I looked at the Honda CRV, Toyota RAV, Nissan Rogue, Maza 's 3 & 5 and the large Santa fe. I you want a sharp looking crossover with a comfortable quiet ride and a very nice looking interior you want this car. There is no comparison to the crossovers mentioned above. I loved all the cameras on the CRV but the interior looked cheap and the seats are short and uncomfortable. The Rav's interior was a little nicer but the ride was very loud. I purchased the Sport turbo unlimited and absolutely love it. It has the ride and comfort of a 40k + crossover. My sticker price was 37K but prchased for 31k. The only thing it lacks is a front warning system. The hood curves down and it's hard to judge how close you are. I'm getting 32 mpg on the highway without the eco feature.
This vehicle has more bells and whistles than your average SUV. It is extremely comfortable and FUN to drive. I LOVE the way it handles, the comfortable seats, the sound system, the warning lights and sounds for blind spot detection has saved my butt more that once! The lumber support that I can position to the right place for my back, the heated and cooled seats, auto dimming rear view mirror, oh my gosh and sooooo much more! Buy this car! You won't be disappointed! And omg it gets excellent gas mileage! Truly best car I have ever owned! UPDATE: I?ve owned this car now for 2.5 years. Still tops my list! Never failed me! Tows like a champ, cargo space is more than it looks. Gosh I love this car!!! ??
2.0T 4dr SUV AWD w/Saddle Interior (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
This is the Ultimate edition and has more comfort, safety, and performance features than almost anything else on the road. Consider a few: backup camera with warning alarm if objects close, lane change/blind spot radar alert, heated and cooled front seats rear seats heated, lift gate automatically operates when approached, gauges include individual tire pressure indicators, voice activated navigation and blue tooth applications, very user friendly touch screen, peppy turbo and economy options, sport adjustable steering options, huge full car length sunroof, etc., etc. All add up to a safe, comfortable and enjoyable transportation unit both across town or across country
I bought the Santa Fe Sport for its styling & dealer sales price. Its not any safer, more comfortable or technologically advanced than the other brands. "ECO" button is useless - maybe one more MPG & gives sluggish performance. 2.4L engine performance is non-existant in hilly terrain or mountains - transmission shifts constantly & buzzes the motor to 4/5k rpm. Gets barely 25 MPG at ideal driving conditions with cruise control & no A/C Our 8400 mile MPG average is 22/23 MPG with city & highway driving, using 87/88 octane gas. Premium gives no better mileage or performance. "Sport" driving mode is too harsh, accelerates wear on engine & transmission. "Comfort" setting to soft - bump-steer increases & engine response greatly reduced - almost unsafe. I'm 5'11' and rear view mirror can't be adjusted fully with drivers seat at highest position which is where my wife likes the seat. 4WD mechanism adds to cars sluggish performance. Parking brake is useless on slight incline - like most cars. Easiest car to change oil & filters, that I've ever owned. Holds the road well at highway speeds & the brakes are adequate. 17" tires will give better than average wear. Seats are comfortable and 4 average-size (< 5'10") adults fit with ample room. We have two granddaughters with rear car-seats and they fit very well, also. This car needs a bigger motor with a heavier bottom-end - not a turbo charger.
The Santa Fe Sport 2.0T surprised me with its high-quality interior and ample cargo space. Driving position offers reasonably good visibility, and the blind-spot warning tech is a welcome addition for highway lane-changes. Performance is not exactly spectacular, but once you get a feel of the engine and its responsiveness, the acceleration can be worked out. The SUV is a bit on the thirstier side, but it more than makes up for it with an abundance of useful features - for instance, the BlueLink can be leveraged for roadside assistance and mileage reporting for service appointments. Options include navigation and a moonroof (neither of which I chose since I trust my phone and the bluetooth connectivity is quick and easy to set up). Second row seating seats 2 adults comfortably, 3 with a bit of a squeeze. The engine is relatively smooth and while not trying to expect it to be an Formula 1 powerplant, should have been a tad more ferocious. Transmission is slick and with an optional stick shift. The rear cargo space (whose door can be opened without the need to stretch your leg, as long as you have the key in person) can easily house a folded bicycle/about 7-8 medium sized packing boxes/2-3 full-sized suitcases.
Ultimate Package ($4,350 -- includes 19-by-7.5-inch alloy wheels with P235/55R19 tires, HID headlights, LED tailights, rear parking assistance system, navigation system with 8-inch touchscreen display, Infinity 12-speaker Logic 7 surround-sound audio system with 550-watts, panoramic sunroof, heated steering wheel, driver's integrated memory seat, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, premium door sill plates); Carpeted Floor Mats ($125)
Turbocharged, direct-injected, inline-4, gasoline
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
264 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
269 @ 1,750
SIx-speed automatic with console shifter
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
More and more turbocharged cars exhibit near-instant power these days, unlike the turbo-lag days of old. This Santa Fe Sport isn't one of those cars. Floor the throttle from a stop and there is a definite "wait for it" moment. Or two. Once it gets going there is a nice surge of power, and the engine is smooth all the way to its 6,000-rpm full-throttle shift point. Upshifts are slow, though nice and smooth. Of note, this car absolutely HATES it when we use the power-braking method (overlapping throttle and brake at the line to bring the revs up prior to launch). Doing so causes even more hesitation off the line, and it remains slower all the way down the drag strip, with the trap speed down by 7 mph. Manual shifting is via the console lever (pull back for downshifts). It does not blip the throttle on downshifts and does not hold gears to a rev limiter; it automatically upshifts between 5,500 and 6,000 rpm.
Medium-firm pedal with a normal amount of travel. Quite a bit of ABS noise and commotion. Nosedive is noticeable and the Santa Fe Sport exhibited some side-to-side squirm toward the end of each stop. Significant brake odor from the first stop, and by the end the brakes were smoking badly. Pedal travel lengthened by the end, too, meaning we got some pedal fade. The first stop was the shortest at 127 feet. The second stop was a bit anomalous, at 137 feet, with the fifth and final stop at 130 feet.
In the slalom test the steering was precise and responsive; however, it could still provide more information through the wheel to the driver. Body roll is evident but well managed, so we'd classify the way it transitions back and forth as just shy of sporty. Just as the tires begin to howl and lose traction, the electronic stability control system (ESC) abruptly grabs the brakes in an attempt to redirect the vehicle. It's not as seamless as many other ESC systems and most people will notice its intrusion. On the skid pad, the ESC is similarly evident, first with its brake applications and then by taking the throttle away to slow the vehicle's progress around the circle. Overall, this was a competent performance, but not a standout in any way.