My diesel Cruze was 7 years old and I thought it was time to replace it before reliability started to become an issue. Although the Cruze's highway fuel economy was amazing (5L/100km, 1100 km range on one tank) it was a sedan and hauling things was a pain. So a crossover was the logical successor.
I had had two used Santa Fes in the past and my experience with them was mostly good, so I originally looked into the 2022 Santa Fe. But in Canada, for some reason, dedicated navigation is not available on the Santa Fe. (I loathe CarPlay-based navigation; maps with no scale on them!) So I looked at the Tucson instead, which had navigation available.
My short list also included the Mazda CX-5 and Subaru Outback. Both of those are very nice. CX-5 got ruled out because its infotainment system was very 2014-looking (although it also had a head-up display, which the Tucson does not), and because of its relatively small cargo space. Subaru was also impressive but its adaptive cruise control is optically-based, not radar-based, and it seemed to me that it might be less effective in certain weather conditions.
I like the technology on the Tucson, the acceleration, the interior room, the cargo room, and it looks pretty sharp. Not crazy about the push-button gear shifter or the lack of knobs for volume and climate, but I can live with that.
I ordered the Ultimate PHEV version rather than the HEV version because I like to drive something that is a bit unusual (like the diesel Cruze). If I had known that the wait for delivery of the PHEV was going to be so many months longer than that of the HEV, I probably would have ordered the HEV instead, but here we are.
In the meantime, my Cruze suffered catastrophic power train failure and has been scrapped, so I have to find something used to see me through until the Tucson is delivered (probably October). So much for my plan to replace the Cruze before something went wrong with it.
I too found the Motormouth video review to be helpful, as well as the Consumer Reports review.