2024 Hyundai Santa Fe Breaks Cover with Boxier Design and Elevated Pricing

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Fifth-Generation Santa Fe Features Unconventional Styling and Upgraded Trims

Hyundai has unveiled the 2024 Santa Fe, showcasing its fifth-generation iteration with a distinctive boxy design. While the new Santa Fe introduces unconventional styling, it also comes with a notable increase in pricing compared to its predecessor. The base SE front-wheel drive (FWD) trim starts at $33,950, marking a $5,200 jump from the 2023 model. The higher pricing is accompanied by enhanced features and a bold design approach.

The SE FWD trim, priced at $33,950, offers notable upgrades, including a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, a 12.3-inch instrument cluster, blind-spot collision warning, and a hands-free smart liftgate. Opting for the all-wheel-drive (AWD) option increases the price to $35,750, providing consumers with advanced features as standard.

Moving up the range, the SEL trim is priced at $36,450, representing a $4,000 increase over the previous model. The AWD option raises the price to $38,250, and the SEL is also available with a hybrid powertrain for an additional $500. The hybrid models feature a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine, generating 231 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque, while non-hybrid models are equipped with a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine producing 277 hp and 311 lb-ft of torque.

Hyundai offers an off-road-oriented version, the XRT, for $40,600, exclusively with AWD and a non-hybrid powertrain. The XRT includes features such as a 4,500-lb towing capacity, 18-inch dark alloy wheels, increased ground clearance, navigation, and standard all-terrain tires, contributing to a $6,350 price increase from the previous version.

The Santa Fe Limited, starting at $43,350, sees a $2,750 price hike from the 2023 model. AWD option raises the price to $45,150, with the hybrid powertrain available for an extra $500. The Limited trim adds features like 20-inch alloys, leather-trimmed seats, a dual sunroof, remote smart parking assist, a surround-view monitor, and a blind-spot view monitor.

The flagship Calligraphy trim starts at $46,500, reflecting a $3,900 increase, with an AWD option at $48,300. The hybrid option only adds $500 to the price tag. Noteworthy features of the Calligraphy trim include second-row captain’s chairs and Hyundai’s Highway Driving Assist 2.

While non-hybrid models are already arriving at dealers, the hybrid versions are expected to be available this spring. Hyundai is investing $290 million in its Alabama manufacturing plant to strengthen production capacity for the Santa Fe and other SUVs. The 2024 Santa Fe aims to redefine the SUV segment with its bold design and upgraded features, catering to consumers seeking a distinctive and advanced driving experience.