2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport FWD 2.4

Well-equipped Crossover Makes Family Cars Fun Again. 4-door family crossover.

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  • Good feel
  • easy to drive

With its handsome, creased styling, the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport avoids the gaudy and bubbly proportions that leave so many small crossovers looking like enlarged Fischer-Price Cozy Coupes. This is a family car that will appeal to adults, even those who like driving. The infotainment system sports the newest version of Hyundai’s much-praised Blue Link interface, while the suspension and steering have been retuned for better road feel, and the 6-speed automatic transmission features an “Active ECO” mode enabling a switch between gas-saving and sporty settings.

Though the Santa Fe Sport can reach the mid $30k range fully loaded, it starts much lower and all trim levels offer a good value. The top-of-the-line 2.0T AWD, for example, packs a 265-horsepower turbocharged inline-4, outperforming most rivals and nearly matching the acceleration of the lighter and more compact (and yet more expensive) BMW X1.

Options for the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport tend to be grouped into packages. The popular equipment package is, as the name suggests, found on nearly every example that hits showrooms. It bundles the Blue Link telematics system, a nice rear-view camera and heated seats. Next up the ladder are the premium package, which adds leather, keyless entry and such luxury-car niceties as dual zone automatic A/C and auto dimming mirrors. To get the full navigation and infotainment experience, add the Technology package, and the Santa Fe Sport becomes as loaded as most BMW and Mercedes-Benz crossovers, with a power lift gate, navigation and even a heated steering wheel, in case you’ve left your driving gloves in the carriage house on a brisk morning jaunt.

Warranty/Service: 5-year/60,000 mile new vehicle warranty, 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty, 7-year/unlimited mile anti perforation warranty, 5-year/unlimited mile roadside assistance

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Specs

Base Price: $24,950

As Tested: $24,950

  • 20 / 27 mpg
  • EPA
  • 6.6 sec
  • 0-60
  • 190 hp @ 6300
  • Horsepower
  • 122 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 2.4-liter gasoline direct injection 4-cylinder
  • Horsepower: 190 hp @ 6300
  • Torque: 181 lb-ft
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® and Active ECO System
  • Curb Weight: 3,459 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 106.3 in
  • Length: 184.6 in
  • Width: 74 in
  • Height: 66.1 in
  • Brakes: 4-wheel, 4-channel Anti-lock Braking System
  • Suspension: Front suspension: MacPherson struts with gas-filled damper and stabilizer bar. Rear suspension: Multi-link with gas shock absorber and stabilizer bar
  • Traction: Traction Control System (TCS)
  • 0-60 mph: 6.6 sec
  • 60-0 mph: 168 ft.
  • Top Speed: 122 mph
  • EPA City: 20 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 27 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 23 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Safety: Driver's blind spot mirror, Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system, Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

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