The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe now comes in a Plug-In Hybrid. The PHEV’s drivetrain sends a combined HP of 261 to all four wheels, providing an EPA-estimated 76 MPGe, 33 MPG combined city/highway, 31 miles of pure electric driving range, and 440 miles of total range.
This new-for-2022 Hyundai Plug-In Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient version of the company’s popular SUV/crossover. The 5-seater Santa Fe is larger than any typical compact crossover, but not as big as Hyundai’s Palisade, which offers three rows of seating. The Santa Fe PHEV was named Kelley Blue Book’s Best Buy for its class in 2021.
By driving a Santa Fe Plug-In, you’ll save $3,750 in fuel costs over 5 years, compared to driving an average new gas-powered vehicle. The e-mobility car is available for a Federal Tax Credit of up to $6,587, and is eligible for HOV stickers.
The Santa Fe Plug-In Hybrid comes in two trims: SEL Convenience (MSRP: $39,350), and Limited (MSRP: $ 45,360).
Both trims come with HTRAC All Wheel Drive standard, a Hands-free smart liftgate with auto open, a Hyundai Digital Key, heated front seats, a Bluetooth hands-free phone system, Steering-wheel-mounted audio, cruise and Bluetooth controls, a Tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, plus Android Auto & Apple CarPlay.
For families of 4 or 5, this PHEV provides generous cargo space, offering 36.4 cubic feet behind the 2nd row of seats and a total cargo volume of 72.1 cubic feet with the rear seats lowered. “Enough legroom for an NBA player,” says motortrend.com. “A spacious interior is one of our favorite things about the Hyundai Santa Fe. Front legroom is exceptional, and the cargo area is huge. The Santa Fe PHEV beats or ties the Toyota Venza in every measurement.”
Concerning interior comfort, marketwatch.com’s Colin Ryan says: “Hyundai vehicles are becoming more upscale. Not so long ago, if we had seen an interior with a 12.3-inch digital driver information display, 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen, heated rear seats, and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, we would have assumed it was something like a BMW. Now these things are in a Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-In Hybrid. Even the “entry-level” SEL has most of the above, along with soft-touch plastics and an overall design that’s both logical and leaning toward luxurious. Limited trim adds leather seating surfaces and a panoramic sunroof. Neither version has a gear lever. A shift-by-wire arrangement frees up space in the center console for things like a wireless charging compartment. Clever packaging has ensured that passenger and cargo space doesn’t suffer from the addition of plug-in hybrid hardware.”
The Santa Fe SUV PHEV tows loads of up to 2,000 lbs and comes standard with standard Trailer Sway Control. When it senses your trailer swaying, the ESC (Electronic Stability Control) light flashes, throttle is reduced and brakes engage, stabilizing SANTA FE Plug-in Hybrid and your trailer.
The car’s regenerative braking converts the wheels’ mechanical energy into electricity and stores it in the battery. Using a 220V/240V outlet, you’ll get an estimated full-charge time of 4 hours.
A hands-free, gesture-free smart liftgate is a next-level convenience that comes standard and isn’t available on the Toyota RAV4 Prime. Nor is Hyundai Digital Key, a “class exclusive.” Digital Key makes your smartphone the key to unlocking you doors, starting your engine and sharing your car with other drivers. It’s the fob of the future.
Remote Smart Parking Assist can help you out with a tough parking situation without you even being inside the TUCSON Plug-in Hybrid. Just press the Smart Key button while standing outside the compact SUV, and you can remotely park it into a tight spot. Another push of the button and it easily drives out of the parking space.
Every electrified Santa Fe comes with Hyundai Smart Sense driver-assist features which employ sensors, cameras and radar to make your driving experience far safer. The SUV’s comprehensive array of safety and driver assistance features includes:
• Rear child safety locks
• Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with 4-wheel disc brakes
• Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control System (TCS) and Brake Assist (BA)
• Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
• Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with individual tire indicator
• Hillstart Assist Control (HAC)
• Downhill Brake Control (DBC)
• Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA)
• Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA)
• Parking Distance Warning – Reverse
• Ultrasonic Rear Occupant Alert (Ultrasonic ROA)
• Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) w/ Pedestrian, Cyclist, and Junction Turning Detection
• Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with Stop & Go
• Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
• Driver Attention Warning (DAW)
• Safe Exit Assist (SEA)
• Lane Following Assist (LFA)
• Rear View Monitor (RVM) with parking guidance
WRITTEN NOVEMBER 2021
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