What’s Included in the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe XRT Appearance Package?

Every consumer is unique. Car manufacturers know this and aim to appeal to as many of them as possible by offering different options, trims, and appearance packages, along with high-end special and limited editions of their models. In these ways, manufacturers give consumers a variety of choices not just among models but within them.

Hyundai is, of course, no exception to this trend. The company has now introduced a new XRT appearance package for the 2022 Santa Fe with a particular type of consumer in mind. 

The XRT adds to the Hyundai Santa Fe SEL Convenience Package

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe with the XRT Appearance Package parked in the wilderness
The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe with the XRT Appearance Package | Hyundai Motor America

The Hyundai Santa Fe is one of the manufacturer’s most popular SUVs. The new XRT Appearance Package adds several additional features to an SEL trim level model equipped with Convenience Package.

The Santa Fe SEL with the Convenience Package includes safety features such as Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, which automatically detects certain threats in the blind spot zone and helps maneuver the car to avoid them. Similarly, with Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, which activates when you’re in reverse at low speed, this Santa Fe package can help alert you to possible collision dangers that you might otherwise have missed.

Also standard on the SEL trim level with Convenience Package is dual automatic temperature control, wireless device charging, Hyundai Digital Key, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and manual rear side sunshades. Side mirrors with LED turn signal indicators are also standard with this package. 

The Santa Fe XRT Appearance Package goes rugged

Building on all of the above, Hyundai recently announced the addition of a new, rugged Santa Fe XRT model with a “bold, new look for enthusiasts.” With this build, the manufacturer aims to distinguish the XRT from standard Santa Fe models and is marketing the vehicle particularly for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy off-roading adventures. 

In addition to XRT-exclusive 18-inch dark alloy wheels, the XRT Appearance Package focuses on other special dark exterior elements. These include front and rear black lower bumper fascia molding, dark silver front and rear skid plates, and XRT-exclusive black door side moldings. A matte-black grille, black mirror covers, black roof side rails, cross rails, and XRT-exclusive side steps complete the look. 

You’ll want to keep in mind that all of the elements included in this XRT Appearance Package are not actually about off-roading. They’re mainly about giving the appearance of off-roading (although the side steps come in handy for shorter drivers or passengers). Appearance matters, of course, but we wouldn’t want your expectations for performance to be out of line with what this vehicle’s actually equipped to do.

What’s the cost of the XRT Appearance Package?

A 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe starts in the neighborhood of $27,000, making it a somewhat more affordable SUV. The SEL, which is the trim level that the XRT package is built off, starts at a base price of $29,000. Meanwhile, the suggested retail for a 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe model with the XRT Appearance Package goes for an MSRP of $32,300. 

Additionally, there’s what’s known as the Limited trim. Even more high-end than the XRT option, this Santa Fe comes with a much more significant price tag of $38,960 and includes larger, 19-inch wheels, as well as additional safety features. 

Choosing the right trim can be a complicated business. You always want to ensure you get the features you need while avoiding paying for those you don’t. Hyundai has certainly given its customers options for choosing just the right Santa Fe for their needs and desires. 

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