The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is a mid-size five-door sport utility vehicle manufactured by the South Korean automaker Hyundai. Hyundai released the Santa Fe in 2000 as a 2001 model year vehicle, and it was Hyundai’s first entry to the sport utility vehicle category. The Santa Fe quickly became the best selling vehicle in the Hyundai lineup. As part of the third generation refresh of the Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Sport was added to the model lineup. The Santa Fe Sport went into production in June of 2012 and was introduced in 2013 as a short wheelbase variation of the original Santa Fe. The Hyundai Santa Fe is produced at Hyundai assembly facilities in Asan, South Korea and West Point, Georgia, in the United States.
The third generation of the Hyundai Santa Fe premiered at the New York Auto Show in April of 2012, and that’s where Hyundai announced its plans to add the Sport version to the Santa Fe lineup. The Santa Fe Sport offers seating for five occupants, as opposed to the standard Santa Fe’s three rows of seating that can accommodate six or seven passengers. Together, the two Santa Fe models were the first viewing of a new exterior design scheme that Hyundai calls “Storm Edge,” which is planned to gradually appear across the Hyundai family as other models undergo refreshes. Hyundai also placed the Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport on a new platform, a crossover-style unibody, for the third generation.
When the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport was released, it featured a selection of four-cylinder drivetrains. The base Santa Fe sport is equipped with a 2.4-liter engine that yields 190 horsepower. Buyers can upgrade to a turbocharged 2-liter powerplant that produces 264 ponies. The base Santa Fe is rated by the Environmental Protection Agency for fuel economy of 21 miles per gallon city and 29 highway. The turbo model achieves 20 miles per gallon city, 27 highway. Both engines come paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Hyundai’s Torque Vectoring Cornering Control system helps improve the vehicle’s driving dynamics. The Santa Fe Sport was designed with a tight turning radius to help improve drivability and, especially, parking. Front-wheel-drive is standard on the Santa Fe Sport, but buyers can opt to upgrade to all-wheel-drive, which will cause fuel economy to suffer slightly.
The second row seats in the Santa Fe Sport fold down for additional cargo carrying capacity, which is a common feature in sport utility vehicles and crossovers, but Hyundai covered the seats in the Santa Fe Sport with stain resistant upholstery for a bit of extra protection. The Santa Fe Sport also comes standard with more airbags than many of the competing crossovers on the market. 17-inch alloy wheels are standard on the Santa Fe Sport, although the turbo model comes instead with a 19-inch wheel design. The base Santa Fe Sport also comes standard with a rear spoiler, a trip computer, cruise control, power accessories, an adjustable steering wheel, Bluetooth wireless integration, USB and iPod connectivity, a six-speaker stereo system, and Hyundai’s Blue Link communications system. The base model also comes with cloth upholstery. An equipment package upgrade offers fog lamps, heated mirrors, a roof rack, heated front seats, and a power adjustable driver seat with power lumbar support. The Santa Fe Sport turbo model also adds remote keyless entry and start, as well as an upgraded information panel and gauge cluster.