Is the Santa Fe Hybrid at home in the dirt? Eh, not really. But it looks pretty good there.
Being the middle child is never fun, but the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid makes the most of it. Hanging out between the three-row Palisade and its ever-so-slightly smaller Tucson sibling, the Santa Fe relies on a fancier approach to family-friendliness in order to justify its existence, and a new hybrid powertrain gives people another reason to check out this midsizer, as well.
LikeLots of standard featuresComfortable rideGreat in-car tech
Don’t LikeJust-OK fuel economyNot that different from more interesting Tucson Hybrid
Posh getupThe Santa Fe and Palisade rely on many of the same design staples, which is very much a good thing. The Santa Fe is a handsome midsize SUV. Its maw may be a little big for some people’s tastes, but I think it integrates well with split-level headlights and various pieces of silver trim on the lower part of the body. It’s handsome enough to earn a compliment or two without going too hard in the styling paint, which is more of the Tucson’s arena. And now that hybrids are offered across nearly all of Hyundai’s lineup, you’re not going to find any garish brightwork signaling electrification; it’s as normal as any other crossover out there.The Santa Fe Hybrid’s interior really ramps up the plushness. My Limited-trim tester rings in at $41,290 including $1,185 for destination, and despite hovering around the average new-car transaction price in 2021, it should make families feel like they’ve moved up a class. The leather seats are comfortable and supportive, and they’re both heated and cooled. Soft materials cover all the relevant touch points, and build quality is high all-around. The textured finish of the front door speaker grilles might be my favorite part.
An electronic push-button shifter hangs out on a center console that rides kind of high, but it makes room for a positively cavernous storage cubby underneath. If that’s not enough, there’s a sizable pocket under the center armrest, and the door cards are deep enough for extra bottles, masks, snacks, you name it. Another clever touch here is the wireless phone charger, which you slot your phone into vertically, preventing it from sliding around and losing connection while driving. Out back, there’s an ample 36.4 cubic feet of cargo space, which is on par with the outgoing Jeep Grand Cherokee, and it’s light years ahead of the Chevy Blazer and Toyota Venza, but the Honda Passport has it beat with a shade over 50 cubes behind the second row.
2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid blends style and efficiency
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Plush driving at a costThe 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid doesn’t just look fancy, it feels it, too. The first thing I notice is how dang quiet the interior is at speed. Even over some of Michigan’s gnarlier roads, the Santa Fe Hybrid permits very few aural annoyances into the cabin, and those that do make it inside come largely from the powertrain on the other side of the firewall. The ride quality is superb, with fixed dampers mitigating all but the harshest road surfaces, keeping up that luxury-adjacent feeling.
Under the Santa Fe Hybrid’s hood is the same hybrid-electric powertrain that can be found in the slightly smaller Tucson Hybrid. A 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine combines with an electric motor to produce a net 226 horsepower, which is fed to all four wheels (standard!) through a six-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain isn’t going to win any awards for sound quality, coming off a little tractor-ish for my taste, but there’s a sufficient amount of forward motion on tap. Off-the-line acceleration feels potent thanks to that electric motor, and I can barely feel the transfer from electric to ICE propulsion. It only really trips up when I try to leave a stop sign too quickly, as the powertrain takes an extra couple of ticks to figure out what it wants to do. The Santa Fe Hybrid does come with a mode switch, but I find the car at its best when everything is left in its default state.
The powertrain will do a great job acclimating families to the hybrid life, but fuel economy leaves a bit to be desired. The EPA estimates the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid’s hydrocarbon thrift at 33 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 32 mpg combined. That’s better than gas-only competitors will muster, but it pales in comparison to the crossover’s primary competitor, the Toyota Venza, which can achieve 40 mpg in the city and 37 on the highway. For a mass-market crossover, the Santa Fe Hybrid can really pile on the fancy.
Excellent techHyundai has long offered one of my favorite infotainment systems, and its latest iteration in the 2021 Santa Fe Hybrid only makes it better. A 10.3-inch display rises from the center of the dashboard, carrying the latest version of Hyundai’s telematics, which has been reskinned to match the latest from sister brand Genesis. The result is more visually appealing, with a minimalist home screen and a menu page that puts all the important stuff within reach. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are, as you may expect, standard across the lineup. A second screen resides in the gauge cluster, providing the usual speedometer and hybrid power meter, in addition to a configurable portion that lets me monitor fuel economy, hybrid system operation, what’s playing on the radio, the usual.Korean automakers have standardized a long list of active and passive safety systems, and the Santa Fe Hybrid keeps that going. Standard kit includes forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist and full-speed adaptive cruise control. Highway Drive Assist combines some of these features to hold the vehicle in its lane at the pace of traffic, and as far as hands-on systems go, it’s a good one, controlling its position well without swaying or bouncing about.The Santa Fe Hybrid’s infotainment system is both attractive and functional, and it’s been one of our favorites for years.
Down to brass tacksAt $41,290 out the door, the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid is pretty darn affordable for something this fancy, even more so when you consider the base model can be had for a hair under $35,000. While gas-powered competitors abound, from the Chevy Blazer to the Honda Passport, its primary electrified competitor is the Toyota Venza, which has the Hyundai beat on fuel economy and overall luxuriousness, and the two are pretty evenly matched on price. It is, however, styled like a glass of room-temperature milk. There’s also the matter of the Hyundai Tucson Hybrid, which gives up a tiny bit of space inside and out, but it has more evocative styling, presenting a case where a car’s biggest competitor might be calling from inside the house.The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid is totally worth your time. While the efficiency could be better, a smooth powertrain and a posh stature have the makings for quite the value play in its price range, offering families a great way to ease into electrification.
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5 Prayers for desperate students during final exams
Sometimes during final exams we may need a little extra help!Whenever exam time rolls around each semester, students often become desperate, hoping and praying that they will pass their exams.While God may not give you the answers to your exam questions, he doesn’t mind giving you a little extra grace at exam time that will…
Sometimes during final exams we may need a little extra help!Whenever exam time rolls around each semester, students often become desperate, hoping and praying that they will pass their exams.While God may not give you the answers to your exam questions, he doesn’t mind giving you a little extra grace at exam time that will help you approach the exam with peace.Whatever happens, give it all to God.Here is a short collection of prayers that you can say to ask God for some extra grace during your exams.Prayer of St. Thomas AquinasCreator of all things, true source of light and wisdom, origin of all being, graciously let a ray of your light penetrate the darkness of my understanding. Take from me the double darkness in which I have been born, the obscurity of sin and ignorance. Give me a keen understanding, a retentive memory, and the ability to grasp things correctly and fundamentally. Grant me the talent of being exact in my explanations and the ability to express myself with thoroughness and charm. Point out the beginning, direct the progress, and help in the completion. I ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.Prayer to St. Rita before a testSaint Rita,In your company,I present myself to God, the wise Creator of the universe,the light of human mind.To learn through application in my studies,I will need attention:help me focus,you who were always so collected.I crave the internal peace to tame the passions,the external calm to avoid intemperance.I need intuition:the easy comprehension of essential. I need to memorize:help me to remember. Most of all, help me learn through my studies about the divine life,so I can live my time on Earth and in eternity.For all this Saint Rita,entrust me to the goodnessof Jesus and the Holy Virgin.Thank you.Amen.Prayer to Mary, Seat of WisdomUnder your patronage, dear Mother, and calling on the mystery of your Immaculate Conception, I desire to pursue my studies and my literary labors: I hereby solemnly declare that I am giving myself to these studies chiefly to the following end:that I may the better contribute to the glory of God and to the promotion of your veneration among all people.I ask you, therefore, most loving Mother, who are the Seat of Wisdom, to bless my labors in your loving-kindness.Moreover I promise with true affection and a willing spirit, as it is right that I should do, to ascribe all the good that shall come to me there from, wholly to your intercession for me in God’s holy presence. Amen. Prayer to St. Joseph of CupertinoO holy Joseph of Cupertino, who loves to bestow your favors upon all in need of your assistance, I implore your help with my studies and upcoming examinations. Despite my hard work and good will, I am anxious about these tests, and how I will perform. Remember, Saint Joseph, that you too endured a similar difficulty and that through obedience and the powerful protection of your spiritual father, you were providentially helped toward your calling and vocation.Remember that you found yourself in the same difficulty and that through obedience and the powerful protection of your spiritual father you came out providentially well.I beg your assistance now; help me to be confident in my testing, and prompt and alert in all of my answers. I ask your prayers for my intention, in the name of Jesus, and also with a special supplication to Mary and Saint Francis, your Holy Father.O patron saint of academic examinations, I am convinced that my hope in your prayerful assistance will not be disappointed. Amen
8 Amazon Prime membership benefits you might not know about – CNET
Your Amazon Prime benefits make shopping easier. Angela Lang/CNET This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2021, our list of ideas, by topic, by recipient and by price, to help you discover the perfect gift. Everyone knows about Amazon Prime’s two-day shipping, which is the biggest reason I’m a member. I love being able…
Your Amazon Prime benefits make shopping easier.
This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2021, our list of ideas, by topic, by recipient and by price, to help you discover the perfect gift.
Everyone knows about Amazon Prime’s two-day shipping, which is the biggest reason I’m a member. I love being able to buy paper towels or cat litter online, and then see it on my doorstep a few days later. But this isn’t the only benefit if you’re paying for a Prime membership.For instance, you can get packages delivered much sooner than you would think — in a few hours, even. Or you can schedule a delivery date that’s more convenient for you, in case you’re not home. And you can even get exclusive deals, simply by using Alexa on your Amazon Echo.If you’re new to Amazon Prime, or simply don’t know much about what it has to offer, here are some of the ways you can get the most out of your Amazon Prime membership.Read more: Holiday gift guide 2021: CNET editors’ top picksGet free same-day delivery on qualifying itemsIf there’s a product you want immediately, you can see if it’s available for delivery the same day you order. To check a product’s eligibility, look for delivery that’s marked as “Prime FREE Same-Day” while shopping. Note that your order will need to contain over $35 of qualifying items. If not, you’ll have to pay a small fee.Amazon will deliver from morning until evening, so you won’t have to worry about receiving your order at 3 a.m. However, same-day delivery isn’t available in all locations, so enter your ZIP code on the Amazon Same-Day Delivery page to see if you’re eligible.Schedule a convenient shipping date during checkout with Amazon Day.
Get extra discounts by shopping with Alexa You can use your Amazon Echo to ask “Alexa, what are my deals?” anytime. Alexa will then share Prime-exclusive deals and you’ll have the option to add the item to your cart, buy it now or move on to the next deal. Schedule a convenient shipping date for your packageEveryone knows about Amazon’s free two-day shipping, but another option is to choose a delivery date
during checkout. It’s called Amazon Day and it’s helpful if there’s a specific day you know someone will be at home to answer for packages — especially if it’s something pricey that you don’t want to risk leaving unattended. If you order multiple items on different days, you can have them delivered on the same day as long as they’re eligible for this offer. Use your Amazon Echo to help track packages If you have an Amazon Echo of any kind, you can use it to track your orders. Just say “Alexa, where’s my package?” and your Echo will let you know where it is, who it’s for and when it’ll arrive. Once your order has been delivered, the Echo’s ring light will pulse yellow and if you have the Echo Show, the delivery notification will appear on the screen. Use any Amazon Echo to track your packages.
Shop Early Access deals before non-Prime members If something you’ve been eyeing says “Prime Early Access,” as a Prime member you can shop that sale 30 minutes before non-Prime members. However, you’ll still have to compete with other Prime members who are interested in the product before it sells out.Send a gift to someone without knowing their addressA new Amazon Prime feature lets you send someone a gift, even if you don’t have their address. For instance, if you’d like to send a coworker something for the holidays or their birthday but don’t know what their address is, you can still send a gift. But there’s a catch — that person must also have a Prime account and you need either their phone number or email address associated with the account.Be aware: Not every item on Amazon is eligible. Share your Prime perks with family If you’ve got another adult living in your household, like a significant other or friend, you can share your Prime membership with them. You’ll still be able to keep your personal accounts separate, but you’ll both have access to all the same Prime benefits. You can also share your account with up to four teens and up to four children in your household. While they’ll have their own logins, you can still manage their profiles. Amazon employees can leave a package inside your house with Amazon Key.
Amazon can leave your package inside your house or garage When you know you’re not going to be home for a while and you’ve got a shipment on the way, it’s much safer to have an Amazon employee leave your items inside your house or garage to avoid theft. At this time, in-home delivery is currently paused due to COVID-19, but we’ll still tell you how to use it once it’s resumed.For in-home delivery, you’ll need a Key-compatible smart lock and an (optional) Amazon Cloud Cam. The Amazon driver will send you a notification when they’ve arrived at your house and will request to unlock your door. Amazon will verify the package is at the right address and the driver is near the door, then will turn on Amazon Cloud Cam and unlock your door. You can also use Amazon In-Garage Delivery — just select Key Delivery at checkout. The garage kit is on sale for $25 and turns your garage into a smart garage. It works the same as in-home delivery so Amazon will do all the verifying for you.
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If you’re wary of letting a complete stranger into your home, keep in mind that you’ll also receive notifications during the entire process. Note that you can opt to block delivery access to your home — for example, if you know you’ll be home during that time. For more shopping tips this year, here’s how to send your Amazon packages back the fast, easy and free way. Also, read this before you buy a tech gift this holiday season.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Series Renders Leak Before Official Announcement
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, Galaxy Tab S8+, and the vanilla Galaxy Tab S8 are expected to be the upcoming flagship tablets from the South Korean electronic giant. The official-looking renders of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 models have surfaced online, showing the design and a few specifications. In the leaked renders, Samsung Galaxy Tab…
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, Galaxy Tab S8+, and the vanilla Galaxy Tab S8 are expected to be the upcoming flagship tablets from the South Korean electronic giant. The official-looking renders of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 models have surfaced online, showing the design and a few specifications. In the leaked renders, Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, which is expected to be the most premium model in the upcoming series is seen with two selfie cameras.The new Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series renders were shared by known tipster Ev (@evleaks). As mentioned, the renders show the displays and bezels of all three Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 models. The Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is seen to have the slimmest bezels out of the lot with two front-facing sensors located in the centre-aligned notch. The power button and volume rocker are also seen arranged on the top edge. Galaxy Tab S8+ and Galaxy Tab S8 have similar designs. The leaked renders of Galaxy Tab S8 Plus also suggest two selfie cameras.According to past leaks, the Galaxy Tab S8 series of tablets will feature displays with a 120Hz refresh rate. The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra has been earlier spotted on Geekbench with the model number SM-X906N. It is also tipped to come with a 14.6-inch OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It may be offered in two storage configurations — 8GB + 128GB and 12GB + 512GB. The Ultra variant is tipped to pack a dual rear camera setup that includes a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. It is also said to feature an 8-megapixel sensor accompanied by a 5-megapixel sensor at the front. Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is tipped to be backed by a massive 12,000mAh battery with support for 45W fast charging as well.As per a leaked Samsung production schedule for 2022, Samsung is planning to unveil the Galaxy Tab S8 series in 2022 with the vanilla Galaxy Tab S8, Galaxy Tab S8 Lite, Galaxy Tab S8+, and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra variants. All models except the Galaxy Tab S8 Lite are scheduled to go into production starting the first quarter of 2022, while the Galaxy Tab S8 Lite variant is said to go into production from the third quarter of next year.