The Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV Solves 1 Crucial Problem

Great news, Hyundai is continuing to go green. The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV just entered the scene to provide a much better fuel economy. See what to expect with the new Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-In Hybrid. 

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV is almost here 

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV driving down a dirt road
2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV | Hyundai

Some critics suggest that the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe doesn’t have the best fuel economy. It only gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg in the city and up to 28 mpg on the highway. Meanwhile, rivals like the 2021 Honda CR-V get an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. 

But the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV is coming to solve this problem. According to Green Car Reports, the Santa Fe PHEV is expected to have a 31-mile electric range with an efficiency rating of 76 MPGe combined with a total range of 440 miles! In hybrid mode, it could have a gas mileage of 33 mpg combined. This is quite the fuel efficiency upgrade. 

What to expect with the Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV 

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV uses a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s paired with a 12.4 kWh battery and electric motor to generate 260 hp. The Santa Fe Hybrid model pairs the turbo 1.6-liter engine with a 60-hp motor for a total of 226 hp. The Hybrid model is expected to get 34 mpg. 

In the PHEV, you’ll find a six-speed automatic transmission and standard HTRAC all-wheel drive. This means the Santa Fe is well equipped for off-roading adventures and slippery conditions. The system sends up to 50 percent of power to the rear wheels and delivers torque from side to side for extra traction. 

Use the all-electric mode to save money on gas with 30 electric miles. The regenerative braking can convert energy into electric power to recharge the battery too. Plus, you won’t struggle with range anxiety because if you run out of juice, you can rely on gas. 

Generally, PHEVs have their battery pack located under the vehicle, but the Hyundai Santa Fe has it inside the body shell. As a result, the battery is liquid-cooled to be protected from ambient temperatures, and the battery location doesn’t impede cargo space. 

What features does the Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV have? 

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid parked at a trailhead
2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid | Hyundai

With the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV, you may get a federal tax credit of up to $6,587. Your state and local utilities may provide additional incentives too. Plus, you may qualify to drive solo in carpool lanes. 

The Santa Fe PHEV will go on sale this summer with a starting price of about $35,000. The entry-level gasoline-powered Hyundai Santa Fe starts at about $28,025. It has a fair upgrade price. 

There aren’t many visual changes to the Santa FE PHEV, but it does ride on 19-inch alloy wheels and features distinctive lighting. Also, the plug sets it apart from other trim levels in the lineup. 

Hyundai Smart Sense safety features come standard, an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. Limited models gain a 360-degree camera, ventilated leather seats, and a 10.3-inch screen. We can’t wait to learn more! 

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