The new mid-size Korean crossover starts at $25,500.
Thinking about picking up a new mid-size crossover? Hyundai's rolling out its fourth-generation Santa Fe for 2019, bringing with it a completely fresh design and a host of improvements over the model it replaces. And it's only charging a little bit more for it. $550, to be specific – which the Korean automaker says is “easily offset with more content” compared to the outgoing model. The all-new Hyundai Santa Fe starts at $25,500 in base SE 2.4 spec with front-wheel drive. Add all-wheel drive and you're looking at $27,200.
And there's four more trim levels available – including SEL, SEL Plus, Limited, and Unlimited – with a 2.0-liter turbo engine available on the top two trims. Choose the top Ultimate 2.0T with all-wheel drive and you'll be looking at $38,800, plus a $980 destination charge (before you delve into the list of options). With the arrival of the latest model, Hyundai is also changing up its nomenclature. Where the previous compact model was called the Santa Fe Sport and the larger version simply the Santa Fe (not unlike the Nissan Rogue), the new model is called Santa Fe in its smaller form and Santa Fe XL (sorta like the GMC Yukon).
Above that, Hyundai has confirmed it will slot in an all-new, eight-passenger model to carry a different name altogether. Last month, the Korean automaker sold 10,707 units of the outgoing Santa Fe in the United States – more than twice as many as the subcompact Kona, and just a couple thousand behind the compact Tucson. Sales are likely to jump with the arrival of the new model to surpass the Sonata and come closer to the Elantra as one of the brand's top-selling models.