Hyundai’s naming strategy with its Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport SUVs was always a little confusing — two different-size SUVs, two very similar names — and it just got a bit murkier for 2019. The two-row Santa Fe Sport is now called the Santa Fe, and for the new model year, it got a lot more features for not a lot more money. When the 2019 Santa Fe goes on sale later this summer, it’ll start at $26,480, including a $980 destination charge — $550 more than the outgoing model.
The base price is for the entry-level SE 2.4 trim. A host of new safety and driver convenience features are standard, such as forward collision avoidance, blind spot collision avoidance, rear cross-traffic assist, lane keep assist, stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. All-wheel drive is an additional $1,700 and is available on all trims.
The range spans from the base SE 2.4 to the topline Ultimate 2.0T model, which starts at $38,080. Standard on base and mid-level trims is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder; a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is standard on higher trims. Both models pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission. A diesel engine is available in other markets — a 2.2-liter turbo-diesel — but no word yet on if it’ll make it to the U.S.