The Santa Fe is available in five trims: SE, SEL, XRT, Limited, and Calligraphy. SE, SEL, and XRT models use a naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The top two trims are powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder coupled to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.
All models get forward collision avoidance with pedestrian/cyclist/junction detection, intelligent cruise control with stop & go, lane keep assist, safe exit assist, lane following assist, and driver attention warning. The top two trims have remote smart parking, a blind-spot view monitor, and a 360-degree camera system.
Base models only get manual air conditioning, but a touchscreen interface with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard across the range. From the SEL upwards, Hyundai adds luxury items like a power driver's seat and heated front seats. The priciest trims get items like a power-adjustable front passenger seat, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen interface with navigation.
The entry-level SE has an MSRP of $27,200, increasing to $29,000 for the SEL. The new Hyundai Santa Fe will cost $32,300 in flashy XRT guise. The Limited trim represents a giant leap in pricing, retailing for $38,960. A top-spec Calligraphy will cost you $40,960. Adding AWD is an additional $1,700 on all models.
Hybrid models all come standard with AWD; the base Blue costs $33,750, while the SEL Premium goes for $37,810. In Limited trim, the hybrid retails for $40,160. Finally, the new plug-in hybrid costs $39,350 for the SEL Convenience and $45,360 for the top-end Limited.
All 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe models are subject to a destination charge of $1,185 in the USA.
The ICE SEL trim is the only model to have two available optional packages. The $1,700 Convenience Package adds a hands-free power tailgate, dual-zone climate control, a digital key, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, the 12.3-inch instrument cluster, and puddle lamps, to name just a few. The Premium Package adds $4,060 to the price but requires adding the Convenience Package as well. It includes leather seats, an eight-way power front passenger seat, a Harman Kardon sound system, the larger 10.25-inch touchscreen interface, a panoramic sunroof, LED interior lights, and a highway driving assistant.
The Limited models are the most appealing. With the turbocharged 2.5-liter engine, it costs $38,960, while the hybrid retails for $40,160. Since the Santa Fe isn't a serious off-roader, we'd go the hybrid route. The 33/30/32 mpg claimed fuel consumption is just too good to ignore. The FWD model is more than capable unless you live in a cold-weather state and need the extra grip provided by the AWD system. We know the MSRP is high compared to some rivals, but the top-spec models come with everything included already. All you need to do is select a color, and you're good to go.
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