The Hyundai Sante Fe Really Impressed KBB Reviewers

South Korean automaker Hyundai is known for producing affordable vehicles that can tote the family around. But with SUVs dominating the market and the lineups of almost every carmaker, Hyundai is facing stiff competition. The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe is here, however, to prove that Hyundai’s vehicles are still good enough to beat the rest.

Kelley Blue Book loves the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

Kelley Blue Book calls midsize SUVs “the prototypical family car of the 21st century,” and it’s the segment with the most options. After combing through all the latest midsize offerings, KBB experts had a lot to say about the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe.

According to KBB’s experts, the two-row 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe’s starting price of $26,995 is the “lowest starting price in its segment.” But that price packs a lot of value even when stacked up against its toughest rivals. Combining its spaciousness and refinement with that bargain, KBB experts favor the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe over any other two-row midsize SUV.

What makes the Santa Fe so attractive?

Hyundai Santa Fe SUV on display at Brussels Expo on January 9, 2020 in Brussels, Belgium
The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe | Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images

In fact, KBB honors the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe with its 2020 Best Buy Award in the midsize SUV segment. Calling it “roomy, smartly designed,” and “nicely appointed,” the newest Santa Fe comes with a wide variety of standard safety and driver-assist technology. KBB experts also find its design attractive, inside and out.

At first glance, the Santa Fe is “eye-catching” and the cabin is just as upscale as the exterior. KBB found the Santa Fe’s interior to be roomy, comfortable and loaded to the brim with easy-to-use features and a 7-inch touchscreen. As if its standard features weren’t enough, there are plenty of impressive options available as well. Available options include all-wheel drive, a panoramic sunroof, and even Safe Exit Assist technology that locks the doors to prevent people from exiting the car when surrounding traffic is sensed.

Add in the Santa Fe’s low cost of ownership, Hyundai’s impressive standard warranty, and its high resale value, and it’s easy to see why the 2020 Santa Fe is KBB’s favorite bargain. Overall KBB experts give the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe their own rating of 4.6 stars (out of five), while consumers’ ratings are a little higher at 4.9 stars.

How everyone else feels about the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

The experts at Consumer Reports were pleasantly surprised as the impressiveness of the 2020 Santa Fe, ranking it eighth among 24 total midsize SUVs. The 2020 Hyundai Santa receives an overall score of 78 (out of 100), with an even higher road test score of 80. Calling it a “compelling midsized SUV,” Consumer Reports’ experts liked “its size, safety features, and handling” on the road.

What’s most impressive is its predicted customer satisfaction rating, which stands at a perfect five (out of five). Consumer Reports experts believe customers will be satisfied most by the Santa Fe’s comfort, styling, and value most of all. In fact, 82 percent of Santa Fe owners said they would buy the same car again.

U.S News is also handing out awards to the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe, naming it its 2020 Best 2-Row SUV for the Money and ranking as the second-best among all midsize SUVs. Scoring at an overall 8.5 (out of 10), U.S. News praises the Santa Fe for having “just about everything most people look for in a vehicle: good gas mileage, a smooth ride, comfortable seats, and a quiet cabin.”

And it’s obviously not just the experts that are impressed with the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe. According to’s consumer reviews, current owners give the new Santa Fe an overall rating of 4.7 stars (out of five). Exterior styling and interior design received the best reviews of 5.0 and 4.9, respectively, while reliability and value were rated with 4.7 stars.