Hyundai has made great strides in styling, quality and overall pleasability of its cars in recent years, especially the mid-size Sonata (which shares the Santa Fe's platform) and compact Azera, and these two new entries in the highly-competitive compact/mid-size CUV segment will stand proudly alongside them. They are major improvements over the outgoing 2012 Santa Fe and Veracruz, fully competitive and worthy of consideration.
Veteran automotive journalist Gary Witzenburg filed this NewCarTestDrive.com report after his test drive of the Santa Fe Sport near Detroit.
Model Line Overview
Santa Fe Sport 2.4L ($24,450); Santa Fe Sport 2.4L AWD ($26,200); Santa Fe Sport 2.0T ($27,700); Santa Fe Sport 2.0T AWD ($29,450); Santa Fe GLS; Santa Fe Limited
dual front, side-curtain and side-impact airbags, plus a driver's knee airbag, VSM, ESC with TCS, ABS with EBFD and Brake Assist, Downhill Brake Control (DBC) and Hillstart Assist Control (HAC), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Front Seat Belt Pretensioners, windshield wiper de-icer, rear window wiper, LATCH child seat anchors and Hyundai Blue Link connectivity with up to a one-year free subscription
Safety equipment (optional):
all-wheel drive, rearview camera
5 years/60,000 miles
Santa Fe Sport: West Point, Georgia; Santa Fe: Korea
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport AWD 2.0T ($29,450)
YES Essentials stain resistant cloth seats, power driver seat with lumbar support, heated front seats, 40/20/40 split folding rear seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, driver-selectable steering modes, steering-wheel-mounted cruise, audio and phone controls, AM/FM/Sirius/XM/CD/MP3 audio with iPod/USB/Aux input jacks, Sirius XM 90-day trial (not available in Alaska or Hawaii), electroluminescent gauge cluster with LCD trip computer, Hyundai Blue Link Telematics system (90-day trial), trailer prep package, front fog lights, chrome twin-tip exhaust, windshield wiper de-icer, heated side mirrors, roof side rails, proximity key entry with pushbutton start, automatic headlight control, full tank of gas
Options as tested (MSRP):
Leather and Premium Equipment Package ($2,450) includes side-mirror turn signal indicators, leather seating surfaces, power front passenger seat, sliding and reclining second row with cargo area releases, heated rear seats, dual automatic temperature control with clean air ionizer, 4.3-inch color audio display, rearview camera, auto dimming rearview mirror with home link and compass, premium doorsill plates; Technology Package ($2,900) includes panoramic sunroof with tilt and slide, navigation system with 8 inch touchscreen, XM NavTraffic with 90-day trial, 12 speaker Infinity Logic 7 550-watt audio system, heated steering wheel, manual rear side window sunshades; Carpeted Floor Mats ($100); Cargo Net ($50); Cargo Cover ($150)
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
2.0-liter dohc 16-valve gasoline direct injection turbocharged inline-4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
264 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
269 @ 1750-3000
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
71.5 cu. ft.
independent, strut, coil springs, stabilizer bar
independent, multi-link, coil springs, stabilizer bar
vented disc/solid disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of July 27, 2012.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
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