- Three-row crossover related to the Santa Fe Sport
- 290-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 engine
- Several new options for 2014
The largest of Hyundai’s pair of Santa Fe branded crossovers, the three-row 2014 Santa Fe offers plenty of utility and modern style after its full redesign last year.
Hyundai also offers a five-seat, two-row variant of the Santa Fe dubbed the Santa Fe Sport which is covered separately on this site. Those that want more space should opt for the larger Santa Fe, which is 8.5-inches longer giving it extra seating and cargo capacity. There are both six- and seven-seat variants of the Santa Fe; a three-person split folding bench second row is standard, with captain’s chairs optional.
For 2014, the Santa Fe adds new available features including a blind spot warning system, rear parking sensors, ventilated front seats, and xenon HID headlights.
The Santa Fe’s design looks familiar, continuing the “fluidic sculpture” design language that Hyundai has opted for over the past several years. A hexagonal grille sits up front, flanked by prominent head and fog light fixtures.18-inch wheels come standard, with larger 19-inch alloys optional. Also available are a panoramic moonroof, LED taillights, and a power liftgate for easier loading/unloading.
Under the hood, there’s only one engine option: a 290-hp, direct-injected 3.3-liter V-6 that is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional. An Active Eco mode, which eases throttle response for improved fuel efficiency is standard. Towing capacity is 5,000 pounds. Fuel economy figures check-in at 18/24-25 mpg city/highway (lower number is with all-wheel drive).
Inside, the Santa Fe’s redesign also gave it a new cabin treatment. There is also 146.6 cubic feet of space, which bests much of the competition. A power driver’s seat, heated front seats, and air conditioning come standard. The 2014 Santa Fe also offers plenty of standard technology, with Bluetooth connectivity, HD radio, and a USB/iPod port coming on every model. Hyundai’s Blue Link communication system, similar to GM’s OnStar system, comes with a free three-month subscription but requires a monthly payment after that.
The 2014 Santa Fe is an IIHS Top Safety Pick and comes with seven airbags, backup camera, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system with traction control standard.