The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe XRT Is Just Playing Dress Up

Wow, will you look at that? The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe XRT looks great! It looks like it’s ready to tackle the wild. But before you take the Hyundai Santa Fe XRT off-roading, check out its specs. It may only look the part. 

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe XRT looks rugged 

A blue 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe XRT off-roading in dirt
2022 Hyundai Santa Fe XRT | Hyundai

Hyundai is the latest brand to jump on the off-roading trim trend. All trucks and SUVs seem to be including an off-roading package. For example, there’s the Ford Explorer Timberline, Nissan Rogue X-Trail, and Subaru Outback Wilderness. 

The Hyundai Santa Fe XRT isn’t an off-roading package, though. It’s just an appearance package. We don’t say that like it’s a bad thing, the package looks great and definitely makes the Santa Fe look more confident. 

What comes with the XRT package? 

You can get started in a 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe for about $27,000. The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe XRT package begins at $33,485 and includes front-wheel drive. Upgrading to all-wheel drive raises the price to about $35,185. These prices do not include the destination fee. 

  • The XRT package includes: 
  • Black 18-inch wheels
  • Side steps
  • Skid plates
  • Black mirrors and a black painted roof
  • A matte-black grille 
  • Black roof rails and raised cross rails

The upgrades do not include any mechanical enhancements or higher ground clearance. The Hyundai Santa Fe sits at 8.2-inches above the ground. The side steps are certainly helpful for shorter drivers and passengers, though. Also, the skid plates will protect the undercarriage if you do go off-roading. 

You can only get the XRT package with the 2.5-liter inline-four engine that provides 191 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. The turbocharged 2.5-liter engine with 277 hp and 311 lb-ft of torque is only available with higher trim levels. Also, the Santa Fe XRT package can’t be paired with the hybrid powertrain. 

The Hyundai Tucson XRT is on the way too, but we haven’t seen its photos yet. It’s expected to be similar to the Santa Fe XRT. The Hyundai Santa Fe XRT is arriving at dealerships now, so if you like the way it looks, go snag one! 

What’s new for the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe? 

A blue 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe XRT parked near a building
2022 Hyundai Santa Fe XRT | Hyundai

The Hyundai Santa Fe is getting a few upgrades along with the new XRT package. For example, a new plug-in hybrid model will join the lineup. Other than that, it will mostly be a carryover model since it was recently introduced in 2019. 

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-In Hybrid uses a four-cylinder engine and a 12.4 kWh battery to generate 260 hp. It’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and includes standard all-wheel drive. 

Hyundai estimates that it will get up to 34 MPGe and have a 30-mile electric driving range. A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen come standard. It also comes with Hyundai’s digital key and Smart Sense safety features. 

You can expect the Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV to arrive in the late summer. It will start at about $35,000. It’s a shame that this new model won’t be paired with the Hyundai Santa Fe XLT package to make this hybrid SUV feel a little tougher.

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