What the critics say
The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
Toyota and Nissan should be nervous. Though these days all compact crossovers are following the same template, the new Hyundai Santa Fe “executes it so darn well” that it could take a real bite out of some top sellers. “Mature, richly finished, and blanketed in interesting features that’ll make your life easier,” the 2019 Santa Fe has been remade inside and out. The front end now has “an intense, hungry look,” and the interior feels “two grades up” from the 2018.
The cabin is roomier, too, though spaciousness was already a strength of the Santa Fe Sport—the vehicle it’s actually replacing. “Alas, one thing we weren’t overly keen on in the Sport is still hanging around: the standard 2.4-liter engine.” At least it’s paired with a new eight-speed transmission, improving acceleration and nudging highway fuel efficiency to 29 mpg. The optional engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter, and by 2019, a torque-y turbodiesel will also be available.
We’re looking forward to getting to know every model better. “With its classy looks, quality interior, and smooth new transmission,” the beefed-up Santa Fe appears ready for bigger things as it bids farewell to the Sport suffix. “The timing feels right for this crossover to come into its own.” ■