2014 Hyundai Santa Fe

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The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe offers a compelling mix of features for an affordable price, a strong V6 engine, sensible fuel economy and sharp design both inside and out. It received a major overhaul in 2013 so it carries over to the new model year relatively unchanged. It does however get several new standard and optional features to choose from depending on your chosen trim level.

The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe is offered in two trim levels that can set up to seven passengers- GLS and Limited. The smaller Santa Fe Sport seats up to five passengers and is offered in a base or 2.0T trim level.

The entry level Santa Fe Sport is well equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamp accents, a rear spoiler, full power accessories, AC, a 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat back and a 6-speaker sound system with steering-wheel mounted audio controls, Bluetooth®, satellite radio, and an iPod®/USB auxiliary input jack. It also gets a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that retunes an estimated 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway for front-wheel drive variants. All-wheel drive variants see a dip in fuel economy- 19 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.

The Sport, as well as upper trim levels also feature Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system which helps you locates gas stations, find shortcuts, learn about mechanical issues, call for help in an emergency and much more.

A Popular Equipment Package can be added which will give the Santa Fe Sport fog lamps, automatic on/off headlights, heated mirrors, a power driver’s seat with lumbar support, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a rearview camera and a 4.3-inch color touchscreen. To this, the Premium Equipment Package can be tacked on which will add features like leather upholstery, heated rear seats, dual zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power adjustable front passenger seat, a blind spot monitoring system and rear window retractable sunshades.

The Sport 2.0T gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter 264 horsepower engine that returns an estimated 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway for front-wheel drive models. All-wheel drive models return and estimated 18 mpg highway and 24 mpg highway. Standard features include the features from the Sport and its additional packages and 18-inch alloy wheels. It also gets push button start, a panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, navigation and  premium 12-speaker Infinity® Logic 7® surround sound system.

Standard features found on the Santa Fe GLS include 18-inch alloy wheels, windshield wiper de-icers, fog lamps, a rear spoiler, a rearview camera, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, a split sliding reclining second row seat, a split-folding third row seat, Bluetooth and a 6-speaker sound system with a 4.3-inch color touchscreen, satellite radio and HD radio. It also gets a 3.3-liter V6 engine that returns and estimated 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway for front-wheel drive variants. All-wheel drive variants will return and estimated 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.

A Premium Package is available for GLS models that will add push button start, a blind spot monitoring system, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear window sun shades and a power liftgate.

The top-of-the-line Santa Fe Limited includes the standard features and Premium Package features listed above. It also gets second-row captain’s chairs instead of the bench which drops seating to six.

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe

The GLS and Limited are both eligible for the Technology Package which will add 19-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats (2nd row only), a heated steering wheel, rear parking sensors, a navigation system and an eight-inch color touch screen. Choosing this package on Limited trim levels will also get you Xenon headlamps, LED tail lamps and an upgraded 12-speaker Infinity sound system.

Prices for the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe start at $24,750 for the Sport and quickly climb to over $42,000 for the fully loaded Limited AWD.

 Seats up to 7, spacious and comfortable interior, high quality materials used throughout, strong turbo engine in Sport 2.0T model, warranty

 Base engine in Sport model doesn’t deliver much mpg benefits, automatic transmission only, gets expensive in a hurry

Christine is a Contributing Editor at DriverPulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and news. She is also an Account Manager and Head of Client Services for Nusani Media. She drinks a lot of coffee, loves to drive (manual, of course) and enjoys the company of her dog. She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, painting and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Her passion for cars started at an early age. While most little girls were playing with dolls, she was playing with matchbox cars and watching her grandfather work on his prized Fords. She believes a vehicle should not only give you goosebumps while speeding around the circuit, its design should be purpose focused and elicit a pure emotional response. Her dream car, the Porsche Carrara GT, may not be easy to control however it is the perfect definition of form following function; mind blowing performance and beauty.

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