Hyundai Santa Fe XL

Editors' Review

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Poor Santa Fe XL. Despite getting a new name for 2019, it's actually the old version of Hyundai's Santa Fe crossover. Its five-passenger counterpart got a complete redesign for this year, and the XL will soon be replaced by the brand-new 2020 Hyundai Palisade later this year.

But despite existing on borrowed time, and being long in the tooth, it has a silver lining to its story. For folks who need a well-rounded, three-row SUV, the Santa Fe XL is still remarkably compelling.

Touchy first impression

The Santa Fe XL is powered by a 3.3-liter V6 with 290 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque sent through a six-speed automatic transmission. My top-trim Limited Ultimate tester sends power to its front wheels, but all-wheel drive is available.

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The Good The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL offers luxury-sedan smoothness and plenty of standard cabin tech for a low price.

The Bad Limited cargo space and a dated interior.

The Bottom Line If size isn't everything, this should be on your short list.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 8
  • Features 7.5
  • Design 7.5
  • Media 7.5

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