2022 Hyundai Santa Fe XRT
Class: Midsize Crossover
Miles Pushed: 939
Gasoline Used: 40.0 gallons
|CG Report Card|
|Room and Consolation||A-|
|Energy and Efficiency||C+|
|Match and End||B-|
|Gasoline Economic system||B|
|Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus different automobiles in the identical class. Worth grade is for particular trim stage evaluated, and will not mirror Client Information’s impressions of the complete mannequin lineup.|
|Massive & Tall Consolation|
|Massive & Tall consolation rankings are for entrance seats solely. “Massive” ranking based mostly on male tester weighing roughly 350 kilos, “Tall” ranking based mostly on 6’6″-tall male tester.|
|Engine Specs||191-hp 2.5-liter|
Actual-world gas financial system: 23.5 mpg
Driving combine: 40% metropolis, 60% freeway
EPA-estimated gas financial system: 22/25/24 (mpg metropolis/freeway/mixed)
Gasoline sort: Common Gasoline
Base value: $34,000 (not together with $1185 vacation spot cost)
Choices on check car: Carpeted flooring mats ($195)
Value as examined: $35,380
The good: Worth pricing; snug, spacious cabin for passengers and cargo
The nice: Respectable stage of ordinary options for the cash; clean experience high quality
The not so good: Thick rear roof pillars impede visibility considerably; mediocre acceleration; unimpressive gas financial system
After present process an intensive replace for 2021 that included freshened exterior styling, three new engines (together with a hybrid powertrain), a revamped inside, and a top-line Calligraphy trim stage, Hyundai’s Santa Fe 5-passenger midsize SUV will get a pair extra noteworthy additions for 2022. One is a plug-in-hybrid powertrain, which makes use of the identical turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder because the common Santa Fe hybrid, however provides a bigger battery pack and extra highly effective electrical motor to web 261 whole horsepower and an all-electric driving vary of 31 miles.
The opposite new addition to the Santa Fe lineup is Hyundai’s try and sustain with present crossover-SUV vogue: the rugged-look XRT trim stage. Apparently, plenty of American consumers wish to take their on a regular basis crossovers on off-the-beaten-path outdoor-adventure excursions—or not less than appear to be they’ll—and producers are catering to those wishes. Amongst others, Ford has launched a Timberline model of its Explorer midsize SUV, Honda now presents a Trailsport model of the Passport (and can quickly supply a Pilot Trailsport), and Subaru has kicked off its new Wilderness sub-brand on each the Outback wagon and Forester compact SUV.
On the dimensions of “actual functionality” versus “only for appears to be like,” the Santa Fe XRT’s additions fall largely within the latter class. It will get dark-finish exterior-trim parts, dark-tone 18-inch wheels, beefy-looking decrease door aspect finishers, roof-rack cross rails, skid plates, and aspect steps. There’s no raised experience top, all-terrain tires, fortified suspension, uprated powertrain, and even easy-clean upholstery or particular inside trim.
As a substitute, the XRT is positioned as a value-leader providing—it sits sq. in the midst of the common gasoline-engine Santa Fe lineup, above the entry-level SE and barely better-equipped SEL fashions, and beneath the ritzier Restricted and top-line Calligraphy trims. The XRT’s sole engine is the Santa Fe’s base 191-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder; the 281-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter 4 is obtainable solely on the Restricted and Calligraphy.
You possibly can take a look at our earlier opinions of a Santa Fe Hybrid Restricted and Santa Fe Calligraphy for more information on the Santa Fe’s primary platform. The XRT doesn’t supply all of the upscale options of the Restricted and Calligraphy fashions—it has material upholstery as an alternative of leather-based; an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen as an alternative of the top-line 10.25-inch display; and no 360-degree surround-view digital camera, upgraded audio system, or panoramic sunroof. Nonetheless, it comes moderately nicely outfitted with options similar to heated entrance seats, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, wi-fi gadget charging, keyless entry and beginning, and adaptive cruise management with cease/go functionality.
As anticipated, the XRT is notably slower than its upmarket siblings—the two.5-liter 4-cylinder is okay in around-town driving, however struggles to supply ample passing energy on the freeway. Our noticed gas financial system was kind of on par with the EPA estimates, however, disappointingly, no higher than we achieved in our Santa Fe Calligraphy with its rather more highly effective turbo engine. The two.5 liter’s unremarkable efficiency is likely to be the XRT’s weakest hyperlink—perhaps Hyundai will see match to broaden the provision of the turbo 2.5 powerplant sooner or later.
The XRT’s strongest asset? Worth for the cash, we’d say. The underside-line value of our check car was $35,380—that’s cheaper than a lot of the compact SUVs we’ve examined in recent times. And for that cash, you’re getting a notably bigger two-row car with superior passenger and cargo room, and a sprinkling of go-anywhere character as well.
2022 Hyundai Santa Fe XRT
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