In the crowded three-row midsized crossover SUV segment, the Hyundai Santa Fe competes impressively. Once considered a bottom dweller or entry-level crossover SUV, the Santa Fe has vastly improved in recent years. The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe is well-equipped with modern technology and safety features after receiving a complete makeover in 2019. It’s offered in three grades (or trims) and is powered by a 3.3-liter V6 engine that is fuel-efficient, yet surprisingly packs a punch.
The Santa Fe is a three-row, seven-passenger crossover SUV. The premium grade (Limited Ultimate) is designed to seat six, as two captain’s chairs replace the standard row in this trim only. The max storage capacity comes in at 80-cubic feet when you fold down the second and third row. Powerplant configuration is made easy with the Santa Fe, as all grades are powered by the same 290-horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque producing 3.3-liter engine.
Front wheel drive is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission and can return 25 miles per gallon on the highway 18 mpg in the city. The all-wheel drive system can be added with the Limited Ultimate grade and reduces economy to 17/22 mpg. For those interested in towing, the Santa Fe can pull up to 2,000 lbs. or when equipped with trailer brakes, up to 5,000 lbs.
There are three grades to choose from; the SE, SE Ultimate, and Limited Ultimate. The Base features automatic headlights, heated side mirrors, LED daytime running lights, dual exhaust and rides on 18-inch wheels. On the inside, stain-resistant cloth seating, a tilt and telescoping steering column, dual-zone climate control, and Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system with a seven-inch color display, SiriusXM Satellite radio, USB connectivity and six-speakers. Shoppers can add a Premium package which adds a push-button start, power side mirrors, LED fog lights, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, lane changing assist, and manual rear side window sunshades.
The SE Ultimate is the next grade on the Hyundai Santa Fe hit list. This model adds keyless entry with a push-button start, a hands-free liftgate, turn signal indicators on the side mirrors, hated steering wheel, leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, power heated front seats with ventilation, heated second row seating, an Infinity audio system, and eight-inch infotainment screen with added navigation. A Technology package featuring automatic emergency braking, smart cruise control, electronic parking brake assist with automatic vehicle hold, active front lights with high beam assist, and pedestrian detection can be added.
The Limited Ultimate is the premium grade for the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe. The largest difference with this “trim” is the addition of second-row captains seating, for increased passenger room. Additionally, LED taillights and silver accents inside the cabin are added to the Limited Ultimate grade. The same Technology package can be added to the Limited Ultimate.
Across the board, the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe
is a good buy. Whether you choose the impressively equipped SE or opt for the Limited Ultimate, a Santa Fe can be configured to meet your individual taste and budget. Make sure to visit your local Hyundai dealership to inspect one up close and discover why the Santa Fe continues to be one of Hyundai’s best sellers.