • XRT-exclusive black 19-inch alloy wheels with rugged design
  • Dark side window surrounds
  • Approach lighting/Side steps
  • Black-only interior cloth seating/Black headliner
  • Roof cross rails/Tow hitch

Pricing and availability

The 2022 Tucson XRT will be available immediately as part of the 2022 model year. Pricing for the FWD version is $32,625, and the XRT AWD is $34,125, including $1,225 destination charges.

The bottom line on Hyundai Tucson XRT

Hyundai seems to be hitting its groove, and the XRT trim of the Tucson shows the industry is listening to the consumer’s wants and demands as off-road adventuring has gained interest. Subaru won’t have the market cornered on rugged crossovers for long as more vehicles come into its turf.

Frankly, this more playful side of Hyundai is really good for the consumer. And with adventurous entries such as the new Santa Cruz pickup and track-ready Kona, the Korean has a diverse, functional and fun lineup.

What do you think about this trim? Are rugged, capable crossovers more appealing to you? Leave us your comment below.

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Jimmy Dinsmore

Jimmy is News Editor for PickupTruckTalk with an expertise in new vehicles. He is also a Ford Mustang historian having authored the book Mustang by Design (available on Amazon). His second book, about the history of Ford's F-Series truck comes out next year.

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