Crossovers are booming right now and Hyundai is setting up to keep pace. This week at the Chicago Auto Show the automaker unveiled upgrades to both the Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport.
To clarify before delving in: the main difference between the Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Sport remains that the Santa Fe comes with three rows and offers seating for up to seven while the Sport offers seating for five and does not have a third row.
Hyundai says that about 25 percent of the Santa Fe and Sport models are getting upgraded. To begin with, both models get new grilles, wheels, and taillights. LED Daytime Running Lights are now offered and the three-row Santa Fe offers LED fog lights. Both models also offer a new blue exterior paint.
Technology upgrades focus on new standard five-inch LCD screens. The three-row Santa Fe gets a new standard 7-inch with Android Auto. The Sports model offers an upgrade to an 8-inch screen with navigation and Android Auto. It also comes with new QuantumLogic Surround and and Clari-Fi Music Restoration Technology.
Both models come with standard safety technologies including Vehicle Stability Management with Electronic Stability Control and Traction Control, Brake Assist, Hill-Start Assist Control, Downhill Brake Control, and Tire Pressure Monitoring. A rearview camera also comes standard. Optional safety technology include a Multi-View camera System, Lane Departure Warning, and Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection.
The engine choices remain the same. However, both models will now offer Drive Mode selection. This allows drivers to choose between Sport, Eco, and Normal settings.
The Santa Fe Sport continues to offer the base 2.4-liter four-cylinder direct-injection engine and the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Each get 185-horsepower and 240-horsepower respectively. The larger Santa Fe continues to use the 3.3-liter Lambda II V6 engine with 290-horsepower. Both models uses six-speed automatic transmission. Both offer front- and all-wheel options. Hyundai notes that the Santa Fe Sport gets about a 1 mpg increase in fuel economy across the trims.
With the upgrades for 2017 comes a slight price increase of about $400 across the lineup. The Santa Fe Sport starts at $25,350. The upgrade to the 2.0-liter engine starts at $31,700. The top of the line Sport 2.0T Ultimate starts at $36,500. The three-row Santa Fe starts at $30,800. The Limited trim starts at $34,950, the Ultimate starts at $38,700, and the Limited Ultimate starts at $39,400. All trims and models offer AWD for about $2,000 more.
The upgraded 2017 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport head into production this summer.