2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0 T AWD

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Sport is a word that is affixed to a lot of iron unlikely, particularly in the world of SUVs. But the last Sante Fe Sport might just be worthy of the designation. Perspective: This Hyundai is available in two sizes, the two lines, Sport five passengers and three row, seven seat model, which is simply badged Santa Fe. Riding a 106.3 inch wheelbase, the Sport is, predictably, lighter and more maneuverable than its older cousin, who has 3.9 inches between its additional axes. However, the word light deserves an asterisk. Hyundai lists curb weight for this particular Santa Fe as 3706 pounds, not too Porky for a crossover all wheel drive in this class. However, our test unit weighed rather squat 4021, thanks in part to a substantial load of optional features. Massa, of course, is the implacable enemy of performance, but the Santa Fe surprised us with a sprint from zero to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds.

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0 T AWD

This is pretty close to the top in this class, a tribute to the power characteristics of the 2.0 liter turbo option. A 264 horsepower and 269 pounds feet of torque, its output is robust by the standards of compact SUV. But her power more attractive is the midrange response. The turbocharger is online almost instantly, providing increased addictive, and if six speed automatic is not particularly rewarding in manual mode, its programming makes intuitively responsive when it is operating in full automatic.

Fuel economy for the 2.0 T is so so for class standards to 18 mpg city and 24 highway, for the EPA. We averaged 18 mpg in mixed driving. Its always easier to enjoy a vehicle that is faster than most of its kind, but it is even easier when his answers do not remember a dinghy in distress through a Riptide. Hyundai has made a few subtle changes to the suspension of Santa Fe for 2015 soda bushings, revised rear geometry that give it a bit more of the urgency of his zig zag.

The team also improved chassis electric power steering with a new microprocessor that gives a little more sense of connection when the driver switches the setting Sport program. The relationship could be a bit faster, which is three turns lock to lock but its accuracy stacks up well against crossover competitors.

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0 T AWD Feature

Downsides? Damping can benefit from some attention, as a bit more respect would be useful on lumpy pavement and highway expansion joints. Braking performance is respectable 168 meters from 70 mph to zero, although with hints fade after repeated stops. But both braking and traction would improve with a more aggressive tire than rubber all season worn by our example test.

On the other hand, the 235/ 55 19 Continental CrossContact LX Sports has made the most of the all wheel drive systems of Santa Fe and were very effective during a snowstorm in Michigan that has put many in SUV ditch (and also kept us out of our skidpad test track). Back to that label Sport. Does the Santa Fe measure up to footwork infallible Mazda CX 5? Not really, but the difference is not huge, and the Santa Fe is faster. In this segment swarming, the Santa Fe performs sportier than most, and does not give away much, if anything, the general index agility.

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0 T AWD Specification

Typical of Hyundai, the Santa Fe offers a good value for money, provided that the buyer exercises some restraint. A front wheel drive based in Santa Fe, with the naturally aspirated 2.4 liter four, starts at $ 25,825. Base price for a 2.0 T with AWD is $ 33,875, which includes a lot of features, a series cold tailgate power, leather, heated front seats, electroluminescent gauges, and steering mode driver selectable between them. Not to mention beautiful furnishings and lots of volume enough inside to swallow a snow blower, important during a winter upper Midwest.

Our Santa Fe has been equipped with the latest package, which added, among other things, 19 inch aluminum wheels, navigation with a touch screen 8.0 inches, a panoramic sunroof, an Infinity audio system 12 Spreaker, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel, which is welcome to the inhabitants of cold weather as heated seats. The package also added $ 4,350 to the bottom line, and $ 38,350, is a bit more difficult to perceive the Santa Fe as a bargain. But it is still easy to perceive as one of the most desirable derby compact crossover.

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