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The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is the five-seat variant of the popular Santa Fe, riding on a shortened wheelbase that promises a more nimble handling character. Available in three trims, it's a smart choice for families that need more room but aren't ready for the full-size Santa Fe.

What's New for 2018

Fresh from a facelift last year, the 2018 Santa Fe Sport is a carryover model with some mild tweaks to the equipment list.

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Choosing Your Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

The Santa Fe Sport has three trim levels — the base Santa Fe Sport, 2.0T, and 2.0T Ultimate.

The entry level Santa Fe Sport isn't very sporty, offering a 2.4-liter engine that produces 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. The 2.0T and 2.0T Ultimate trims pack a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produces 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic gearbox is standard with both the engines, directing the power to the front wheels. All-wheel drive available, but adds $1,550 to the total price, regardless of the engine or trim level.

The 2.4-liter engine returns 21 miles per gallon in city, 27 highway and 24 mpg combined with front-wheel drive, while the all-wheel-drive model drops those figures by a point in the city and highway and two points combined.

The 2.0-liter engine's efficiency depends on the trim level you pick. The Santa Fe Sport 2.0T returns 20 city, 28 highway, and 23 combined with the front-drive and 19/26/22 mpg with all-wheel drive. However, the Ultimate trim level, owing to its added weight, reports a negligible drop in economy to 20/27/23 mpg or 19/24/21 mpg for front-wheel and all-wheel drive, respectively.

Base

The Santa Fe Sport’s base trim starts at $25,900 (including $950 destination charges) and is equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights with LED accents, remote keyless entry, a rear-view camera, hill-start assist, cloth upholstery, and a five-inch infotainment system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity. Customers can choose from the Value Package ($1,900), Premium Package ($2,900), and Tech Package ($3,250), each of which builds on the other. In other words, the Tech Package might only cost $3,250, but since the Premium Package and Value Package are requirements, its real-world price is just a hair over $8,000. The Premium Package's real-world premium is $4,800. The Value Package adds heated side mirrors, push-button start, a seven-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, and LED running lights. The Premium Pack includes blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, leather upholstery, and hands-free power liftgate. Finally, the Tech Package adds a panoramic sunroof, an eight-inch infotainment system with navigation, a surround-view camera, an Infinity-branded audio system, rear parking sensors, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a memory function for the driver seat.

2.0T

Costing $32,300, the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T gets a more powerful engine, 18-inch wheels, heated side-view mirrors, dual exhaust tips, and fog lights. Move inside and there's leather upholstery and wood trim, dual-zone climate control, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, heated front seats and a seven-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A proximity key with push-button start and blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert are also standard.The 2.0T doesn't offer any packages, so customers need only choose a color and drivetrain and be on their way.

2.0T Ultimate

The Ultimate trim is priced at $36,600. It gets all the features standard or optional on the lower trims and more. Owners will enjoy HID headlights, 19-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, a surround-view camera with rear parking sensors, a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a memory function for the driver seat, the Infinity audio system, and the upgraded eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The only available option is the Tech Package ($1,600), which is quite a bit different than the base model's similarly named option group. Alongside a far lower price, it offers some real tech focused on active safety and driver convenience, ranging from adaptive cruise control, to forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, and on to lane departure warning, automatic high beams, and adaptive headlights.

CarsDirect Tip

Unless you really want the extra grunt of the turbocharged engine, we suggest you go for a fully-loaded Santa Fe Sport, which rings up around $33,000.

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