What Is It?
The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport have earned some tweaks at this year’s Chicago Auto Show. Hyundai’s two midsize crossovers — the Sport, a smaller model with 2-row seating, and the Santa Fe, a larger version with a third row — are getting an updated look and a few new features to remain competitive with popular rivals.
On the outside, updates to the Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport are obvious to current owners and industry observers alike, as the SUV now offers a new front end with a revised grille and new fog-light housings, along with a new rear end that features updated lights. The changes give the Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport a look that’s more similar to the smaller, recently redesigned Hyundai Tucson.
The Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport are also bringing some big changes to Chicago when it comes to equipment. The two models now offer adaptive cruise control that can bring speeds down to a stop, along with new safety features such as lane-departure warning, automatic high beams and automatic forward-collision braking.
Although these aren’t huge updates, they’ll help the Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport remain popular in one of the most crowded, hard-fought segments in the car industry.
Pricing is going up a few hundred dollars from today’s base MSRP of $27,900 (for the Sport) and $31,300 (for the Santa Fe).
When Can You Get It?
Add It to Your Shopping List Because…
Although the midsize-crossover segment is crowded, the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport deserve a spot on your shopping list. We liked the two models before they were updated thanks to their excellent driving characteristics, reasonable pricing, fuel-efficient powertrains and impressive warranties, and now they offer even more benefits, such as a modern design and improved technology.
Other Cars to Consider
2016 Ford Edge — The Edge is a direct rival to the Santa Fe Sport, offering 2-row seating and turbocharged powertrains. It, too, touts all the latest features — a function of a recent redesign of its own.
2016 Toyota Highlander — The Highlander is a direct competitor of the full-size Santa Fe, offering standard 3-row seating and a powerful V6. It’s pricy but notoriously reliable, and it touts a fuel-efficient hybrid variant.
Used Acura MDX — If you’re interested in the Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport but want more equipment or a high-end badge, consider a family-friendly luxury SUV such as the Acura MDX. It’s pricy, but a used model will be more affordable.