of the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. Base trim shown.
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- Stylish, upscale interior
- Turbo four-cylinder performance
- Panoramic moonroof available
- Under-floor storage
- Third-row comfort (Santa Fe)
- Over-shoulder visibility
- Subpar mileage
Two-row Santa Fe Sport, three-row Santa Fe
Front- or all-wheel drive
Four-cylinder or V-6 engine
Hands-free power liftgate available
Blind spot warning system available
Ventilated front seats available
What Is the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport?
The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is a five-seat SUV that competes with the Ford Edge, Toyota RAV4, Subaru Outback, Nissan Murano and Honda CR-V. It's available in 2.4L and 2.0L Turbo trim levels, both of which are available with front- or all-wheel drive. The larger, three-row Santa Fe is covered separately.
What's New on the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport?
There are no significant changes to the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.
How Does the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Compare to Other SUVs?
The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport's base 190-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine outdoes that of both the Honda CR-V (185 hp) and Subaru Outback (175 hp). Conversely, the AWD Santa Fe Sport is heavier than both those models - 23 pounds heavier than the Outback and 137 pounds heavier than a CR-V - and the end result is lower efficiency ratings than its rivals. While the AWD Santa Fe Sport offers up to an EPA-estimated 21 mpg combined with its base engine, the Outback and CR-V can manage up to 28 and 27 mpg combined, respectively.
The Santa Fe Sport's optional turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is rated at 264 hp, outdoing the V-6 engines in both the Subaru Outback (256 hp) and Nissan Murano (260 hp). But as with the base engine, the Santa Fe Sport's mpg ratings lag when compared with rivals, topping out at 22 mpg combined with front-wheel drive. A front-wheel-drive Murano can offer up to 24 mpg combined, while the AWD Outback matches the Hyundai with 22 mpg combined with a V-6 engine.
What Features in the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Are Most Important?
The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport comes standard with a 190-hp, 2.4-liter engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Notable standard features include driver-selectable steering modes, remote keyless entry and heated side mirrors. As is required in all new vehicles, the 2016 Santa Fe Sport comes equipped with an electronic stability system, antilock brakes and front airbags.
The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is available with a 264-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Significant optional features include leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a panoramic moonroof, a navigation system with 8-inch touchscreen, a 115-volt household power outlet, a blind spot warning system and high-intensity-discharge headlights.
Should I Buy the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport?
The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport distinguishes itself with a stylish interior and the excellent performance of its available turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Of course, that performance comes at a cost, with both its standard and optional engines offering notably lower mpg ratings than other SUVs in its class.
While it doesn't offer higher-end luxury features like the Nissan Murano, its interior is nonetheless comfortable and feature-rich. The Santa Fe Sport does a little bit of everything well, which is itself impressive.
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