Mid-size SUVs with two rows may not be the most popular segment on the market but there is still solid demand for such vehicles. Among several models of this type available, Santa Fe has always been the one that draws a lot of attention. Simply, it is a well-balanced SUV, which combines affordability with a lot of great features. The current generation was introduced in 2018 and we expect it will remain in production for a few more years. Therefore, the 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe should come without more important updates.
We expect to see a familiar design, which has a lot of good things to offer. Besides the attractive price, this SUV also offers a pretty luxurious interior and lots of standard equipment. We also like the fact that there is a broad range of powertrain options, while both rows offer a lot of passenger space.
As there are no significant changes to come, we presume that the 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe will hit the market late this year.
2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Design
Design-wise, we have no doubt that the 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe will continue in the same way. The current generation may be around since 2018 but it also received an update just a few years later. That update brought a significantly upgraded styling, with new headlights, grille, bumpers and many more. So, it’s pretty obvious that next year’s model will keep the same styling, though we won’t be surprised if we see minor updates like new color options and similar things.
On the other hand, the mechanical aspect definitely won’t change. You may count on the same setup, which provides quite composed handling. On the other hand, the ride may feel too firm to some, especially when compared to other models in the class.
Just like the exterior, the interior was also significantly updated with the recent refresh. As a result, today’s model features a pretty attractive and very luxurious cabin. The interior is wrapped with quality materials, while the attention to detail is at a pretty high level as well.
The front seats are pretty massive and supportive. You may count on excellent support and a comfortable ride, while the driving position is also pretty good and ensures good outward visibility. The rear seats aren’t as well-shaped as the front ones, but there is still plenty of room for taller passengers.
When it comes to cargo space, you may count on about 36.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 72.1 cubic feet with these seats folded. We could say these are pretty much average numbers for the segment.
We don’t expect to see bigger changes in this aspect, so base models should come with goodies like keyless entry, an 8-inch touch screen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, and four USB ports. Furthermore, we count upgrades like dual-zone climate control, digital key, push-button start, panoramic sunroof, 10.25-inch touch screen, 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, navigation, HD Radio, wireless device charging, and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo.
The same thing is with safety features. So, all models should come standard with goodies like a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, pedestrian and cyclist detection, forward automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, driver drowsiness monitoring etc. Additionally, you can get upgrades like adaptive cruise control, lane centering, surround-view camera, head-up display etc.
2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Engines
Under the hood, the 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe will continue with two familiar gasoline units. The base one is a 2.5-liter inline-four, which puts out around 191 horsepower. That’s OK for daily commuting but we would rather suggest the optional turbo-four with 281 horsepower and way more torque.
Also, you may count of two hybrid versions. Both are based on a 1.6-liter turbo-four and one of them is a classic hybrid, while the other features a plug-in hybrid setup. The former puts out around 226 horsepower, while the latter features a bigger electric motor and features a max output of 261 horsepower.
2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Release Date and Price
We expect to see the 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe in the last quarter of the year, with the starting price of around 28.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like Nissan Murano, Chevy Blazer etc.