2019 Santa Fe New Car Test Drive
The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe has a familiar name, one that's been applied to a brace of Hyundai crossovers. This is now the South Korean company's mid-size, five-passenger SUV, flanked by the bigger Palisade and the smaller Tucson.
The five-passenger Santa Fe is larger, taller, bolder ? more SUV-like than its predecessor. Specifically, its wheelbase (the distance between front and rear wheels) has grown by 2.6 inches and overall length has grown by 2.8 inches.
In addition to crisp new sheetmetal, the 2019 Santa Fe boasts a new 8-speed automatic and better ride comfort.
In its new form, the Santa Fe comes in SE, SEL, SEL Plus, Limited, and Ultimate trim levels.
The base engine is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder that develops 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. Optional is a 2.0-liter turbo-4 that cranks out 235 horsepower and 260 pound-feet. Only Limited and Ultimate models can be equipped with the turbo-4 engine, for about $1,600 extra.
Each trim level comes standard with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available for $1,700 more.
Standard active safety features for all trim levels include forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and rear cross-traffic alert.
The 2019 Santa Fe earned top “Good” ratings from the IIHS; when equipped with LED headlights, it earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award. Crash-testing by the NHTSA resulted in a five-star score overall..
Prices do not include $1,045 destination charge.
SE 2.4 ($25,750 with FWD, $27,450 with AWD) holds the 2.4-liter engine and comes with cloth upholstery, 17-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, cloth upholstery, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
SEL 2.4 ($27,600 with FWD, $29,300 with AWD) adds a power driver's seat, heated front seats, 7.0-inch gauge cluster, keyless ignition, and heated mirrors.
SEL Plus 2.4 ($29,800 with FWD, $31,500 with AWD) includes parking sensors, 18-inch wheels, a hands-free liftgate, dual-zone automatic temperature control, and 12-speaker Infinity audio.
Limited 2.4 ($32,600 with FWD, $34,300 with AWD) adds leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, a power passenger's seat, and LED headlights/taillights.
Limited 2.0T ($34,200 with FWD, $35,900 with AWD) substitutes the 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine.
Ultimate 2.4 ($35,450 with FWD, $37,150 with AWD) is equipped with leather upholstery, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a surround-view camera system, wireless smartphone charging, a head-up display, and 19-inch wheels.
Ultimate 2.0T ($37,100 with FWD, $38,800 with AWD) substitutes the turbo-4..