What’s New: the Santa Fe is all-new for 2019. Restyled inside and out, and scaled smaller, it slots in above the Tucson to replace the Santa Fe Sport.
- Ample interior space without the compromised visibility or maneuverability of a large SUV.
- Active safety tech comes standard, and top trim includes many desirable features despite the competitive price.
- Multi-textured interior creates visual interest while keeping the driver interface streamlined and intuitive. Sensible user controls maximize the utility of systems like AWD and camera.
- Real-world fuel economy lags significantly behind its EPA-estimated 19 mpg city, 24 highway.
- The turbocharged 2.0L’s early-peaking torque is fine, but its turbo lag can make for some jerky starts.
- Some chintzy interior materials are unlikely to wear well over time.
In a segment populated by increasingly hulking behemoths, it’s nearly unheard of for an SUV to get smaller. But for 2019, that’s exactly what the Santa Fe did. Shedding weight and sharpening its looks, the Santa Fe gets the new “family face” of Hyundai’s SUV lineup, wearing the chiseled lines and quirky upside-down headlight configuration that first appeared on the subcompact Kona last year.