The SEL and Limited make up the all-wheel-drive 2024 Tucson Plug-in Hybrid lineup, streamlining its feature sets into two value-laden packages. Their powertrain unites a 180 hp turbocharged 1.6-liter inline 4-cylinder engine and a 90 hp 66.9kW electric motor for a combined output of 226 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque; its all-electric range is 33 miles. The transmission is a 6-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC paddle shifters. Either trim can tow up to 2,000 pounds with trailer brakes installed and 1,650 lb. without. The EPA has estimated the Tucson PHEV’s fuel economy at 35 mpg combined, with an MPGe rating of 80.
The SEL sits on 19-inch alloy wheels and comes with front LED lights (automatic headlights/daytime running lights/turn signals), heated body-colored side mirrors, rooftop side rails, and rear privacy glass. Convenient features such as a hands-free smart liftgate with auto open, a remote keyless entry system, and proximity key allow you to conveniently access both the cabin and cargo areas. The SEL’s interior features include stain-resistant cloth upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic temperature control, wireless fast smartphone charging, four USB ports (two front and two rear), and an 8-way power driver seat.
The Limited trim gains premium LED headlights and taillights, a panoramic sunroof, and rain-sensing windshield wipers to accompany a sportier style that includes a dark chrome grille, gloss-black pillars, and chrome accents on the side mirrors. Inside the cabin, the 4.2-inch LCD gauge cluster expands to 10.25 inches, seating surfaces change from cloth to leather trimmed, and an 8-way power passenger seat joins the power driver seat up front. This top trim’s other upgrades include a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, memory settings for the driver, ambient interior lighting with 64 color options, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, a feature that allows you to control your garage door, exterior lights, and home security system from the vehicle.
Hyundai SmartSense driver-assistive technologies can be found on both trim levels for the 2024 Tucson PHEV. Both trims get blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, driver attention warning, smart cruise control with stop and go, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, rear occupant alert, safe exit warning, and forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian/cyclist/junction turning detection, a safety feature that not only helps prevent frontal collisions, but can also detect and alert you to oncoming vehicles that you may not see when turning at an intersection.
The Limited trim trades the standard rearview camera for a surround view monitor, which combines every camera angle to provide you with a 360-degree view of the SUV’s surroundings. The other safety features added at this level are a blind-spot view monitor, navigation-based smart cruise control with curve control, highway driving assist, ultrasonic rear occupant alert, parking distance warning (forward/reverse), and parking collision-avoidance assist (reverse). This trim also includes Hyundai’s Remote Smart Parking Assist, a class-exclusive feature that will actually park the SUV with a touch of your smart key button, whether you’re inside the vehicle or not.
As mentioned, all connectivity apps and audio controls can be found on a standard 10.25-inch touchscreen display with onboard navigation. Distracted driving can be reduced thanks to Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, dynamic voice recognition, and a Bluetooth hands-free phone system. while map and multimedia software OTA update capabilities ensure that your features remain current. The Hyundai Digital Key and Bluelink+ connected car services not only help drivers stay aware of crucial vehicle data, but they also allow you to control certain vehicle functions from your compatible smartphone. The sound system in the Limited is upgraded to a premium Bose unit.