2020 Hyundai Santa Fe: Raising the Bar for Driver Safety

By Scott KingLast Updated January 31, 2021
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If you're in the market for a family-friendly midsize SUV, then the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe is a solid choice to add to your list of options. A completely redesigned and updated version of earlier models, the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe now comes equipped with a whole new line of technology and safety upgrades.

Since its game-changing debut in the year 2000, the Hyundai Santa Fe has been racking up awards for everything from its affordable value to its impressive number of safety features. If you’re considering purchasing an updated Santa Fe model, it helps to know exactly why this crossover has become such a beloved vehicle. Here we'll give you a quick overview of what the 2020 SUV brings to the table.

Its Impressive Safety Features Lead the Industry

If you're looking for a car with top-of-the-line safety features, then the 2020 Santa Fe has you covered. Not only did it earn an impressive NHTSA 5-star overall safety rating, but it was also selected as a 2020 IIHS Top Safety pick. It was even dubbed the 2020 Best New SUV for Teens by U.S. News & World Report.

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So what makes the 2020 Santa Fe stand out in terms of safety ratings? A delightful number of things, which are collectively known as the Hyundai Smart Sense Technology package. Coming standard on 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe SUVs, Smart Sense Technology boasts features such as:

  • Forward Collision Assist With Pedestrian Detection- The SUV's camera and radar system will not only detect and alert you of a potential forward collision but can automatically apply emergency braking if you don't stop in time.
  • Safe Exit Assist- The SUV's radar can automatically detect and alert you to vehicles approaching from behind as you're preparing to exit the car. It can even override attempts to release the child safety locks until the danger has passed, preventing younger passengers from opening their doors until it's safe.
  • Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist- When you activate your turn signal, the 2020 Santa Fe’s tech can assess what’s around you to make sure there are no vehicles in your blind spots. If there are, it can automatically apply the correct braking to readjust your positioning before you switch lanes.
  • Lane Keeping Assist- There's nothing scarier than looking up to discover that you've accidentally drifted into another lane. That's why the Lane Keeping Assist feature was added. It can alert you if you begin to weave out of your lane and gently apply corrective steering if your vehicle should continue to swerve.
  • Driver Attention Warnings- The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe is equipped with features that monitor your driving patterns, automatically detect drowsy or inattentive behavior, and provide visual and audio warnings to alert you to any dangers.
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Avoidance Alert- When it’s time to back up, putting your 2020 Santa Fe in reverse can automatically trigger rear sensors that warn you of approaching vehicles from either side and activate your brakes if necessary.

Added Convenience Features Promote Easier Driving

Not only is the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe fully equipped to keep you safe on the road, but it also comes with a variety of features designed to make every trip more convenient.

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Aren’t used to having to adjust your high-beams for oncoming traffic when you're driving late at night? The 2020 Santa Fe can do it for you with a feature called High Beam Assist. This tech automatically detects oncoming traffic and shifts your high beams to a lower setting until it senses that oncoming vehicles have passed.

You'll also enjoy features such as Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go technology. Unlike regular cruise control, this 2020 Santa Fe system uses radar that can help detect vehicles in front of you and adjust to make sure that you continue traveling at a safe distance. If you begin to travel at a speed of less than 6 miles per hour, it’ll automatically switch off unless the vehicle in front of you moves within three seconds.

The Hyundai Santa Fe 2020 even comes with a feature called the UltraSonic Rear Occupant Alert that enhances passenger safety. When the driver exits the vehicle, this feature can automatically engage an overhead ultrasonic sensor that detects movement in the back seat. This helps to reduce the risk of accidentally leaving a child or pet locked inside the SUV while it's parked. Should the vehicle detect movement, the SUV will honk, flash its lights and send you an alert via Bluelink, Hyundai’s proprietary telematic vehicle computer system.

Extra Perks and Offers Sweeten the Deal

The 2020 Santa Fe's impressive safety features alone could be enough to convince many drivers to visit their local Hyundai dealerships. But rest assured that added safety features don't always equal a hike in pricing. In fact, Kelley Blue Book named the Hyundai Santa Fe the Lowest Cost to Own vehicle in its midsize SUV class in 2020.

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The 2020 Santa Fe also comes with several special offers that you might not find anywhere else. The first is what Hyundai calls "America's Best Warranty," and it's a claim that the company backs up quite well. Each new Santa Fe comes with a 10-year, 100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty; a five-year, 60,000-mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty; five years of Unlimited Mile 24-Hour Roadside Assistance; and more. For a full list of warranty offerings, check out the Hyundai website and prepare to be pleasantly surprised.

You could also enjoy up to three years of complimentary maintenance on your new Hyundai purchase. This offering gives new vehicle owners regular factory scheduled maintenance for three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. This means that you'll be able to enjoy everything from oil changes and tire rotations to multi-point inspections for no extra charge.

The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. the Competition: How Does It Stack Up?

The 2020 Santa Fe is a great all-around vehicle, particularly when it comes to safety features. However, it has a few disadvantages you’ll want to consider before you head to the dealership. In terms of space, the 2020 Santa Fe offers enough room for five passengers, and it comes in a pretty limited number of trim options. The base engine isn't the most powerful either, so it may not be for you if you're looking for a heavier-duty off-road-capable vehicle with plenty of torque.

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That said, despite its impressive range of features, the 2020 Santa Fe does come with a much lower starting price (just over $26,000) than competitors such as the Toyota Highlander (over $34,000) and with more standard safety features than the comparable Mazda CX-9. Its combination of style, superior safety features and an unbeatable warranty have quickly made it among the most popular 2020 SUVs of its class.

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