Trucks & SUVs

Just When the Hyundai Santa Fe Got Good, Sales Started Declining

Despite the COVID-19 stimulus package and sweet vehicle discounts and financing deals, major automakers reported sharp drops in the second quarter. Analysts estimate second-quarter U.S. vehicle sales are projected to have fallen by about one-third. One car company that has suffered significant drops in sales is Hyundai. The top-rated 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe, for example, was beginning to hit its stride before COVID-19. But as September comes to an end, sales for the Hyundai Santa Fe are bouncing back.

The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe is a very compelling SUV

Hyundai Motors offers a few irresistible SUV models but none as compelling as the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe. The Santa Fe is quite stylish, Featuring robust technology that makes it an ideal option for families. 

It’s called the “family-first” SUV by Hyundai. The Santa Fe provides plenty of interior comfort and tech, bolstering this claim. The standard cloth seats are exceptionally supportive, and it seats up the five people; leather upholstery comes at an extra cost. Families, especially parents, will significantly appreciate the Santa Fe’s spacious cabin and roomy cargo area.

Moreover, parents will feel a lot more comfortable allowing their teens to drive the Santa Fe considering its long list of standard features. Active safety features such as driver drowsiness monitoring and forward-collision warning help minimize accidents. The mid-level Hyundai Santa Fe SEL trim provides parents with a parental control system as well. 

The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe received great ratings across the board

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe a five-star crash test safety rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) also gave it the Top Safety Pick award. According to U.S. News, the Santa Fe topped its list in the midsize SUV segments. The 2020 Kia Sorento ranked high and only won one out of 10 categories judged by U.S. News. Next to liking its curb appeal, owners are delighted with the Santa Fe’s value, comfort, and handling.

In a review published by U.S. News, the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe won almost every award there could be to win in the midsize SUV segment. Furthermore, while other SUVs its size can seat more people, the Santa Fe is more comfortable. For example, unlike SUVs like other models, the Santa Fe has second-row seats that can recline. U.S. News also praised the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe for its 36 cubic square feet of cargo space.

What else makes the Hyundai Santa Fe great

The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe is one of the most price-friendly midsize SUVs for families. The base model starts at around $25,000. Of course, other great options also start at approximately $25,000, such as the Toyota RAV4 and Honda Passport. It offers two different engine options: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder providing 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. 

The second option comes as an optional 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine. The turbocharged option provides 235 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Getting up to 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, the Santa Fe is relatively fuel-efficient as well.

If you’re someone who needs to haul a boat or a trailer, the Hyundai Santa Fe can tow up to 5,000 pounds (2.27 tons). This sporty midsize SUV can also go from 0-60 in 8.9 seconds and run the quarter-mile in around 16.7 seconds. 

Depending on what you have planned, it is available in an all-wheel-drive so that you can handle things like snow and other terrains. Its unibody frame enhances handling and gives it a smooth and quiet ride. A MacPherson strut suspension in the front and a multi-link suspension in the rear, as well as a gas-filled dampener and shock absorber, add to the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe’s comfort.

RELATED: The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Is a Fuel-Efficient Used Three-Row SUV