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The standard features of the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L include Theta II 2.4L I-4 190hp engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 17" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.
Starting at: $24,950
Lease a 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport for $259 per month for 36 months with $2,449 due at lease signing.
Closed end lease for 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport (Model # 63402F45) available from February 2, 2016 through February 29, 2016, to well-qualified lessees approved by Hyundai Motor Finance. Not all lessees will qualify. Higher lease rates apply for lessees with lower credit ratings. Offer shown based on $2,449 due at lease signing (includes $259 first payment and $2,190 capitalized cost reduction). No security deposit required. MSRP $25,845 (includes destination, excludes tax, license, title, registration, documentation fees, options, insurance and the like). Actual net capitalized cost $21,216.37. Net capitalized cost includes $595 acquisition fee and includes credit for either $750 Valued Owner Coupon or $750 Competitive Owner Coupon. Dealer contribution may vary and could affect actual lease payment. Total monthly payments $9,324.00. Option to purchase at lease end $13,439.40. Lessee is responsible for third-party fees. Third-party fees vary by state or locality. Lessee is also responsible for insurance, maintenance, repairs, $.20 per mile over 12,000 miles/year, excess wear, and a $400 disposition fee. Disposition fee of $400 applies in all states except in CO, IN, IA, KS, ME, OK, SC, WI, WV, & WY, where disposition fee is subject to state law limitations.
CO, IA, KS, ME, OK, WV, & WY: The amount of 2 times the base monthly lease payment or $400, whichever is less. IN & SC: The amount of 3 times the base monthly lease payment or $400, whichever is less.WI: The amount of the base monthly lease payment or $400, whichever is less. Must take new retail delivery on vehicle from dealer stock by February 29, 2016.
See dealer for warranty and lease details.Cannot exceed 12000 miles per year.
Ride comfort and acceleration from the optional turbocharged engine acceleration are the high points, but the steering is not as sharp as it might be.
The base 2.4-liter engine is less satisfying, lacking power for much beyond single-passenger commuter duty. For a significantly more pleasant driving experience, we recommend the 2.0T turbocharged engine. An Active ECO mode blurs throttle and shift responses, saving just a bit of gas.
A manual-shift mode for the transmission is actuated by the shift lever. Shift points and quality are well-chosen, and appropriate most of the time. Push hard on the gas pedal and, after a short pause, the transmission shifts down eagerly.
Electric power steering can be toggled through Comfort, Normal, and Sport modes. The Sport setting helps the vehicle track better on the highway. Comfort delivers a slow, light feel, for drivers who prefer a relaxed experience.
Optional all-wheel drive distributes power from the front wheels to the rear wheels when traction needs arise. It’s not meant for off-road traction, but simply for all-weather capability. All-wheel-drive models have Active Cornering Control.
Suspension design yields a calm, quiet ride. The Sport feels absorbent and largely controlled, even over mildly broken surfaces. On a rutted gravel path, the Santa Fe Sport manages to retain its easygoing attitude.
The Santa Fe Sport is the best-looking member of Hyundai’s crossover-SUV trio. Exuding an attractive mainstream charm, the Santa Fe Sport possesses all the appropriate crossover-SUV cues, assembled in an appealing manner. Sharp edges and tight sheetmetal creases wrap around the amply-glassed body in a variety of ways. Up front, the grille presents a handsome hexagonal face, balanced by the headlights and foglamps.
Detail work includes side sills that stand out in relief, stretching up and over the rear wheel wells. Rear door handles sit well back from the wheel openings. Overall, the Sport’s shape has a modern look. Ground clearance is a middling 7.3 inches.
The cockpit has improved greatly since its last generation. Large air vents flank the controls, and big knobs operate audio volume and fan speed. Some textured plastic appears behind the steering wheel, lacking the richness of the rest of the dashboard.
With navigation installed, an eight-inch touchscreen glows beneath a matte surface. Electro-luminescent gauges are standard in turbo models. The infotainment system is capable and easy to operate.
With more interior space than a Ford Escape, the Santa Fe Sport offers good knee and leg room, adequate for tall drivers. Bottom cushions are well-bolstered, and backrests nicely shaped. In turbo models, the second-row seat reclines and slides forward/back on a track.
With rear seats raised, the Sport has 35.4 cubic feet of cargo; with seats down, the hold grows to 71.5 cubic feet. A cargo bin provides shallow, under-floor storage, only accessible when the cargo area is empty.
Cockpit isolation excels. Suspension noise has been muted, and drivetrains emit little more than a distant whir.
The 2016 Santa Fe Sport comes with a choice of two engines and front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. (All prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)
Santa Fe Sport 2.4 ($24,950) comes with the 2.4-liter engine; air conditioning; tilt/telescoping steering column; steering-wheel audio/phone controls; and 17-inch wheels. Six-speaker audio includes a CD player, satellite radio, USB/auxiliary ports, and Bluetooth. Premium and Technology Packages add many items that are standard on the turbocharged 2.0T, including a panoramic sunroof, hands-free tailgate, and navigation.
Santa Fe Sport 2.0T ($31,250) gets the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine plus many additional features, including leather upholstery, power heated front seats, power tailgate, a sliding second-row bench, rearview camera, blind-spot and lane-change assist, cross-traffic alert, and 18-inch wheels. An Ultimate Package adds Infinity surround-sound audio, 19-inch wheels, heated rear seats.
All-wheel drive ($1,750) is available with either engine.
Safety features include the usual airbags plus a driver’s knee airbag. Rearview camera, blind-spot warning and lane-change assist, cross-traffic alert are optional.
As always, Hyundai focuses on value. With a total base price near $26,000, the Santa Fe Sport is well-equipped to compete with better-known rivals. It costs more than a base Escape or CR-V, but when comparably equipped, the Santa Fe Sport is a strong value. Even though the 2.0T turbo model costs $6,300 more, its additional equipment is worth considering.
Driving impressions by Marty Padgett, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.