The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe XRT Looks Like an Off-Roader but Isn't

Lisa Steuer McArdle
· 3 min read
The 2022
Santa Fe is getting a new
look, but that doesn’t mean it has off-road capabilities.
In fact, the new Santa Fe XRT includes a new rugged appearance, but no actual mechanical upgrades, according to
Car and Driver
The XRTl seems to be targeting those who like the rugged look of an SUV that’s typically seen in cars for outdoor enthusiasts.

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe

A 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe XRT | Hyundai
According to
, the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe fills a gap in Hyundai's SUV lineup between the compact Tucson and the midsize Palisade. The new Santa Fe provides more room than the Tucson and is more affordable than the Palisade.
Car and Driver
agrees that the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe offers a value-oriented price, and adds that the new car offers a comfortable ride with a well-outfitted interior.
Hyundai did revamp the Santa Fe’s powertrain lineup for 2022, according to
. In place of the previous 2.3-liter and turbocharged 2.0-liter is a pair of 2.5-liter units.
The regular 2.5-liter produces 191 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque, while the turbo 2.5-liter makes 277 hp and 311 lb-ft of torque.
There aren’t any upgrades listed for the interior, but it reportedly has a digital gauge cluster, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, and more. In general, the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe is said to offer a spacious and comfortable cabin with its two rows and cargo space.
The vehicle also has a few driver-assistance features that come standard.
There’s a 260-hp option that delivers up to 31 miles of electric-only driving per charge, though it’s limited in availability. So unless you live in
, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, or Vermont, you probably have to wait for the PHEV to make its nationwide debut.
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The Hyundai Santa Fe XRT

Starting at $33,485, the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe XRT has all the equipment of the Convenience Package and comes standard with black 18-inch wheels, plus other appearance upgrades like skid plates and side steps.
There is also plastic molding at the bottom of the doors to protect from scratches and dings. The new vehicle also has a darkened grille, mirror covers, and roof rails.
But the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe XRT trim level doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not, according to
Kelley Blue Book
. In marketing materials sent to journalists, the vehicle is reportedly described as adding a rugged look for customers who want exterior differentiation.
In fact, the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe XRT doesn’t even come standard with all-wheel drive—but it can be added for $1,700.

Other off-road vehicles

As KBB points out, Hyundai is known for making great SUVs. But those who want an off-road vehicle aren’t likely to buy a Hyundai anyway.
A Subaru Outback or the new
Ford Bronco Sport
are probably better choices for off-roading. In addition, a Jeep Grand Cherokee or Ford Explorer are both ideal for a family road trip that goes off a paved surface.
The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe XRT is reportedly arriving at dealerships now.

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