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The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe is a sleek and modern SUV that’s also safe and comfortable. Yet when people think of Hyundai, the Santa Fe may not be the first SUV they think of. That’s in part due to the fact that Hyundai has so many good vehicles – the Palisade and Tucson come to mind – but also that the Santa Fe is kind of underrated. Here’s why the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe is a good SUV – and why it should totally be on your shopping list.

Portofino Gray 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid driving on a dirt road
Portofino Gray 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid | Hyundai

1. The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe is a good SUV because of its safety equipment 

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe comes with a host of important safety features. These include blind-spot collision avoidance, rear cross-traffic collision avoidance, lane keeping assist, and driver attention warning. The Hyundai Santa Fe also has lane following assist, forward collision warning, and cruise control. In addition, the Santa Fe comes with safe seat exit and rear occupant alert, which helps to remind you if you leave a child or pet in your backseat.

2. The Hyundai Santa Fe is super safe 

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick+ winner. If you want the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe, you’ll have to buy the Limited or Calligraphy trim level to get an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. The Top Safety Pick+ award has been around since 2013, and it’s given only to vehicles that ace all the safety ratings tests. These measure things like crashworthiness, crash prevention, and headlights in vehicles like the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe.

3. The Santa Fe is pretty affordable

As far as super safe and loaded SUVs go, the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe is pretty affordable. The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe price starts at $27,400, though it can reach as high as $42,810. That’s for the Calligraphy, the high-end trim level of the Santa Fe. In between those two are the SEL, with a starting price of $29,150, and the XRT at $32,450. The Limited sits just below the Calligraphy, at $39,110.

4. It has a respectable powertrain


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The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe has a pretty respectable powertrain for an SUV that prioritizes its family-friendly vibe over power. It comes standard with a 2.5-liter inline-4 that makes 191 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque matched to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The Santa Fe gets a combined 26 mpg, with 25 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. It can also tow up to 2,000 pounds.

5. There are several great trim levels available 

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe offers several trim levels and packages, each of which has different features that make the Santa Fe comfortable and functional. Consumer Reports says that “both the Convenience and Premium packages presents an appealing balance of feature content and price.” Both of these packages include adaptive cruise control, a sunroof, an upgraded sound system, and dual-climate control. Those safety systems are definitely worth considering, and a sunroof and upgraded sound system are nice to have.

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe is a pretty great SUV and it deserves to be noticed. If you’re in the market for a smart, sensible SUV, the Hyundai Santa Fe is a great option.