2019 Hyundai Santa Fe $550 More Expensive than 2018 Model

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, Automotive Editor - June 29, 2018

Hyundai started a trend by tacking “Sport” onto its smaller offerings. The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe was offered in two models: the Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Sport. The regular Santa Fe could seat up to seven passengers, while the Santa Fe Sport was only available as a five-seater. For the 2019 model year, Hyundai is changing things by renaming the Santa Fe Sport to just the Santa Fe. Pricing for the redesigned SUV has gone up, as well.

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe starts $26,480 (including the $980 destination charge), which represents an increase of $550 from the old Santa Fe Sport. In a somewhat confusing move, the new Santa Fe will only seat five passengers, like the old Santa Fe Sport. Consumers wanting to get something that can seat seven passengers will have to go for the Santa Fe XL that has three rows. That model will come out at a later date.

For a little more than $26,000, the base Santa Fe SE trim comes with a 185-horsepower, 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine that's paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. New standard features for the trim include Hyundai's SmartSense suite of safety technologies, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, dual USB charging ports, a rearview camera with parking guidance, and idle stop and go. SmartSense adds adaptive cruise control with stop and go, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, and driver attention warning.

The most affordable way to get into a Santa Fe with the 235-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four is with the Limited 2.0T that starts at $35,180. Adding all-wheel drive to any trim is an extra $1,700. The most expensive Santa Fe is the Ultimate 2.0T trim with all-wheel drive that costs $39,780.

Even with the price increase, the Santa Fe continues to be one of the more value-packed options in the mid-size SUV segment. The new Santa Fe is more affordable than the Kia Sorento, Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Subaru Ascent, and Mazda CX-9.

To get a complete breakdown on pricing for the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, check out the chart below:

Model MSRP (including destination)
SE 2.4 FWD $26,480
SE 2.4 AWD $28,180
SEL 2.4 FWD $28,580
SEL 2.4 AWD $30,280
SEL Plus 2.4 FWD $30,780
SEL Plus 2.4 AWD $32,480
Limited 2.4 FWD $33,580
Limited 2.4 AWD $35,280
Ultimate 2.4 FWD $36,430
Ultimate 2.4 AWD $38,130
Limited 2.0T FWD $35,180
Limited 2.0T AWD $36,880
Ultimate 2.0T FWD $38,080
Ultimate 2.0T AWD $39,780

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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