2016 Hyundai Santa Fe arrives with new features, same design and a $24,950 price tag

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 24, 2014

For the 2015MY, the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has a starting price of $24,950, excluding the $875 freight charge. Still, more standard comfort and convenience equipment will be available for the 2015MY, as well as refinements brought to the steering and suspension systems. According to Hyundai, the 2015 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport models arrive with a 32-bit microprocessor that delivers a refined steering wheel.

Despite the change, the steering system keeps the Driver Selectable Steering Mode, which offers a ‘Sport’ setting that offers a firmer steering. Moreover, the steering feel was enhanced thanks to retuned front wheel bushings.

Comfort was improved thanks to suspension enhancements which increase wheel bearing stiffness and lower control arm bushing stiffness. In addition, the revised rear suspension geometry and bushings increase lateral stiffness.

Engines remain untouched on the Santa Fe Sport, which means we will find the Theta II 2.4-liter Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine that produces 190 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. Moreover, there is a Theta II 2.0-liter turbocharged GDI engine delivering 264 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque.

The Santa Fe LWB gets the Lambda 3.3-liter GDI V6 engine that generates 290 hp. The six-speed automatic transmission is offered as standard on all 2015 Santa Fe models. Also as standard for the 2015MY Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport models are the daytime running lights, driver’s blind spot mirror and auto up/down front passenger power window.

Two new colours are available: Sparkling Silver and Platinum Graphite. And the biggest improvement is the offering of a new power Hands-Free Smart Liftgate with Auto Open.

Standard safety equipment on the 2015 Santa Fe includes Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control System, seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, four-wheel disc brakes and ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) with Downhill Brake Control (DBC) and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

Press Release

2016 HYUNDAI SANTA FE LINEUP CONTINUES TO OFFER NUMEROUS STANDARD FEATURES WITH SIMPLIFIED INTERIOR PACKAGE OFFERINGS

The award-winning Hyundai Santa Fe lineup heads into 2016 continuing to pack a healthy list of standard features, available premium convenience and entertainment items, while sporting simplified interior offerings. The 2016 Santa Fe Sport starts at $24,950, which is unchanged from the previous model year and is arriving in dealerships now. The 3-row Santa Fe begins at $30,400 and will land in dealers in June. Both prices exclude an $895 freight charge.

Enhancements to the electric power steering system and suspension last year further sharpened the Santa Fe’s world-class ride and handling. Hyundai’s Driver Selectable Steering Mode received an updated 32-bit microprocessor and tuning for a firmer steering feel. Also new last year were stiffer wheel bearings, lower control arm bushings, revised rear suspension geometry and bushings all helping to increase lateral stiffness.

Hyundai Santa Fe continues to offer front- or all-wheel drive and seating options for five, six or seven passengers. The 2016 Santa Fe Sport is powered by an efficient 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine or the powerful, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. 2016 Santa Fe uses the acclaimed 3.3-liter Lambda II V-6. All Santa Fe engines use gasoline direct injection and Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT). A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all Santa Fe models.

Standard features include remote keyless entry with alarm, body color heated exterior power mirrors with driver’s blind spot mirror, LED headlight accents, steering wheel mounted audio and cruise control and Bluetooth hands-free phone system. Premium features such as xenon headlights, panoramic sunroof, navigation and 12-speaker Infinity Logic7® surround sound audio system are options. Also offered is Hyundai’s innovative power Hands-Free Smart Liftgate with Auto Open, 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.To simplify the Santa Fe lineup, the GLS (7-passenger) trim has been renamed SE for 2016 and the saddle interior option is no longer available on the Santa Fe Sport or Santa Fe. Java Espresso replaces Frosted Mocha on the exterior paint color palette on the 3-row Santa Fe.

Standard safety equipment on the 2016 Santa Fe lineup includes Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control System, seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, four-wheel disc brakes and ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) with Downhill Brake Control (DBC) and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

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