Hyundai revealed freshened versions of its two midsize SUVs today at the Chicago Auto Show. Due to go on sale shortly as early 2017 models, the 7-passenger Santa Fe and shorter 5-passenger Santa Fe Sport boast updated styling along with added infotainment, convenience, and safety features.
Outside, a freshened front fascia hosts a brushed-appearance grille and revised headlights, with LED running and fog lights being newly available. In back, revisions include restyled taillights and exhaust outlets along with a new bumper. In between is new rocker-panel trim incorporating silver accents.
New features abound. Now standard on the 3-row Santa Fe and optional on the 2-row Sport is a 7-inch touchscreen with Android Auto. An 8-inch screen is featured with the available navigation system. Other newly available features include power height adjustment for the driver seat and matte-finish wood interior trim.
On the high-tech side, you can now get a multi-view camera, adaptive cruise control with start/stop function, lane-departure warning, forward collision alert and mitigation with pedestrian detection, and dynamic headlights with automatic high beams. A new Infinity audio system is offered that features QuantumLogic surround sound and Clari-Fi music restoration capability. Also available is a hands-free power liftgate that opens automatically when the driver stands nearby with the key in their pocket or purse. Hyundai’s next-generation Blue Link system that’s standard on the Santa Fe and optional on the Santa Fe Sport brings numerous new capabilities, including remote start with climate control, remote door lock/unlock, and Blue Link Guidance, which includes Destination Search powered by Google.
Santa Fe was already a darned good vehicle — as evidenced by it being a Consumer Guide® Best Buy in the Midsize SUV class — but these updates make it even better. And the best news is, you don’t have to wait long to buy it.