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.
Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.