The all-new 2-row 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe — built in Alabama and on sale now — reveals just how serious the company is about the ever-growing compact-SUV market. It’s only slightly larger than the outgoing model, but it feels much bigger from inside, and Hyundai has managed to make this safety-packed compact SUV some 30 pounds lighter than the outgoing model.
New Features and Revisions
Just about everything is new on the new Santa Fe, beginning with a slightly larger chassis that incorporates more high-strength steel and structural adhesives to be significantly stronger. Although the 2.4-liter and turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engines are familiar, they mate to a new 8-speed automatic transmission and an optional new HTRAC all-wheel-drive system. For added safety, Hyundai’s Smart Sense technologies are now standard.