KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 11/15/2013
The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe comes to play against a very solid field that includes the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer and Nissan Pathfinder. An extended version of the popular Santa Fe Sport, the 7-passenger Santa Fe offers more interior room, a long list of standard comfort and safety features and the most powerful V6 engine in the segment. The Santa Fe can be ordered with front- or all-wheel drive (FWD, AWD) and, with the exception of the missing DVD entertainment system, can generally match its competitors item for item while still undercutting them by a few hundred dollars. Of course, Hyundai doesn't skimp to keep the Santa Fe's price low, as witnessed by the handsome interior and elegant styling.
You'll Like This Car If...
Needing room for seven but the budget says, "better shop used?" The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe may just surprise you with its bang-for-the-buck content.
You May Not Like This Car If...
Big jobs sometimes require a V8 engine. If you're towing more than 5,000 pounds or require off-road readiness, the Jeep Grand Cherokee or a full-size SUV such as the Chevrolet Tahoe makes a better choice.
What's New for 2014
The Hyundai Santa Fe for 2014 now offers Blind Spot Detection on all trims, while the Technology package adds rear parking assist. Other new options include HID headlights and LED taillights.
No one expects a big crossover SUV to excel in the areas of handling and acceleration, but the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe actually might surprise a few diehards. On the open road, the Santa Fe glides along with little effort. The 3-mode steering setup tracks straight and true and the compliant ride walks a fine line between jarringly harsh and marshmallow mush. Inside, wind and road noise are minimal, although we think the Nissan Pathfinder and Ford Explorer are a tad better insulated. Power for the Santa Fe comes from a 3.3-liter V6 offering 290 horsepower, but only 252 lb-ft of real hardworking torque. But, thanks to a significantly lighter body than most of its competition, the 2014 Santa Fe accomplishes swift takeoffs and passing maneuvers with ease. When the all-wheel-drive system is added, however, climbing hills and making mid-range passes (40-60 mph) feel more like work.
HYUNDAI BLUE LINK
Beyond the expected concierge services, SOS emergency assistance, news, weather and turn-by-turn navigation help, Blue Link's 3-level telematics system includes a parent-centric app that sends you a text if your Santa Fe is driven over a preset speed, past a curfew time or beyond a preset "geofence" perimeter.
A 1-touch power tilt/slide sunroof is cool, but one with a sky view that spans all three rows is triple cool.
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