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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2017 HYUNDI SANTA FE VIDEO REVIEW BY AUTO CRITIC STEVE HAMMES Hyundai has thoroughly refreshed its most family-friendly vehicle. Here’s a quick look at all of the changes and updates to the 2017 3-row Santa Fe. Hyundai’s 1-2 punch of…

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GENESIS G90 2017 VIDEO REVIEW BY AUTO CRITIC STEVE HAMMES When Hyundai introduced cars such as the Genesis and Equus, scuttlebutt spread about the Korean automaker starting their own luxury division. Well that day has finally come. With a change…

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2015 Hyundai Sonata – First Look

2015 Hyundai Sonata – First Look: Who has the highest brand loyalty in the biz?  That’d be none other than Hyundai which makes the success of this next generation Sonata even more crucial in preserving that hard earned title and…

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