It’s your call: go with the five-passenger Santa Fe Sport; or opt for the longer Santa Fe that can seat up to seven.
Two four-cylinder engines and one V6 available, depending on model selection; six-speed automatics are standard for all versions, along with AWD availability.
Hyundai has done what few automakers these do these days: make two different sizes of the same model. But it likely makes sense to fans of the Santa Fe who can decide which version best suits their passenger and/or cargo space needs: the shorter-wheelbase Sport or the longer (by 8.5 inches) seven-passenger Santa Fe. The elongated version is heftier than the Sport by more than 400 pounds, which explains why it’s only available with a 290-horsepower 3.3-liter V6. Conversely, the Sport comes with a base 190-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder, or optional 264-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. In all cases the sole transmission is a six-speed automatic with manual shift controls. Hyundai will let you add its latest all-wheel-drive setup with any Santa Fe you select. The system includes Torque Vectoring Corner Control (TVCC) that monitors driving conditions and can instantaneously direct the correct amount of power or braking force to any single wheel. TVCC assists in slippery conditions and provides added precision when negotiating turns. The Santa Fe features plenty of standard content plus unexpected treats, including Driver Selectable Steering Mode with Normal, Comfort (reduces steering effort by 10 percent) and Sport settings (increases effort by the same amount). Turbo models add performance suspension components (stiffer shocks and stabilizer bars), 19-inch wheels (17s are standard), fancier gauge cluster, push-button start and heated front seats. The up-level V6 Limited comes with a wider selection of content over the base GLS, such as dual-zone climate control, leather seat covers, second-row captain’s chairs and blind-spot detection that alerts the driver if another vehicle is approaching the Santa Fe from either side.
Base price (incl. destination): $25,500 (Sport); $28,400 (Santa Fe)
Type: Four-door tall wagon
Base engine (hp): 2.4-liter DOHC I4 (190)
Optional engines (hp): 2.0-liter DOHC I4, turbocharged (264); 3.3-liter DOHC V6 (290)
Layout: Front engine, front- /all-wheel-drive
Transmissions: Six-speed automatic
MPG (city/hwy): 21/29 (2.4, FWD)
Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control
Weight (lb.): 3,460