The Hyundai brand has gained some serious notoriety in America as a viable competitor to many mainstream vehicles with something to fill just about every segment there is. On the side of electrification, which will come hot and heavy in the next few years, Hyundai continues to improve upon their hybrid lineup to get us ready for a brave new electrified future. This week, I had a chance to experience the latest in hybrid tech in the form of the Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid in the top Limited trim.

The latest Hyundai Santa Fe remains mostly unchanged from its fourth-generation redesign for the 2019 model year. For the 2021 model year Hyundai unleashes the new Santa Fe Hybrid in three available trims, the base Blue trim, SEL, and Limited. Each trim level gets a set of included features and amenities where the top Limited trim test vehicle I get to check out has a variety of highly desirable features that makes it worth its price of admission.

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Powered by a combination of a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and a 59-horsepower electric motor where power is sent through a 6-speed automatic transmission. Total power output at 226 horsepower makes the Santa Fe Hybrid a little quicker off the line over its gas-powered non-hybrid counterpart with thanks to some of the instant torque from the electric motor. However, the non-hybrid Santa Fe using the more powerful engine, the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with 277 horsepower, will ultimately make it to 60 mph in a shorter time. All Santa Fe Hybrids have an HTRAC all-wheel-drive system and offer an AWD lock that activates an electronically controlled rear coupler if you ever have the desire to take the Santa Fe off-road and need a little extra traction.

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By: Malcolm Hogan
Title: 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Review & Test Drive
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Published Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2021 12:14:18 +0000

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