2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV Costs More Than A RAV4 Prime

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Hyundai's most efficient Santa Fe has a hefty price premium.

The Hyundai Santa Fe was given a major upgrade for the 2021 model year. As well as boasting a bold new design, the popular SUV is now available with an eco-friendly hybrid powertrain. For 2022, a more efficient plug-in hybrid model is joining the Santa Fe family for the first time in the model's history. It's set to take on the Toyota Rav4 Prime.

Since it's launching later than the standard and hybrid Santa Fe, pricing details for the Santa Fe PHEV have been kept under wraps, but we now know how much it will cost. Two trim levels are available for the Santa Fe PHEV: the SEL Convenience and Limited. The base plug-in hybrid trim starts at $39,350, while the Limited trim costs $45,360. Both prices exclude the $1,185 destination charge.

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For comparison, the regular Santa Fe Hybrid will set you back $33,650 for the base model and $39,950 for the range-topping Limited trim. That makes the PHEV version around $5,000 more expensive. It's also slightly more expensive than its closest rival, the RAV 4 Prime, which starts at $38,350.

As standard, the base trim is generously equipped with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, an 8-inch infotainment screen, and Hyundai's Smart Sense suite of driver assists, which include cruise control, a lane keep assist, and a blind-spot collision warning among other assists. Upgrading for the more expensive Limited trim adds more luxuries such as ventilated seats and a larger 10.3-inch infotainment screen.

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Powering the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV is a 1.6-liter turbo engine and an electric motor generating a combined 261 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Using a 13.8-kWh battery, the Santa Fe PHEV can be driven for up to 31 miles on pure electric power according to the EPA. The Rav4 Prime, on the other hand, offers a higher EPA-rated electric range of 42 miles, thanks to its larger 18.1-kWh battery. Sales for the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV start this summer, but it will initially only be available in selected states.

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