The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is for those who want the comfort and versatility of the three-row Santa Fe, but don't need all of the seats. It tries to take the midsize crossover formula and condense it for those who value cargo space and ride height, without the excess.
What's New for 2016
For 2016, the Santa Fe loses the Saddle interior color option.
Choosing your Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
The Sport is 8.5 inches shorter than the standard Santa Fe and is strictly a five-seater, but interior room still ranks among the leaders of its class. Up front is new two-tone grille that further differentiates the Sport from its larger stablemate.
The base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine produces 190 horsepower, and you can opt for a 2-liter turbo with a stout 264 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission is used with both engine, and all-wheel drive is available across the board.
The Popular Equipment package adds heated front seats with driver power, a rearview camera, heated mirrors, automatic headlamps, fog lights, roof rails, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and an audio touchscreen.
The Premium Equipment package has all that, plus a leather interior with passenger power and a sliding rear seat, blind sport monitoring, keyless ignition, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control and upgraded gauges.
If you want it all, and then some, the Tech package tops off the Sport with a navigation system, a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats with driver memory, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, xenon headlights, rear parking sensors, a premium Dimension sound system and a hands-free power liftgate.
The base engine is somewhat overmatched by the vehicle's size, especially when loaded with people and things. But the price of a loaded 2.0T can creep up into some lofty territory. If you're not carrying much, it's best to stick with the base model. If you do need the bigger engine, choose your options carefully.
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