2014 Hyundai Santa Fe

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What's New for 2014:
  • Blind-spot detection system offered for all models
  • Premium packages add rear side window sunshades
  • Technology packages add ventilated front seats, memory for the driver's settings, rear park-assist sensors, HID headlights, LED taillights
  • Santa Fe Sport 2.0T gets standard 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Roof rails available in conjunction with panoramic sunroof

The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is a 5-passenger crossover SUV, while the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe is an extended-length 7-passenger crossover SUV with slightly different styling and an exclusive engine. Each is aimed at slightly different competitive sets, with the Santa Fe Sport targeting the Dodge Journey, Ford Edge, Honda Crosstour, Nissan Murano, and Toyota Venza, while the larger Santa Fe rivals the Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder, and Toyota Highlander.

Models and Features
The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is offered in base or 2.0T model series, while the Santa Fe is sold in GLS and Limited trim levels.

Upgrading from the base model to the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T adds more than just a powerful, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. This version includes leather seats, heated and power-adjustable front seats, heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control with a Clean Air ionizer, a blind-spot detection system, keyless passive entry with push-button starting, and 18-inch aluminum wheels. Additional upgrades include improved interior trim and electroluminescent gauges, rear side window sunshades, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, universal garage door opener, automatic headlights, fog lights, and a 4.3-inch touch-screen infotainment system with a reversing camera.

Switching to the 7-passenger Santa Fe, when upgrading from the base GLS model to the Limited, buyers receive many of these same features, plus a power liftgate and second-row captain's chairs.

Options and Packages
In addition to all-wheel-drive (AWD), Santa Fe Sport and Santa Fe buyers can select extras that are bundled in packages or offered on a short list of dealer-installed upgrades. Depending on the model and trim level, this SUV can be fitted with a Popular Equipment package, Premium package, Navigation package, and a Technology package.

Under the Hood
A 190-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard in the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, while the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T is equipped with a direct-injection, turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine making 264 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,750 rpm and 3,000 rpm. The larger 2014 Santa Fe has a standard 290-horsepower, 3.3-liter V-6 engine.

All three engines are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic manual gear selection, which delivers the power to the front wheels. The optional Active Cornering Control AWD system features torque vectoring and torque braking control.

Fuel Economy
Regardless of whether you choose the Santa Fe Sport or Santa Fe, fuel economy ranges between 20 mpg and 23 mpg in combined driving, according to the EPA.

The most fuel-efficient version is the Santa Fe Sport equipped with the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive (FWD), with EPA fuel-economy ratings of 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. The least fuel-efficient Santa Fe Sport model employs the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and AWD, and is rated by the EPA to get 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

Select the larger Santa Fe and the crossover SUV is rated to get 18 mpg in the city with FWD or AWD. On the highway, the Santa Fe FWD returns an estimated 25 mpg, while the Santa Fe AWD gets 24 mpg.

Safety Ratings and Technology
As this overview is written neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests on the larger version of Hyundai's midsize crossover SUV.

The smaller Santa Fe Sport has been evaluated, earning a 5-star (out of 5 stars) overall rating from the NHTSA and highest-possible \"Good\" ratings from the IIHS. Note, however, that the IIHS has not evaluated the Santa Fe Sport in the new small overlap frontal-impact test as this overview is written.

In addition to the safety features that come standard on all vehicles, the 2014 Santa Fe Sport and Santa Fe are equipped with a driver's knee air bag and a Blue Link telematics system with three free years of Automatic Collision Notification and SOS Emergency Service. A reversing camera and a blind-spot detection system are standard for the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T and Santa Fe Limited, and optional for the Santa Fe Sport and Santa Fe GLS. Rear park-assist sensors are optional for all Santa Fe models.


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