2019 HYUNDAI SANTA FE REVIEW

This all-new Santa Fe showcases Hyundai’s bolder and bigger design language and really reignites the brand’s mojo which has been slipping in recent years. This 2019 model is the most complete, family-oriented SUV in its segment.  It’s that good.  Now, if you’re on a tight budget there’s the front-drive Santa Fe SE for under $25,000.  But 6 trim levels up is this range-topping Ultimate 2.0T AWD for $39,970 before any available incentives.  And that includes everything the Santa Fe offers as standard. It’s incredibly well-stocked, drives with a reassuring polish and pays special attention to cabin aesthetics and ergonomics.  It recaptures the MO from Hyundai’s maturation process; providing a generous, modern package at a price that undercuts the competition.

At 235 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, the 2.0-liter turbo’s output doesn’t wow on paper but it never feels inadequate, producing strong low-end acceleration, mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission that doesn’t interfere with the fluid driving experience. I also like having this Smart drive mode in addition to the Comfort and Sport settings that automatically selects the proper steering effort, engine and transmission control logic based on the driver’s habits.  It works really well and helps save a little gas and that’s a good thing, because at 21mpg the Santa Fe trails the more powerful Ford Edge by 2mpg in mixed driving and 4mpg on the highway.

The interior dimensions of the Santa Fe have grown to give 2nd row passengers more space.  And, there’s more cargo room behind these seats.  All told it’s a great place to spend time with this beautiful panoramic sunroof, 2 USB ports, slide and recline heated seats, and window sunshades.

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2020 Kia Telluride First Look

The Telluride still makes a bold presence with a profile that’s not too dissimilar from a Range Rover Velar.  This is also the first Kia designed specifically for the U.S. market, so that big, boxy, go anywhere SUV-look is very much in the details.  Kia calls it “upscale exploration.” Families on the go will appreciate its spacious cabin that designers promise offers generous hip, shoulder, leg and head room in all 3 rows in what the company says is more luxe living room than utility vehicle. 

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2020 Ford Explorer First Look

2020 Ford Explorer First Look By Auto Critic Steve Hammes. Ford says this Explorer is roomier in all 3 rows, and more capable, comfortable and sportier.

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2019 Chevrolet Silverado Turbo First Look

Chevrolet introduces a new turbocharged gas engine on this next generation Silverado delivering 20mpg in combined city and highway driving for the 4-wheel drive model. 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Turbo First Look By Auto Critic Steve Hammes. https://youtu.be/0j8qaN6h3tk

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2020 Hyundai Palisade First Look

This is the first-ever 2020 Palisade; the brand’s new flagship SUV competing in the midsize segment though larger in every exterior dimension than their own Santa Fe XL and Toyota Highlander. 

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