The Hyundai Santa Fe was named the best 3-row $40,000 SUV in a 3-row challenge that consisted of top competitors in the SUV segment. The Santa Fe was named the best SUV by experts at Cars.com, USA Today and MotorWeek. The judges combined their feedback with an evaluation of a consumer family that was in the market for a 3-row SUV. This challenge put seven 2014 model 3-row SUVs head to head. The vehicles were tested over a three day period. Within this three day period the SUVs went through a real-world gas mileage test, expert evaluations, as well as family evaluations. The expert’s scores accounted for 75%, family 15%, and fuel economy 10%. The Santa Fe that was provided was equipped with the Limited Technology Package.
In the real world gas mileage test the Santa Fe achieved the group’s highest with a rating at 22.5 mpg. It also received praise on its strong value under $40,000. The judges were impresses with the abundance of features in the Santa Fe. Features include the panoramic moonroof, rear sunshades, heated steering wheel, and cooled seats. The experts also commented on the acceleration, handling and infotainment system.
The 2014 Santa Fe Sport is assembled at the Hyundai production facility in Georgia. The Santa Fe starts with innovation. The Santa Fe Sport shows off the latest iteration of Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture designed named “storm edge”. It gives the Santa Fe Sport style that exhibits power and strength of nature. Dynamic side character lines add to the aerodynamic flow while design elements and chrome accents on the grill and door handles create a distinctly premium feeling. The aerodynamic design of the Santa Fe can help improve MPG. Two types of wheels are available on the Santa Fe Sport, the standard 17 inch alloy wheels will generate plenty of traction, there is also an 18 inch alloy wheel, and if the driver really wants to step things up then the available 19 inch Hyper Silver alloy wheels can be added.
The 2014 Santa Fe is also one of the safest vehicles out there for purchase. There are seven airbags in the Santa Fe including a driver’s knee airbag. There is also electronic stability control, this uses sensors in the steering system and at each wheel to compare where you want to go with where the car is headed. If there is a difference detected between the two then the Electronic Stability Control slows the appropriate wheel to redirect the car and help the driver keep course. The Santa Fe also has an excellent Anti-Lock Braking System. Emergency braking can cause the wheels of the vehicle to lock up and skid, this can result in loss of control. The Anti-Lock Braking System helps prevent the possibility of wheel lockup under hard braking.