The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe is a stylish midsize crossover that’s packed with features, has a spacious interior all without breaking the bank. The Santa Fe was completely redesigned for the 2019 model year, so for the new year it only gets a few small updates.
The 2020 Santa Fe competes in a packed segment, which includes the Ford Edge, Honda Passport, and the Nissan Murano. Since it’s a 2-row five passenger crossover, it also competes against some compact models, like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. On the outside, the latest generation Santa Fe now looks more grown up. It also looks more upscale than its compact rivals.
Under the hood the Santa Fe offers two engine options, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft. of torque or a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 235-hp and 260 lb-ft. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive is optional.
After testing out both engine options, neither one is what we would describe as sporty. Both engines pack adequate power and get the Santa Fe moving down the road without too much fanfare. Buyers that prefer a bit more power will want to select the 2.0L engine, but there’s one big issue – cost. The 2.0L is only available on the SEL 2.0T and Limited 2.0T models. The SEL 2.0T costs $6,850 more than the SEL model with the 2.4L engine.
If you opt for the 2.4L engine it’s rated at 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway with front-wheel drive and 21/ 27 mpg with all-wheel drive. The 2.0L engine is only slightly less fuel efficient at 20/27 mpg with front-wheel drive and 20/26 mpg with all-wheel drive.
On the road the Santa Fe is a comfortable midsize crossover, but just like its engine lineup, the overall driving experience isn’t entirely fun. The suspension soaks up bumps with out any drama and the steering gives pretty good feedback.
Inside the Santa Fe’s interior is just as stylish as the exterior. The design of the dashboard with its sweeping lines is easy on the eyes and most of the materials are up to par. We especially like the panoramic sunroof and its 8-inch infotainment is easy to use. The Santa Fe is available with lots of tech features, like a wireless charging, a surround view monitor, head-up display and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
If hauling cargo is a must, the Santa Fe has 35.9 cubic feet of space behind the rear seat, which can be expanded to 71.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat. To compare, the Chevy Blazer has 30.5 cu. ft. behind the second row and only has 64.20 cu.ft of space with the rear seats folded.
On the safety front, the 2020 Santa Fe comes standard with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control.. A blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic automatic braking are optional. The Santa Fe has also received the highest safety rating from the IIHS, Top Safety Pick+.
The 2020 Santa Fe is offered in five trim levels: SE, SEL, SEL 2.0T, Limited and Limited 2.0T. The pricing starts at $26,995 for the base SE with front-wheel drive. If you want all-wheel drive, it’s a $1,700 option.