2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Review

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2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Overview

While Hyundai redesigned the Santa Fe for 2019, it can't resist adding new features to its best-selling SUV for 2020. The Santa Fe and larger 3-row Santa Fe XL face tough competition from the Mazda CX-9, Toyota Highlander, Volkswagen Atlas, Kia Sorento, and Subaru Ascent.

Styling carries over from last year’s overhaul. For 2020, the Limited gets dark chrome exterior trim.

The base engine is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder that makes 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque, which comes standard in all trims. A turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, rated for 235 hp and 260 lb-ft, is available for the Limited trim. An 8-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive (FWD) come standard, while all-wheel drive (AWD) is available. The base configuration with FWD gets the best fuel economy: 22 mpg city, 29 city, and 25 combined. With the upgraded engine and AWD, expect 20 mpg city, 26 highway, and 22 combined.

For 2020, Hyundai sheds the mid-range SEL Plus and top-tier Ultimate trims, leaving just the SE, SEL, and Limited. The SE gets 17-inch alloy wheels, remote keyless entry, power heated side mirrors, and LED daytime-running lights. With the SEL trim, you also get push-button start, an 8-way power driver’s seat, and heated front seats. The Limited features leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, and LED head- and taillights.

The infotainment system features a 7-inch touchscreen located at the top of the dash rather than integrated into the center stack. Standard features include Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Step up to the SEL for satellite radio and HD Radio.

The 2019 Santa Fe earned the Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a 5-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). A reversing camera, forward-collision avoidance, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and rear cross-path detection all come standard. For 2020, the Santa Fe also gets safe-exit assist, which prevents the rear doors from opening when the blind-spot system detects an obstruction, and rear-occupant alert standard. The Limited trim gets a more advanced blind-view-monitor system that shows a camera view of both blind spots.

Hyundai stays competitive with the 2020 Santa Fe thanks its streamlined lineup and innovative new features.


Cherise is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor with nearly 15 years of experience covering the automotive industry. Cherise loves writing about car culture and sharing common-sense car-buying advice. She is eagerly awaiting delivery of a 2019 Subaru WRX Series.Gray, which will join her household's 2008 Toyota RAV4, 2007 Genuine Buddy Italia 150, and 2015 Honda Grom.

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