Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Earns 2016 Best 5 All-Around Performance from Automotive Science Group

CUV Honored for Environmental, Economic and Social Performance

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Feb. 29, 2016 – The 2016 Santa Fe Sport was honored as BEST 5 All-Around Performance from Automotive Science Group (ASG) for achieving the highest combined social, environmental and economic performance scores.

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe

“ASG recognizes Hyundai’s continued leadership on corporate social responsibility, producing vehicles that consumers can be proud to own,” said Colby Self, managing director of ASG. “The top-rated 2016 Santa Fe Sport is one such example that leads in a hypercompetitive market segment by delivering noteworthy all-around performance that strikes an intelligent balance between environmental, social and economic performance considerations.”

The Santa Fe Sport is a BEST 5 selection in a group of 104 midsize SUVs. ASG rated 2016-model-year vehicles available in the North American market by performing data-driven automobile assessments based on thousands of algorithmic calculations and data points to determine the award winners. ASG uses its proprietary Automotive Performance Index™, which is a combination of conventional specifications, along with environmental, economic and social performance indicators.

“We are proud the Santa Fe Sport is recognized by the Automotive Science Group as a market segment leader by setting new standards,” said Brandon Ramirez, senior group manager, product planning, Hyundai Motor America.”As the crossover segment continues to break record sales, Hyundai is well positioned to meet the expectations of these shoppers by delivering crossovers with exceptional quality, value and technology.”

The 2016 Santa Fe Sport is powered by an efficient 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine or the powerful, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The vehicle comes equipped with standard features, including remote keyless entry with alarm, body-color heated exterior power mirrors with driver’s blind spot mirror, LED headlight accents, steering wheel–mounted audio and cruise control and Bluetooth hands-free phone system.

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and In-Vehicle Service Scheduling.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Line-Up Features Enhanced Design, Infotainment, LED Lighting, Convenience and Safety

Comprehensive Product Improvements Combine to make New Models even more Appealing in every Facet of the Ownership Experience

CHICAGO, Feb. 11, 2016 – The award-winning Hyundai Santa Fe lineup continues to dramatically improve for the 2017 model year. The improvements span everything from fresh exterior design and LED lighting signatures to additional infotainment, convenience and safety technologies and new Drive Mode selection with Sport, Eco and Normal settings. For 2017, in order to meet increased market demand, production of the two-row Santa Fe Sport model will be added to the Montgomery, Alabama manufacturing facility, alongside the Sonata and Elantra sedan models. The 2017 Santa Fe is arriving at dealers now.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe

2017 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport Highlights

Exterior

    • Redesigned front fascia with brushed-appearance front grille and new headlight design

Enhanced rear fascia design with new taillights and new dual exhaust outlet design
New designs for 17-,18-, and 19-inch alloy wheels
New rocker panel trim design with integrated silver accents
New available LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs)
New available LED fog lights (three-row Santa Fe model only)

Powertrain

  • New standard Drive Mode Select (Sport, Eco and Normal modes)

Interior

  • Standard five-inch color LCD display audio system
  • New, standard seven-inch touchscreen display with Android Auto™ (Santa Fe 3-row)
    • Available on Santa Fe Sport
  • New, available eight-inch touchscreen navigation system with Android Auto™
  • Available Infinity® premium audio
    • New, with QuantumLogic® Surround and Clari-Fi™ Music Restoration Technology
  • Available next-generation Hyundai Blue Link® (standard on Santa Fe)
  • New, available third-row USB outlet (Santa Fe model only)
  • New, available power, height-adjustable passenger seat
  • New, second-row cupholders (Santa Fe Limited model)
  • New, matte-finish interior woodgrain (Santa Fe three-row model with Leather)
  • Redesigned center stack

Safety

  • Standard Rearview Camera
  • New, available Multi-View Camera System
  • New, available Smart Cruise Control with Stop/Start function
  • New, available Lane Departure Warning
  • New, available electronic parking brake system with auto-hold
  • New, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
  • New available Dynamic Bending Lights and High Beam Assist
  • NHTSA Five-star Safety Rating for Santa Fe Sport model
  • Expected Five-star Safety Rating for Santa Fe (three-row) model
  • Expected IIHS Top Safety Pick + rating based on preliminary internal tests

Color

  • New Nightfall Blue (Santa Fe Sport)
  • New Storm Blue (Santa Fe)

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Front

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Rear

POWERTRAINS
All Santa Fe powertrains now offer new Drive Mode selection with Sport, Eco and Normal settings. The 2017 Santa Fe line-up continues to offer front- or all-wheel drive and seating options for five, six or seven passengers. The 2017 Santa Fe Sport is powered by an efficient 2.4-liter four-cylinder direct-injected engine with 185 horsepower or the more powerful, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 240 horsepower. 2017 Santa Fe (three-row) uses the acclaimed 3.3-liter Lambda II V6 engine, with 290 horsepower. All Santa Fe engines utilize high-pressure direct injection and Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT). A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all Santa Fe models. Active Cornering Control and a windshield wiper de-icer is also standard on AWD Santa Fe models.

For the 2017 Santa Fe Sport model alone, nearly 350 individual parts have been updated, representing about 25 percent of total Santa Fe Sport parts content.

EPA-ESTIMATED FUEL ECONOMY
Santa Fe Sport EPA-estimated fuel economy has also been significantly improved across its model and trim line-up, with most models increasing by a full mile per gallon compared with the 2016 model year.

Santa Fe Sport Model 2017 EPA-est. Fuel Economy
(City/Highway/Combined)
Santa Fe Sport Model
(City/Highway/Combined)
2.4L FWD 21 / 27 / 24 +1 / – / +1
2.4L AWD 20 / 26 / 22 +1 / +1 / +1
2.0T FWD 20 / 28 / 23 +1 / +1 / +1
2.0T AWD 19 / 26 / 22 +1 / +2 / +1
2.0T Ultimate FWD 20 / 27 / 23 +1 / +1 / +1
2.0T Ultimate AWD 19 / 24 / 21 +1 / – / –

GENEROUS FEATURE CONTENT
Standard Santa Fe features include a Rearview Camera, automatic on/off headlights, remote keyless entry with alarm, bodycolor heated exterior power mirrors with driver’s blind spot mirror, LED headlight accents, daytime running lights, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise control and Bluetooth hands-free smartphone system. Premium features such as HID Xenon headlights, panoramic sunroof, navigation and an updated 12-speaker Infinity Logic7® audio system which features QuantumLogic® Surround and Clari-Fi™ Music Restoration Technology are available. Also available is Hyundai’s innovative power Hands-Free Smart Liftgate with Auto Open, which makes it even easier for owners to gain access to the cargo area whenever their hands are full. This system makes it easy for the driver to keep both feet comfortably on the ground by simply standing within a few feet of the rear bumper with the key fob in a purse or pocket for a few seconds.

NEXT-GENERATION BLUE LINK®
Even more, next-generation Hyundai Blue Link® (standard on Santa Fe and optional on Santa Fe Sport) provides a full suite of connected safety and diagnostic features, as well as features that are only possible with an embedded connected car system, such as Remote Start with Climate Control, Stolen Vehicle Recovery and Remote Door Lock/Unlock. Navigation-equipped Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport models also benefit from Blue Link Guidance, which provides Destination Search, powered by Google™, as well as POI Web Search and Download to help you get to your destinations via your connected car.

ANDROID AUTO™ SUPPORT
Both Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport are compatible with Android Auto for seamless and intuitive operation of the most commonly-used smartphone functions, including navigation with Google Maps™, streaming audio, voice-controlled search capabilities and more than 40 approved smartphone apps. Android Auto is compatible with Android phones running Android 5.0, Lollipop or higher.

STEERING
Santa Fe models utilize an electric power steering system with a 32-bit microprocessor that delivers a refined steering feel. The steering system also offers driver-selectable steering modes based on the Drive Mode selection of Sport, Eco and Normal settings.

SAFETY
Standard safety equipment on the 2017 Santa Fe lineup includes Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control System, seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, four-wheel disc brakes and ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) with Downhill Brake Control (DBC) and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

2017 SANTA FE SPORT PRICING

MODEL FWD/AWD MSRP
SANTA FE SPORT 2.4 FWD $25,350
SANTA FE SPORT 2.4 AWD $27,100
SANTA FE SPORT 2.0T FWD $31,700
SANTA FE SPORT 2.0T AWD $33,450
SANTA FE SPORT 2.0T ULTIMATE FWD $36,500
SANTA FE SPORT 2.0T ULTIMATE AWD $38,250

2017 SANTA FE PRICING

MODEL FWD/AWD MSRP
SANTA FE SE FWD FWD $30,800
SANTA FE SE AWD AWD $32,550
SANTA FE SE FWD ULTIMATE FWD $38,700
SANTA FE SE AWD ULTIMATE AWD $40,450
SANTA FE LIMITED FWD FWD $34,950
SANTA FE LIMITED AWD AWD $36,700
SANTA FE LIMITED FWD ULTIMATE FWD $39,400
SANTA FE LIMITED AWD ULTIMATE AWD $41,150

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and In-Vehicle Service Scheduling.

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Named “Full-Size CUV of Texas”

Hyundai Earns the Coveted Award at the 23rd Annual Texas Truck Rodeo

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Oct. 14, 2015 – The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe was named the Full-size Crossover Utility Vehicle of Texas by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) during its 23rd Annual Texas Truck Rodeo at the Knibbe Ranch in Spring Branch near San Antonio.

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Named Full Size CUV of Texas

“We are delighted to hear that the Texas Auto Writers Association recognized the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe as the top contender in a highly competitive category,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, Corporate and Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “This is a tremendous honor that further confirms Hyundai’s commitment to quality, durability, safety and comfort in this important product category.”

This win complements the Santa Fe’s victory as CUV of Texas in 2013 and as Compact CUV of Texas in 2012 for its smaller, 5-passenger sibling Santa Fe Sport.

During the 2015 Texas Truck Rodeo, more than 70 TAWA members evaluated some of the industry’s leading trucks, SUVs and crossover utilities. In order to put each vehicle through its paces, the famed Knibbe Ranch in Spring Branch, Texas served as the event’s proving grounds. With driving surfaces including bumpy pavement, loose gravel, slick mud, steep hills, jagged rocks and water crossings, each candidate stayed busy throughout the two days of testing.

“The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe earns our award for the Full-size Crossover Utility Vehicle of Texas – it delivers on comfort, functionality and reliability,” said Michael Marrs, president of TAWA. “Once again, Hyundai has exceeded expectations in the segment to receive this award among an outstanding group of competitors.”

The Hyundai Santa Fe topped tough competitors such as the Honda Pilot and the Nissan Pathfinder. Aspects from exterior styling to road manners as well as pricing, fuel mileage, and off-road capability were all taken into account during the evaluation. Voting was conducted anonymously via electronic ballots.

The 2016 Santa Fe continues to pack a healthy list of standard features, available premium convenience and entertainment items, while sporting simplified interior offerings. Available in front- or all-wheel drive, the 2016 Santa Fe is powered by the acclaimed 3.3-liter Lambda II V-6, using gasoline direct injection and Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT). An upgraded electric power steering system and suspension further sharpen the Santa Fe’s world-class ride and handling. The 2016 model also comes standard with remote keyless entry with alarm, body color heated exterior power mirrors with driver’s blind spot mirror, LED headlight accents, steering wheel mounted audio and cruise control and Bluetooth hands-free phone system at a starting base price of $30,400.

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Honored as a Best SUV Under $25,000 by KBB.com

Model Recognized in Competitive Segment for Standout Value and Fuel Economy

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., March 31, 2015 – For the third year in a row, the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport was named a 10 Best SUV Under $25,000 by Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. The Santa Fe Sport was recognized for its Blue Link capabilities, stylish exterior design, panoramic sunroof, heated seats and Hyundai’s renowned warranty guarantee. The automotive experts of KBB.com evaluated the vehicles in this segment to determine the 10 Best.

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Honored as Best SUV

“In 2014, compact SUVs became the best-selling vehicle category in the country and the Santa Fe family took advantage of this with sales up 21 percent,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of corporate and product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “With high consumer demand of compact SUVs continuing this year, the Santa Fe Sport stands out for its class-leading design, outstanding quality, great utility and advanced technologies like BlueLink – all raising the driving experience for its owners.”

The 2015 model year Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has been engineered with steering enhancements and designed with more standard conveniences to make it a well-rounded sport vehicle. Already known for its world-class handling, the revised electric power steering system delivers a superior steering feel, and also features a retuned “Sport” setting that is supported by an updated 32-bit microprocessor. The 2015 Santa Fe is also equipped with Hyundai’s Power Hands-Free Liftgate with Auto Open, an innovative mechanism that helps owners when their hands are full.

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.

2015 Hyundai Sonata and 2015 Santa Fe Named Best Cars for the Money by U.S. News & World Report

Santa Fe Named a Winner Three Consecutive Years

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Feb. 11, 2015 – The 2015 Hyundai Sonata was named the Best Midsize Car for the Money and the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe was named the Best 3-Row SUV for the Money in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.

2015 Hyundai Sonata And 2015 Santa Fe Named Best Cars For The Money By U.S. News & World Report

Sonata and Santa Fe being recognized by trusted site U.S. News & World Report means Hyundai has successfully been able to offer shoppers class-leading safety features, the latest technology, fuel economy and bold design, all at an outstanding value” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of corporate and product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Hyundai will continue to innovate to deliver a spectrum of award-winning products that deliver high value and driving experience.”

The Best Cars for the Money methodology combines quality and value data into a composite score. Within each of the 21 categories, the vehicle with the highest score is named the Best Car for the Money in that category. Quality is measured by the overall score achieved in the U.S. News car rankings at the time the awards are published. Value is measured by five-year total cost of ownership and the average price paid for the vehicle at the time the awards are published.

The all-new seventh-generation 2015 Sonata offers a more refined look through a new Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language, stiffer body structure, better ride quality, reduced noise, vibration and harshness and advanced safety and convenience features. Sonata truly democratizes the premium design and convenient technology of the Genesis sedan for the mid-size class.

The 2015 Santa Fe features an upgraded interior and sportier exterior, designed to provide optimal performance and comfort for families. It continues to offer front- or all-wheel drive and is equipped with the acclaimed 3.3-liter Lambda II V-6, using gasoline direct injection and Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT). Upgraded safety features for the 2015 model also include retuned suspension enhancements and a driver’s blind spot mirror, along with standard safety equipment such as Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control System.

ABOUT U.S. NEWS BEST CARS
U.S. News Best Cars, the automotive channel of U.S. News & World Report at www.usnews.com/cars, has published rankings for new vehicles sold in America since 2007 and rankings for used vehicles since 2012. U.S. News also publishes the annual Best Cars for the Money and Best Cars for Families awards. U.S. News Best Cars has grown in popularity and influence each year; in 2013, the site received over 40 million unique visitors. Over 65 percent of visitors were actively shopping for a car, while 80 percent of those active shoppers reported that the U.S. News Best Cars site influenced their car purchasing decision.

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.

Hyundai Genesis And Santa Fe Earn 2015 Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Awards

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Feb. 12, 2015Hyundai’s award-winning Genesis and Santa Fe/Santa Fe Sport earned “Best Buy” awards from Consumer Guide® Automotive in their respective segments. The Genesis earned the distinction in the large car category and the Santa Fe/Santa Fe Sport took home the accolade in the midsize crossover/SUV segment. The awards were presented to Hyundai at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

Hyundai Genesis And Santa Fe Earn 2015 Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Awards

According to Consumer Guide editors, “Genesis delivers premium-brand luxury-car accommodations, interior room, and power at prices that significantly undercut high-end American, German, and Japanese competitors.” In addition, editors commented on the value seen in Santa Fe. “Whether in 5-passenger Santa Fe Sport or 7-passenger Santa Fe form, Hyundai’s midsize SUV delivers a quiet, comfortable, nicely appointed cabin and the all-around versatility that SUV buyers need.”

Consumer Guide awards a “Best Buy” rating to vehicles ranked at the top of their class, and those that are strongly approved by the editors. “Best Buy” vehicles represent the finest balance of attributes and price within their classes, and they are the best choices for most consumers. In the past 11 years, Hyundai has earned more than 35 Consumer Guide “Recommended” or “Best Buy” ratings.

“Consumer Guide Automotive is a trusted car buying resource and the ‘Best Buy’ recognition bolsters the strength of our 2015 lineup,” said Scott Margason, director, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “These awards are a testament to our continued commitment to delivering quality cars with leading design and performance at an unprecedented value.”

Representing a bold step forward for Hyundai, the 2015 Genesis is new throughout, with a host of premium features and improved vehicle dynamics. Riding on a heavily revised platform, the sedan is even more structurally rigid than the previous generation. A suite of advanced assistance features such as Rear Cross-traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist, Blind-Spot Detection and Smart Cruise Control are also offered.

The 2015 Santa Fe features an upgraded interior and sportier exterior, designed to provide optimal performance and comfort for families. It continues to offer front- or all-wheel drive and is equipped with the acclaimed 3.3-liter Lambda II V-6, using gasoline direct injection and Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT). The 2015 Santa Fe also comes with Hands-Free Smart Liftgate with Auto Openmakes, making it easier for the driver to access the cargo area by simply waiting for the liftgate to open after standing within a few feet of the rear bumper.

For more information on the Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Awards, please visit www.consumerguide.com.

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.

Santa Fe Claims a Most Popular on Edmunds.com Award

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Jan. 22, 2015Hyundai’s award-winning Santa Fe continues to add to its trophy chest, making the list of the 2015 Most Popular on Edmunds.com (alongside the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander). Praised for its stylish design, spacious interior and choice of powerful yet fuel efficient engines, the Santa Fe was one of the most-considered vehicles in its segment on car-shopping website Edmunds.com.

Hyundai Santa Fe Claims Most Popular on Edmunds

“Santa Fe offers buyers a combination of futuristic design, versatility and all-around functionality that are best-in-class,” said Scott Oldham, editor in chief, Edmunds.com. “Given the vehicle’s price point and the seemingly-endless safety and convenience features offered as standard, it’s no wonder the Santa Fe made this year’s list of most popular vehicles.”

Car-shopping website Edmunds.com serves nearly 18 million visitors each month. The 2015 Most Popular on Edmunds.com awards are presented to the top three new models in each vehicle segment with the highest total car-shopper consideration during January 2014 through October 2014. The results are based on monthly unique visitors to the new car research and inventory pages on Edmunds.com’s desktop site for each model.

“The Santa Fe continues to offer families the quality and functionality that they require, and the technology and convenience features that they want from CUV’s,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, corporate and product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Receiving this award confirms that shoppers are taking notice of the unbeatable value proposition that Santa Fe stands for.”

The 2015 Santa Fe features an upgraded interior and sportier exterior, designed to provide optimal performance and comfort for families. It continues to offer front- or all-wheel drive and is equipped with the acclaimed 3.3-liter Lambda II V-6, using gasoline direct injection and Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT). The 2015 Santa Fe also comes with Hands-Free Smart Liftgate with Auto Openmakes, making it easier for the driver to access the cargo area by simply waiting for the liftgate to open after standing within a few feet of the rear bumper. Upgraded safety features for the 2015 model also include retuned suspension enhancements and a driver’s blind spot mirror, along with standard safety equipment such as Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control System. The 2015 model also comes standard with Hyundai’s industry-leading Assurance Connected Care program.

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.

Hyundai Santa Fe Wins Cars.com “Family Car of the Year”

Model Earns Accolade Two Years in a Row

DETROIT, Jan. 13, 2015 – The 2015 Santa Fe earned the distinction of “Family Car of the Year” by Cars.com in its Lifestyle Awards, making this the second year Hyundai has won the prestigious award. Cars.com is an online destination for car shoppers, offering information from consumers and experts to help buyers formulate opinions on what to buy, where to buy and how much to pay for a car.

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Cars.com Family Car of the Year

The Santa Fe was a consecutive winner because the Cars.com editors were impressed with refinements made to the model’s steering systems, cargo space and safety equipment that appeals to families and their active lifestyles. Cars.com editors also selected the 2015 Santa Fe as the winner of Cars.com/USA Today/MotorWeek 3-Row SUV Challenge.

“The 2015 Santa Fe has been upgraded to fit the active lifestyles of families, offering upgraded standard comfort and convenience equipment, raising the standards on the passenger experience for both the front and the back seat drivers,” said Michael O’Brien, vice president of corporate and product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “We’re pleased Cars.com has once again distinguished Santa Fe as the optimal automotive choice for families in America.”

To qualify for Cars.com Lifestyle Awards, a car first must be selected as a Best Bet. To become a Best Bet, a car must have ratings of acceptable or higher in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, a reliability rating of average or higher, strong ride and handling, and average or better gas mileage in its segment.

“The Santa Fe has been a Cars.com Family Car of the Year contender two years in a row,” said Kristin Varela, Cars.com’s chief mom. “In 2014, its smaller sibling, the Santa Fe Sport, was our Family Car of the Year. This year, we chose the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe because it fits big families like a glove and does so with style. It is full of family-friendly features, and all at a reasonable price.”

The 2015 Santa Fe features an upgraded interior and sportier exterior, designed to provide optimal performance and comfort for families. It continues to offer front- or all-wheel drive and is equipped with the acclaimed 3.3-liter Lambda II V-6, using gasoline direct injection and Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT). The 2015 Santa Fe also comes with Hands-Free Smart Liftgate with Auto Openmakes, making it easier for the driver to access the cargo area by simply waiting for the liftgate to open after standing within a few feet of the rear bumper. Upgraded safety features for the 2015 model also include retuned suspension enhancements and a driver’s blind spot mirror, along with standard safety equipment such as Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control System. The 2015 model also comes standard with Hyundai’s industry-leading Assurance Connected Care program.

CARS.COM

Launched in 1998 and owned by Gannett Co. (NYSE: GCI), Cars.com is an award-recognized online destination for car shoppers that offers information from experts and consumers to help buyers formulate opinions on what to buy, where to buy and how much to pay for a car. With over 30 million monthly visits to its web properties, Cars.com offers thousands of new and used vehicle listings, expert and consumer reviews, side-by-side comparison and build and price tools, photo galleries, videos, unbiased editorial content and many other resources. Cars.com puts millions of car buyers in control of their shopping process with the information they need to make stress-free buying decisions.

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Lineup Offers New Standard Features, Revised Steering and Suspension Tuning

Innovative Power Hands-Free Smart Liftgate with Auto Open Now Available on Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 22, 2014 – The award-winning Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport offer more standard comfort and convenience equipment for 2015, including refinements to the steering and suspension systems. The 2015 Santa Fe Sport starts at only $24,950, excluding $875 freight charge, and is arriving in dealerships now.

The electric power steering system in the 2015 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport now uses a 32-bit microprocessor that delivers a refined steering feel. The revised steering system retains Hyundai’s Driver Selectable Steering Mode, which features a retuned “Sport” setting that takes advantage of the updated microprocessor and offers firmer steering. Front wheel bushings have also been retuned for 2015, which also enhances steering feel.

Already known for delivering world-class ride and handling, suspension enhancements for the 2015 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport increase wheel bearing stiffness and lower control arm bushing stiffness, which increases the overall lateral stiffness of the front suspension. Revised rear suspension geometry and bushings increase lateral stiffness.

Hyundai Santa Fe continues to offer front- or all-wheel drive and seating options for five, six or seven passengers. The 2015 Santa Fe Sport is powered by an efficient 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine or the powerful, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. 2015 Santa Fe uses the acclaimed 3.3-liter Lambda II V-6. All Santa Fe engines use gasoline direct injection and Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT). A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all Santa Fe models.

New standard features for the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport include daytime running lights, a driver’s blind spot mirror and an auto up/down front passenger power window. Sparkling Silver and Platinum Graphite paint colors are new for 2015. Hyundai’s innovative new power Hands-Free Smart Liftgate with Auto Open is now available on Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport models, which makes it even easier for owners to gain access to the cargo area when their hands are full. The system makes it easy for the driver to keep both feet on the ground, simply waiting for the liftgate to open after standing within a few feet of the rear bumper with the key fob in a purse or pocket. This is also the first time Santa Fe Sport can be equipped with a power liftgate. Santa Fe Sport also receives a two-tone grille for 2015 that emphasizes its sportier personality.

Standard safety equipment on the 2015 Santa Fe includes Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control System, seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, four-wheel disc brakes and ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) with Downhill Brake Control (DBC) and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.

Hyundai Santa Fe Returns in 2014 with New Safety Technologies and Premium Comfort Features for the Whole Family

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Exterior

Available with three fuel efficient engines and five, six or seven passenger seating configurations, the family-friendly Santa Fe lineup adds even more value in 2014 with new safety technologies and premium features.

NEW FEATURES OF THE 2014 SANTA FE

Safety Features

  • Blind spot detection available on all trim levels
  • Rear parking assistance system available on Technology Packages

Premium Features

  • HID headlights and LED taillights available with Santa Fe Sport 2.0T and Santa Fe Limited Technology Packages
  • New 18-inch wheels standard on Santa Fe Sport 2.0T
  • Rear side window sunshades available on Santa Fe Sport Premium Package
  • Ventilated front seats available on Technology Packages
  • Integrated memory seats available on Technology Packages

For added convenience and security, the 2014 Santa Fe now offers Hyundai’s Blind Spot Detection system (BSD) and a rear parking assistance system. Using advanced sonar sensors, the BSD system continually monitors traffic around the Santa Fe and if another vehicle is detected within a set distance, audio and visual elements alert the driver. Blind Spot Detection is standard on all Premium Package vehicles, Santa Fe Sport 2.0T and Santa Fe Limited. In addition to the BSD, 2014 Santa Fe models equipped with the Technology package will have color keyed rear parking assistance sensors discreetly mounted in the rear bumper to enhance safety by sounding an audible alarm when an obstacle is detected in reverse. These new features enhance Santa Fe’s Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) highest honor as a Top Safety Pick. To improve form and function, HID Xenon headlights and LED taillights will be available on the 2014 Santa Fe models. Also by popular demand, Santa Fe Sports equipped with panoramic sunroofs are now equipped with roof rails. The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe lineup will be available at Hyundai dealerships in fall of 2013.

Engine Wheelbase Length Passenger Passenger Volume Total Interior Volume
Santa Fe Sport 2.4L
2.0L Turbo
106.3 184.6 5 108.0 cu. ft. 143.4 cu. ft.
Santa Fe 3.3L 110.2 193.1 6/7 146.6 cu. ft. 160.0 cu. ft.

NEW ADVANCED STANDARD SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES: PART OF HYUNDAI’S ASSURANCE COMMITMENT

All models have a standard Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system, which optimally manages Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and the Motor-Driven electric Power Steering (MDPS). VSM works to help control two effects. The first is when a driver accelerates or brakes on a split-mu (slippery on one side, dry on the other) surface and the vehicle wants to pull in one direction. VSM detects this condition and sends a signal to the MDPS to apply steering assist. VSM counters the pull and automatically provides counter-steering. VSM reacts the same way during sudden lane changes or fast cornering. Active Cornering AWD drive models integrate torque and brake vectoring.

All Santa Fe models feature seven airbags, including side curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag along with rollover sensors for the side curtain airbags. When the sensors detect a potential rollover, the control module triggers the head-curtain side airbags and safety belt pre-tensioners to help protect passengers against injury.

Santa Fe also features a state-of-the-art braking package. The package includes four-wheel disc brakes (12.6 inch front and 11.9 inch rear), an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) including Brake Assist providing maximum braking force when a panic stop is detected, and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) to automatically adjust the braking force to front and rear axles, based on vehicle loading conditions. Additionally, Santa Fe offers family-friendly passive safety features, including a Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system for children’s seats on the second row and three-point seatbelts for all seating positions.

NO LINES STANDING STILL

Hyundai designers crafted Santa Fe Sport and three-row Santa Fe together, with the signature differentiating element being the side view daylight opening (side window shape) — the larger Santa Fe features a shape that highlights the increased passenger and cargo room behind the third-row seat. Santa Fe also has its own bodyside character lines from the B-pillar back, grille design, 18-inch alloy wheels, chrome-tipped dual exhaust and a flush-mounted tow hitch design. Taking a page out of the larger Santa Fe’s playbook, the 2014 Santa Fe Sport 2.0T is now fitted with brand new standard 18-inch wheels. All Santa Fe models can also now be equipped with HID headlights and LED taillights for a striking appearance at night.

Both Santa Fe trims feature the same flowing interior look, designed for family functionality and comfort. From the available heated rear seats and eight-way power driver seat with four-way lumbar support, to a standard 40:20:40 split-folding rear seat back, both models boast flexibility and a pleasant cabin for all. Also for 2014, Santa Fe helps keep clothes neat and crisp on hot, humid days with the option of ventilated front seats. These seats work via fans in the seat cushion and seat back blowing a gentle stream of air through the miniature perforations in the leather. The driver’s seating position and exterior mirrors can also be set and saved using the integrated memory seat available for the 2014 model year. Standard on all Santa Fes equipped with cloth seats is a ‘YES Essentials’ seat fabric treatment that provides soil-resistant, anti-odor and anti-static properties for added longevity and livability. Special care and attention went into other interior details, such as an optional panoramic sunroof, which allows more natural light into the cabin and rear side window sunshades. Available on all Santa Fe models, is a push-button starter with proximity key, electroluminescent gauge cluster with color LCD trip computer and a heated steering wheel.

The three-row Santa Fe increases second-row legroom by 1.9 inches and cargo capacity by 5.5 cubic feet and features standard rear-passenger HVAC controls and vents to increase family comfort, while also offering a standard 50:50 split folding third-row bench seat with 31.5 inches of legroom. Second row captain’s chairs are also available on the three-row Santa Fe.

THETA II GDI 2.4-LITER ENGINE

The Theta II GDI 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with a Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) fuel delivery system contributes to improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions in Santa Fe Sport. This shorter, more direct path of fuel delivery, allows for greater control of the fuel mixture at the optimum moment, thus improving efficiency. The fuel is injected by a camshaft-driven, high pressure pump that operates at pressures up to 2,175 psi. Direct injection also utilizes a higher-than-normal 11.3 compression ratio for increased power. When compared to other naturally-aspirated engines, this power plant has best-in-class power-to-weight ratio. The high-tech, all-aluminum, 16-valve engine also features Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (DCVVT) and a Variable Induction System (VIS) for better engine breathing.

SANTA FE SPORT VERSUS ITS RIVALS

FWD Models 2014
Santa Fe Sport
2014
Venza
2014
Equinox
2014
Sorento
2014
Journey
CUV Segment Compact Compact Compact Compact Compact
Engine 2.4-liter GDI I4 2.7-liter I4 2.4-liter GDI I4 2.4-liter GDI I-4 2.4-liter I-4
Horsepower 190@6,300 181@5,800 182@6,700 191@6,300 173@6,000
Specific output (HP/Liter) 79 67 76 80 72
Torque 181@4,250 182@4,200 172@4,900 181@4,250 166@4,400
Auto Transmission 6-speed 6-speed 6-speed 6-speed 4-speed
EPA estimated fuel economy (city/hwy/comb.) 20/27/23 20/26/23 22/32/26 20/26/22 19/26/21
Curb weight (lbs.) 3,459 3,760 3,777 3,594 3,818
Power-to-weight ratio 18.2 20.8 20.8 18.8 22.1

2.0-LITER THETA II TURBOCHARGED ENGINE

The Santa Fe Sport 2.0T combines both GDI technology and a turbocharger. The 2.0-liter turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine in the 2014 Santa Fe Sport 2.0T produces 264 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque with regular grade fuel. Hyundai’s 2.0-liter Theta II turbocharged engine features a twin-scroll turbocharger that when combined with the GDI system, results in instantaneous power delivery. The Ford Edge, like the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T, uses a turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine. However, the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T has upped the ante with 24 more horsepower and, a better power-to-weight ratio.

SANTA FE SPORT 2.0T VERSUS ITS RIVALS

2014
Santa Fe Sport 2.0T
2014
Venza
2014
Equinox
2014
Journey
Engine 2.0-liter turbo GDI I4 3.5-liter V6 3.6-liter GDI V6 3.6-liter V6
Horsepower 264@6,000 268@6,200 301@6,500 283@6,350
Specific output (HP/Liter) 132 77 84 79
Torque 269@1,750-3,000 246@4,700 272@4,800 260@4,400
Transmission 6-speed 6-speed 6-speed 6-speed
EPA estimated fuel economy (city/hwy/comb.) 19/27/22 19/26/22 17/24/20 17/25/19
Curb weight (lbs.) 3,569 3,870 3,922 4,054
Power-to-weight ratio (lbs./hp) 13.5 14.4 13.0 14.3

HIGHLY ACCLAIMED LAMBDA 3.3-LITER GDI V6 ENGINE

The three-row Santa Fe is powered by the highly acclaimed 3.3-liter V6 engine, which is also found in the Hyundai Azera. This V6 engine will suit a shopper’s needs in terms of towing, drivability and fuel economy. The Santa Fe’s Lambda II 3.3-liter GDI also has a high-pressure direct injection system (over 2,200 psi), which dramatically increases power and torque, while reducing fuel consumption and emissions. This system eliminates the need for a larger displacement V6 engine and increases the compression ratio for greater thermal efficiency and output. Santa Fe’s V6 tow rating of up to 5,000 pounds is perfect for towing small boats or other weekend toys. The three-row Santa Fe’s powertrain was tuned in Ann Arbor, Michigan to satisfy American driving expectations.

2014
Santa Fe
2013 Highlander 2013
Pilot
2014
Pathfinder
V6 engine 3.3L GDI 3.5L MPI 3.5L MPI 3.5L MPI
Horsepower (@rpm) 290@6,400 270@6,200 250@5,700 260@6,400
Torque (lb-ft @rpm) 252@5,200 248@4,700 253@4,800 240@4,400
Specific Output (HP/Liter) 87.9 77.1 71.4 74.3
Base engine curb weight 3,933 4,045 4,306 4,185
Power-to-weight ratio (lbs./hp) 13.6 15.0 17.2 16.1
Towing capacity (lbs.) 5,000 5,000 2,000 5,000
Fuel economy (FWD) 18/25/21 18/24/20 18/25/21 20/26/22

SIX-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

All Santa Fe engines are mated to Hyundai’s six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® manual control. This transmission offers smooth shifts and a wide ratio spread that suits the engine’s characteristics. An automatic transmission warmer is included with the V6 engine to keep the transmission oil at its optimal temperature, which helps to improve real-world fuel economy. Additionally, all models have an Active ECO System that modifies engine and transmission control to smooth out throttle response and to help increase real-world fuel economy.

“VERSATILE CAPABILITY” WITH Torque Vectoring Cornering Control

Santa Fe customers will feel the benefits of the optional Active Cornering Control All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system, which cooperatively helps control torque and braking in conjunction with the Vehicle Stability Management System. This system can anticipate traction requirements and deliver additional stability through braking via continuous monitoring of driving conditions. Most other AWD systems can only react to conditions after they occur. The Dynamax AWD system supplied by Magna Powertrain accesses an intelligent control unit that continuously analyzes data from the vehicle controller and distributes torque to any single wheel through a multi-clutch plate. The coupling system is fully controllable via an electro-hydraulic actuation system. Braking force can also be sent to any single wheel via the software. These processes are known as torque vectoring and torque braking. All this analysis is completely transparent to the driver.

Drivers of the Santa Fe equipped with Active Cornering Control AWD will realize the following advantages:

  • Improved lateral stability while cornering
  • Reduced of unintended over- and under-steer, by reducing unwanted traction to the front and rear axle
  • High thermal capacity, which helps prevent overheating during hill climbs and trailer towing

In addition, greater efficiency is achieved through the intelligent control electronics that provide the torque needed for enhanced traction in a variety of driving situations. As a result, lower fuel consumption and reduced emissions are achieved. The electronic components are also optimally sized for minimal energy usage. This intelligent system allows for even more driver control.

All 2014 Santa Fe trims feature Hyundai’s Hillstart Assist Control (HAC) and Downhill Brake Control (DBC) to maximize control on steep hills. HAC minimizes rolling backwards on steep ascents, while DBC helps the driver maintain vehicle control and speed on steep downhill descents. By selecting the DBC switch, the Hydro-Electronic Control unit manages the wheel speed sensors, steering angle sensor and acceleration sensor to maintain control and speed on steep declines without having to use the brake.

FUN TO DRIVE CUV DRIVING DYNAMICS

For enhanced ride performance, all Santa Fe models employ a compact and light MacPherson strut front suspension and a fully independent multi-link rear suspension. The front suspension has a 26 mm hollow stabilizer bar to save weight. The rear suspension uses a 21 mm solid stabilizer bar in the front wheel drive model and a 19 mm solid stabilizer bar in the all-wheel drive Santa Fe.

Behind the wheel, drivers benefit from Hyundai’s Driver Selectable Steering Mode, with three operating modes — Comfort, Normal and Sport. This innovative system allows drivers to adapt the Santa Fe’s steering characteristics to varying driving preferences and road conditions. Comfort mode is ideal for city and parking environments, offering the greatest ease of steering with a decrease in steering effort from Normal mode. Normal mode is ideal for a mix of driving conditions. Meanwhile, Sport Mode is optimized for higher-speed freeways or winding roads and decreases power steering assist from Normal mode. The Driver Selectable Steering Mode not only adjusts power assistance levels in each mode, but also adjusts on-center build-up feel and steering build-up curves throughout the steering range, for a very natural and progressive feel. Steering dampening characteristics, active return and friction levels have also been optimized in Santa Fe.

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior

SANTA FE CABIN SPACE ADVANTAGE

The sleek design of the Santa Fe, combined with Hyundai’s expertise in interior engineering, delivers a great presence on the road, while improving functionality and convenience. The spacious cabin has more passenger and cargo volume along with more second and third row leg room than Toyota Highlander. Seating utility is also improved, due to a standard 40:20:40 split-folding rear seat back with available sliding function. This seat back is perfect for seating five passengers comfortably or accommodating four passengers, plus long items like skis, golf clubs, snowboards or surfboards. Fold down two seats to seat three people and hold larger packages or fold down all rear seats to maximize cargo space. The three-row Santa Fe also features an available power liftgate for added convenience.

Santa Fe includes a number of convenient, standard stowage and storage features, including an overhead console sunglass holder, two front and two rear seat cup holders, door bottle holders, enlarged central storage console, front storage bin, front seat-back pockets and generous under-floor cargo storage.

Available dual-zone automatic temperature controls ensure a comfortable environment for all occupants during long journeys. The dual-zone climate controls also incorporate an automatic defogging system, which detects humidity levels using a sensor and removes it from the windshield. Another premium feature is a CleanAir Ionizer that produces negatively charged ions to help purify the air when the heater or air conditioner is running.

OVERALL DIMENSIONS

The larger Santa Fe rides on a 110.2-inch wheelbase, which is 3.9 inches longer than the Santa Fe Sport’s wheelbase. Its overall length of 193.1 inches is 8.5 inches longer compared to Santa Fe Sport. The 74.2-inch width is slightly wider (0.2 inch) than Santa Fe Sport. The Santa Fe’s overall height is 66.5 inches, which is 0.4 inches higher than Santa Fe Sport.

DIMENSIONS
Exterior (inches) Santa Fe Sport Santa Fe
Estimated (5-pass.) (6/7-pass.)
Wheelbase 106.3″ 110.2″
Overall Length 184.6″ 193.1″
Overall Width (excludes mirrors) 74.0″ 74.2″
Overall Height with Roof Rack 66.1″ 66.5″

Ultimately, the long wheelbase allows for maximum comfort. An example of this is found in the second row seat track, delivering more second-row legroom. The three-row Santa Fe’s cargo volume is 40.9 cubic feet behind the second row seats and 13.5 cubic feet behind the third row seats.

IMPROVED RIGIDITY AND ULTRA-HIGH STRENGTH TENSILE STEEL

The Santa Fe architecture incorporates a design that not only improves torsional rigidity, it also incorporates an increase in the use of ultra high-strength-tensile steel to improve collision energy management. High-strength steel reduces weight and also allows the suspension to work optimally. Ultra-high strength tensile sheet metal has also been applied to the outer door panels for the first time in the company’s history.

Hot stamping and roll-forming methods have also been applied to impact members, which provide added strength, reduce the number of body parts and make the architecture lighter. The amount of structural adhesives has also been increased significantly for improved body rigidity, crashworthiness and durability.

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultra-High Strength Steel

WORLD-CLASS WEIGHT EFFICIENCY

World-class weight efficiency is an essential part of all Hyundai models and the Santa Fe hits its target. The curb weight for a FWD three-row Santa Fe is 3,933 pounds with AWD models weighing 4,085 pounds. Santa Fe provides outstanding fuel economy and is over 100 pounds lighter than Highlander and over 200 pounds lighter than Pathfinder. This priority on weight efficiency allows the three-row Santa Fe to deliver carlike handling, outstanding acceleration and fuel efficiency.

THIRD-GENERATION NAVIGATION AND AUDIO TECHNOLOGY

All Santa Fe models offer an optional multifunction eight-inch touch-screen display with navigation. This third-generation display features a simpler user interface, enhanced voice recognition commands and improved navigation screens. The system is more intuitive for commonly used tasks. Simple pop-up messages now appear to help pair a cell phone and the voice recognition software understands street addresses and cities all in one sentence. The route screens display speed limits and details the next three maneuvers — one or two button pushes now complete most functions.

HD Radio technology is also integrated into all Santa Fe equipped with color audio displays. An HD Radio icon on the display appears next to the channel frequency to notify the user when a station is broadcasting in HD.

All models are available with four audio systems. Standard is an AM/FM/Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with six-speakers and iPod®/USB/auxiliary input jacks. The upgraded audio system boasts a 4.3-inch full color LCD screen with HD Radio and rear view camera. The third system consists of the Gen 3.0 Navigation unit with Dimension audio with 10 speakers. Finally, the premium navigation system includes an Infinity® 550-watt, Logic 7® surround sound audio system with 12 speakers, including an available eight-inch subwoofer and external amplifier. A SiriusXM Satellite Radio interface is integrated into each head unit and features channel logos and Data services, such as NavWeather®, Stock Ticker and Sports Ticker. A Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition, address book download and audio streaming is also standard. Both navigation systems integrate rear-view camera output. Blue Link™ turn-by-turn navigation is standard on all Santa Fe models (complimentary trial period).

HYUNDAI ASSURANCE CONNECTED CARE POWERED BY BLUE LINK®

Hyundai’s industry-leading telematics services program, Assurance Connected Care, is standard on all 2014 Santa Fe crossovers equipped with Blue Link, for three years. This innovative ownership program provides Hyundai owners with proactive safety and Car Care services via the Hyundai Blue Link telematics system. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle Car Care maintenance scheduling.

Hyundai also recently introduced an all-new mobile app for the Blue Link telematics platform. The mobile app allows subscribers to remotely access various optional Blue Link features and services through compatible mobile devices. Completely redesigned from the ground up, the app has been significantly enhanced from the previous version and boasts a new user experience, faster navigation and innovative new features. Google Android and Apple iOS users can download the app today from Google Play or Apple iTunes, respectively.

Blue Link is an innovative telematics solution that brings seamless connectivity for safety, service and infotainment capabilities and is offered in three packages: Assurance, Essentials and Guidance.

BLUE LINK® PACKAGES

Blue Link Assurance package:

Safety:

  • Automatic Collision Notification (ACN) and Assistance
  • SOS Emergency Assistance
  • Enhanced Roadside Assistance

Car Care:

  • Maintenance Alert
  • Automated Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification
  • Recall Advisor
  • Monthly Vehicle Health Report and Web Vehicle Diagnostics
  • Service Link

Blue Link Essentials package:

Remote Access:

  • Remote Door Lock/Unlock
  • Remote Horn and Lights
  • Remote Vehicle Start
  • Car Finder

Vehicle Safeguard:

  • Stolen Vehicle Recovery
  • Stolen Vehicle Slowdown
  • Vehicle Immobilization
  • Alarm Notification
  • Panic Notification
  • Valet Alert
  • Geo-Fence
  • Speed Alert
  • Curfew Alert

Blue Link Guidance package:

  • TBT (Turn-by-turn) Navigation Service
  • POI Search by advanced voice recognition system and by Web and download
  • Daily Route Guidance with Traffic Condition
  • Traffic
  • Gas Station Locations and Gas Prices
  • Eco-Coach
  • Restaurant Ratings
  • Weather

More details on Hyundai Blue Link are available at www.HyundaiBlueLink.com.

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Assurance includes Assurance Connected Care that provides Hyundai owners with proactive safety and car care services made possible by the Hyundai Blue Link telematics platform, complimentary for three years. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.