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New Car Review: 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport on Everyman Driver

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2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Review on Everyman Driver
2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Review on Everyman Driver

Available with three fuel efficient engines and five, six or seven passenger seating configurations, the family-friendly Santa Fe lineup adds even more value in 2014 with new safety technologies and premium features.

For added convenience and security, the 2014 Santa Fe now offers Hyundai’s Blind Spot Detection system (BSD) and a rear parking assistance system. Using advanced sonar sensors, the BSD system continually monitors traffic around the Santa Fe and if another vehicle is detected within a set distance, audio and visual elements alert the driver. Blind Spot Detection is standard on all Premium Package vehicles, Santa Fe Sport 2.0T and Santa Fe Limited. In addition to the BSD, 2014 Santa Fe models equipped with the Technology package will have color keyed rear parking assistance sensors discreetly mounted in the rear bumper to enhance safety by sounding an audible alarm when an obstacle is detected in reverse. These new features enhance Santa Fe’s Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) highest honor as a Top Safety Pick. To improve form and function, HID Xenon headlights and LED taillights will be available on the 2014 Santa Fe models. Also by popular demand, Santa Fe Sports equipped with panoramic sunroofs are now equipped with roof rails.

The Theta II GDI 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with a Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) fuel delivery system contributes to improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions in Santa Fe Sport. This shorter, more direct path of fuel delivery, allows for greater control of the fuel mixture at the optimum moment, thus improving efficiency. The fuel is injected by a camshaft-driven, high pressure pump that operates at pressures up to 2,175 psi. Direct injection also utilizes a higher-than-normal 11.3 compression ratio for increased power. When compared to other naturally-aspirated engines, this power plant has best-in-class power-to-weight ratio. The high-tech, all-aluminum, 16-valve engine also features Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (DCVVT) and a Variable Induction System (VIS) for better engine breathing.

 

Video Below: Detailed Drive and Review of the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport on Everyman Driver

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