2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Review
Fresh from a redesign of last year’s model, the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe carries into the new model year with no significant changes. But that’s just fine with us. This latest-generation Santa Fe has an improved cabin look and feel. And, as is Hyundai’s custom, it comes loaded with standard features, many of which come at an extra cost on its competitors.
On the downside, the quiet and roomy cabin falls a little short in overall cargo capacity. We’re also unmoved by the Santa Fe’s base engine. It’ll do the job around town and has enough passing power for the freeway. But when you need to summon all of the Santa Fe’s reserves, you have to be assertive and lay on the pedal. There is an optional, more powerful turbo engine, but that requires jumping a few trim levels — and several thousand dollars — to get it.
But overall, the Santa Fe does an excellent job at balancing the priorities of most compact SUVs. The interior is roomy, the ride is comfortable, and there’s enough technology for everyone to stay connected. If you need something larger, consider a three-row SUV such as the Hyundai Palisade or the related Kia Telluride. But if you’re looking for good value among two-row SUVs, you’ll want the Santa Fe on your short list. Notably, the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe is a featured vehicle in our Cheapest New Cars article.