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2020 Hyundai SUV prices, trim levels, features: Venue, Kona, Tucson, Santa Fe, Nexo, and Palisade

The 2020 Santa Fe is just one of the SUV offerings Hyundai sells in the U.S.

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In recent years, Hyundai has added three SUVs to its lineup and is currently developing their next utility vehicle. They've also refreshed the Tucson, modified the Santa Fe to become a strictly two-row SUV, and began selling the Nexo hydrogen-fuel cell vehicle in the U.S. Hyundai is now selling the Kona in an electric vehicle format as the Kona EV.

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2020 Hyundai Venue

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The Hyundai Venue is the smallest SUV in the automaker's lineup. It fits below the Palisade, Nexo, Santa Fe, Tucson and Kona. The Venue is considered a subcompact SUV.

The Venue comes in three trim levels: SE, SEL, and Denim. The Venue SE starts at $16,350 and Venue SEL starts at $18,250. Hyundai's top-tier Venue Denim model goes for $21,050.

It is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 121 horsepower and 113 pound-feet of torque. The engine comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission as standard and a continuously variable automatic transmission is available. Models with the CVT are the most fuel efficient.

Hyundai does not offer the Venue with front-wheel drive.

The interior of the Venue focuses on passenger space rather than cargo space. It comfortably seats two adults up front but legroom is a little short in the back seat.

Cloth upholstery, an 8-inch touch screen, four speakers, HD Radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto are standard. Buyers can add a sunroof, automatic climate control, push-button start, satellite radio, a second USB port, more speakers, and navigation for an added fee.

The 2020 Hyundai Venue is on sale now.

2020 Hyundai Kona

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The subcompact Hyundai Kona was much heralded when it debuted in 2018 as a desirable combination of the features and equipment buyers are looking for at the right price. Three model years in, the comments hold up.

The 2020 Hyundai Kona fits above the Venue and below the Tucson, Santa Fe, NEXO, and Palisade in the automaker's lineup. It is sold in five trim levels: SE, SEL, SEL Plus, Limited, and Ultimate. The Kona SE starts at $20,300 and the Kona Ultimate starts at $27,950.

It comes standard with a 147-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. A more powerful 175-horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is available. That engine is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. Both engines achieve 30 mpg combined.

Hyundai offers the Kona with all-wheel drive (front-wheel drive is standard) and a Sport mode, which adds a noticeable amount of spunk to the car's acceleration.

The five-seater Kona has standard cloth upholstery. There's more second-row legroom in the Kona than in the Venue, but it's still short on cargo space, which is common in its segment.

The SUV comes standard with a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a six-speaker stereo system, two USB ports, Bluetooth, and remote keyless entry. The long list of available features includes an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, satellite radio, wireless device charging, a head-up display, automatic climate control, remote keyless entry, a sunroof, and an eight-speaker sound system.

Each Kona comes standard with a rearview camera, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, and a driver attention monitor. Available upgrades to that list include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control.

2020 Hyundai Kona EV

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The Hyundai Kona EV was only introduced for the 2019 model year. It has many pluses, but it is pricey, like many other electric vehicles.

Hyundai offers the Kona EV in three trim levels: SEL, Limited, and Ultimate. Pricing on the Kona EV SEL starts at $37,190 and the top-tier Kona EV Ultimate goes for $45,400. Buyers may qualify for a tax credit.

The SUV has a 258-mile range. It is powered by a 201-horsepower electric motor that is paired with a single-speed transmission. The model gets 132 MPGe in the city and 108 MPGe on the highway.

The battery takes 9.5 hours to charge using a 240-volt/Level II outlet. Using a DC fast charger, the SUV can get up to 80 percent of its range back in 50 minutes.

Hyundai has equipped the model with a list of standard equipment that is typical of a mid-grade or higher subcompact SUV including automatic climate control, a 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, HD Radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, push-button start, keyless entry, a six-speaker stereo, and navigation.

2020 Hyundai Tucson

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The Hyundai Tucson is a more premium take on the Hyundai Santa Fe in its top-tier trim levels. Since the reconfiguration of the Santa Fe, the two are both two-row SUVs. The Tucson is larger than the Venue and Kona but smaller than the Palisade.

For the 2020 model year, Hyundai sells the Tucson in six trim levels: SE, SEL, SEL Plus, Sport, Limited, and Ultimate. The Tucson SE starts at $23,550 and the top-tier Tucson Ultimate starts at $31,900.

It comes standard with a 161-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a 181-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder power plant is available. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available. Neither engine is particular fuel efficient when compared to others in the class.

The five-seater Tucson has more room for adults in the second row than the Venue and Kona and significantly more cargo space. The compact SUV comes standard with cloth upholstery but finer materials are available in higher trim levels.

Hyundai has given the Tucson the same list of standard equipment as the Kona: a 7-inch infotainment touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, USB ports, and a six-speaker audio system. The available features list is similar too with a panoramic sunroof replacing the Kona's standard size one and dual-zone automatic climate control replacing single-zone automatic climate control.

The Tucson has a longer list of standard safety technology than the Kona and Venue, befitting its higher price tag.

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

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The Hyundai Santa Fe is now a two-row SUV that offers a lot of bang for the buck. The five-passenger SUV is sold in five trim levels: SE, SEL, SEL 2.0T, Limited, and Limited 2.0T. Hyundai prices the base model Santa Fe SE at $21,125. The highest grade Santa Fe goes for $36,475.

The base model is powered by a 185-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Buyers can opt for a 235-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder power plant. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The engines get 23 and 25 mpg combined, respectively.

Hyundai has given the Santa Fe a good list of standard features (keyless entry, 7-inch infotainment system, four USB ports, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto) and a list of options that includes an 8-inch infotainment system, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 12-speaker sound system, navigation, wireless device charging, satellite radio, keyless entry, and a panoramic sunroof.

The model offers competitive passenger and cargo space, as well as an extended warranty for every grade.

2020 Hyundai Nexo

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The Hyundai Nexo is the automaker's hydrogen fuel-cell SUV. It is about the same size as the Santa Fe and Tucson and has two rows of passenger space. Hyundai sells the model in two trim levels: Blue and Limited.

The SUV uses a hydrogen fuel cell, lithium-ion battery, and electric motor to propel the vehicle down the road. Its powertrain delivers 161 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque, which helps move the heavy model down the road with ease.

The front-wheel drive model has three drive modes: Comfort, Eco, and Eco+. It gets 57-61 MPGe depending on the trim level and has a maximum driving range of 380 miles.

Like other Hyundais, the SUV has a long list of standard equipment including heated outside mirrors, privacy glass, leatherette upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, six-way power-adjustable passenger seat, a 12.3-inch infotainment touch screen, navigation, satellite radio, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, USB ports, wireless device charging, automatic climate control, leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, and a luggage screen.

The 2020 Hyundai Nexo starts at $58,735 but it is only available in select states.

2020 Hyundai Palisade

2020 Hyundai Palisade

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The three-row Hyundai Palisade is a new SUV for the 2020 model year. It has much of the same equipment as the 2020 Kia Telluride, but it's looks are a completely different experience.

Hyundai sells the model in three trim levels: SE, SEL, and Limited.

The Palisade is a front-wheel drive SUV that is powered by a 291-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 engine that is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. It is available in all-wheel drive and has five drive modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport, Snow (AWD only), and Smart. It has average fuel efficiency.

Hyundai has given the Palisade standard cloth upholstery, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, an 8-inch infotainment touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and five USB ports. Dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, a sunroof, 10.25-inch infotainment touch screen, and additional USB ports are among the available features.

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade starts at $31,775.

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The Santa Fe Hybrid offers plenty to like.

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The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid is all-new for 2021, and features an impressive list of standard features, great safety scores, and family-friendly space. If you're looking for a new SUV, it's hard to imagine a better fit for an urban family, or any other family, for that matter. Beyond a few small complaints, the Santa Fe Hybrid offers plenty to like.

Here are three things to like about the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid The Santa Fe Hybrid brings great passenger space and an upscale interior.Hyundai

It offers plenty of passenger and cargo space

The Santa Fe offers roomy seating for up to five adults with more than reasonable head and legroom in both rows. Second-row passengers have room to move, and don't end up jockeying for position with taller front-seat passengers. When the SUV is packed with people and needs to haul gear, it's more than capable of doing that, too, as it offers 36.4 cubic feet of space behind the second row and up to 72.1 cubic feet with the second-row seats folded down. Making the space more accessible, power-folding second-row seats and a hands-free power liftgate are standard.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid All trims come decked out with safety equipment.Hyundai

It delivers excellent fuel economy

The Santa Fe Hybrid returns impressive fuel economy numbers, especially in town, making it an excellent urban family runabout. The EPA estimates that the SUV can deliver 33 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 32 mpg combined. The Santa Fe Hybrid Blue returns 36 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway, and 34 mpg combined. That's several miles per gallon better than the standard Santa Fe and better than some sedans.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Fuel economy is better than many smaller cars.Hyundai

It earned great safety scores

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe earned a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). That score is due in part to the Santa Fe's Good marks in crash tests, but the SUV's long list of standard safety kit helps, too. All models come with forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian, cyclist, and junction turning detection, lane keeping assist, driver attention warnings, lane following assist, and a rear occupant alert system. Optional features include blind spot collision-avoidance assist, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, a parking distance warning system, and a highway driving assist system.

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Frightening security

Boston Dynamics' robot to patrol Kia factory

The robot is being tested as a security patrol unit.

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Breaking into an auto manufacturing facility was already a very bad idea, but new security tech being tested by Hyundai Motor Group makes it downright terrifying as well. In addition to cameras, sensors, and armed security guards, would-be burglars at a Kia plant in South Korea now have to face off with a semi-autonomous robot dog.

The Boston Dynamics quadruped robot, named Spot, is being tested as a safer and more effective way of providing security patrols to the plant. The dog is one of several robots designed and tested by the firm, which has long terrified the internet with its physically capable electronic beings.

Boston Dynamics Spot Robot The robot uses various sensors to detect danger and intruders.Hyundai

If you haven't seen it, the Boston Dynamics robot dog is frightening enough on its own, so it's an excellent choice to provide factory security. The robot uses an integrated thermal camera and 3D LiDAR to detect people around it, and can monitor high-temperature situations and fire hazards. It can be controlled remotely through a secure webpage, which allows personnel to see what's going on in the factory without putting themselves in danger.

The robot is capable of navigating tight spaces and can identify issues not visible to the human eye. It's also able to semi-autonomously navigate its environment, and has been developed with task management and deep learning-based vision technology. Boston Dynamics says that its tech can be expanded to other types of robot platforms.



The robot dog is currently in the pilot stage at Kia's plant in South Korea. It will be used to support late-night security patrols and increase safety for workers. Hyundai Motor Group will assess the robot's effectiveness and suitability for the job before expanding its use in other industrial sites.

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