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The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe topped a alternative of SUV rivals in a Cars.com allegory test. Sound familiar? It isn’t the aboriginal time it’s happened. Bristles years ago, Hyundai’s then-new SUV topped six competitors back the Santa Fe was a three-row SUV. Today, Hyundai has redesigned the Santa Fe as a mid-size SUV with two rows of seats — a crimson the Santa Fe Sport already held. The 2019 Santa Fe and 2014 are absolutely altered SUVs, yet they had one affair in common: outstanding value.

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That’s a active force abaft the 2019 Santa Fe’s ascendance up the mid-size mountain. The SUV eked out the No. 1 atom over the new Honda Passport in a photo finish, topping its Honda battling by aloof one point in a 540-point matchup. Four added model-year 2019 SUVs (the Chevrolet Blazer, Ford Edge, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Nissan Murano) ranked added behind.

Why did the Santa Fe win? How does it analyze to the about angry Passport? Read on.

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Amid a accumulation contrarily priced from the mid-$40,000s to the low $50,000s, our Santa Fe’s as-tested amount — $39,905 including destination — fabricated it the bargain special. But that doesn’t arresting bare-bones features: The Santa Fe Ultimate 2.0T with all-wheel drive came as well-equipped as its bristles peers, and again some. It was one of alone three SUVs in the allegory with a sliding backseat, one of three with wireless smartphone charging, one of aloof two with second-row window shades and the alone one with a head-up display. Most added appearance akin up, too.

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For all that, an as-tested amount 15 percent beneath the accumulation boilerplate was none too bare — and that’s afore you accede Hyundai’s best-in-class warranty.

Cabin abstracts are aggressive enough, with beneath of the chapped finishes that stung the approachable Santa Fe Sport in our antecedent allegory of the mid-size class. For 2019, our Ultimate 2.0T AWD archetype alike had some flush touches: covering upholstery with few accessible stretches of vinyl, for example, and fabric-wrapped roof pillars all around.

Cabin accumulator and backseat amplitude drew few complaints, but the advanced seats becoming criticism for chapped cushions and bound knee clearance. That’s amid the bigger differences with the Passport, whose all-around chairs and all-over cubbies garnered able marks in front-seat abundance and berth storage.

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The Santa Fe trumped all comers in two added scores: burden amplitude and affluence of use for controls. By our measurements, baggage aggregate abaft the backseat came a stone’s bandy from the best-in-group Ford Edge (20.3 cubic anxiety for the Edge, 19.9 cubic anxiety for the Santa Fe), while best abyss with the seats bankrupt was 78 inches from the front-center animate to the liftgate opening. That’s 5 inches added than in the Edge and angry with the Passport for deepest. The Santa Fe additionally had the most-upright liftgate bend in the accumulation — bigger for burden than a more-raked liftgate, like in the Edge or Blazer — additional a abounding slate of cargo-friendly features: abundant underfloor storage, a sliding additional row and a powered liftgate with hands-free access.

Judges acclaimed Hyundai’s common controls, an aspect we’ve accepted in countless cars from the automaker and its affiliates, Kia and Genesis. As-tested, three of the Santa Fe’s aeon (the Blazer, Edge and Passport) lacked a stereo affability knob, one (the Passport) threw in confusing touch-sensitive controls, and two (the Edge and Passport) had cyberbanking accessory selectors instead of allegiant shifters. The Santa Fe has concrete knobs and buttons and a accepted gearshift, all in locations you’d expect. It’s a abstraction in affection and a far cry from the Passport, whose user interface is added of a user facepalm.

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If the Santa Fe acquainted complete from a changeless standpoint, the added shoe alone on drivability. Our analysis car’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder — an alternative powertrain, slotting aloft the accepted 2.4-liter non-turbo four-cylinder — drew complaints for uneven, ashen acceleration. Combined with an eight-speed automated manual decumbent to casual kickdown hesitation, the drivetrain exhibits too abundant lag both from a stop and during casual maneuvers. And there’s no ability adjustment to appearance for it: After demography all six SUVs on some 210 afar of alloyed burghal and artery driving, our empiric gas breadth in the Santa Fe (25.1 mpg) ranked aloof third.

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The Passport’s V-6, by contrast, becoming far bigger marks for drivetrain performance, with commensurable empiric breadth (24.9 mpg) to boot. That, additional able array for visibility, in-cabin accumulator array and backseat comfort, brought the Passport into a basic tie with the Hyundai. The array are so abutting that shoppers could adapt them as a amount of preference. Want article roomy, quick and accessible to see out of? Pick the Passport. Want value, burden amplitude and aboveboard controls? Select a Santa Fe.

Ultimately, Hyundai eked out the top atom because the shoe alone alone on drivetrain and front-seat comfort. In added active array — braking, handling, ride affection and babble insulation — the Santa Fe fared acceptably, and its assuming in added changeless categories were boilerplate or better.

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