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2019 Hyundai Santa Fe: Fresh Name, Fresh Features, Fresh Price

01-hyundai-santa-fe-2019-cl.jpg 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe | Cars.com photo by Christian Lantry

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.

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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.

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A new stop-start system is also standard on the Hyundai Santa Fe this year, and fuel economy is up. In front-wheel-drive trim, the 2.4-liter is EPA-rated at 22/29/25 mpg city/highway/combined, up from last year’s 21/27/24 mpg.

Taking a look at the field, the erstwhile Santa Fe Sport starts lower than top competitors. The 2018 Ford Edge starts at $27,810, the 2018 Nissan Murano at $31,775 and the 2019 Kia Sorento at $26,980; all prices include destination. Compare those three here.

More big changes are in store for Hyundai’s SUV lineup. The previous seven-passenger, three-row Santa Fe is also getting redone and will be named the Santa Fe XL for the 2019 model year. In addition, Hyundai says an all-new three-row, eight-passenger SUV is currently under development and will carry an all-new name.

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