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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.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 7.6
  • 6.9
  • 6.9
  • 8.4
  • 7.9
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How It Ranks

#17

out of 23

Fuel Economy

#7

out of 23

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

9.1 out of 10
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2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Low/wide front photo 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
2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Front angle view photo

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.
Favorite Features

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
2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo 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
2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport photo

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
2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Engine photo

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 manual 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)

Pricing Notes

The base front-drive 2014 Santa Fe Sport has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) right around $25,000, the AWD version is just over $27,000, the front-drive Sport 2.0T is over $31,000 and the 2.0T AWD is just over $33,000. The Popular Equipment Package will add $1,150 to the Sport model and both the Premium and Technology Packages are $3,200, but the 2014 Santa Fe Sport still maintains a price advantage over comparably equipped competitors. In addition, it includes Hyundai's commendable and worthwhile 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and 5-year roadside assistance program. Be sure to check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. For the long term, the Santa Fe Sport should retain residual values slightly below those of the Toyota RAV4 but better than those of the Kia Sorento, Ford Edge and Chevrolet Equinox.

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2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 59 Ratings for the 2013 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Love my Hyundai Santa Fe

By on Friday, April 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,250

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great ride, great gas mileage"

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

"I love my Santa Fe....It gets great gas mileage, great mid-size, my grandchildren love the reclining back seats, it has very attractive interior....can't say enough about it!"

Beware of Engine Problems

By on Friday, April 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
8/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "luxury feel"

Cons: "engine is prone to failure"

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

"After test driving many small SUVs, I purchased a 2014 Santa Fe Sport 2.4L. On the drive home from the dealership, I realized the engine was making a strange noise. When I called the dealership, they told me the engine noise was normal. I even took it in twice and they still told me it was a normal noise. It wasn't until I took the car in for an oil change 2 months later that they found metal filings in the oil pan and said they would replace the engine with a new one. Unfortunately "new" meant remanufactured in their vocabulary. After searching the Internet, I've found that others have experienced this same problem, so there is clearly something wrong at the manufacturer. Anyway, my gas mileage has declined considerably with the new engine and Hyundai is telling me to go through arbitration if I'm not happy."

12 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Great car

By on Saturday, March 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,600

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Comparable to similar cars which cost 10K more"

Cons: "Nothing that I noticed so far after 3 months."

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

"We were shopping for a 2nd car and looked at SUV from Hondas, BMW,Toyotas, Kia, Subarus. We were initially impressed with the shape, took a test drive and my wife was wow by it. My brother a car enthusiast owns a Lexus SUV and he checked it out and commented that it is almost the same with the Lexus but with a $10K discount. He noted some of the engine electrical components are from Germany (Bosch) which is top quality. We owned Mercedes and Toyotas before and we are impressed by the fit and finish overall. The turbo makes overtaking a little safer. Mileage is just average, at 27 mpg on the freeway. It is just a beautiful car inside and outside with great features, like wood trim dash, heated seats, 19 ins wheels, etc"

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Great suv....handles nicely..gas milage is a plus

By on Monday, March 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,500

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
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "gas milage, alot of extras are standard"

Cons: "would like Larger sun visors, and lighted mirrors"

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

"We went from Suburbans to a Tahoe to a Sante Fe. We have several friends with Santa Fes and they praised them. So for gas milage mainly we traded and bought a 2013 Sante Fe in 2012. We have had it a year and a half and still really like it. My husband is a big guy and says he has plenty of leg and head room. It goes in the snow just fine. Our next suv may well be another Sante Fe. We like the fact that alot of the upgrades on other vehicles are standard on this one."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Great Car, not so great mileage

By on Friday, March 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very roomy, comfortable ride"

Cons: "lower than expected mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Car is what we wanted. Did a lot of research. Actually wanted a Honda (CRV or Pilot) as that's what we've owned before and liked. Biggest consideration was driver comfort and the Hyundai had by far the roomiest cabin especially for leg comfort on long distance drives. Within a month of buying the car we put 5000 miles on it going to Colorado (Rocky Mtn National / Denver) and back to Wisconsin and then north to Lake Superior. Was very comfortable. I was expecting better mileage though. About 22 in city driving and 27 on the Hwy. Have had no mechanical issues of any kind. I also saw some comments that it "wandered" on the highway. Had absolutely no issues with that on the trip. Can't think of a better test than that trip. My only real issue is the service, wish we had another dealer in the area. I would recommend the car and if in the market for another one I would buy it again."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Great Car, not so great mileage

By on Friday, March 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very roomy, comfortable ride"

Cons: "lower than expected mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Car is what we wanted. Did a lot of research. Actually wanted a Honda (CRV or Pilot) as that's what we've owned before and liked. Biggest consideration was driver comfort and the Hyundai had by far the roomiest cabin especially for leg comfort on long distance drives. Within a month of buying the car we put 5000 miles on it going to Colorado (Rocky Mtn National / Denver) and back to Wisconsin and then north to Lake Superior. Was very comfortable. I was expecting better mileage though. About 22 in city driving and 27 on the Hwy. Have had no mechanical issues of any kind. I also saw some comments that it "wandered" on the highway. Had absolutely no issues with that on the trip. Can't think of a better test than that trip. My only real issue is the service, wish we had another dealer in the area. I would recommend the car and if in the market for another one I would buy it again."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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