Changes for the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe:
One year after introducing the Santa Fe, Hyundai expands the options list to include HID headlights, LED taillights, ventilated front seats, memory for the driver’s settings, and rear side window sunshades. New safety-related options include rear parking assist sensors and a Blind Spot Detection system.
The Hyundai Santa Fe is the long-wheelbase, 7-passenger version of the automaker’s popular midsize crossover SUV, and is available in GLS and Limited trim levels with front-wheel or all-wheel drive. A shorter, 5-passenger model is called the Santa Fe Sport, and is covered in a separate summary.
Upgrading to the Santa Fe Limited adds leather seats, a 4-way power front passenger’s seat, a 6-passenger seating arrangement with second-row captain’s chairs, and side window shades for the second-row passengers. Additionally, the Limited model gains electroluminescent gauges, an LCD trip computer, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a compass, and a universal garage door opener. Dual-zone automatic climate control with a CleanAir ionizer comes standard on the Limited model, along with Proximity Key passive entry with push-button starting, a power tailgate, a Blind Spot Detection system, and turn signal indicators for the side mirror housings.
Engines and Transmissions:
Every 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe is equipped with a 3.3-liter V-6 engine making 290 horsepower. A 6-speed automatic transmission delivers the power to the front wheels, and an Active Cornering Control AWD system is optional, equipping the Santa Fe with torque-vectoring control for sharper handling.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
Get the optional AWD system, and the 2014 Santa Fe is rated to return 20 mpg in combined driving. If you don’t require the extra traction supplied by the AWD system, the Santa Fe gets 21 mpg.
Frustratingly, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests on the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe. Only the smaller Santa Fe Sport has been evaluated as this summary is written.
Blue Link Assurance Connected Care service is standard for the 2014 Santa Fe, providing a free three-year subscription to Automatic Collision Notification, which speeds rescuers to the scene of a crash as long as a smartphone is paired to the system when the airbags deploy. Additionally, Santa Fe owners can use Blue Link to program certain safety features for when young drivers are borrowing the family SUV.
The Santa Fe can also be optioned with rear parking assist sensors, while the Limited models include a reversing camera and a Blind Spot Detection system. A 12-speaker surround sound audio system is optional for the Santa Fe Limited, as well as a navigation system with an 8-inch color touchscreen.
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