Hyundai has brought a redesigned Santa Fe to the fight for 2019. The larger, and poorly-named, Santa Fe XL, will be replaced by the three-row Palisade this year as a 2020 model.
The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is expected to help lure a number of new consumers to the Hyundai family. It has a tough road ahead. The lead players in the segment, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Rogue are probably out of reach. But there is a tremendous scrap taking place mid-pack between Mazda CX-5, Jeep Cherokee, Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain, Volkswagen Atlas, Ford Edge and the Santa Fe.
Here is where Hyundai hopes to make headway. These are the vehicles in its sites, the ones it hopes Canadian consumers will cross-shop with the new fourth-generation Santa Fe. Built on what the company refers to as the SuperStructure platform, the 2019 Santa Fe is new from road to roof. It is longer, lighter, taller and wider.
At the age of five I was already obsessed with all things automotive being able to identify the make and model of car by just the sound of its engine going down the street in front of our house in the small town on the south shore of Nova Scotia. Although I have been covering and writing about the automotive scene for more than 40 years and the light still grows brightly.