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2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

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2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.6

The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport offers a sizable chunk of compact SUV for the money, with distinctive and attractive styling, comfortable seating for five, numerous premium features, responsive and efficient engines, pleasing driving dynamics and pricing to suit average budgets. It's offered with either a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine (Santa Fe Sport) or a strong 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder (Santa Fe Sport 2.0T), with either powerplant choice available with front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). Its likely competitors would include, but are certainly not limited to, the Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Edge, Kia Sorento and Toyota RAV4, and the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport should more than hold its own in the contest for potential customers' affections. That's why we named it one of the 10 Best SUVs Under $25,000 for 2014.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're shopping for a competent, stylish, efficient compact SUV with lots of features and an affordable price, plus a great warranty, the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport should be on your list.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is a compact SUV; if you need more cargo space, seating for more people or the capability to tow a sizable trailer, you need a bigger vehicle.

What's New for 2014

The 2014 version of the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has relatively few changes. There is an available Blind Spot Detection and rear parking-assist system; the Sport 2.0T is available with HID headlights, LED taillights, rear-window sunshades and standard 18-inch wheels. There also are new premium convenience features.

Driving the Santa Fe Sport

Driving Impressions Customers who value the driving experience will be happy to find that the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has ride and handling qualities to match its stylish looks. Credit a...

robust, stiff and commendably lightweight structure for responsive behavior when the road gets crooked, and a smooth and well-controlled ride on open highways or just around town. The available Active Cornering Control AWD system utilizes torque vectoring and torque braking to improve stability while cornering, maintains traction at the most-desired wheels and helps prevent overheating during long climbs or trailer towing. The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, with 264 horsepower, is clearly the enthusiast's favorite, but the standard 2.4-liter engine, with 190 horsepower, is certainly no slouch. Add in some major efforts at reducing interior noise levels, and Hyundai's Santa Fe Sport is one of the most refined, nicest-driving compact SUVs on the market.

2.0-LITER TURBOCHARGED ENGINE
With 264 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque this 4-cylinder is a little powerhouse. Matched with a smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic, the combination delivers plenty of power for any driving eventuality.

ACTIVE CORNERING CONTROL ALL-WHEEL DRIVE
Optional on the Santa Fe Sport and Sport 2.0T, this "intelligent" AWD system integrates with the Vehicle Stability Management system and the anti-lock brakes. It actively monitors surface conditions and distributes engine and braking forces to the most-desirable wheels to improve both cornering and fuel economy.

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Details
Interior

The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport's contemporary interior offers a high degree of user-friendliness and a quality level of fit and finish. All controls are easy to reach and operate and storage spots are plentiful. The seats are trimmed in stain- and odor-resistant Yes Essentials fabric, and leather is available. The rear bench seat includes a 40/20/40 split, and includes 5.2 inches of fore-and-aft travel plus a recline function as part of an option package. Folding down the rear seatbacks gives a near-flat load floor and more than doubles available cargo volume from 35.4 cubic feet to 71.5 cubic feet.

Exterior

The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is a remarkably stylish compact SUV, with interesting and attractive shapes, fine detailing and impressive aerodynamic efficiency that is enhanced by hidden underbody fairings. Exterior details include a chrome grille and door handles, LED-enhanced headlights and taillights and a functional rear spoiler. Standard equipment on the Sport are 17-inch alloy wheels with 235-65R17 tires, while the Sport 2.0T has 18-inch alloys with 235/60R18 tires as standard and 19-inch alloys with 235/55R19 tires optionally available.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard equipment for the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport includes full power assists, air conditioning, cruise control, tilt/telescoping steering column, steering-wheel-mounted controls, remote keyless entry, AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3/HD audio, iPod/USB/auxiliary inputs, Bluetooth and Blue Link. The 2.0T adds the comprehensive Popular Equipment Package, which includes roof rails, fog lights, heated mirrors, power driver's seat, heated front seats, push-button start/stop and a wide range of other convenience and comfort features. Also standard are Vehicle Stability Management and Traction Control, Hillstart Assist Control/Downhill Brake Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution/Brake Assist and all the usual and expected safety features.

Optional Equipment

Most of the options for the 2014 Santa Fe Sport are in packages. The Popular Equipment Package is optional on the Sport and standard on the Sport 2.0T. The Premium Package includes leather, Blind Spot Detection, dual-zone automatic temperature control and other features. The Technology Package for the Sport includes the Panoramic sunroof, rear park assist, navigation with 8-inch touch screen, Dimension premium audio, memory for driver's seat and mirrors, heated seats and additional items. The Technology Package for the Sport 2.0T also includes 19-inch wheels and tires, HID xenon headlights, LED taillights and Infinity Logic Surround Sound 12-speaker 550-watt audio.

Under the Hood

Under the hood of Hyundai's Santa Fe Sport is found some modern technology. Both the 2.4-liter non-turbo base engine, with 190 horsepower, and the 2.0-liter turbo engine of the Sport 2.0T, with a robust 264 horsepower, have direct fuel injection and continuously variable valve timing for the optimum in efficiency. The only transmission choice is a 6-speed automatic with smooth shifting and a Shiftronic manual shift gate, for those who wish to do it themselves. These engines deliver responsive and impressive performance and fuel economy that should make their owners happy, in both FWD and AWD versions.

2.4-liter inline-4
190 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
181lb-ft of torque @ 4,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/27 mpg (FWD), 19/25 mpg (AWD)

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
264 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
269 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750-3,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/27 mpg (FWD), 18/24 mpg (AWD)

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2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 107 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Great value, nice quiet drive and looks great.

By on Thursday, January 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great value, great driver experience and quiet."

Cons: "Tweak insulation for cold conditions"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I'm going to talk about my 2014 Santa Fe since I think it is good for readers to get feedback from someone who had the vehicle for some time. BTW, since the model hasn't really changed much since 2013, as a consumer, that tells me a lot. Hyundai got it right and they are just making small tweaks over the years. At the time of purchase my choice came down to the Toyota RAV4 and the Santa Fe Sport FWD. In Canada, Hyundai has a package above the basic package called the premium package. This is the one that I was interested in. Cost wise the RAV4 was about $2,000 cheaper. I preferred the Hyundai interior and the look and feel of the driver console. It looks great from any angles and the driver's seat is far superior in the Santa Fe. The RAV4 had some nice features but this is not the purpose of this review. The features in both vehicles were comparably close enough and money always been a factor when you are on a budget made the decision difficult. The user ratings on this website also played a key role in my decision. Lot's of great review for the Santa Fe. Oddly enough, the deciding factor was the left arm rest. I drive holding the steering wheel with one hand at the 8:00 o'clock position. I like to rest my elbow on the arm rest. This is something I could not of done comfortably in the RAV4 because the arm rest is further away from the steering wheel. The driver seat is also far superior so I figured, since I'm driving the SUV mostly by myself, it is more important that the driver be comfortable than having features that would be seldom used by my passengers. So after a year and a half of driving, I do not regret my purchase. Some of the nice things I've appreciated about the Santa Fe that wasn't a factor in my decision process are: 1. Heated steering wheel. Fabulous feature in winter!!! 2. A very quiet drive, especially at high speed. Even passengers made good, unsolicited comments about it. 3. The light sensor which turns on automatically the headlights. I haven't had to touch the headlight controls since I bought the vehicle. Things to IMPROVE: A. Suspension (which they apparently did in 2015). I feel every little humps and holes on the road. Apparently all SUVs in this price range have this issue. My 14 year old Corolla had a smoother ride. I sure would love to have a suspension like the old Cadillac that my dad used to drive. You felt like you were floating down the road! B. Wipers are of poor quality and leave streaks. C. The heating vents for the back seats are not insulated. When it is minus 20 outside, the people in the back only get cold air. Useless feature in winter conditions. D. Cold draft in Winter coming from the area of the shift stick console probably due to lack of insulation. No problems yet after 18 months of ownership. I recommend it."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Thoroughly enjoy this vehicle!

By on Friday, December 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,950

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, nice appearance"

Cons: "Two-tone dash reflects in windshield"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Have owned a 2014 Santa Fe Sport 2.0 Turbo for a year now and have enjoyed this vehicle immensely. Owned two mini-vans prior to this purchase, so I was looking for a vehicle with utility, that sits up from the road, drives like a car, yet was somewhat compact (the kids are grown and out of the house!). It has fulfilled my requirements and more. Decent power with the turbo engine, a tight turning radius and its utility with the lift gate and fold down rear seats fit the bill. Blind-spot monitoring is a nice added feature. The panoramic sunroof, 18-inch wheels, and somewhat wide stance make it attractive to look at. Check this one out when you are in the market for a crossover. You won't be disappointed."

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Better than advertised

By on Friday, November 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Best decision we've made in a vehicle purchase"

Cons: "none to this point"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Our daughter has a summer place about 75 miles from us.... We get anywhere from 32.5 to 33.2 mpg round trip, and it's not all freeway...We live in a rural area so our mileage is around 26.5 mpg... The ride and handling is top notch, also the lane change warning is a great feature as is the heated steering wheel... I can say there have been zero dislikes or disappointments so far.. We also own a 2011 Kia Sorrento with no problems in 85,000 miles, but the Santa Fe Sport has many more features at a much better price, even though they are made in the same factory in the USA..."

12 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Better than expected! Love it.

By on Saturday, November 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 49,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great price. Loads of features, I feel safe in it"

Cons: "Rear blinds spots. Auto dimming rear mirror"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Cons: The biggest drawback for me are the blind spots. The high rear design makes is difficult to see cars to your left and right when backing up or changing lanes. I find myself using the backup camera more than I would like to. This model also comes with the auto-dimming rear view mirror. If I had a choice, I would not have it....too dim at night. Pros: Purchased used seven months ago and I absolutely love it. Great features for the price...power leather seats, heated seats both front and rear. Rear split seats adjust up and back and recline a little. Bluetooth syncing is a breeze. Radio is Sirius XM ready. Backup Camera is a good size...I use it all the time. Great cargo space is great and overall a comfortable ride. Super comfortable rear seats. Great leg and head room. We travelled from Florida to Delaware and the comfort level was A+. I have not had any issues. Handlings well overall, although I always feel that I need to hold on with both hands when on the highway and at high speeds. Maybe a little "drifty" but nothing major. I was in the market for a used vehicle with loads of perks under $24K. I also considered the Mazda CX5 but it did not offer the same bang for the buck. I bought the Sante Fe because my brother and sister both have the exact (exact) same vehicle. They both purchased new, and they both raved and raved. Did I mention how sharp the Sante Fe looks? I am proud to park it in my driveway. I have no regrets. Quality car."

11 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Great Vehicle and Better MPG than Rated

By on Tuesday, November 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "A lot of vehicle for the money!"

Cons: "No driver memory settings for seat/mirrors."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We love our Santa Fe Sport with the base engine and front wheel drive. On a trip to the Wisconsin Dells area this summer we got 32 MPG on a tank in rural driving and average at least 24 MPG in mixed Chicago area driving. The base engine has sufficient power and the steering/turning radius are great. Comfortable and easy to drive! Having memory settings for each driver's seat/mirror positions would have been a convenient option."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Love My Car

By on Sunday, October 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Heated seats in front and back, lots of cubbies"

Cons: "Blind spots, No lane change notification,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Purchased my 2013 Sante Fe Sport 2.0T used. Car handles beautifully. Great features. Build quality feels secure. Heated driver, passenger and rear seats like in higher end cars. I test drove the Tiguan and the Madza CX5 and although the Madza was an excellent contender, I got so much more for the buck by purchasing the Sante Fe. The 100K drivetrain warranty was also a factor. My only compliant is that the car does have some blind spots due to the way the car is shaped in the back. I also am not crazy about the auto dimming real view mirror which gets too dark if your tint your windows, which is a must in Florida. Other than those two items, I love this car and would absolutely buy it again. Sufficient storage space in the back. Which it had trunk release function. Still, I absolutely recommend this care. I give a 9.5 overall. I have had this car for 4 months. No issues, concerns or regrets."

12 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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