The Car Connection Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Overview
And while the longer three-row Santa Fe adopted a V-6-only powertrain, the Santa Fe Sport was downsized to four cylinders. A base 2.4-liter inline-4 with 190 horsepower was joined by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 with 264 hp. Both were offered with a 6-speed automatic and front-wheel drive, with available manual-shift mode and an option for all-wheel drive. Electric power steering and an independent suspension gave the Santa Fe Sport commendable road manners, and good fuel economy in the 30-mpg highway figure.
The 2013 Santa Fe Sport was one of a set of vehicles found to have overstated fuel-economy numbers shortly after it went on sale. Hyundai's initial estimates of as much as 33 mpg highway for the new 'ute were lowered, after EPA tests. Owners were asked to register with Hyundai to receive reimbursement for the gas consumed above and beyond expected levels; more details were made available at a specific website, HyundaiMPGInfo.com.
Inside, the Santa Fe Sport adopted some of the best features available on other vehicles in the class. The second-row seat was made available with a sliding function, to flex the space allotted to back-seat passengers and cargo, to a maximum of 35.4 cubic feet for cargo. The back bench also split and folded, and Hyundai packaged some storage space in beneath the Santa Fe Sport's cargo floor.
Base prices for the 2013 model year started in the mid-$20,000 range, and the Santa Fe Sport came with standard power features, air conditioning, cruise control, a USB port and Bluetooth; a rearview camera was an option. A simple to learn navigation system was an option, along with Infinity premium audio and a panoramic sunroof.
Few changes were made to the Santa Fe Sport through the 2016 model year, other than updated infotainment systems and standard features. For 2017, Hyundai significantly updated the Santa Fe Sport, including new front grille and rear dual exhaust ports, a drive select mode and a standard 5.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment.