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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
Many features only come bundled in pricey packages; there are few standalone options.
The panoramic sunroof, heated steering wheel and heated front seats, and a windshield-wiper de-icer are things you would expect in a luxury model, yet impressively, they're options here.
You're out of luck if you want the power liftgate or sunroof, but still need seven seats. Neither are options on the GLS.
Sadly, you'll need to pony up $4,000 to get the Leather and Navigation Package on the GLS model or $2,900 for the Technology Package on the Limited to get the large screen.
The audio system sounds great, but the nav system’s buttons are a bit small, the graphics are lackluster, and the infotainment setup seems a bit overly complicated.
Car and Driver
The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe is offered in standard six- or seven-passenger model, and a shorter five-passenger 'Sport' model. You get a few extra features with the larger model, though.
Even with the base GLS model, standard features are numerous on the three-row Santa Fe. Bluetooth connectivity, rear-area climate control and keyless entry are all there; so are steering-wheel audio controls and Blue Link with remote start via its smartphone app. Base models equipped with all-wheel drive also receive an Active Cornering Control feature, as well as a windshield wiper de-icer.
There's also a Popular Equipment Package the GLS. It adds heated front seats, heated mirrors, fog lamps, a power driver's seat and roof rails. Opt for the Leather Package and you'll get all of that, plus side-mirror turn signals, heated second-row seating, power passenger's seat, heated steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, touch-screen navigation, a reverse camera, and premium audio. There's not currently a rear-sear entertainment option, and there are no signs that there will be anytime soon. (Turn on your phone's data hotspot, buy a couple of iPad Minis--problem solved.)
Santa Fe Limited models go to a six-passenger layout with leather upholstery and heated second-row seats, a power front passenger seat, dual-zone climate control, an electroluminescent gauge cluster, a power liftgate, proximity key, push button start, a 115-volt AC power outlet, and 19-inch alloys, among other features.
All Santa Fe Sport crossovers will include a good selection of standard features, including power windows, locks, and mirrors; air conditioning; cruise control; tilt/telescoping steering; steering-wheel audio and phone controls; and 17-inch wheels. The standard audio system is an AM/FM/CD player with satellite radio, USB and auxiliary ports, Bluetooth and audio streaming, and six speakers.
Santa Fe Sports with the turbo four-cylinder include all these features, and add 19-inch wheels and a trailer-towing prep kit.
On either model, a pair of option packages keep the ordering process simple. A leather/premium package adds a power front passenger seat; proximity-based keyless entry and pushbutton start; a slide-and-recline second-row seat with heating; a rearview camera with a 4.3-inch screen; and HD Radio. A technology package brings a panoramic sunroof with a sliding fabric sunshade, a navigation system, a heated steering wheel, and sunshades for the rear passenger windows. There's a slight difference in audio systems on this latter set of features: base crossovers get an in-house Dimension audio system with 10 speakers, while turbos roll with a powerful 550-watt, 12-speaker Infinity system with surround sound (it's optional on three-row Santa Fe, too).
The navigation system is updated with improved displays, including speed-limit signs, and voice recognition, and SD card slot for better updating. Pairing a phone to Bluetooth is easier, with pop-up commands, too.
Prices range from about $26,000 for a base Sport to just over $39,000 for a long-wheelbase Santa Fe Limited with all-wheel drive and the Technology package.
Navigation, leather, and premium audio all are available, though tech like in-car wireless internet is left to the competition.