The current generation of the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe has been released back in 2012 as a 2013 model year and since then it became one of the better selling crossovers around the World. A feature which helped it achieve this feat is the fact that it is available in two different forms. There is the usual Santa Fe which is a long wheelbase version of the car and it offers seating for up to seven people and there is the Sport model which is the shorter version and which only offers five seats. In any case though, the design of the car is quite similar and the interiors are pretty much identical.
Engine wise, the two cars are quite different from each other because the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport comes with two engine choices while the usual long wheelbase version comes with one. The base Sport model gets a naturally aspirated 2.4 liter inline 4 which is good for 190 horsepower and little over 180 lb-ft of torque which is not much by any standards but it is certainly enough for the car.
The option comes in the form of a 2 liter turbocharged inline 4 petrol engine which at 264 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque it is quite a bit more capable. This offers a similar fuel consumption to the larger engine with the advantage of the much better performance it offers. Front wheel drive is standard on both and so is the 6 speed automatic gearbox while the all wheel drive system can only be had as an optional extra. The 2 liter version is capable to get to 60 MPH in just 6.6 seconds which is done only by revving the engine quite high due to its turbocharged nature.
The larger model of the Hyundai Santa Fe on the other hand comes only with a single engine, a 3.3 liter naturally aspirated V6 which is vastly different than the 2 liter turbocharged mill. This can offer 290 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque and it offers a much more elastic experience. It is mated to the same 6 speed automatic as the other two and it can be had with front or all wheel drive. This can achieve 60 MPH from a standing start in 7.5 seconds mostly due to the extra weight of the car.
In terms of design the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe remained unchanged since the 2015 model. However, the Sport edition of the car received a small tweak with a new front grille and a new pair of headlights. These may seem identical at a first glance but the headlights have been moved further out and the grille is more similar to that of the long wheelbase version. The cabins of the two cars also remained very similar to the 2015 model with the only change here being the deletion of the saddle-colored leather on the long wheelbase version. This has been replaced by a new color which should make it feel a bit more upmarket.
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Price
Over the previous model, the new car features a few improvements inside the cabin as well as a slight change of design for the Sport model. The price remained similar to that of the 2015 model so the base Sport models comes at around $25,000 while the more premium and larger version of the car starts at just over $31,695 (according to car and driver). The cars are already available on the US market and acording to hyundaiusa.com official you can find it: $289 per month for 36 months with $2,249 due at lease signing or 0.9% APR for up to 60 months or up to $1,500 Cash Back.
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January 20, 2017