2024 Hyundai Santa Fe Review: Prices, Specs, and Photos

The redesigned 2024 Santa Fe shoulders into the midsize crossover SUV segment by fitting up to seven people in three rows of seats. In size, it slots between the larger Palisade and smaller Tucson. The related Kia Sorento is its nearest three-row competitor alongside the Toyota Highlander, and it even goes up against off-roaders like the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Honda Passport TrailSport.

A roomy interior, a strong features list, and smart and safe design all make the  fifth-generation Santa Fe an excellent choice for families. It earns a TCC Rating of 6.6 out of 10, which should improve when it’s crash tested. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

Most everything is new for the redesigned Santa Fe. It’s bigger, bolder, roomier, and, in style and presence, unlike any Santa Fe since it first launched in 2001. 

To fit three functional rows of seats, which Hyundai tried once before in the SUV’s third-generation, the new Santa Fe stretches 1.8 inches longer to 190.2 inches. That’s, about half a foot shorter than the Palisade. The wheelbase is nearly two inches longer than its predecessor, and it’s also 1.4 inches taller at 67.7 inches.

Hyundai wraps its bigger, blockier Santa Fe in a striking slab-sided body that channels the Land Rover Range Rover and Ford Flex. It’s tall and upright, with prominent angular wheel flares. The nose has H-shaped LED headlights that flank a blocky grille, and the grille’s horizontal shape is echoed in the lower air intakes. The profile is more squared-off than before, especially at the rear, and the rear end is finished off with H-shaped taillights set low to leave room for a wide tailgate opening.

The larger footprint translates to more room inside, with three rows of seats and up to 79.6 cubic feet of cargo space. Standard seating is for seven, and available second-row captain’s chairs cut that to six. 

The broad, horizontal look of the grille is reflected in the dash, which features twin 12.3-inch displays that curve toward the driver and are underscored by a belly of metallic vents. Hyundai employs some clever interior tricks. Those vents bisect upper and lower gloveboxes, and the top one is available with a UV sanitizer. The center console can be accessed from the second row, and up to two wireless phone chargers are available. 

The new Santa Fe drops its base 191-hp 2.5-liter inline-4. The new base engine is a 2.5-liter turbo-4 making 277 hp and 311 lb-ft of torque. It provides decent punch through its 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, though it’s not quick and the transmission can search for gears when transitioning from lower to higher speeds and back again. The alternative is a 1.6-liter turbo-4 hybrid powertrain with 231 hp and 271 lb-ft; it comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Both powertrains are available with front- or all-wheel drive. Last year’s plug-in hybrid option also doesn’t return.

The Santa Fe rides smoothly, with fairly quick, weighty steering, and some notable lean in corners. It doesn’t feel quite as buttoned down as it used to, likely because it’s gained up to 700 pounds. The available XRT model gets an additional 1.3 inches of ground clearance for 8.3 inches in total and comes with all-terrain tires that team with the all-wheel-drive system’s standard locking center differential to give it modest off-road capability. 

Standard safety features include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, blind-spot monitors, and front and rear parking sensors, among others. Buyers can also get a remote parking system, blind-spot cameras, a surround-view camera system, and a highway driving-assist system.

How much does the 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe cost? 

The Santa Fe comes in SE, SEL, XRT, Limited, and Calligraphy trim levels. The SE runs $35,345 and comes standard with cloth upholstery, a 6-way power-adjustable driver seat, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, a 4.2-inch instrument cluster information display, LED headlights and taillights, a hands-free tailgate, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The hybrid powertrain adds $500 and all-wheel drive can be optioned on gas and hybrid powertrains for $1,800 more.

The Calligraphy tops the lineup at $50,195 with all-wheel drive and the hybrid powertrain.

Where is the 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe made?

In Montgomery, Alabama.

—Senior Editor Robert Duffer contributed to this report.