Multiple powertrains. Hyundai offers the 2022 Santa Fe in a dizzying number of configurations. The Santa Fe is available with gas-powered engines, a hybrid powertrain, and a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The wide variety helps the Santa Fe appeal to consumers looking for an efficient vehicle or one with impressive performance.

The standard engine in the Santa Fe is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 191 horsepower, while an optional turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder is rated at 281 hp. Both come paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The base engine delivers enough power for daily use, but isn’t exciting and sounds coarse when attempting to pass on the highway. The available turbocharged engine is a far better fit for the Santa Fe, delivering more energetic performance. The turbo engine is let down by its dual-clutch eight-speed transmission that feels clunky.

For shoppers looking for a midsize SUV that is efficient, Hyundai offers the Santa Fe Hybrid. That model comes with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder, two electric motors, and a 1.49-kWh battery pack. The powertrain is rated at 226 hp and comes with a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard. The hybrid powertrain isn’t the quickest one available, but its 34 mpg combined rating is impressive.

A new plug-in hybrid powertrain joins the lineup for the 2022 model year. The PHEV model features a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and a 13.8-kWh lithium-ion battery pack for a combined output of 260 hp. All-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard. The PHEV carries fuel economy ratings of up to 76 MPGe and 33 mpg combined. With added power, the PHEV delivers a similar punch to the optional turbocharged engine, while bringing great fuel economy and the ability to travel up to 30 miles on electricity.

Spacious for five. Unlike a lot of other midsize SUVs in the class, the Santa Fe has seating for up to five people. The lack of a third row affects the SUV’s versatility, but brings a spacious amount of interior space in both rows. In the back, the Santa Fe offers up to 40.8 inches of rear legroom and 39 inches of rear headroom. That’s plenty of space for two adults or three children.

Cargo capacity is generous, as well. With the rear seats in place, the Santa Fe offers up to 36.4 cubic feet of cargo space and a total of 72.1 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded. That’s a competitive amount against other two-row midsize SUVs. If you need more space for cargo, the regular Santa Fe is rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds with the available turbocharged engine. The Santa Fe Hybrid can tow up to 2,000 pounds.

Attractive, well-built cabin. The Santa Fe’s exterior design is edgy and bold, but the interior is far more subdued. We think that’s a good thing, as you’ll be spending more time staring at the cabin than the outside. The tiered dashboard is a stylish element and flows directly into the door panels. The center console may seem overwhelming at first, but buttons are logically placed and buttons for the shift knob frees up space for extra storage in the center console.

All Santa Fe trims come with nice materials, but the SUV’s lineup ranges from good to full-on luxurious. The range-topping Calligraphy trim is downright luxurious with quilted Nappa leather upholstery, a microfiber headliner, and accent lighting. The Santa Fe takes some cues from the Palisade and Genesis’ luxury vehicles to feel nearly as nice as some far more expensive SUVs.

With comprehensive sound deadening and dual-pane front windows, the Santa Fe has a hushed cabin, regardless of how fast you’re going on the highway or how much wind there is. With cozy seats and high-quality materials, the Santa Fe’s cabin is a great SUV for a long road trip.

Loads of tech. Not only does Hyundai offer the Santa Fe lineup with some impressive tech features, but all of them are easy to use and intuitive. An eight-inch touchscreen is standard on the SUV, bringing wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, and four USB ports. The hybrid and plug-in hybrid models add even more standard features, like a wireless smartphone charger, satellite radio, an HD Radio, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.

A 10.25-inch touchscreen is available, though it comes with wired smartphone compatibility. We think the trade-off is worthwhile, as the larger screen brings more real estate and crisp graphics. Other available features include a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, navigation, and a wireless smartphone charger.

Hyundai packs the Santa Fe with an impressive list of standard features. Nearly every modern driver-assist feature is standard, with Hyundai’s Highway Driving Assist, parking sensors, remote parking assist, a head-up display, a blind spot camera, and a surround-view parking camera being optional.

In crash-testing, the 2022 Santa Fe earned stellar scores. The NHTSA gave the SUV a five-star overall safety rating, while the IIHS awarded the 2022 Santa Fe with a Top Safety Pick+ award.

Final thoughts. While the number of three-row midsize SUVs continues to grow, we’re happy to see the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe continue to be a two-row vehicle. It prioritizes interior space over its two rows instead of worrying about cramming in a tight third row. With the introduction of the Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid, the SUV is an even more well-rounded SUV than before. It hits all of the right notes for consumers with the only downside being its exterior design.

The all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee moves further upstream than before, offering a generous amount of technology, a high-end cabin, serious off-roading capability, and a handsome design. The Honda Passport isn’t as upscale or as tech-forward as the Santa Fe, but it has light off-roading capability, a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine, and up to 5,000 pounds of towing capacity.

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