Hyundai has made some confusing name changes to the Santa Fe, but at least the price isn’t increasing.
Hyundai is preparing some big changes for the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe line-up. Like before, the quirky Korean crossover comes in two sizes. Originally, the smaller model was called the Santa Fe Sport and the larger model was simply named the Santa Fe. For the all-new 2019 model, however, the Santa Fe Sport name has been dropped. Instead, the five-seat model is now just called the Sante Fe and the larger seven-seat model has been renamed as the Sante Fe XL. Luckily, one thing that hasn't changed is the price to avoid any further confusion.
According to CarsDirect, the Santa Fe XL will be priced the same as last year's Santa Fe, which is to be commended when most new models come with incremental price increases. Pricing starts at $31,830 including the $980 destination charge for the base SE trim with front-wheel drive. If you want all-wheel drive, this will cost an additional $1,750.
The range-topping Limited Ultimate trim, on the other hand, starts at $40,530 for front-wheel drive, while the all-wheel drive will cost another $1,750. The 2019 Santa Fe XL costs $5,350 more than the new Santa Fe, which starts at $26,480 in SE trim and $39,780 for the Ultimate trim.
While the Santa Fe XL looks practically identical to the old Santa Fe, the all-new model boasts a bold new look inspired by the Kona crossover. It's powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that sends 185 horsepower through an efficient eight-speed automatic, while the Santa Fe XL comes with a 3.3-liter V6 as standard and the old model's six-speed automatic.