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    Ask Me Anything: 2020 Hyundai Palisade AWD

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    IMG_20191127_140956.jpgIn the C&G garage for the week is the 2020 Hyundai Palisade Limited AWD with a sticker price of $47,605. This is Hyundai's newest SUV, at least until the diminutive Hyundai Venue takes its place at the other end of the size spectrum.  The first impression I got from the Palisade was how big it is.  Even though it is around 7 inches shorter than a Buick Enclave, it looks bigger and beefier. Being a Limited means that it is in top trim with only carpeted floor mats as an additional option.  It's powered by a 3.8 liter naturally aspirated V6 producing 291 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque and equipped with start/stop.  On my quick initial test drive I found the start/stop function to be unobtrusive and quick to restart the vehicle when I was ready to roll.  Another immediate impression was with the sound quality of the Harmon Kardon sound system. I hooked my phone up via USB and Android Auto took over, playing my favorite Pandora station loud and clear. 

    Another feature I like is the video display in the dash when using the turn signal. It helps clear any blind spots one might have in this big SUV. 

    So while you're stuffing your faces with turkey this Thursday, think of questions you have about the 2020 Hyundai Palisade and post them below.

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    21 hours ago, smk4565 said:

    The tri-motor Cybertruck would win a tug of war against a Super Duty F350, probably with ease due to the electric motors.   In fact, I bet the Tesla Roadster would win a tug of war with an F350.

    It all comes down to traction and a dually F350 will weigh more with more traction. Both make plenty of torque. 

    An 8500lb F350 would toss around the lighter Cybertruck.

    https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/a15105555/2015-ford-f-350-super-duty-v-8-diesel-4x4-test-review/

     

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    19 hours ago, surreal1272 said:

     

    And the whole “made in the USA” schtick is fake outrage when one realizes that they are posting said outrage on a device NOT made in the USA. And do you think the folks who work at the many foreign car plants in this country give two $h!s about where the money ends up? No. They are getting paid and putting THEIR money back into the economy. Now apply your “Made in the USA” motto to everything you own and then realize how asinine it sounds when you realize how hypocritical you are. 

    Many things are made in many places.  Commerce is complex.

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    20 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

    Many things are made in many places.  Commerce is complex.

    That it is and that is exactly the point Captain America fails to see when he tags on foreign companies.

     

    “Oh my god! This Korean owned SUV is made in...GASP...Korea! And that German car over there Is made in Germany! Wtf is this nonsense? Oh and look, there’s a domestic car that’s made in...Mexico! Oh the horror!

     

    Its a world market and that means choices from all over the globe. If domestic fans want people to buy only domestics, then go ahead and say that capitalism is BS too because that kind of thinking is why so many industries have failed over the decades. 

    19 hours ago, USA-1 said:

    Aaaaaaand....this was easy to find. Anything else you need help with Errol Hassol? 😂

     

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    Two things. I said on THIS thread and just because Drew says it doesn’t mean it’s 100% factual. He is merely giving his opinion and it sounds like that remark was meant as more tongue in cheek but hey, if you need him to help validate your endless copying claims while ignoring the fact that everyone is doing it these days, then bless your fragile little ego. 
     

    (Goes back and looks at the XT6 and sees Audi cues on that front end but doesn’t post endless and pointless diatribes about how Cadillac is ripping off the Germans). 

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    Yeah, global economy and marketplace.  My Jeep was built in Detroit but I think the Pentastar V6 was built in Mexico and the transmission in Germany.   My iPhone, iPad and Mac were probably built in China.   My Samsung HDTVs probably in SK....my sister's Chevy in SK.    Stuff is sourced from many locations.  That's the reality of the modern world.  

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    Way left field with what I was talking about. Many fail or refuse to see the difference like Errol Hassol with products like TV's or smart phones where you don't have a choice in where it's made or assembled, which is not what I'm talking about. I'm talking cars, specifically this Hyundai CUV, that's fully made and assembled in Korea, the Japanese do it as well as the Germans obviously. Of course I know parts and pieces to many vehicles are made in other countries, I'm talking about having a choice between a car manufacturer being a Domestic U.S. based manufacturer where the money feeds our economy or a Foreign made and assembled make like this Korean CUV. For example the Chevrolet Corvette (engine and transmission included) that is developed in the U.S. by American engineers and assembled here in Bowling Green, Kentucky and shipped all around the world. So GM engineers have a job and Bowling Green workers have a job as well and people from here and all around the world feed the beast, (U.S. GDP) and subsequently strengthen our economy when they buy one, same can be said with many other GM makes and models as well as Ford and FCA. Where did all the pride in American Made go?! Yes, many things are still made here which is awesome and I for one buy American Made whenever I can!

    South Korea would still be a third world country like NoKo without our great country feeding them and their economy and they know it.   

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    46 minutes ago, surreal1272 said:

    That it is and that is exactly the point Captain America fails to see when he tags on foreign companies.

     

    “Oh my god! This Korean owned SUV is made in...GASP...Korea! And that German car over there Is made in Germany! Wtf is this nonsense? Oh and look, there’s a domestic car that’s made in...Mexico! Oh the horror!

     

    Its a world market and that means choices from all over the globe. If domestic fans want people to buy only domestics, then go ahead and say that capitalism is BS too because that kind of thinking is why so many industries have failed over the decades. 

    Two things. I said on THIS thread and just because Drew says it doesn’t mean it’s 100% factual. He is merely giving his opinion and it sounds like that remark was meant as more tongue in cheek but hey, if you need him to help validate your endless copying claims while ignoring the fact that everyone is doing it these days, then bless your fragile little ego. 
     

    (Goes back and looks at the XT6 and sees Audi cues on that front end but doesn’t post endless and pointless diatribes about how Cadillac is ripping off the Germans). 

    Again trying to change the subject to all vehicles of all makes and models to run from the fact that this precious Hyundai that you love to defend "they are nicer than you think" is ALL Korean. You can't even admit it when the proof is right in front of your face. Drew was being serious because we have serious conversions unlike your long winded rants of "fanboy" stalking BS, talk about a fragile troll ego. 🤣

    You definitely need glasses because the XT6 with obvious Cadillac signature design cues front to back that follow the whole Cadillac line looks nothing like an Audi anywhere on it. :dizzy:

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    @Drew Dowdell

    Palisade or XT6? 

    39 minutes ago, USA-1 said:

    You definitely need glasses because the XT6 with obvious Cadillac signature design cues front to back that follow the whole Cadillac line looks nothing like an Audi anywhere on it.

    The XT6 is most certainly a signature Cadillac, FWD Chevy at the heart of it. 

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    35 minutes ago, USA-1 said:

    Hey little sidekick he was comparing Escalade originally now switched to XT6 looking like an Audi to change the subject for obvious reasons. And @Drew Dowdell and I were talking about the Escalade. 

    Well, I'm comparing similarly sized vehicles in an overlapping class. 

    And yeah, more often than not, @surreal1272 and myself are disagreeing on things... We're as much sidekicks as the Yankees and Red Sox. 

    I guess a common .. uhh .. thing .. can unite anybody. ;)  

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    2 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    Well, I'm comparing similarly sized vehicles in an overlapping class. 

    But that LED piping! They are just ripping Cadillac off! Only GM is allowed to that! Don’t you see man?

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    I am not a big fan of Korean twins looks.  However, i have seen XT6 closely recently and it looks boring and pedestrian as hell.  I think Koreans have more character than the newest Caddilac.  It is a shame really.

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    2 minutes ago, ykX said:

    I am not a big fan of Korean twins looks.  However, i have seen XT6 closely recently and it looks boring and pedestrian as hell.  I think Koreans have more character than the newest Caddilac.  It is a shame really.

    It’s shameful that a Hyundai catches the eye more than a Cadillac but GM made their choice with the XT6 and have to live that stigma. It’s more than nice enough on the inside but about as exciting on the outside as 1970s Volvo. Hoping the next Escalade doesn’t share that same bring look. 

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    52 minutes ago, USA-1 said:

    Denial is a MF'er...

    Go and do a little research on the site. You'll find out how much we're sidekicks. 

    Regardless, it's pathetic any Cadillac is even being compared to a Hyundai, not even a Genesis. 

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    22 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    Go and do a little research on the site. You'll find out how much we're sidekicks. 

    Regardless, it's pathetic any Cadillac is even being compared to a Hyundai, not even a Genesis. 

    Stating on your own that "surreal1272 is not a GM hater" in past posts makes it pretty clear, but it's cool no worries everyone needs a buddy, just choose wisely because...ugh.

    Since Genesis doesn't have a CUV, then yes, that would make sense that they aren't brought up in this post. The pathetic part is it's Hyundai that is comically trying to compete and compare to Cadillac, and it's a poor execution at that. That's why @Drew Dowdell chimed in to agree that they are trying to emulate "riff" on Escalade, he hears from and talks to manufacturer reps in the automotive field to be much more in the know. 

    GM has an XT7 RWD/AWD CUV based off the CT6 Omega platform planned as well, the XT6 is just a filler for now.

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    I can almost guarantee nobody representing Hyundai has ever publicly stated they are emulating anything Cadillac, and there's no reason to do so. Cadillac is making less and less competitive vehicles and Hyundai and Genesis are quickly rising. 

    I don't believe they have an XT7 coming until I see it. It's been said they're trying to cut costs over at Cadillac and that's why the XT6 is on a FWD platform instead of Omega, like it was originally planned. That's also why the CT5-V isn't getting the new 4.2, nor Escalade. 

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    2 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    I can almost guarantee nobody representing Hyundai has ever publicly stated they are emulating anything Cadillac, and there's no reason to do so. Cadillac is making less and less competitive vehicles and Hyundai and Genesis are quickly rising. 

    I don't believe they have an XT7 coming until I see it. It's been said they're trying to cut costs over at Cadillac and that's why the XT6 is on a FWD platform instead of Omega, like it was originally planned. That's also why the CT5-V isn't getting the new 4.2, nor Escalade. 

    Yet, it's clear that they are "trying" to emulate Escalade, just like they try to emulate MB, Acura and dare I say Infiniti with design cues in the G80 and G90. I know other manufacturers copy some cues here and there from competitors, but Hyundai is pretty blatant about it. 

    Yes, there are GM top brass bean counters who need to be slapped upside the head with some of the decisions they make. Yes, Omega was going to underpin the XT6. Most likely worried about cannibalizing the Escalade sales, especially with a new one being released mid to late next year.

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    On 11/29/2019 at 3:16 PM, ccap41 said:

    I can almost guarantee nobody representing Hyundai has ever publicly stated they are emulating anything Cadillac, and there's no reason to do so. Cadillac is making less and less competitive vehicles

    Yeah not competitive, because the Escalade has dominated the fullsize segment for basically the entire 20 years since they came out in '99.

    The CT4 and 5 just came out so you have no merit in stating that they aren't or won't be competitive.

    ATS and CTS were very competitive as well and sold pretty well, XT5 has been a very competitive CUV and one of Cadillac's top sellers behind Escalade, also the new XT4 has been highly lauded by automotive journalists who have tested it and it's selling really well.   

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    This vehicle has all the features that people want at a lower price. I don’t know what product planners at other makes are thinking, they’re pretty myopic just catering to their existing customer bases. This thing is out there for sure but it has the essence of premium ness that even Buick or some previous Lincolns like the MKT struggle to offer...at the right price. And then Denali is just a chrome package so how can this thing’s lopsided front be any worse?

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    10 hours ago, Suaviloquent said:

    This vehicle has all the features that people want at a lower price. I don’t know what product planners at other makes are thinking, they’re pretty myopic just catering to their existing customer bases. This thing is out there for sure but it has the essence of premium ness that even Buick or some previous Lincolns like the MKT struggle to offer...at the right price. And then Denali is just a chrome package so how can this thing’s lopsided front be any worse?

    SOOOO agreed.

    Moral of the story, do every detail right, market it, show it, let people experience it, and keep the price point to a "wow, really?" point that keeps the demand up.

    Palisade and Telluride right now continue to get converts from "higher" brands right now, and with demand, after a test drive, many continue to pay MSRP without blinking.

    Not "wait, an Enclave is $63k? Huh?"

    If only other brands could keep that picture going...

    These are good. I like parts of both. The polish of the Palisade more, but the look, the less bubble gone bubble on a bubble front end, and actual gear shifter of the Telluride. BUT, like the option packaging of the Palisade more.

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    On 11/27/2019 at 6:26 PM, smk4565 said:

    Is it better than a Telluride?  Palisade and Telluride seem to be the top 2 full size crossovers on the market right now.   I assume the V6 is enough for 90% of the people that buy this, but always wonder if a turbo V6 would sell, perhaps not to this crowd, maybe on the Genesis version.

    I guess question 2 is should they make a bigger one to go after Ford Expedition and Tahoe?

    I think this and the Telluride are so darn close that it really comes down to aesthetics and how much you like the interior of one over the other.  The interiors of both are very well done and show a lot of thoughtful small features.   The V6 in this never feels out of breath and the 8-speed is more than happy to downshift as much as needed to give you the power you want.  Would a Turbo V6 be faster? Sure, but I don't think anyone would really need it unless they were towing with it regularly.

    Should they make a bigger one?  Yes, but they've probably reached the limits of size on this unibody platform. They'd probably have to move to BOF. 

    On 11/27/2019 at 10:00 PM, riviera74 said:

    So when does the Genesis version come out?  No automaker can live on cars alone these days.

    The Genesis version will be RWD rather than the FWD this is. Totally different platform.

    Could they get away with a Genesis version of this?  Probably. 

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    On 11/29/2019 at 1:10 PM, ccap41 said:

    @Drew Dowdell

    Palisade or XT6? 

    The XT6 is most certainly a signature Cadillac, FWD Chevy at the heart of it. 

    Palisade I think.  Palisade has a smoother ride, just as much power, and a better finished interior... plus a lot more tech for the price. 

    2 hours ago, caddycruiser said:

    SOOOO agreed.

    Moral of the story, do every detail right, market it, show it, let people experience it, and keep the price point to a "wow, really?" point that keeps the demand up.

    Palisade and Telluride right now continue to get converts from "higher" brands right now, and with demand, after a test drive, many continue to pay MSRP without blinking.

    Not "wait, an Enclave is $63k? Huh?"

    If only other brands could keep that picture going...

    These are good. I like parts of both. The polish of the Palisade more, but the look, the less bubble gone bubble on a bubble front end, and actual gear shifter of the Telluride. BUT, like the option packaging of the Palisade more.

    I'm quickly used to the gear selector in the Palisade. I find it especially easier when doing a 5 point turn like I need to when getting the thing out of my driveway.  The only reason to go to the Enclave over this is raw cubic feet.  If you need the extra space, the GM twins or the Pilot are there.  But as a luxury vehicle, this out-Enclaves the Enclave. 

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    I took this out on the battlefield of Black Friday shopping.  It has a surprisingly tight turning radius for such a big vehicle which makes it easy to park.  The automatic cruise control and lane centering make highway driving a breeze,  I just set the cruise to 65 mph and the Palisade tracked whatever the car in front of me was doing.  I only needed to use the brakes on the final pull into the mall parking lot. 

    Getting up and into the Palisade is a bit of a jump. It could use running boards.  Lowering the third row happens electronically at the touch of a button and the seat lay flat. 

    The digital dash is awesome, and I find myself using the turn signal even more than I normally would just to get a view of what is beside me. 

    And yes, I do think the light pipes both back and front riff on the Cadillac vertical light scheme. I wasn't saying that tongue in cheek.  The interior riff somewhat off of Benz with the wide dual displays.

    The Koreans are trying to develop their own styling, but some of it still is a homage to other brands. 

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    23 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    I took this out on the battlefield of Black Friday shopping.  It has a surprisingly tight turning radius for such a big vehicle which makes it easy to park.  The automatic cruise control and lane centering make highway driving a breeze,  I just set the cruise to 65 mph and the Palisade tracked whatever the car in front of me was doing.  I only needed to use the brakes on the final pull into the mall parking lot. 

    Getting up and into the Palisade is a bit of a jump. It could use running boards.  Lowering the third row happens electronically at the touch of a button and the seat lay flat. 

    The digital dash is awesome, and I find myself using the turn signal even more than I normally would just to get a view of what is beside me. 

    And yes, I do think the light pipes both back and front riff on the Cadillac vertical light scheme. I wasn't saying that tongue in cheek.  The interior riff somewhat off of Benz with the wide dual displays.

    The Koreans are trying to develop their own styling, but some of it still is a homage to other brands. 

    That very last sentence there is key. Were too derivative of other makes for years? Yes. Are they much less of that now? Also yes. Regarding the display, yes it is similar to Benz but if they would have done like everyone and slapped on a gigantic iPad in the center, they would been copying dozens. You can’t win either way. These days they are no more guilty of copying someone than any other make. 

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    @Drew Dowdell--And thanks for clearing up the light piping issue. My apologies for misreading intent. Having said that, your description of it comes off as a more honest and objective evaluation as opposed to the "Koreans are nothing but foreign junk that copies everyone" diatribes that polluted this thread. I personally don't think its that big of a riff but I can see some similarities. That does not change my stance on the fact that Hyundai and Kia are not unique in the borrowing of styling cues department. Thank you again for clarifying.

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    3 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    Palisade I think.  Palisade has a smoother ride, just as much power, and a better finished interior... plus a lot more tech for the price. 

    I'm quickly used to the gear selector in the Palisade. I find it especially easier when doing a 5 point turn like I need to when getting the thing out of my driveway.  The only reason to go to the Enclave over this is raw cubic feet.  If you need the extra space, the GM twins or the Pilot are there.  But as a luxury vehicle, this out-Enclaves the Enclave. 

    And there you have it...precisely. Great real review.

    While everyone here continues to talk in circles about "stolen styling cues", they miss the point...these utes out-Enclave the Enclave. One of many examples. Credit where its due.

    Such a competitive 7 seater market. All the better for every buyer, as long as they keep brand blinders off, and just try everything. "I'm better...no you're not...yes I am" segment worth test driving all.

     

    Question...I've forgotten from my travels, and rentals. Does Hyundai/Kia side blind spot alert actually beep?

    On, and you signal, beep that is. Still baffling why that's so different brand to brand.

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    3 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    I took this out on the battlefield of Black Friday shopping.  It has a surprisingly tight turning radius for such a big vehicle which makes it easy to park.  The automatic cruise control and lane centering make highway driving a breeze,  I just set the cruise to 65 mph and the Palisade tracked whatever the car in front of me was doing.  I only needed to use the brakes on the final pull into the mall parking lot. 

    Getting up and into the Palisade is a bit of a jump. It could use running boards.  Lowering the third row happens electronically at the touch of a button and the seat lay flat. 

    The digital dash is awesome, and I find myself using the turn signal even more than I normally would just to get a view of what is beside me. 

    And yes, I do think the light pipes both back and front riff on the Cadillac vertical light scheme. I wasn't saying that tongue in cheek.  The interior riff somewhat off of Benz with the wide dual displays.

    The Koreans are trying to develop their own styling, but some of it still is a homage to other brands. 

    Thanks for clearing that up Drew, it's very obvious to most on here what the Koreans are doing. Palisade, Telluride, G90 (current and upcoming) etc...   

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      Most Santa Fes will come with the base 2.4L inline-four with 185 horsepower. My Ultimate AWD tester featured the optional turbocharged 2.0L inline-four with 235 horsepower. Both engines come paired with an eight-speed automatic. Whenever a Hyundai vehicle is equipped with a turbo-four, it falls into one of two camps - works perfectly or there is a performance issue. The Santa Fe falls into the latter. There is a noticeable amount of turbo-lag when leaving from a stop. Once up to speed, the engine can sometimes be a bit too responsive with a jumpiness that makes smooth acceleration a difficult task. Whether this is something with the programming of the engine, transmission, or throttle, I cannot say. I hope this gets fixed with the 2020 model.
      EPA fuel economy figures for the turbo-four with AWD are 19 City/24 Highway/21 Combined. I saw an average of 20.7 mpg during my week of testing. It should be noted this is the same as the Honda Passport with its slightly more powerful 3.5L V6 producing 280 horsepower.
      The Santa Fe’s ride is still smooth and relaxing over many of the bumps and imperfections that dot the roads of Metro Detroit. It is also surprisingly quiet with barely any wind or road noise coming inside. Handling is where the Santa Fe really surprised me as it felt agile when driven around a bend. There was barely any body roll and steering provided excellent response. 
      On the surface, the 2019 Santa Fe is an improvement over the Santa Fe Sport. It features a fetching design, comfortable ride, simple tech, and a lot of equipment for the money. My Ultimate tester came with an as-tested price of $39,905 and that includes adaptive cruise control with stop & go; blind spot monitoring, Infinity premium audio system, panoramic sunroof, and much more. Build up one of the Santa Fe’s competition to similar specs and you’re looking at spending on average around $5,000 more.
      But the Santa Fe is soured by the turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine which appears to have two settings - slow off the line performance and unpredictable acceleration at higher speeds. Until Hyundai can figure out what is going on, stick with the base 2.4L four-cylinder. It may be a little bit underpowered, but at least it is more consistent in its power delivery.
      Disclaimer: Hyundai Provided the Santa Fe, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2019
      Make: Hyundai
      Model: Santa Fe
      Trim: Ultimate
      Engine: Turbocharged 2.0L GDI 16-Valve DOHC CVVT Four-Cylinder
      Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, All-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 235 @ 6,000
      Torque @ RPM: 260 @ 1,450 - 3,500
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 19/24/21
      Curb Weight: 4,085 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Montgomery, Alabama
      Base Price: $38,800
      As Tested Price: $39,905 (Includes $980.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Carpeted Floor Mats - $125.00

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    • By William Maley
      Hyundai can’t seem to stop itself from tinkering with the Santa Fe crossover. This is apparent when you consider the nameplate first debuted on compact crossover in the early 2000s before growing into a two-model family up until last year. Hyundai has made another drastic change to the Santa Fe by making it a single model again - the three-row Santa Fe XL has been replaced by the Palisade. Does this re-focus make the model competitive?
      The overall shape of the 2019 Santa Fe is more upright than the outgoing Santa Fe Sport. This solves one of the biggest issues I had with the Sport, poor visibility. The upright shape and flatter belt line allowed Hyundai designers to increase the amount of glass used. Not only does this improve overall visibility. This also makes the interior feel more airy. Up front, Hyundai uses a hexagonal grille that is flanked by a split headlight layout. Slim LED daytime running lights sit on either side of the grille, while a pod housing the headlights sit underneath.
      Where the Santa Fe really shines is the interior. It’s a modern and clean design with a two-tone dashboard, unique fabric covering the pillars and headliner; and the use of polygons in the seat pattern and speaker grilles. Materials for the most part are soft-touch plastics and leather on my Ultimate tester. There are some hard plastics used here and there, but it will not detract from the premium feel Hyundai is going for. The layout for the controls is excellent with all in easy reach for driver or passenger. Also earning top marks is the eight-inch infotainment system which is simple to use, provides snappy performance, and allows a driver to use either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
      For those sitting up front, the Santa Fe Ultimate provides power adjustments, heat, and ventilation. Getting settled in and finding the correct position, I found the seats to be quite comfortable with enough padding to tackle any trip length. Back seat passengers will find plenty of leg and headroom. Those sitting in the back will also appreciate the rear seats can recline along with heat during the cold winter months. Cargo space is about average with 35.9 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 71.3 when folded.
      Most Santa Fes will come with the base 2.4L inline-four with 185 horsepower. My Ultimate AWD tester featured the optional turbocharged 2.0L inline-four with 235 horsepower. Both engines come paired with an eight-speed automatic. Whenever a Hyundai vehicle is equipped with a turbo-four, it falls into one of two camps - works perfectly or there is a performance issue. The Santa Fe falls into the latter. There is a noticeable amount of turbo-lag when leaving from a stop. Once up to speed, the engine can sometimes be a bit too responsive with a jumpiness that makes smooth acceleration a difficult task. Whether this is something with the programming of the engine, transmission, or throttle, I cannot say. I hope this gets fixed with the 2020 model.
      EPA fuel economy figures for the turbo-four with AWD are 19 City/24 Highway/21 Combined. I saw an average of 20.7 mpg during my week of testing. It should be noted this is the same as the Honda Passport with its slightly more powerful 3.5L V6 producing 280 horsepower.
      The Santa Fe’s ride is still smooth and relaxing over many of the bumps and imperfections that dot the roads of Metro Detroit. It is also surprisingly quiet with barely any wind or road noise coming inside. Handling is where the Santa Fe really surprised me as it felt agile when driven around a bend. There was barely any body roll and steering provided excellent response. 
      On the surface, the 2019 Santa Fe is an improvement over the Santa Fe Sport. It features a fetching design, comfortable ride, simple tech, and a lot of equipment for the money. My Ultimate tester came with an as-tested price of $39,905 and that includes adaptive cruise control with stop & go; blind spot monitoring, Infinity premium audio system, panoramic sunroof, and much more. Build up one of the Santa Fe’s competition to similar specs and you’re looking at spending on average around $5,000 more.
      But the Santa Fe is soured by the turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine which appears to have two settings - slow off the line performance and unpredictable acceleration at higher speeds. Until Hyundai can figure out what is going on, stick with the base 2.4L four-cylinder. It may be a little bit underpowered, but at least it is more consistent in its power delivery.
      Disclaimer: Hyundai Provided the Santa Fe, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2019
      Make: Hyundai
      Model: Santa Fe
      Trim: Ultimate
      Engine: Turbocharged 2.0L GDI 16-Valve DOHC CVVT Four-Cylinder
      Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, All-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 235 @ 6,000
      Torque @ RPM: 260 @ 1,450 - 3,500
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 19/24/21
      Curb Weight: 4,085 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Montgomery, Alabama
      Base Price: $38,800
      As Tested Price: $39,905 (Includes $980.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Carpeted Floor Mats - $125.00
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