Overall: This mid-sized tall wagon is available in regular- and extended-length versions, with five- or seven-passenger capacity, respectively.
Drivetrain: The regular-length Santa Fe Sport uses a 2.4-liter four-cylinder or an optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder; a 3.3-liter V6 is exclusive to the extended-length Santa Fe; six-speed automatics are standard for all versions, along with AWD availability.
The Santa Fe tries to be all things to all families by offering both two- and three-row seating capacities. To accomplish this, the automaker makes the shorter-wheelbase Santa Fe Sport or the longer (by-8.5-inches) seven-passenger Santa Fe (with no suffix). The elongated version is heftier than the Sport by a good 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 the 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 lets 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 comes with 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 thicker 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.