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Trims, Powertrain, and Performance

The Hyundai Santa Fe becomes a three-row crossover for the first time, with a choice of five trim levels: SE, SEL, XRT, Limited, and Calligraphy. A turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (output: 277 horsepower and 311 lb.-ft. of torque) makes up the powertrain along with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Most trims come with standard front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive (which is standard in the XRT) is optional.

The ’24 Santa Fe is also fuel efficient, returning an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway with FWD. With AWD, the around-town fuel economy stays the same, while highway fuel economy drops by a single mpg. The exception is the XRT, which returns 19 city/26 highway. Most ’24 Santa Fe trims can tow up to 3,500 pounds, although the brawnier XRT can pull as much as 4,500 lb.

Impressive Amenities

The 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe is packed with upscale attributes. With the base SE, you’ll get a hands-free power liftgate, heated side mirrors, proximity keyless entry, push-button ignition, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, stain-resistant cloth upholstery, four USB charging ports, a 4.2-inch multi-information display, a rear-seat quiet mode, second-row HVAC vents, and an underfloor storage tray. The SEL is enhanced with Digital Key, roof rails, side mirrors with integrated turn indicators, H-Tex (leatherette) upholstery, heated front seats, a power driver’s seat, a wireless phone charger, dual-zone automatic climate control, and third-row HVAC vents.

The debuting XRT ups the ante with all-terrain tires, a 110-volt power outlet, and Hyundai Pay, which allows you to make purchases with participating merchants directly from the 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen (more on that below). The Limited is similar to the XRT, but while it lacks the chunky all-terrain tires it gains rain-sensing wipers, a dual-pane sunroof, power-folding side mirrors, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a power front passenger’s seat, position memory for the driver’s seat, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, two additional USB charging ports, ambient interior lighting, a UV-C sanitizing compartment in the upper glovebox, and manual rear sunshades. The swanky Calligraphy sits at the top of the range with premium Nappa leather upholstery, leg-cushion extension for the driver’s seat, second-row captain’s chairs (reducing seating to six), a 12-inch head-up display, an additional wireless phone charge pad, and a digital rearview mirror.

Active Safety Features

Hyundai SmartSense, the automaker’s exclusive suite of active safety tech, is standard across all ’24 Santa Fe trims, supplying blind-spot collision warning, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, front and rear parking sensors, rear occupant alert, forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian/cyclist and junction turning detection, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, driver attention warning, safe exit assist, and lane following assist.

Navigation-based adaptive cruise control and highway driving assist are added at the XRT level, while the Limited and Calligraphy are augmented with side parking sensors, Remote Smart Parking Assist, a blind-spot view monitor, and a surround-view camera. The Calligraphy alone gets blind-spot collision-avoidance assist and a more advanced highway driving assist system.

Infotainment and Connectivity

The SE and SEL are equipped with a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment array with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM satellite radio, HD Radio, and Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming. The XRT and higher trims add connected navigation and dynamic voice recognition. While most trims get a basic multi-speaker sound system, the Limited and Calligraphy are granted a top-quality Bose system with a dozen speakers.

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