Since its release 19 years ago, Hyundai has sold 1.6 million Santa Fe. For this year, Hyundai wants to expand its success with the all-new Santa Fe that looks more like an SUV than a minivan and full of safety and powertrain improvement. On the other hand, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe structure has been strengthened, and the new suspension helps improve ride quality. Competitors for the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe include small SUVs such as the Ford Edge, Chevrolet Equinox, Subaru Forester and Nissan Murano.
The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe crossover is available in five trim levels: SE, SEL, SEL Plus, Limited and Ultimate. Every 2019 Santa Fe comes standard with SmartSense, the company’s suite of safety feature. It bundles blind-spot collision avoidance, smart cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist, forward collision assist with pedestrian protection, a driver-attention warning and safe exit assist, which locks the doors to prevent people from exiting the vehicle if the vehichle senses traffic coming from behind. Also standard is a 7-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe offers two 4-cylinder engine choices. The base and standard on all trim are a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that generates 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. Available on the Limited and Ultimate trims only is a more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter producing 235 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Of note, both are direct-injected Theta engines benefit from a new electric variable valve-timing system that replaces the formerly hydraulic one. Both engines are paired with 8-speed automatic transmission, and any model can be specified with front- or all-wheel drive. In testing, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate AWD accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds, which is respectable although not as quick as its competitors.
2.4-liter 4-cylinder with 8-speed automatic
185 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
178 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 22/29 mpg (FWD) and 21/27 mpg (AWD)
2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with 8-speed automatic
235 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
260 lb-ft of torque @ 1,450 to 3,500 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 20/25 mpg (FWD) and 19/24 mpg (AWD)
The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. The SE model has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts at about $26,500 (all prices include the $980 destination fee). The SEL trim starts at $28,580 and comes with a heated power driver’s seat and Drive Mode Select. A recommended SEL Plus model starts at nearly $31,000. The Santa Fe Limited brings an elegant look and feel and starts at $33,580. At the top, the Ultimate trim starts at $36,430. The turbocharged engine, which available on the Limited and Ultimate models, adds about $1,700 to the price.