2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport FWD 2.0T (1101)

This week we’re looking at the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport FWD 2.0T GDI (Gas Direct Injection) 4-cylinder 264 horsepower engine.

An SUV is one of my favorite cars for its versatility and I have liked the Santa Fe from the very first one I tested in 2006. I think you will like it too. Below goes through explanation of the newer features that are becoming more commonplace on many (not all) vehicles available these days. This is a very nicely equipped SUV from one of the best car companies in business today.

General Information: It is assembled in West Point, Georgia, USA; Parts – US/Canadian 52%, Korea 48%; Engine and transmission – USA; Classification is Standard SUV. Cars from Hyundai: Accent, Azera, Elantra,Elantra Touring, Equus, Genesis, Genesis Coupe, Santa Fe, Sonata, Sonata Hybrid, Tucson, Veloster, Veracruz.

Handling & Performance:

Smooth easy handling with 264 Turbo horsepower that should be everything you need for all around nice driving.

Active Eco, engaged by a dashboard switch to the left of the steering wheel, modifies engine operation so you get more gradual acceleration, and the transmission tends to shift to higher gears sooner and isn’t as quick to downshift for passing. Active Eco also cuts off the fuel supply during deceleration, and Hyundai says all this electronic management can increase fuel economy as much as 7 percent.

The Downhill Brake Control (DBC) assists the driver when descending a steep hill without the driver depressing the brake pedal. It slows the vehicle to under approximately 6.3 mph (10 km/h) and lets the driver concentrate on steering the vehicle. This feature defaults to ‘off’ normally and can be set by the push of a button.


You’re the judge on this but it is up to my expectations inside and out.

Fit and Finish:

Well done is better than well said and Hyundai puts their money where their mouth is. This Santa Fe has come a long way over the years from when I first reviewed one when the first production Santa Fe rolled off Hyundai’s Montgomery, Alabama assembly line on April 18, 2006.


If this is within your budget it is well priced in my opinion.

Conveniences and comfort:

Most all of the bells and whistles I like in today’s demanding needs for travel that is quiet with good acceleration.

A few of my favorite features includes the proximity key entry with push button start, cross traffic sensor alerts, lane change assist, and that all important cruise control.

Another feature to consider is the DSSM (driver selectable steering mode) gives the driver an awesome sense of control when driving at low or high speeds. By choosing the “comfort mode”, you’ll experience a nice, lighter than usual steering wheel, making tight maneuvers like navigating a parking lot easier by decreasing the level of resistance 10 or 15%. “normal mode” is just that—typical resistance, not too light, not too stiff. And finally “sport mode” tightens the steering, much like that of a sports car—emulating better handing and an increased sense of control at high speeds (good for highway driving).

Consumer Recommendations:

I think you’ll find this to be a quality option among equally good competitors and worthy of your consideration.

You may want to consider Blue Link service. Hyundai says they’ve got your back with this feature that is included for one year from date of car being put into service. Surely that gives you time to decide if you want to subscribe beyond that. Key features of Blue Link are Automatic collision notification to call for help, SOS emergency assistance 24/7 all year with the push of a button, schedule an appointment for service without a phone call, simplify maintenance with email delivery of health of your vehicle.

Recognized Competition:

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport $32,000, Nissan Murano $30,000, Chevy Equinox $33,000, GMC Terrain $32,000, Honda HR-V$23,000, Jeep Cherokee $32,000.

Good News:

Great company, great standard size SUV, decent fuel economy, well priced and all around comfortable well equipped versatile vehicle, with a top of the heap warranty.

Bad News:

None noted in the week long testing.

Standard Equipment:

2.0 liter 264 hp turbo GDI 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed auto transmission, Active ECO system, stability management with traction control, ABS with Brake force distribution and brake assist, downhill brake control and hillstart assist control, front side and driver knee and side curtain airbags, 18” alloy wheels, front fog lights, auto headlight control, windshield wiper deicer and heated side mirrors with turn signal indicators, roof side rail, hands free smart liftgate with auto open, proximity key entry with push button start, leather seating with heated front seats, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, power driver seat with lumbar support and power passenger seat, 40/20/40 split folding second row seats with 60/40 slide and recline function, rear cross traffic alert and lane change assist, driver selectable steering modes, manual rear side window sunshades, dual zone climate control, auto dimming rearview mirror with compass, color LCD trip computer, steering wheel mounted cruise, audio and phone controls, 4.3” touchscreen color display, HD Radio technology with SiriusXM with 90 day trial, Blue Link Telematics system, trailer prep package.

Gas Stats:

$3.59/ Gal avg. August 2, 2015


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19 City and 26 Highway MPG


MSRP $31,250.

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