2020 Santa Fe New Car Test Drive
The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe carries over with a few changes from last year, when it was completely redesigned.
The 2020 Santa Fe has competitive performance, a pliant ride, high-quality interior, admirable fit and finish in top versions, and excellent safety ratings. The latest Santa Fe's styling is sharper and more upright–boxier–and it looks tougher, too.
A 2.4-liter inline-4 making 185 horsepower is standard, and adequately motivates the nearly 3,600-pound Santa Fe. But the optional 2.0-liter turbo-4 with 235 horsepower is much better suited to the task. An 8-speed automatic transmission provides smooth shifts, while front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive available.
The 2.4-liter Santa Fe models manage 22 city, 29 highway, 25 combined mpg, with all-wheel drive reducing that by only 1 mpg. The turbocharged 2.0-liter model makes 20 city, 27 highway, 23 combined mpg, and the same 1-mpg loss for all-wheel drive.
The 2020 Santa Fe received a five-star crash test rating from the federal government, and the 2019 model earned a Top Safety Pick + from the IIHS.
For 2020, some desirable active safety features such rear cross-traffic alert and automatic rear braking are no longer standard; now they're limited to the SEL trim and above. Automatic emergency braking remains standard.
Also for 2020, two models have been discontinued, the SEL Plus and Ultimate. The Limited model gets more packages and features, such as blind-spot monitors, to make up for the loss of the Ultimate.
The 2020 models are SE, SEL, and Limited.
For around $25,000 the SE model comes with cloth upholstery, 17-inch wheels, Bluetooth, a 7.0-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and automatic emergency braking-plus Hyundai's excellent 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, still an advantage over the competition. The SEL adds a power driver seat, heated front seats, and keyless start. Option packages include leather upholstery, premium audio, and dual-zone climate control; Convenience and Premium packages add features like an 8.0-inch touchscreen, premium audio, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a surround-view camera system, heated steering wheel, wireless cellphone charger, a head-up display, and automatic wipers. Most of those come standard on the Limited. Fully loaded, it's nearly $40,000.