Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Santa Fe

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe

Pros: Extensive list of safety and convenience features; quiet cabin; competitive pricing; broad model lineup

Cons: So-so EPA fuel economy numbers for non-hybrids

CG Says: After a major refresh for 2021, the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe lineup gains a plug-in-hybrid version (only in select states at launch) and an off-road-appearance XRT trim level with unique wheels, side steps, skid plates, and blacked-out body trim. A 191-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission is the base powertrain for SE and SEL. Limited and Calligraphy models come standard with a 277-hp 2.5-liter turbo paired with an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic, which is optional on the others. Front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive is available on all regular gas-engine models except the Calligraphy trim, where it’s standard. The hybrid powertrain combines a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder gas engine with an electric motor for a total of 225 hp, and is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. The new plug-in hybrid uses a a larger battery pack and a more powerful electric motor, netting 261 hp and up to 30 miles of electric-only driving.

The SmartSense suite of safety features—which includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, adaptive cruise control with full stop-and-go capability, and a driver-attention warning feature—is standard on all models. Standard on all except the base SE are a blind-spot monitor (with steering-assist functionality), rear cross-traffic alert, and Safe Exit Assist, a system that detects vehicles approaching from the rear, and either prevents the driver from deactivating the child-safety locks if the doors are closed or issues a warning if a rear door is already open. Another available safety feature is Rear Occupant Alert, which reminds the driver to check the rear seat and sounds the horn and sends a text message if motion is detected in the rear seat after the driver has left the vehicle. The Hyundai Santa Fe has long been a likeable SUV with pleasant ride and handling, a quiet cabin, and a broad range of available features. The range of updates and enhancements for 2021—and the further expansion of the model lineup for 2022—make the Santa Fe an even stronger contender.

The Facts
Class Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 5
Passenger Count 4-door wagon
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Hyundai
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices SE: $28,645
AWD SE: $30,345
SEL: $30,395
AWD SEL: $32.095
XRT: $33,695
AWD XRT: $35,395
Limited: $40,355
AWD Limited: $42,055
AWD Calligraphy: $42,355
AWD Hybrid Blue: $35,145
AWD Hybrid SEL Premium: $39,205
AWD Hybrid Limited: $41,555
AWD Plug-In Hybrid SEL Convenience $40,745
AWD Plug-In Hybrid Limited $46,755

Base Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder (SE, SEL)
Horsepower
191
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22-25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25-28

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder (Limited, Calligraphy)
Horsepower
277
Std. Transmission
8-speed automated-manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21-22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder/electric motor (Hybrid)
Horsepower
225
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
33-36
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30-31

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder/electric motor (Plug-In Hybrid)
Horsepower
261
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
33
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
33

2022santafeplug-inhybrid
2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-In Hybrid
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
100%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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