Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe

The Hyundai Santa Fe is a one of the more affordable midsized SUVs on the market. With a V6 engine and a third row of seats providing room for 7, the Santa Fe is popular with families. Since a major redesign for 2013, it is now attractive, fuel-efficient, and loaded with standard features.

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MODEL OVERVIEW

Introduced in 2001, the Sante Fe did not come into its own until a redesign for the 2007 model year when it was offered in three trims: base GLS, midlevel SE and plush Limited. If you find a second generation Santa Fe, avoid the underpowered 2.7-liter V6 that came with a five-speed manual transmission or an optional our-speed automatic. Instead opt for the SE or Limited with a 3.3-liter 242-hp V6 with a five-speed automatic.

Hyundai Santa Fe now has two different versions. The GLS allows for 7-seats while the Limited which replaces the second row bench seats with two bucket seats allows for 6 passengers. The Santa Fe also comes in a Sport and Sport 2.0T Editions which are slightly smaller.

The MSRP for the 2014 Hyundai Sata Fe GLS starts at $29,900 while the Sport starts at $24,950. T2014 GLS model was ranked #4 in Affordable Midsize SUVs by US News .

Both the GLS and the Limited both come fitted with a 3.3-liter GDI DOHC 24-valve V6 engine and front wheel drive. A 6-Speed automatic transmission is standard. The Sport comes with a 2.4-liter GDI DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder engine that allows for 190 np and 181 lb.-ft of torque. The Sport 2.0T on the other hand, comes with a 2.0-liter twin-scroll Turbo GDI DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder engine.

The smoothness of the acceleration is another major positive buyers will like. One more interesting feature to the engine is it runs quietly. Not everyone wants to hear a loud and rumbling engine. The Hyundai Santa Fe most definitely does not suffer from this problem.

Electronic stability control further contributes to how well the vehicle rides on the road and also aids in improving handling at various speeds. It also has antilock brakes, a nice safety feature.

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS fuel economy specs should be encouraging to those interested in a less costly SUV. Even though this is a rather large vehicle, the Hyundai Santa Fe GLS fuel economy is decent. In the city, drivers can expect to get 18 miles per gallon city while about 24 mpg on the open road.

SAFETY

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given GOOD (G) safety ratings to the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe in the crashworthiness categories of moderate overlap front, side, seats, and roof strength.

There are side airbags in the front and second row in the torso area. A driver knee airbag is also present, which can prevent injuries to the knees. The side airbags are connected to a rollover sensor and this sensor can engage the side airbags at a moment's notice. Roll stability control is also integrated into the system.