Sunday, May 17, 2020

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.0 Turbo AWD: A Conservatively Styled, Value-Packed Crossover

Highlight: This midsize crossover is only available with two 4-cylinder powertrains.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $40,430 (Base Model: $27,245)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: ABS; airbags; an electronic stability control system; a hillstart assist control system; an automatic brake hold feature; automatic headlights; a rearview camera; a radar activated stop and go cruise control system; a forward collision assist system with pedestrian detection; a lane keep assist system; and a tire pressure monitoring system

Standard Equipment (SE): 17-inch wheels; an 8-speed automatic transmission; start-and-stop fuel saving ignition system; an electronic brake; cloth seats; manual adjustable front seats; a manual operated a/c system; a manual operated tilt/telescopic steering wheel; a 7-inch infotainment screen; a cargo area underfloor storage tray  

Standard Equipment (Limited): 19-inch wheels; 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder turbo; heated outside mirrors, an electronic blind spot system; a rear cross traffic alert system; a reverse parking distance warning system; a heated leather steering wheel; rain sensing windshield wipers; a panoramic sunroof; a handsfree power liftgate; leather seats; power front seats; memory operated driver’s seat; heated/ventilated front seats; leg extender (driver’s seat); heated rear seats; an 8-inch infotainment screen with a navigation screen; a 12-speaker, 630-watt Infinity audio system with SiriusXM and HD radio; a 360-degree camera; a heads up display system; and a wireless charging system

Options On Test Vehicle: carpeted floor mats

Other Trim Levels:


Standard Audio On Test Vehicle: a 7-speaker AM/FM audio system

Bluetooth Connectivity: Yes

Apple/Android: Yes

USB Connectivity: Yes

Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles

Powertrain Warranty: 10 years or 100,000 miles

Standard Engine/Horsepower: 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder/185-hp

Towing: 2000 lbs

Recommended Fuel: Regular

Standard Fuel Mileage:

What’s New: The Sante Fe is literally a carry over for the 2020 model year.

Why: The Santa Fe was refreshed during the 2019 model year. The five passenger crossover, which is available in a variety of trims, wears the same uniform grille as the entire line up of Hyundai vehicles.

The well-built vehicle, with its car-like ride and handling abilities, is available in a front wheel drive and an all-wheel drive configuration. The vehicle is also available in a variety of powertrains with a 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine and 2.0-liter turbo, 4-cylinder engine. The engines produce between 185-horsepower to a 235-horsepower.

The vehicle we reviewed was outfitted with a spirited 2.0-liter, turbo engine outfitted with the higher end Limited trim.

Our Limited model was outfitted with everything from leather seats to ventilated front seats to heated rear seats to a power liftgate. The vehicle was also outfitted with the latest safety driving enhancements as well as the latest technological enhancements.

Moreover, like all Hyundai’s, all of the features on this vehicle are easy to use. Unlike a number of today’s vehicles, this vehicle doesn’t require hours of training for one to master the audio, navigation and/or ventilation system. The value packed vehicle, which road on 19-inch wheels, is a best pick in our book. With this vehicle one gets a lot of bang for the buck under $40,000.

But: Besides the mature styling, there really aren’t any complaints in our book.

Verdict: For buyers on a budget, seeking a well-built vehicle with the latest safety aids, comfort features and a great warranty, the Hyundai Santa Fe should be high on one’s shopping list.

Competition: Chevy Equinox; Chevy Blazer; Ford Escape; GMC Terrain; Honda CR-V; Mazda CX-5; Nissan Rogue; Kia Sportage; Subaru Forrester; and Toyota RAV4

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