REVIEW: 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Drivers in Brockton who are looking for a compact SUV that’s stylish and comfortable yet powerful should test drive the all-new Santa Fe Sport. It's an underdog in this highly competitive class, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this great value.

Why else do we love the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport? Read on for our full review:

The 2017 Santa Fe Sport received top accolades from the two main vehicle safety organizations. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded it the Top Safety Pick+ title after it earned perfect scores in all crash tests, including moderate and small front overlap, side impact, roof strength, and rear crash. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a best possible 5-Star Overall Rating.

In addition to top-rated standard safety features, the Santa Fe Sport comes with the option for Smart Cruise Control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive headlights, high-beam assist, and blind-spot monitor.

Standard features on the Hyundai SUV include blind-spot mirror, power windows, air conditioning, cruise control, tilting and telescopic steering wheel, steering wheel-mounted controls, remote keyless entry, heated mirrors, and drive mode select for any terrain. For convenience and entertainment, it's also equipped with a 6-speaker audio system with color LCD, USB and auxiliary inputs, and Bluetooth connectivity. Upper trim levels include roof rails, fog lights, power driver's seat, Blue Link technology, heated seating, and push-button start.

Want more? Optional features include leather seating, dual-zone automatic climate control, panoramic sunroof, rear parking assist, navigation, 8-inch display, heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, and power liftgate. Additionally, you can opt for the Infinity premium audio system, and multi-view camera so an object is never out of sight.

The 2017 Santa Fe Sport was updated with a new grille, daytime running lights, and a redesigned body that give it an athletic yet playful look. In the rear, there are twin-paired dual exhaust, modern taillights, and details that improve both the aerodynamics and efficiency of the small SUV. The base model has 17-inch wheels, while you can opt for wheels as large as 19 inches

Inside, the layout is practical yet tech savvy, with a well-organized center stack and stain-resistant upholstery (or the option for leather seating). The rear bench seat folds 40/20/40 to give you extra cargo space when needed, but there’s already a good deal of room behind the seats for everyday use.

You have the choice between two options: the base 2.4-liter inline-4 with 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque; or the upgraded 2-liter turbocharged inline-4 with 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The transmission is a 6-speed automatic with Shiftronic manual shift gate, and you can choose between front- or all-wheel drive.

Starting at $26,245 MSRP
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