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2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

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$26,275 — $39,575 MSRP
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5 Seats
22-25 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Turbo engine's smoothness, mid-range power
  • Ride comfort
  • Visibility
  • Roomy backseat
  • Overall value

The Bad

  • Handling on twisty roads
  • Numb steering feel
  • Modest passing power
  • Transmission unwilling to kick down to low enough gear
  • Sport mode makes gas pedal touchy
  • Accelerator lag (turbo engine)
2020 Hyundai Santa Fe exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • New blind spot camera system available
  • Five-seat mid-size SUV
  • Choice of four-cylinder engines, including a turbo
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard
  • Automatic emergency braking standard

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2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe?

Redesigned last year, the Hyundai Santa Fe is a five-seat mid-size SUV that competes with the Honda Passport, Nissan Murano and Ford Edge. A 185-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is standard, and a 235-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is available. Both engines work with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and front- and all-wheel-drive models are offered. 

What’s New on the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe?

A rear occupant alert system is standard, and the top-of-the-line Limited trim level gets a blind spot camera system. 

What Features in the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Are Most Important?

Standard convenience features include automatic headlights, a 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, Bluetooth streaming audio and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability. Standard active safety features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist and a driver-drowsiness monitor. Options include rain-sensing windshield wipers, a hands-free liftgate, leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, an Infinity premium stereo, a 360-degree camera system, a head-up display and wireless device charging. 

Should I Buy the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe?

The Santa Fe is a comfortable, spacious mid-size SUV that delivers a lot of value for the money. There are some drivetrain concerns, such as gas pedal lag with the turbo engine and a transmission that can be unwilling to kick down to a low enough gear, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Santa Fe from winning a comparison test of six mid-size SUVs — albeit by the slimmest of margins.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
135 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Just purchased it, so far so good.

by Tom4 from Ballwin, MO on September 25, 2020

Good value and great warranty. Meets our needs for a family vehicle. We didn’t need a third seat so it has lots of cargo space. Read full review

(5.0)

Terrific vehicle

by Mike retired from Laguna Hills Ca on September 23, 2020

So far (only one week) the vehicle is exactly what I wanted. It has everything I wanted and more. Happy with its performance and drive ability. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.4

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall
5 Star
Overall Front
4 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
Driver's
4 Star
Passenger's
5 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Hyundai

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / unlimited distance

  • Free Scheduled Maintenance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Santa Fe received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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