Based on the Base Auto FWD 5-passenger 4-dr 4dr SUV with typically equipped options.
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2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Expert Rundown Review
Are you shopping for a versatile crossover SUV on a budget? The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport might be worth checking out. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.
JOSH SADLIER This is Edmunds editor, Josh Sadlier, and here's an expert rundown of the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. The Santa Fe Sport often gets overlooked when people are talking about the Honda CRV, Toyota RAV4, but we don't think that's fair. There's a lot going for the Santa Fe Sport. Starts with the optional turbocharged engine under the hood. By the numbers, acceleration isn't overwhelming, but there's certainly more torque at low engine speeds than you get in naturally aspirated rivals. On the downside, fuel economy isn't that great, even with the base engine, and the turbo engine doesn't do better, so that's a pill you're going to have to swallow if you go with the Santa Fe Sport. But as you can see, the Santa Fe Sports got plenty of style. It certainly stands out from the pack in this relatively conservative segment. It might even be worth considering alongside mid-size competitors like the Ford Edge. Step inside the Santa Fe Sport, and you'll find a pretty roomy back seat, at least compared to other compact crossovers. Decent legroom, plenty of headroom, nothing to complain about back here. Up front, the control layout's starting to look a little dated-- the Santa Fe Sport isn't the newest vehicle in this class-- but everything's pretty straightforward, and that touchscreen is really easy to use. One note of caution, though, about the base trim level. It's not that well-equipped, so, particularly because Hyundai's known for value, we'd advise stepping up to one of the middle trim levels. The bottom line with the Santa Fe Sport is that it's a stylish alternative to the status quo. Optional turbo engine adds a little spice. It's worth a test drive. For more Edmunds expert rundowns, click the link to subscribe.
Updated this year, the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport remains an enticing choice for consumers shopping for a small crossover SUV. The attractively styled, five-passenger Sport offers a wide range of comfort, convenience and safety features. And like its larger three-row sibling, the Santa Fe, it comes with a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Exterior changes for 2017 include a sportier front end with a redesigned grille and headlights, and in back you'll find new taillights and dual exhaust tips. Inside, a larger 5-inch infotainment display is now standard, and a 7-inch screen with Android Auto smartphone app integration is available. The 2017 Santa Fe Sport also features new options for advanced driver safety aids, including forward collision warning with emergency automatic braking.
Power for the base Sport comes from a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. Although performance with that powerplant is on par with much of the competition, drivers looking for more lively acceleration might want to consider the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that comes on the higher trim levels. It puts out 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque.
Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available. Fuel economy is underwhelming, though. A front-wheel-drive Santa Fe Sport with the base 2.4-liter engine gets 24 mpg combined (21 city/27 highway), which is off the pace set by many rivals crossovers. Choosing all-wheel drive and the turbocharged engine drops the rating to 22 mpg combined (19 city/26 highway).
On the road, Hyundai's compact crossover is enjoyable to drive, though its suspension is tuned a bit more firmly than the norm, and that results in above-average jostling over rough pavement or washboard dirt roads. The Santa Fe Sport's interior is surprisingly roomy, though. Fit and finish is excellent, and high-quality materials, combined with comfortable front seats and an extra-roomy second row, add to the impression of a more expensive vehicle.
The base Santa Fe Sport come fairly well equipped right out of the box, but the more fully outfitted Sport 2.0T adds the turbocharged engine and considerably more comfort and convenience items, and the top-of-the-line Sport 2.0T Ultimate piles on a host of luxury and tech features. Key premium features you might want include heated leather seats, a 360-degree camera system, a premium 12-speaker sound system and a hands-free liftgate. Whatever your preference, though, let Edmunds help you find just the right 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport to meet your needs.
With the ever-increasing market for crossover SUVs, manufacturers have pumped up their lineups with a variety of sizes. Now, in addition to compact, midsize and full-size models, there are 'tweeners like the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. Baby brother to the larger seven-passenger Santa Fe (which is covered in a separate review), the five-passenger Santa Fe Sport essentially fills the gap between the truly compact Tucson and the midsize Santa Fe.
Despite competing in a crowded segment, the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport makes a strong showing. Under the sharp-looking sheet metal is a roomy, quiet cabin stocked with a generous amount of standard features. Cargo capacity is ample, while one can opt for a turbocharged engine to add an extra kick to this crossover's already commendable driving dynamics. Topping it all off is Hyundai's generous warranty coverage.
Current Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
The Santa Fe Sport is a five-passenger compact crossover SUV. The larger Santa Fe, with which it shares part of its name and general cabin design, is covered in a separate review. There are two trim levels: base and 2.0 Turbo (2.0T).
Base trim highlights include 17-inch wheels, air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system and an audio system with iPod integration. The Sport 2.0T features a turbocharged engine, 18-inch wheels, keyless ignition and entry, a rearview camera, power and heated front seats, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control and a blind-spot monitoring system. Other than the wheels and engine, those items are optional on the base model. Additional options include xenon headlights, rear parking sensors, a panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a navigation system and upgraded audio systems.
The base Hyundai Santa Fe Sport comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine making 190 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. The only available transmission is a six-speed automatic. The Santa Fe Sport 2.0T has a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that increases output to 264 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque.
In reviews, we've found the Santa Fe Sport to be a comfortable road trip ally. The cabin is furnished with quality materials, user-friendly controls and comfortable seats front and rear. On the road, this Hyundai provides a compliant, quiet ride around town and on highways along with a light, sporty demeanor on curvy mountain roads. Minor gripes include a tendency for the car to wander slightly on the highway (necessitating frequent small corrections by the driver) and limited rearward visibility that makes the available rearview camera a must. Performance from the base engine is adequate, while the turbocharged mill's added punch gets this crossover up to speed with authority. Fuel economy isn't quite as thrifty as most rivals, however.
Used Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Models
Introduced for 2013, the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has remained essentially unchanged apart from minor equipment additions.