- the hyundai santa fe adds a plug-in-hybrid variant for the 2022 model year, which joins traditional hybrid and gas-powered versions.
- the santa fe phev starts at $40,535 for the sel trim and $46,545 for the limited, which adds a 360-degree camera, ventilated leather seats, and other goodies.
- the phev uses a 177-hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder mated to a 90-hp electric motor, which gets its juice from a 12.4-kwh battery for an electric-only range of 31 miles, according to the epa.
the hyundai santa fe received a significant refresh for 2021, gaining a bold new grille up front and a trendy full-width taillight around back. there were also new powertrains, including a traditional hybrid setup, but for 2022 the santa fe gets even more eco-friendly with the addition of a plug-in-hybrid variant. we learned the details of the phev’s powertrain earlier this year and now hyundai has released pricing information for the santa fe plug-in hybrid.
the plug-in powertrain comes on two trim levels. the base sel starts at $40,535 and nets you hyundai’s digital key, smart sense safety features, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and an 8.0-inch infotainment screen. upgrading to the limited will cost $46,545 and adds the smart park system, a 360-degree camera, ventilated leather seats, and a 10.3-inch infotainment screen. all santa fe phevs are powered by a 177-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder and 90-hp electric motor feeding off a 12.4-kwh battery. the system sends the combined 260 hp to all four wheels, and the phev gets an epa-estimated 33 combined mpg and 31 miles of pure electric driving range.
although the santa fe phev is the only plug-in in its size class, it competes against the smaller toyota rav4 prime and mitsubishi outlander phev for electrified-crossover sales. the 2022 rav4 prime se is slightly cheaper at $39,565, while the more luxurious xse goes for $42,890, and the prime can extract an epa-estimated 42 miles from its 18.1-kwh battery. a plug-in outlander based on the new model is due soon, but for 2022 the outlander phev carries over from the third generation. pricing for the cheapest sel starts at $37,890, undercutting both the santa fe and rav4, while the le starts at 39,590 and the gt goes for $43,590. the outlander phev can go 24 miles thanks to a 13.8-kwh battery. the santa fe goes on sale this summer, but is only available in 11 states.