2015 Hyundai Santa Fe
The electric power steering system now uses a 32-bit microprocessor that delivers a refined steering feel. The revised steering system retains the Driver Selectable Steering Mode, which features a retuned Sport setting that takes advantage of the updated microprocessor and offers firmer steering. Front wheel bushings have also been retuned for 2015, which also enhances steering feel.
Suspension enhancements for the 2015 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport increase wheel bearing stiffness and lower control arm bushing stiffness, which increases the overall lateral stiffness of the front suspension. Revised rear suspension geometry and bushings increase lateral stiffness.
Hyundai Santa Fe continues to offer front- or all-wheel drive and seating options for five, six or seven passengers. The 2015 Santa Fe Sport is powered by an efficient 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine or the powerful, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The 2015 Santa Fe uses the acclaimed 3.3-liter Lambda II V-6. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all Santa Fe models.
New standard features for 2015 include daytime running lights, a driver’s blind spot mirror and an auto up/down front passenger power window. Sparkling Silver and Platinum Graphite paint colors are new for 2015. Hyundai’s new power Hands-Free Smart Liftgate with Auto Open is now available, which makes it even easier for owners to gain access to the cargo area when their hands are full. The system makes it easy for the driver to keep both feet on the ground, simply waiting for the liftgate to open after standing within a few feet of the rear bumper with the key fob in a purse or pocket.
Base model estimated miles per gallon: 20/27. Estimated starting price: $30,150.
Compiled by Motor Matters