Hyundai Offers Family Flexibility with 2014 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport
Moms shopping for a utility vehicle sometimes need help deciding whether they need two rows or three to accommodate their family. Sometimes two rows is sufficient, but other times, even a family of four may need three rows to bring along friends -- or just to keep feisty kids apart. Hyundai can accommodate both needs by offering families a choice between a long-wheelbase six/seven-passenger three-row Santa Fe sport utility vehicle or a slightly smaller five-passenger, two-row Santa Fe Sport crossover utility vehicle.
Aside from the size difference inside and out (and the extra row in the larger vehicle), styling and design across both models is similar. Hyundai designers crafted Santa Fe Sport and three-row Santa Fe together, with the primary differentiating element being the side window shape: the larger Santa Fe side windows highlight the increased passenger and cargo room behind the third-row seat. Choosing between the two vehicles ultimately comes down to the buyer’s size and budget requirements.
How Does It Fit?
Inside, the long-wheelbase 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe can hold up to 80 cubic feet of cargo behind the front row, 41 cubic feet of cargo behind the second row, and 13.4 cubic feet of cargo with all three rows in use. The three-row Santa Fe features standard rear-passenger HVAC controls and vents to increase family comfort, while also offering a standard 50:50 split folding third-row bench seat with 31.5 inches of legroom. The second row is available with 40/20/40 split, or with optional second-row captain’s chairs. Total passenger volume is 146.6 cubic feet.
Both Santa Fe models include convenient standard stowage and storage features as an overhead console sunglass holder, two front and two rear seat cupholders, door bottle holders, cooled glovebox, enlarged central storage console, front storage bin, front seatback pockets, and an innovative cargo system offering storage under the floor boards. The Santa Fe Sport also features sliding and reclining second-row seats.Two-row Santa Fe Sport models can hold a maximum of 71.5 cubic feet of cargo behind the front row and 35.4 cubic feet of cargo behind the second row. Total passenger volume is 108.0 cubic feet.
If you’re trying to decide which crossover utility vehicle will fit better into your garage, consider the following measurements: The five-passenger Santa Fe Sport has an overall length of 184.6 inches, height of 66.1 inches, and a width of 74.0 inches. The overall length of the six- or seven-passenger Santa Fe is about nine inches longer at 193.1 inches, and it is 74.2 inches wide. The overall height of the long-wheelbase version is 66.5 inches, which is barely a half-inch higher than the smaller Santa Fe Sport. If garage space is an issue, you’ll want to account for the larger measurements of the full-size Santa Fe.
Tech-savvy Moms will appreciate Hyundai’s new Blue Link connectivity and telematics system, which combines safety, service, turn-by-turn navigation, and infotainment features to simplify owners’ lives and reduce distracted driving. Blue Link brings seamless connectivity directly into the car with technology like voice text messaging, POI web search download, turn-by-turn navigation, and monthly vehicle reporting. Hyundai Blue Link telematics is standard on all Santa Fe models with up to a one-year complimentary trial period.
All Santa Fe models offer an optional multifunction eight-inch touch-screen display with navigation. This third-generation display boasts a simpler user interface, enhanced voice recognition commands, and improved navigation screens, claiming to be more intuitive for commonly used tasks, thanks to simple pop up messages that help pair a phone, and voice recognition software that understands street addresses and cities all in one sentence.
For added convenience and security, both 2014 Santa Fe models offer Hyundai’s Blind Spot Detection system, which uses advanced sonar sensors to continually monitor traffic around the Santa Fe and alert the driver (with audio and visual elements) if another vehicle is detected within a set distance. Blind Spot Detection is standard on all Premium Package vehicles, Santa Fe Sport 2.0T, and Santa Fe Limited trim levels.
Both Santa Fe models feature Hyundai’s Hillstart Assist Control (HAC) and Downhill Brake Control (DBC) to maximize control on steep hills. HAC minimizes rolling backwards on steep ascents while DBC helps the driver maintain vehicle control and speed on steep downhill descents without having to use the brake. Both the long-wheelbase Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport utility vehicles are also available in a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel-drive powertrains.
What’s Under the Hood?
Underhood, the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport offers the choice of a 190-horsepower/2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder engine or a 264-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injected gasoline (GDI) engine; either Santa Fe Sport engine can tow up to 3,500 pounds. The smaller Santa Fe Sport with 2.4-liter engine promises fuel economy of 20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined and 19 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined when equipped with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.
The long-wheelbase Hyundai Santa Fe utility vehicle is powered by Hyundai’s 290-horsepower/3.3-liter V-6 GDI engine, and offers a tow rating of up to 5,000 pounds, making it perfect for towing small boats or weekend toys. Fuel economy for the long-wheelbase Santa Fe is rated at 18 mpg city, 25 mpg city highway, and 21 mpg combined for front-wheel-drive models, or 18/24/20 on all-wheel-drive models.
All three engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Features Ladies Love!
• ‘YES Essentials’ seat fabric treatment, standard on all Santa Fes equipped with cloth seats, provides soil-resistant, anti-odor properties for added longevity and livability--especially useful if you’ve got messy kids.
• Moms will be glad to know that all Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes a 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.
The smaller base-level Santa Fe Sport powered by 2.4-liter engine carries an MSRP of $24,950* for front-wheel drive or $26,700* for all-wheel drive, or $30,650* for front-wheel drive or $32,400* for all-wheel drive with the more-powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.
The base-level long-wheelbase Santa Fe utility vehicle carries a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $29,800* for front-wheel drive or $31,550* for all-wheel drive.
(*None of these prices include Hyundai’s destination and delivery fees of $875).