Used 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUV

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
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2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Pros

  • Spacious and stylish interior
  • perfect crash test scores
  • lots of features for the money
  • lengthy warranty.

Cons

  • Subpar fuel economy
  • poor rearward visibility
  • 2.0T's lackluster acceleration.

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Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2015 2.0T 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
29,360 miles
Used 2015
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
2.0T
(6)
Ourisman Chantilly Toyota
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Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2015 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
55,254 miles
Used 2015
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
Base
(1)
Ourisman Fairfax Toyota
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Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2015 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
55,001 miles
Certified Used 2015
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
Base
(3)
Fitzgeralds Gaithersburg Hyundai
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Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2015 2.0T 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
60,907 miles
Used 2015
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
2.0T
Bomnin Chevrolet Manassas
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Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2015 2.0T 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
24,950 miles
Used 2015
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
2.0T
DARCARS Volvo Cars
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Contact DARCARS Volvo Cars of Rockville today for information on dozens of vehicles like this 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport . This 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport comes with a CARFAX Buyback Guarantee, which means you can buy with certainty. Treat yourself to an SUV that surrounds you with all the comfort and conveniences of a luxury sedan. Navigate through all the icky weather with ease in this AWD-equipped Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, and even get non-stop traction for your non-stop lifestyle! In addition to the amazing traction control, you may even qualify for an insurance reduction with this AWD vehicle. This 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has such low mileage it has been parked more than driven. Intricately stitched leather and ergonomic design seats are among the details in which test drivers say that Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is in a league of its own This pre-owned Hyundai Santa Fe Sport looks like new with a clean interior that's been well-kept. Get more for your money with this well appointed vehicle, including a factory warranty. More information about the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport: Starting at $24,950 the Santa Fe Sport competes with other small SUVs such as the Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4. Meanwhile, the long-wheelbase Santa Fe is more competitive with mid-sized SUVs such as the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot and Nissan Pathfinder, and with its standard 290-horsepower V6, it offers more power than all of them. The Santa Fe Sport on the other hand features a standard 6-speed automatic, and at 71.5 cubic feet of rear cargo space, it bests competition such as the Toyota Venza and Ford Edge. With strong styling and a long list of available features, the Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport are appealing options. Strengths of this model include Spacious, powerful, fuel efficient, great warranty, 2-or 3-row seating, and available all-wheel-drive
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2015 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
50,575 miles
Certified Used 2015
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
Base
(33)
Brown's Manassas Hyundai
18.5 mi away
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Clean Carfax! Certified Pre-Owned and backed by Hyundai's 10 Year/100,000 Mile Powertrain Warranty. Nicely equipped Santa Fe Sport with the Popular Equipment Package which includes: Power Drivers Seat, Heated Seats, Automatic Headlights, Fog Lamps, Hyundai BlueLink, Bluetooth, and much more! Don't miss out on a great condition Santa Fe at an excellent price, stop in today!!
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2015 2.0T 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
33,072 miles
Used 2015
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
2.0T
Mr. Car of Manassas
18.6 mi away
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Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2015 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
61,122 miles
Used 2015
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
Base
Motor World
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Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2015 2.0T 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
27,162 miles
Certified Used 2015
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
2.0T
Alexandria Hyundai
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Certified. 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0L Turbo Platinum Graphite Hyundai Certified, Carfax Accident Free, 10yr100,000 mile Limited Powertrain Warranty, One Owner, Navigation, Sunroof, Bluetooth, Back Up Camera, Complimentary Loaner with Hyundai Certified, 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport in Platinum Graphite, Santa Fe Sport 2.0L Turbo, 4D Sport Utility, 2.0L I4 DGI DOHC 16V Turbocharged, AWD, Blind Spot Sensor, Driver's Integrated Memory Seat, Exterior Parking Camera Rear, Heated front seats, Heated Rear Seats, Heated Steering Wheel, High-Intenstity Discharge Headlights, Leather Seating Surface, LED Taillights, Navigation System, Option Group 05, Panoramic Glass One-Touch Open Sunroof, Power Liftgate, Power passenger seat, Premium Door Sill Plates, Radio: Navigation System wINFINITI Logic 7, Rear Parking Assistance System, Sun blinds, Ultimate Package 05, Ventilated Front Seats, Wheels: 19 x 7.5 Alloy. CARFAX One-Owner. Odometer is 6552 miles below market average!Hyundai Certified Pre-Owned Details: * Vehicle History * Warranty Deductible: $50 * Transferable Warranty * 150+ Point Inspection * Limited Warranty: 60 Month60,000 Mile (whichever comes first) from original in-service date * Roadside Assistance * Powertrain Limited Warranty: 120 Month100,000 Mile (whichever comes first) from original in-service date * Includes 10-yearUnlimited mileage Roadside Assistance with Rental Car and Trip Interruption Reimbursement; Please see dealers for specific vehicle eligibility requirementsClean CARFAX.
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2015 2.0T 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
29,794 miles
Used 2015
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
2.0T
(4)
DARCARS Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Silver Spring
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Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2015 2.0T 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
42,054 miles
Used 2015
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
2.0T
CarMax
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Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2015 2.0T 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
20,848 miles
Used 2015
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
2.0T
(16)
Koons of Woodbridge
30.9 mi away
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Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2015 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
51,135 miles
Used 2015
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
Base
(3)
Sheehy Ford Marlow Heights
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Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2015 2.0T 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
24,714 miles
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2.0T
(2)
Tischer Nissan
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Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2015 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
22,579 miles
Used 2015
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
Base
(51)
National Motors of Waldorf
41.8 mi away
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Priced below KBB Fair Purchase Price! CARFAX One-Owner.This 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L will not make it to the weekend!! Please call now to reserve your test drive appointment!! (240) 585-7300. Odometer is 16103 miles below market average!19/25mpg Prices subject to change without notice and do not include Title, License, Registration Fees, State or Local Taxes or Processing Fees, if any. Please contact seller first for vehicle availability
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2015 2.0T 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
35,003 miles
Used 2015
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
2.0T
(3)
Antwerpen Hyundai
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Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2015 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
34,790 miles
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Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2015 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
34,238 miles
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Massey Hyundai
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With its generous equipment roster, top safety ratings and lengthy warranty, the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is a strong competitor among affordable crossover SUVs.

vehicle overview

If you spend time researching the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport you'll likely find that there's a lot to like about this small crossover SUV. Although the Santa Fe Sport is the smaller sibling of the seven-passenger Hyundai Santa Fe, it still has enough room to accommodate adult passengers in comfort, and its crash test scores are top-notch. Hyundai doesn't make it the cheap-o version either, as the Sport comes pretty well equipped and can even be optioned with features you'd normally expect on a luxury sedan.

Most of the Sport's drawbacks relate to its engines. The standard four-cylinder engine with all-wheel drive rates 21 mpg in combined driving, according to the EPA. These days, fuel economy in the high 20s is par for the course among competing models, whereas the Santa Fe Sport's numbers are more in line with those of larger crossovers. It's a surprising drawback in an otherwise very well-executed vehicle. And while the Sport offers a more powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine, in our testing it didn't accelerate as quickly as we'd expect.

Shoppers have no shortage of appealing choices in this class. The 2015 Ford Escape and 2015 Mazda CX-5 stand out for their responsive handling, upscale interiors and advanced technology options. Then there's the top-selling 2015 Honda CR-V, which boasts numerous improvements this year, and the well-rounded 2015 Toyota RAV4. Notably, all of these models give you better fuel economy. But the Santa Fe Sport has enough going for it otherwise to make it a very respectable pick.

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport configurations

The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is available in two trim levels: base and 2.0T.

Standard features for the base model include 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, a driver's blind-spot mirror, LED headlight accents, tinted rear windows, heated side mirrors, cruise control, a trip computer, air-conditioning a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 40/20/40-split-folding rear seatbacks, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a six-speaker audio system with a CD player, satellite radio, USB/iPod integration and an auxiliary audio input.

Optional is the Popular Equipment package, which adds automatic headlights, foglights, roof rack side rails, a windshield wiper de-icer, heated front seats, a 4.3-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system and an eight-way power driver seat (with four-way power lumbar support).

The Premium package requires the Popular Equipment package and includes keyless entry and ignition, leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a four-way power front passenger seat, sliding 60/40-split rear seats (with remote folding latches in the cargo area), dual-zone automatic climate control, upgraded gauges, a color trip computer, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, manual rear window sunshades and a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert and lane-change assist.

The Technology package requires the Premium package and adds rear parking sensors, a panoramic sunroof, a hands-free power liftgate, metal door sill plates, a heated steering wheel, driver memory settings, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, an 8-inch touchscreen, a navigation system and a 10-speaker Dimension audio system.

The 2.0T trim level comes with most of the contents of the Popular Equipment and Premium Equipment packages, along with a more powerful turbocharged engine, 18-inch wheels and the hands-free power liftgate. Optional on 2.0T models is the Ultimate package, which includes most of the contents of the Technology package and adds 19-inch wheels, xenon headlights, LED taillights and a 12-speaker Infinity surround-sound audio system.

2015 Highlights

For 2015, the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport adds a few standard features, including daytime running lights, a two-tone grille and a driver's blind spot mirror. A hands-free power liftgate is now available as an option. Finally, the steering system has been revised for a more precise feel.

Performance & mpg

Powering the base 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 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 EPA's estimated fuel economy for the 2.4 is 23 mpg combined (20 city/27 highway) with front-wheel drive and 21 mpg combined (19 city/25 highway) with all-wheel drive. These are below-average results for the small crossover SUV segment.

The Santa Fe Sport 2.0T upgrades to a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 264 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy drops only slightly to 22 mpg combined (19 city/27 highway) with front-wheel drive and 21 mpg combined (18 city/24 highway) with all-wheel drive. Note that the front-wheel-drive 2.0T Ultimate gets a 26 mpg highway rating with its unique 19-inch wheels, though the all-wheel-drive 2.0T Ultimate is unaffected.

In Edmunds performance testing, an all-wheel-drive Santa Fe Sport 2.0T accelerated from a standstill to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds, which is slower than average for a small crossover with an upgraded engine.

Safety

Standard safety features for the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, a driver knee airbag, active front head restraints, a hill-holder feature and hill-descent control.

A rearview camera and a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert are optional on the base model and standard on the 2.0T. The blind-spot monitor includes a supplemental system called lane-change assist, which measures the closing speed of the car in the adjacent lane and warns you if it's too high.

Also optional on the base trim and standard on the 2.0T is Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system, which offers roadside assistance, crash response, remote door lock control and electronic parameters for parents with teenage drivers (including speed, geo-fencing and curfew limits).

In government crash testing, the Santa Fe Sport earned a perfect five-star rating overall, with five stars for total frontal-impact safety and five stars for total side-impact safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Santa Fe Sport its top score of "Good" in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength crash tests. The Santa Fe Sport's seat/head restraint design was also rated "Good" for whiplash protection in rear impacts.

In Edmunds brake testing, a Santa Fe Sport 2.0T AWD came to a stop from 60 mph in 127 feet, which is slightly longer than average.

Driving

All across the driving spectrum, the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has the potential to impress. Used as a leisurely commuter and kid shuttle, it offers a compliant ride and a quiet cabin, even at highway speeds. On winding roads, the Santa Fe Sport feels fairly confident for this class of vehicle, aided by retuned steering for 2015. Rearward visibility, however, is poor due to the thick rear roof pillars and small rear side windows. As such, the available rearview camera is a must-have.

Despite the 2.0T's unimpressive 8.1-second sprint to 60 mph, it's a gratifying engine in the real world, with a smooth yet assertive power delivery that's reminiscent of a V6. Gearchanges from the automatic transmission can be a bit tardy, but the shifts are so smooth that most drivers likely won't mind. The base 2.4-liter four is a respectable engine in its own right, providing comparable performance to the CR-V and RAV4. Given the 2.4's insignificant fuel economy advantage over the 2.0T, however, we recommend upgrading if your budget permits.

Interior

The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has one of the nicer cabins you'll find in an affordable crossover. Highlights include above-average materials quality, a sleek dashboard and an overall sense of spaciousness. Switchgear is well-organized and legible, while the touchscreen menus and functions are as intuitive as it gets. The front seats are pretty comfortable for longer drives, with enough space to accommodate drivers of all sizes. Second-row passengers will also find the quarters to their liking, aided by reclining seatbacks and plenty of head- and legroom.

Many crossover shoppers pay close attention to cargo capacity, and the Santa Fe Sport boasts a healthy 35.4 cubic feet of it behind the rear seats. Those seatbacks fold flat to open up 71.5 cubes, which is right up there with class leaders like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.


Consumer reviews

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Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

The best crossover in ont class
Adrian,11/19/2015
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.
Absolutely the BEST car I have ever owned!
Charlene Sands,09/22/2016
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!!! ❤️
Ultimate affordable vehicle
Ed Sears,10/22/2016
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
Ultimate affordable vehicle
Ed Sears,10/22/2016
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
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Features & Specs

MPG
20 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
190 hp @ 6300 rpm
MPG
19 city / 25 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
190 hp @ 6300 rpm
MPG
19 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
264 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
18 city / 24 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
264 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover15.1%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Marginal
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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Quick Summary
The 2015 Santa Fe Sport is a five-passenger crossover that straddles the line between compact and midsize. As with most Hyundai models, the Santa Fe Sport is known for packing loads of standard features into a spacious, nicely styled interior for a reasonable price. Hyundai also boasts the best drivetrain warranty in the business. While the Santa Fe Sport might not be as truly sporty to drive as its name suggests, it's a fine alternative to rivals like the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V.

What Is It?
The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is the five-seat version of Hyundai's larger three-row crossover called the Santa Fe. Slightly smaller dimensions mean that the Santa Fe Sport competes mainly with other compact vehicles like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. Even though it has a higher stance than a sedan, and is technically referred to as a sport-utility vehicle, the Santa Fe Sport isn't designed to tackle anything more serious than an average dirt road. Front-wheel drive comes standard, with all-wheel drive available optionally.

For 2015, Hyundai made a few small changes to the Santa Fe Sport that include refinements to its steering and suspension systems in an effort to enhance feel and increase lateral stiffness, respectively. New standard features include daytime running lights and an auto up/down front passenger power window. Also available for the first time on the Santa Fe Sport is Hyundai's hands-free automatic liftgate.

The Santa Fe Sport measures 184.6 inches overall and rides on a 106.3-inch wheelbase. While that makes it 8.5 inches shorter than the three-row Santa Fe, the Sport model is around 4-6 inches longer than the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4. In this case size really does matter, as the Santa Fe Sport's 143.4 cubic feet of interior volume is several cubic feet more than what its rivals offer.

Two engines are available in the Santa Fe Sport. The base version has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder rated at 190 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque, while the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (tested here) is rated at 264 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. Both engines come mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and both are available with all-wheel drive.

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T

What Body Styles and Trim Levels Does It Come in?
The base model with front-wheel drive and the 2.4-liter four-cylinder starts at $25,845, with the all-wheel-drive version beginning at $27,595. Standard items include alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth and a six-speaker audio system with USB and aux-in ports.

Pricing for the 2.0T begins at $32,145. All-wheel drive tacks on another $1,750. Extra standard features here include the hands-free/auto-opening liftgate (the liftgate automatically opens if you stand behind the vehicle with the key fob in your pocket for about 3 seconds), a rearview camera, leather, power/heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, rear side-window sunshades, plus rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring.

Our front-wheel-drive 2.0T test vehicle was equipped with the Ultimate package ($4,350), which includes HID headlights, LED taillights, a navigation system with an 8.0-inch touchscreen, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, rear parking sensors and a 12-speaker, 550-watt Infinity audio system. Carpeted floor mats tacked on a further $125 for an as-tested price of $36,600.

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T

How Does It Drive?
The Santa Fe Sport has a very easy-going character. The gas pedal has a supple delivery, the steering is light and the brakes aren't the least bit touchy. While in general we enjoy the plentiful power of the 2.0T engine, it can feel hesitant when initially leaving a stoplight thanks to a bit of lag from the turbocharger. Once it gets going, though, it has great midrange punch that makes merging with fast-moving highway traffic easy.

At our test track the Santa Fe Sport hit 60 mph in 7.5 seconds, which is about midpack for small SUVs with upgraded engines. The six-speed automatic shifts smoothly but can actually be overly responsive at times, downshifting more than we'd like when adding just a bit of extra throttle at speeds around 45-60 mph. At the same time, it did a nice job holding 6th gear up a long, 70-mph grade.

While we weren't thrilled with the feel and feedback of the Santa Fe Sport's electric-assist steering in the past, the changes for 2015 are noticeable. The steering effort is driver-adjustable but we found Normal mode the most natural. It gives a light effort at low speeds for parking lot duty, yet firms up nicely at higher speeds or when you point it through a corner. Through those corners the Santa Fe Sport showed good poise and a responsive chassis.

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T

While Hyundai improved the Santa Fe Sport's handling maneuvers, the ride quality is on the harsh side for the class. It's best described as unrefined, particularly any time you hit serious bumps, which in turn transmit those big hits directly to the cabin and its occupants. On most roads it won't beat you up, but the Honda CR-V is more comfortable in this respect.

Another sore point for the Santa Fe Sport is its poor rearward visibility, though this is a common issue in the segment. The body sweeps dramatically upward at the rear toward thick pillars, causing big blind spots. The rear window is thankfully wide, though not overly tall. Helping with these issues are the standard rearview camera and blind-spot detection. The view toward the front is considerably better, with slim windshield pillars and tall side windows.

On the plus side, this is a quiet vehicle. Yes, you can always hear the four-cylinder engine to some degree, but it's nice and smooth and even at full-throttle it doesn't get unruly in the least. The tires are near-silent and there's almost no wind noise to speak of.

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T

What's the Interior Like?
The interior shows plenty of style, with interesting textures and shapes, in particular the angled center dash vents. But between the fake wood trim and two-tone dash, our test car had maybe too much "style" going on. Buttons and knobs are well labeled, fairly large and offer decent feel, if not quite as much heft-in-action as some rivals. The window switches have a cool design but edges can feel sharp on your fingers. The optional 8-inch center touchscreen (a 4.3-inch version comes standard) has large icons and is easy to use.

The front seats have a nice, wide perch that will suit adults of many shapes and sizes. The cushions are on the firm side and the standard leather covering on the 2.0T model isn't overly supple, but they're acceptable for reasonably long drives. There's power-adjustable lumbar support for the driver seat, too, if that's a must-have for you.

The rear seats envelop you more than the fronts, improving the comfort quotient. Also helping here is infinitely adjustable rear seatback rake. Those rear seats can also slide fore-aft in a 60/40 split.

Headroom isn't overly abundant front or rear, although it should be enough space for all but truly tall folks. Elbow room is decent, aided by a wide center armrest for the front-seat occupants. A slim center console means the driver's right knee isn't constantly rubbing up against it. Rear passengers will appreciate the ample foot space underneath the front seats.

If there's one drawback we noticed to the overall comfort level, it's the armrests. They could all use more padding, as it feels as if Hyundai simply put a swath of leather over the hard plastic.

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T

How Does It Stack Up in Terms of Cargo and Storage Space?
When it comes to cargo, there are 35.4 cubic feet of space behind the rear seat, which grows to 71.5 with the seatbacks dropped. Those numbers are slightly better than most rivals, save the Toyota RAV4, which nips it by a couple of cubic feet in both categories.

We like that the rear seatbacks can be dropped via levers in the cargo compartment. We don't like that the levers need a sturdy pull and, even then, the seats don't fully drop down on their own. You'll need to give them an extra shove to make them go down all the way.

Hyundai did a nice job when it comes to small-item storage. There are good-size door pockets, a large front bin (with USB/aux-in jacks and twin charger ports) and about the most perfectly sized two-tiered center armrest compartment ever designed.

What Safety Features Does It Offer?
Standard safety features for the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, a driver knee airbag, active front head restraints, a hill-holder feature and hill descent control.

A rearview camera and a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert are optional on the base model and standard on the 2.0T. The blind-spot monitor includes a supplemental system called lane-change assist, which measures the closing speed of the car in the adjacent lane and warns you if it's too high.

Also optional on the base trim and standard on the 2.0T is Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system, which offers roadside assistance, crash response, remote door lock control and electronic parameters for parents with teenage drivers (including speed, geo-fencing and curfew limits).

In government crash testing, the Santa Fe Sport earned a perfect five-star rating overall, with five stars for total frontal-impact safety and five stars for total side-impact safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Santa Fe Sport its top score of "Good" in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength crash tests. The Santa Fe Sport's seat/head restraint design was also rated "Good" for whiplash protection in rear impacts.

In our 60-0-mph panic-brake test, the 2015 Santa Fe Sport 2.0T stopped in 127 feet, which is slightly longer than average for the class. The car exhibits noticeable nosedive when you apply full brakes and there was significant brake odor from the first stop on. By the end of the test, the brakes were smoking badly. In around-town driving the brakes offered good modulation, but the longish pedal travel conspired to make the brakes feel underpowered at times.

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T

What Kind of Fuel Economy Can You Expect?
The base Santa Fe Sport gets a combined EPA rating of 23 mpg (20 city/27 highway). That puts it 6 mpg down in combined mileage versus the Honda CR-V, and around 3 mpg worse than several of its other rivals. The all-wheel-drive model gets a slightly lower fuel economy rating at 21 mpg combined (19 city/25 highway).

The front-drive Santa Fe Sport 2.0T Ultimate that we tested is rated to deliver 22 mpg in combined driving (19 city/26 highway). We averaged 22.9 mpg on our highway-heavy evaluation loop and 21.8 mpg overall during its entire stay with us. So although the rated numbers aren't great, they are easily achievable.

What Are Its Closest Competitors?
The Santa Fe Sport offers fashionable styling inside and out, a roomy interior, perfect crash test scores and a powerful turbocharged engine option. And then there's that great warranty.

2015 Ford Escape: A bit smaller than the Hyundai, so overall interior volume and cargo room suffer, as does small-item storage. But the Ford hits back with a fun-to-drive demeanor and a high-quality cabin along with three engines to choose from, including two that are turbocharged.

2015 Honda CR-V: The class of this class, with fantastic fuel mileage, a well-engineered cabin (including nifty, self-folding rear seats) and a comfy ride. Beyond some awkward touchscreen controls, the Honda does nearly everything well, and pricing starts about $1,500 below that of the Hyundai. As with the Toyota RAV4, though, there is no engine upgrade available.

2015 Subaru Outback: More station wagon than SUV, the Outback is an alternative choice. The interior volume and standard cargo capacity are more or less the same as in the Santa Fe Sport, and it has slightly better max cargo capacity with the rear seats folded. The extra 1.4 inches of ground clearance over the Santa Fe Sport speaks to the Subaru's capabilities off-road. Base pricing is nearly identical, but the Outback's six-cylinder is $1,700 more expensive than the Hyundai's turbo-4.

2015 Toyota RAV4: Closest in size to the Santa Fe Sport, the Toyota delivers commendable passenger room at a slightly less expensive base price. The ride is smoother than the Hyundai, but its four-cylinder engine only makes 176 hp and Toyota doesn't offer a turbo upgrade like the Santa Fe Sport.

Why Should You Consider This Car?
With the turbocharged engine and improved chassis dynamics for 2015, the Santa Fe Sport provides a fun-to-drive character along with classy styling on the outside, a practical design on the inside and plenty of passenger and cargo room.

Why Should You Think Twice About This Car?
If you're concerned about fuel economy, the Santa Fe Sport, with either of its engines, is not the most economical choice. Its ride is also a bit unrefined versus most rivals, and the front seats aren't quite cushy or supportive enough for all-day road trips.

The manufacturer provided Edmunds this vehicle for the purposes of evaluation.

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Should I lease or buy a 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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