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You might not recognize the new Hyundai Santa Fe because of its incredible makeover. Be sure to take a serious look at this SUV because it just received a host of significant upgrades to consider. Primarily, the 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe is a better family SUV. 

Is the 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe a good family SUV? 

Yes, the 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe has benefits and amenities for the entire family to enjoy. Before it was redesigned, it featured a spacious interior, a peaceful ride quality, and intuitive tech. 

Now, it’s literally bigger and better with more cargo space, passenger room, hybrid power, rugged off-roading upgrades, innovative safety features, advanced tech, and a confident boxy shape. 

The wheelbase has been stretched to provide more space. This should provide a smoother ride quality. It rides on the all-new third-generation platform to improve handling, fuel consumption, performance, and safety. 

The MacPherson suspension enhances stability and is paired with a rear multi-link suspension to improve comfort while accounting for less space. 

Plus, a third row is now standard, and it doesn’t impede the amount of passenger space or the cargo capacity thanks to the new platform. The 2024 Santa Fe can seat up to seven passengers or six with the available captain’s chairs. 

How much space does the 2024 Santa Fe have? 

The 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe provides 25.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row and 50.2 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the second row. This is quite the increase compared to the outgoing model’s 36.4 cubic feet cargo room. 

It has the best-in-class third-row legroom with 30.0 inches. The second row provides 42.3 inches of legroom. The second-row seats slide and recline with cushion angles. They are also the first fold-and-dive seats with a power-folding button. 

The new liftgate is six inches wider to provide more space, making it easier to load heavy or awkward cargo. You can also hang out in the rear and enjoy the expansive terrace-like view of your surroundings. 

Plus, the smart tailgate automatically opens as you approach, and the open guide ensures that you have space to open it. If you’re facing a wall in the rear, it won’t open all the way. 

Other storage upgrades include an additional compartment above the glove box and a bilateral multi-console storage space that’s accessible by front and rear passengers. You can easily access roof storage with a self-concealing grab handle hidden in the C-pillar.

The 2024 Santa Fe can tow up to 4,500 lbs and carry a payload of up to 1,701 lbs. It has space to carry all your gear in the city and the wild. 

How much power does the new Santa Fe have? 

The 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe starts with the standard turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-four direct injection engine with 277 hp and 311 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired with an eight-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission. 

Upgrade to the turbocharged 1.6-liter direct injection hybrid engine that’s paired with a 44.2 kW electric motor and 1.49 KWh battery for 232 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque. It uses a six-speed automatic transmission. This engine was carried over to the new model.

The outgoing Santa Fe Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 36 mpg in the city and up to 31 mpg on the highway. We don’t have the official ratings for 2024 yet. It may differ due to the larger size.

What is the Hyundai Santa Fe XRT? 

The 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe XRT is a new trim with rugged upgrades to tackle the wild for light off-roading or camping trips. It adds dark chrome, black cladding, and black cross bars for a more aggressive style. The cross bars are a great perk for carrying extra cargo or rooftop tents. 

Plus, the suspension was raised by 1.5 inches for a ground clearance of 97 inches. It rides on 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 30-inch all-terrain tires. 

The HTRAC all-wheel drive system optimizes driving in slippery conditions and rough terrain with Sand, Snow, and Mud driving modes. The engine torque, gear shift pattern, traction control, and drive torque distribution automatically adjust. 

So, the 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe is larger, smarter, safer, and more rugged than before with an attractive new style. It should come out by the spring, and pricing may start around $30,000. Plus, the entire 2024 Hyundai lineup is available on Amazon, so you can avoid the dealership. 

We will take this beauty for a test drive soon, so stay tuned. Do you think the Santa Fe is heading in the right direction?