Jan 31, 2020 - Economy & Business

What we're driving: 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe. Photo: Courtesy of Hyundai

This week I'm driving the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe, an underrated mid-size crossover SUV.

The big picture: There are so many crossovers on the market these days, it's hard to tell them apart. But I like the styling of the Santa Fe, whose athletic lines help distinguish it from the rest.

Details: The Santa Fe features two engines — the standard 185 hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, or the optional 235-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.

  • The all-wheel-drive Limited version I'm driving with the 2.0-liter engine gets 20/26 mpg city/highway, but you can get up to 29 mpg highway with the base front-wheel-drive model.
  • The Santa Fe's starting price is $26,995, and the SEL, at $28,745, comes with most of the convenience features you'd want.
  • My $36,745 Limited includes includes a blind-view monitor that displays a camera feed of the vehicle's blind spot in the digital gauge cluster when you hit the turn signal.
  • All versions come with standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology, and lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist.

The bottom line: The Santa Fe offers a comfortable ride and a lot of standard features, making it a great value.

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What we're driving: The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

Your author with the Silverado 2500, to scale. Photo: Bill Rapai/Axios

My ride this week is a 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500, a heavy-duty pickup truck with a hood that's almost as tall as I am.

The big picture: Heavy-duty trucks are meant for people doing serious work, like towing a large boat, a horse trailer or a camper — not for driving to the health club or supermarket, like I did.

What we're driving: The 2020 Hyundai Sonata

2020 Hyundai Sonata. Photo: Courtesy of Hyundai

This week I'm driving the 2020 Hyundai Sonata, a car that purports to park itself.

Reality check: The heavily advertised "Smaht Pahk" feature has limited capability. Sure, it can pull itself head-on into a tight parking space and back out too, but that's about it.

What we're driving: 2020 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Ecodiesel

2020 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Ecodiesel. Photo: Courtesy of Jeep

When the ice and snow hit Michigan last weekend, I was fortunate to be testing a 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara Ecodiesel.

Why it matters: If you're going to be tackling rough roads, any Jeep is handy, especially the capable 4x4 Wrangler. But with 442 pound-feet of torque from the new diesel power plant, you can drive over just about anything.

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