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Two years in the past, the Hyundai Santa Fe midsize crossover received a minor restyling, together with new engines and the addition of its first hybrid model.
For 2023, the Santa Fe returns with simply minor modifications in options out there on the varied trim ranges, normally making these gadgets customary throughout extra of the lineup.
Gasoline-only fashions are once more out there in 5 trim ranges. Entrance-wheel drive is customary, however all-wheel drive is optionally available on all fashions for an additional $1,700.
Nonetheless on the prime of the road is the Calligraphy mannequin ($42,300, entrance drive; $44,000, AWD, plus $1,295 freight), which we examined for this report within the all-wheel-drive model.
The midlevel XRT mannequin was added to the lineup final 12 months and continues for 2023 with costs beginning at $33,950 with front-wheel drive, and $35,650 with all-wheel drive.
For 2023, the bottom gasoline mannequin stays the SE ($28,450, entrance drive; $30,150, AWD). Subsequent up is the SEL ($32,150, FWD; $33,850, AWD), adopted by the XRT. As with the SE mannequin, the SEL and XRT include the bottom 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.
Above the XRT is the Restricted ($40,300, FWD; $42,000, AWD), adopted by the Calligraphy.
Restricted and Calligraphy fashions include the brand new turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which was launched final 12 months.
The primary three trim ranges, with the usually aspirated engine, include a traditional eight-speed automated transmission.
However within the Restricted and Calligraphy fashions, an eight-speed moist dual-clutch automated transmission is paired with the turbo engine.
There’s an digital shifter, operated by pushbuttons on the middle console.
Gasoline-only fashions are assembled on the Hyundai manufacturing unit in Montgomery, Alabama, whereas the hybrids are assembled in Ulsan, South Korea.
As for the hybrids, they arrive in two sorts: the usual hybrid, and a plug-in model, whose battery will be recharged from an exterior energy supply.
Common hybrids begin at $35,910 and vary to $41,570. The plug-in variations vary from $42,110 to $47,370.
The Santa Fe’s base 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine cranks out 191 horsepower and 182 foot-pounds of torque.
Including some critical energy is the turbocharged 2.5-liter, which places out 277 horsepower and 311 foot-pounds of torque. That compares with 235 horsepower and 260 foot-pounds of torque within the 2.0-liter turbo that it changed from 2020.
The hybrids have a very totally different drivetrain. It features a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine, cranking out 178 horsepower and 195 foot-pounds of torque, coupled with a 44.2 kilowatt electrical motor.
The electrical motor is powered by a 270-volt lithium-ion battery pack. A six-speed automated transmission delivers energy to the wheels.
The plug-in model of the hybrid provides the Santa Fe pure-electric driving functionality with out having to make use of gasoline.
EPA fuel-economy rankings for the hybrid are 33 mpg metropolis/30 freeway/32 mixed.
That compares with 25 mpg metropolis/28 freeway/26 mixed for the bottom 2.5-liter engine and front-wheel drive (22/25/24 with all-wheel drive); and 22/28/25 for the two.5-liter turbo engine with entrance drive (21/28/24 with AWD).
Our AWD Calligraphy tester averaged 23.8 mpg throughout our take a look at week, with about 60% metropolis driving.
Exterior modifications for the Santa Fe two years in the past included a brand new grille, entrance and rear bumper fascia, headlight/taillight LED designs, power-folding facet mirrors with puddle lamps, entrance and rear skid plates and muffler designs, and new alloy wheels.
The Calligraphy mannequin comes with options of the Restricted, together with such extras as unique 20-inch alloy wheels, quilted Nappa leather-based upholstery, full-color heads-up show, premium-finish entrance grille, premium door and seat accent trim, eco-suede headliner, expanded ambient lighting themes and auto up/down rear home windows.
The leather-based seats are heated and ventilated up entrance, and heated within the rear. There’s an eight-way energy driver’s seat with lumbar help and cushion extender.
Additionally customary are the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster; digital key; distant begin, with cabin temperature and heated/ventilated seat settings controls; Distant Good Parking Help; Dynamic Voice Recognition (accepts voice instructions for temperature, radio, trunk); wi-fi charging pad for gadgets; and wi-fi Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connections.
A hands-free good liftgate is included, together with a full-color heads-up show; energy/folding/heated outdoors mirrors with flip indicators; rain-sensing wipers; and twin entrance and rear USB ports.
Hyundai’s HTRAC All-Wheel-Drive options an digital, variable-torque-split clutch with energetic torque management between the entrance and rear axles.
There are driver-selectable Regular, Sport and Good modes.The Sport setting sends extra torque to the rear wheels, for a sportier driving expertise.
Journey consolation and dealing with enhancements embody a more-rigid physique construction and enhanced braking system.
The Santa Fe additionally comes with Hyundai’s SmartSense driver-assistance programs to assist keep away from collisions, utilizing radar and ultrasonic sensors, together with cameras.
Amongst customary security options are Ahead Collision-Avoidance Help with Pedestrian, Bicycle owner and Junction-Turning Detection; Blind-spot Collision-Avoidance Help; Rear Cross-Visitors Collision-Avoidance Help; Lane Maintaining and Lane Following Help; Freeway Driving Help; Blind Spot View Monitor; Secure Exit Help and Ultrasonic Rear Occupant Alert; Driver Consideration Warning; Good Cruise Management with Cease and Go; Parking Distance Warning (Ahead and Reverse); and Parking Collision-Avoidance Help (Reverse).
For inside storage of devices and such, there’s an open bin above the glovebox door. Additionally included was a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Cargo area is 36.4 cubic ft behind the rear seat, and with the rear seatback folded, that expands to 72.1 cubic ft. There are cargo space storage bins below a detachable folding flooring.
Our Calligraphy mannequin additionally got here with Harman Kardon premium audio/navigation system with 10.25-inch widescreen show, wi-fi charging pad, a encompass view monitor with backup digital camera, a sideview monitor system for left and proper turns and lane modifications; distant good park help, and Hyundai Blue Hyperlink related providers.
Seating is snug for as much as 5 individuals, and there’s respectable knee and legroom even for rear passengers.
The cabin could be very quiet at freeway speeds, because of extra insulation and sound-absorbing supplies. That features acoustic laminated glass for the windshield and facet home windows.
Hyundai’s Secure Exit Help is designed to maintain rear passengers from opening the rear doorways if visitors is approaching from the rear. The system stops the kid security lock on the rear doorways from being deactivated by the driving force if there’s visitors approaching along with the car. However the little one security lock has to have been activated prematurely by the swap on the driving force’s door.
The rear-seat occupant alert system is designed to remind the driving force to examine the rear seat earlier than exiting the car, but it surely goes past that. If after the driving force exits, the system detects motion within the rear seat, it’ll flash the lights and sound the horn, and ship a textual content message to the driving force.
Our Calligraphy take a look at car got here within the Stormy Sea (darkish blue) exterior coloration, with a black-on-black inside.
Carpeted flooring mats ($210) have been the one additional on our car.
Complete sticker worth for our 2023 Santa Fe Calligraphy AWD mannequin was $45,505, together with freight and the ground mats.
The automotive columns of G. Chambers Williams III have appeared usually within the Categorical-Information since 2000. Contact him at email@example.com, or on Twitter @gchambers3. His driving companion Emma Jayne Williams contributed to this report.
2023 Hyundai Santa Fe