2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Review

Developed as a prime time next generation Sports Utility Vehicle, 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has been described as one of the most reliable cars out there. The previous model released in 2014 was awarded the title for “Best Three Row SUV model” in the United States. It should be however noted that the model has undergone several facelifts and is highly devoted towards greater modifications to be carried out this year. Major issues addressed will include performance capabilities, design and drivability. One should take note that these changes will be subtle in nature, but they can be still felt and assessed for further upgrades.

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport front

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Trim Versions

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is said to be available in a set of two different trim versions – GLS & Limited. The former model offers a greater seating capacity compared to the latter; it can comfortably accommodate a total of 7 adult passengers. However, the Limited version offers a 5 seater configuration but is high on luxury – that is to be said – what it lacks in size, it makes up in luxury. One should note that the latter model has a predominant 2 row seating arrangement in addition to featuring captain chairs for maximum comfort of the passengers.

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport rear

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Mpg, Engine Specs & Platform

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport offers a primary front wheel driving along with an optional all wheel drive platform. It is further speculated to feature a combined fuel economy of 20 mpg on AWD model and 21mpg on RWD model. With improving technology, one can safely assume that its fuel efficiency will effectively increase over the years. Its power train has the following characteristics:

The model use a standard 24 valve GDI DOHC 3.3L, V 6 cylinder engine.

It can produce a total of 290HP power & 252lbft torque and has a Direct Fuel Injection system.

The engine configuration is the same as that of the previous model.

It has been further mated with an updated automatic 6 speed power transmission system.

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Interior & Exterior Changes

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has an impressive set of safety features and after collision measures for its customers. This includes a newly installed “Blue Link Connected Care” module for rescue operations during an emergency situation. This system can be easily operated using a switch or button which then sends a signal to the nearest assistance team. Other interior features include a leather based steering wheel and seats, an updated infotainment system, luxurious sports design, etc. Major exterior modifications include heated mirrors, redesigned rear bumper, newly installed tail lights, etc.

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport interior

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Price & Release Date

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is expected to make its 4th generation production debut by the second half of 2015 as a 2016 model; however, authorities are yet to declare a specific date of release. Its price is also estimated to range effectively from $30,000 – $34,000 for its GLS & Limited models respectively. One should, however, note that, the model will have stiff competition from other premium SUV lineups such as Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot and Nissan Pathfinder, etc.


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