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.
The complete recasting of this compact SUV brings a bolder appearance, impressively enhanced features and a serious dash of performance coupled with a gain in fuel economy to the Santa Fe Sport side of the family. The mid-size 2013 Santa Fe (reviewed separately) replaces the existing Veracruz in the Hyundai lineup.
The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport embodies what's become a classic Hyundai formula: offer a premium-feeling vehicle, with distinctive styling and upscale features, for the price that fits a more modest budget. With seating for five, two different 4-cylinder engines, front- or all-wheel drive (FWD, AWD), plus a lot of clever features, the Santa Fe Sport compact SUV offers a lot to shoppers. The suspension and steering setups get revised for a better sense of control, and a new power liftgate opens automatically if you just stand near it with the key in your pocket. It's a lot of crossover SUV, worth a look from anybody checking out vehicles ranging from the Toyota RAV4 and Chevrolet Equinox to the Ford Edge and Kia Sorento.