The current generation of Hyundai’s well-known SUV has been around since 2019 and after a couple of pretty turbulent years, it looks like things have settled down. It looks like we won’t be seeing any significant updates in the next few years, which clearly indicates that the 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe should be a typical carryover model. Still, we won’t exclude the possibility of seeing some minor updates, such as new standard features or new color options.
You may count on a familiar design, which has a lot of great things to offer. We like the current Santa Fe for many reasons, starting from the spacious and high-quality interior. Furthermore, we like the long list of standard equipment, as well as a pretty wide range of powertrain options. The handling feels quite composed, while the starting price is arguably one of the biggest advantages against the competition.
Since there are no significant changes to come, we expect that the 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Design
As we already mentioned, the current generation has been around since 2019. However, it received a facelift already in 2021, when we saw a new styling, as well as a completely new interior design. Therefore, it’s quite easy to presume that the 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe will arrive without more important changes. We count on a familiar styling, while minor updates like new color options are always possible.
On the other hand, the mechanical aspect of the vehicle hasn’t changed since the initial launch and we expect none of them for the next model year either. This crossover is quite maneuverable and offers a reasonable level of athleticism. However, some reviewers see its suspension setup as a little bit too firm.
This is arguably one of the strongest points of Santa Fe. As we’ve just mentioned, the 2021 refresh brought a completely new dashboard design, with a more attractive shape and finer materials. The current cabin looks very premium, while the build quality is really impressive for this price range. Furthermore, there is a pretty generous list of standard and available tech features, which makes this cabin look even more upscale.
This is a two-row mid-size crossover and the front seats are massive and supportive. We like the driving position very much, whether it’s about ergonomics or outward visibility. The second-row seats are as spacious and accommodate adults with ease.
The cargo area is rather on par with some compact than a mid-size crossover, but there is still plenty of room for your luggage. In numbers, that would be around 36.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 72.1 cubic feet of the total volume.
We might see some novelties in this aspect but we are pretty sure that most of the things are about to remain the same. Therefore, all models should come standard with goodies like an 8-inch touch screen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, four USB ports, keyless entry etc. The list of optional features currently includes a lot of interesting things. Some of the highlights are goodies like a 10.25-inch touch screen, 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, navigation, HD Radio, wireless device charging, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a digital key, and a panoramic sunroof.
The same is expected with safety features. Currently, the base model comes standard with goodies like a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, pedestrian and cyclist detection, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, driver drowsiness monitoring etc. Among options, you can find things like parking sensors, surround-view camera, head-up display, adaptive cruise control with lane centering etc.
2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Engines
The thing under the hood definitely won’t change, so base models will continue with a 2.5-liter inline-four, which puts out around 187 horsepower, which isn’t too much power but seems OK for daily commuting, especially if we consider pretty impressive fuel economy. In numbers, that would be 25 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. For those who are looking for something peppier, there is
a pretty capable 2.5-liter turbo-four, which puts out 281 horsepower and offers significantly better driving dynamics. Moreover, it also comes with a dual-clutch transmission, while the base engine comes with a conventional automatic.
Also, there are two hybrid versions on the offer. The first one is a classic hybrid, based on a 1.6-liter turbo-four, with a total output of 226 horsepower. The PHEV version uses the same turbo-four engine but comes with a more powerful electric motor and a bigger battery. The max output goes up to 261 horsepower, while you may also count on about 30 miles of the all-electric range.