• 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

    The 2019 Hyundai Sante Fe has a grown-up posture
  • It's general appearance is appeasing to all age groups
  • And it even looks gorgeous in white - something we can't say about all models
  • The rear end is quite sporty for crossover in this price bracket
  • The waistline contributes to a commanding stance
  • Notice the detail around the rear wheel arches?
  • The grille is a little big but it somehow works The lower air dam gives the front end a smile
  • The big corner openings help take attention from the big grille
  • The grey insert on the rear fascia provides just the right contrast
  • The Santa Fe sits level but has a raked look
  • You can even notice that from the distance
  • The rear windows are tinted dark but not too dark
  • The detail is what matters most, like the kink on either side of the air dam
  • The wheels are sporty yet provide plenty of air flow for the brakes
  • The thin headlights look above premium from this angle
  • There's nothing special about the brakes but you do get discs on all four corners
  • The double LED strip is a nice look here
  • These large lights actually give the huge corner openings purpose
  • We love the way the headlights flow with the bodylines
  • At least a little air can get through so it's not all smoke and mirrors
  • Air does flow through the grille
  • but there are no active shutters to be had here
  • The mirrors are on the small side but look proportionate next to the A-Pillars
  • A standard fuel cap - nothing to see here
  • These taillights have an oddly familiar look to them
  • The could look better, honestly
  • The lower lights have a nice appearance here
  • The 3D effect of the taillights is nice, though
  • The Hyundai emblem is rather subtle
  • The tailights do have a detailed matrix
  • Our tester was the HTRAC 2.0T
  • The rear fin is sporty but merely aesthetic
  • It almost feels like the lower corner of the light was cut off to save time
  • The grey roof rails ad just the right amount of contrast between black and white
  • It would look a little better if the glass and taillight has the same angle
  • The mirrors are small but provide a good view
  • The top of the dash looks busy from the outside
  • The turn indicator on this mirror sticks out like a sore thumb
  • The tan and black interior is a pleasant look
  • The black controls really stand out in the tan armrest
  • The fake trim is a little disheartening
  • Typical controls made with cheap plastic
  • The detail here is pretty awesome - we like the look
  • The cabin is really inviting
  • All the adjustments you could want to stay comfortable
  • The seats provide plenty of support for a model of this caliber
  • The interior feels kind of upscale despite a few shortcommings
  • The detailed stitching is great for this price point
  • For a newer model the wrinkles in the leather is a little troubling
  • Way too many buttons to use on the go
  • The cabin is rather spacious
  • And it's modern too
  • The semi-digital gauge cluster is a nice touch
  • The infotainment system is easy to use and fairly responsive
  • The heater controls resemble a futuristic dual-knob radio
  • Dual cup holders are a must
  • Most of everything is controllable via the thumb buttons
  • Your left thumb controls call and voice functions
  • Your right thumb controls various features
  • The turn-signal stalk isn't ground breaking but attractive
  • More wiper controls than you can count
  • No need for a key - push button start baby
  • What doesn't have dual-zone climate control these days?
  • Basic 12-Volt socket, Built-in USB, and Aux port
  • The center console does seem a little busy
  • The leather boot on the shift is high-quality, though
  • Your driver assistance hub and electronic parking brake
  • Passenger's get a nice cubby
  • The screen isn't that big but it's tolerable
  • Simple button controls keep things easy
  • Lots of angle and 3D design elements
  • The dash kind of smiles at you
  • The sunroof is HUGE!
  • The wind deflector isn't that attractive but it does help cut down on noise
  • Visors have personal mirrors
  • Typical roof control panel
  • The Map lights are extra bright, though
  • Total interior space comes in at 146.6 cubic-feet
  • Passenger space, however, is just 110.7 cubic-feet
  • built-in visors keep kids safe from solar rays
  • Maximum rear legroom comes in at 40.9 inches
  • Head room in the back is accommodating at 39.2 cubic-feet
  • Hip room is decent too at 56.3 inches
  • With the center console up, you can seat three adults
  • They might not be that comfortable, though
  • Rear passengers get two USB charging ports and one 120-Volt outlet
  • all of which can be covered, of course
  • The second row does slide to make carrying cargo easier
  • The 70-30 split makes cargo space easily customizable
  • Cargo room with the left side folded down is somewhere in the 55 cubic-foot range
  • Which is more than sufficient if you need to haul a third person too
  • The floor lifts up to provide extra storage
  • Your emergency hack is located close to the rear hatch for ease of access
  • Moving the second row is effortless thanks to these handy switches
  • Maximum cargo room is 71.3 cubic-feet
  • The rear hatch is electric too - no slamming needed
  • 0T trims come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine
  • It delivers 235 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque
  • You can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped
  • And you'll garner as much as 24 mpg on the highway! The 2.0T is also good for 21 mpg in the city or 23 mph combinded
  • Our tester was stickered at $39,905.00

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe represents the fourth generation of Hyundai’s most noticeable SUV. On the market since 2000, we’ve seen it transform from a basic, compact SUV into something that’s a little closer to being midsized but also closer to the premium category. For 2019, it’s more attractive and more advanced than ever. With a new exterior look, more upscale cabin (with more space than ever), and a lineup of fuel-efficient drivetrain choices, you really can’t go wrong with the Hyundai Santa Fe. We actually got our hands on a 2019 model and put it through the paces. Our tester was a 2.0T model, so we had the turbocharged engine that was very enjoyable to drive. As you’ll find out from our driven review below, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is easy to enjoy.

Santa Fe Exterior

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The 2019 Hyundai Sante Fe has a grown-up posture
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It’s general appearance is appeasing to all age groups
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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And it even looks gorgeous in white - something we can’t say about all models
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The rear end is quite sporty for crossover in this price bracket
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The waistline contributes to a commanding stance
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Notice the detail around the rear wheel arches?
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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The grille is a little big but it somehow works
The lower air dam gives the front end a smile
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The big corner openings help take attention from the big grille
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The grey insert on the rear fascia provides just the right contrast
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The Santa Fe sits level but has a raked look
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You can even notice that from the distance
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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The rear windows are tinted dark but not too dark
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The detail is what matters most, like the kink on either side of the air dam
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The wheels are sporty yet provide plenty of air flow for the brakes
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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The thin headlights look above premium from this angle
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There’s nothing special about the brakes
but you do get discs on all four corners
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The double LED strip is a nice look here
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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These large lights actually give the huge corner openings purpose
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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We love the way the headlights flow with the bodylines
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At least a little air can get through so it’s not all smoke and mirrors
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Air does flow through the grille
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but there are no active shutters to be had here
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The mirrors are on the small side but look proportionate next to the A-Pillars
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A standard fuel cap - nothing to see here
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These taillights have an oddly familiar look to them
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The could look better, honestly
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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The lower lights have a nice appearance here
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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The 3D effect of the taillights is nice, though
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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The Hyundai emblem is rather subtle
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The tailights do have a detailed matrix
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Our tester was the HTRAC 2.0T
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The rear fin is sporty but merely aesthetic
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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It almost feels like the lower corner of the light was cut off to save time
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The grey roof rails ad just the right amount of contrast between black and white
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It would look a little better if the glass and taillight has the same angle
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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The mirrors are small but provide a good view
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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The top of the dash looks busy from the outside
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The turn indicator on this mirror sticks out like a sore thumb

Interior

The Santa Fe’s interior is surprisingly well done. It’s been a few years since Hyundai’s interiors started to get better, but with this 2019 generation, whoa... It is really up there, especially when you factor in the price. Steering wheel, start button, and the entertainment center - they all feel premium. Even the two-tone interior is nice, and that is not easy to pull off. The headliner material is actually really cool, far from the cheap foamy textile you could expect at this price point. Everything in there looks nice. Hyundai is just not a cheapo brand anymore, and the 2019 Santa Fe is a perfect illustration of how close to the market leader Hyundai is. You have to see it to believe it.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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The tan and black interior is a pleasant look
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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The black controls really stand out in the tan armrest
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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The fake trim is a little disheartening
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Typical controls made with cheap plastic
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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The detail here is pretty awesome - we like the look
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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The cabin is really inviting
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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All the adjustments you could want to stay comfortable
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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The seats provide plenty of support for a model of this caliber
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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The interior feels kind of upscale despite a few shortcommings
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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The detailed stitching is great for this price point
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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For a newer model the wrinkles in the leather is a little troubling
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Way too many buttons to use on the go
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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The cabin is rather spacious
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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And it’s modern too
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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The semi-digital gauge cluster is a nice touch
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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The infotainment system is easy to use and fairly responsive
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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The heater controls resemble a futuristic dual-knob radio
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Dual cup holders are a must
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Most of everything is controllable via the thumb buttons
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Your left thumb controls call and voice functions
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Your right thumb controls various features
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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The turn-signal stalk isn’t ground breaking but attractive
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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More wiper controls than you can count
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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No need for a key - push button start baby
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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What doesn’t have dual-zone climate control these days?
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Basic 12-Volt socket, Built-in USB, and Aux port
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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The center console does seem a little busy
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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The leather boot on the shift is high-quality, though
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Your driver assistance hub and electronic parking brake
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Passenger’s get a nice cubby
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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The screen isn’t that big but it’s tolerable
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Simple button controls keep things easy
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Lots of angle and 3D design elements
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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The dash kind of smiles at you
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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The sunroof is HUGE!
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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The wind deflector isn’t that attractive but it does help cut down on noise
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Visors have personal mirrors
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Typical roof control panel
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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The Map lights are extra bright, though
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Total interior space comes in at 146.6 cubic-feet
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Passenger space, however, is just 110.7 cubic-feet
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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built-in visors keep kids safe from solar rays
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Maximum rear legroom comes in at 40.9 inches
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Head room in the back is accommodating at 39.2 cubic-feet
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Hip room is decent too at 56.3 inches
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With the center console up, you can seat three adults
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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They might not be that comfortable, though
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Rear passengers get two USB charging ports
and one 120-Volt outlet
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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all of which can be covered, of course
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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The second row does slide to make carrying cargo easier
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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The 70-30 split makes cargo space easily customizable
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Cargo room with the left side folded down is somewhere in the 55 cubic-foot range
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Which is more than sufficient if you need to haul a third person too
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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The floor lifts up to provide extra storage
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Your emergency hack is located close to the rear hatch for ease of access
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Moving the second row is effortless thanks to these handy switches
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Maximum cargo room is 71.3 cubic-feet
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The rear hatch is electric too - no slamming needed

Santa Fe Driving Impressions

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe’s sporty look may give you the impression that it is ready to tackle the twisty roads at speed but keep in mind that the big bumper vents are all fake and the sport trim is just there to blend in with the latest trends of big wheels and painted side skirts. The Santa Fe’s engine is actually quite good with plenty of torque and power, but when it comes to steering and suspension, you are reminded of the Hyundai trademark dead center feel and comfy ride. This doesn’t mean it is sloppy, no. The Santa Fe just put a priority on comfort and relaxed steering. Overall the drive feel is a good match with the upscale interior and family focus of the vehicle. Personally, I liked every aspect of the driving dynamic except for the steering which just doesn’t make me happy. But, I have to admit that after a few hours behind the wheel, you just forget about it and enjoy the ride.

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0T trims come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine
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It delivers 235 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque
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You can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped
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And you’ll garner as much as 24 mpg on the highway!
The 2.0T is also good for 21 mpg in the city or 23 mph combinded

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe - Drivetrain Dimensions

2.4L 2.0L 2.2L Diesel
Type Theta-II 2.4 GDI, 16-valve, DOHC, 4-cylinder in-line Theta-II 2.0 T-GDI, DOHC D-CVVT (Dual Continuously Variable Valve
Timing) 4-cylinder
R 2.2, 16-valve MLA, DOHC, 4-cylinder in-line
Turbo Type Twin Scroll
Materials Aluminum block and head Aluminum block and head
Bore & stroke (mm) 88 x 97 86 x 86 85.4 x 96
Compression ratio 11.3:1 10.0:1 16.0: 1
Displacement 2.4 liters / 2,359 cc 2.0 liters / 1,998 cc 2.2 liters
Horsepower 185 HP @ 6,000 RPM (est.) 235 HP @ 6,000 RPM 190 HP @ 3,800 RPM
Torque 178 LB-FT @ 4,000 RPM (est.) 260 LB-FT @ 1,450 3,500 RPM 322 LB-FT @ 1,750 - 2,500 RPM
Valves per cylinder 4 4 4

Santa Fe Pricing

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Our tester was stickered at $39,905.00
Model Drivetrain MSRP
SE 2.4 Front-Wheel Drive $25,500
SE 2.4 All-Wheel Drive $27,200
SEL 2.4 Front-Wheel Drive $27,600
SEL 2.4 All-Wheel Drive $29,300
SEL Plus 2.4 Front-Wheel Drive $29,800
SEL Plus 2.4 All-Wheel Drive $31,500
Limited 2.4 Front-Wheel Drive $32,600
Limited 2.4 All-Wheel Drive $34,300
Ultimate 2.4 Front-Wheel Drive $35,450
Ultimate 2.4 All-Wheel Drive $37,150
Limited 2.0T Front-Wheel Drive $34,200
Limited 2.0T All-Wheel Drive $35,900
Ultimate 2.0T Front-Wheel Drive $37,100
Ultimate 2.0T All-Wheel Drive $38,800

Further reading

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