Price of entry into the Tucson PHEV club is a little higher than for the gas version, partly because Hyundai’s base trim for the plug-in hybrid is the SEL at $35,400 (plus $1,225 destination). That gets you cloth seats, power adjustment for the driver’s seat but not the front passenger, heated front seats, and dual-zone climate control. The SEL gets an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 4.25-inch gauge cluster display, and four USB outlets.
It’s a not-insignificant step up to the $43,200 (plus destination) Tucson Limited PHEV you see here, but then again the spec sheet bulges considerably with that uptick. Leather on the seats and the now-heated steering wheel; ventilated front seats — both with power adjustment — and heating for the second row, a panoramic sunroof, plus wireless phone charging, a larger 10.25-inch gauge cluster, Hyundai Digital Key, and 64-color ambient lighting.
Limited trim also gets a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen, Bose audio, plus navigation. In the process, though, you lose wireless smartphone projection: remember to pack a USB cable instead.