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2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Impresses

2016-Hyundai-Santa-Fe-frontI recently drove a 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited that was really impressive with so many safety, convenience and technology features.  Many of them were included in the manufacturer’s base price of $36,250.  Since many manufacturers charge extra for any of these features, it was refreshing to see them included in the Limited.  

Admittedly, the Limited is the top of the line and other models have a lower starting price.  The all-wheel-drive version I drove was more than the FWD model of the Limited, which starts at $31,295.  The AWD version also gets slightly less fuel economy than the FWD versions.  It averages 17 mpg in town and 22 on the road, or an average of 19 mpg.

The Hyundai’s attractive design makes the mid-sized crossover SUV stand out from other sport utility vehicles. With its elegant good looks, the Hyundai Santa Fe can go to the best restaurants or even the opera, and never look out of place alongside the Lexus, Mercedes or Volvos in the parking area.  With its leather, heated and ventilated seats and leather-wrapped steering wheel, the Hyundai Limited is definitely one of the most attractive SUVs.  It’s also nice to have three rows of seats if you have a large family.

My Santa Fe came in a sparkling Monaco White with beige interior, and rolled easily on 19″ alloy wheels.  Front fog lights and daytime running lights were also very appreciated features since it was foggy and rainy much of the week.

The Santa Fe performs beautifully, thanks to its 3.0 Liter gasoline direct-inject engine that produces 290 HP.  It operates on a 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC and has an on-demand all-wheel drive capability.  

Vehicle stability management with traction control holds the Santa Fe tightly to the road during twists and turns or pothole bumps.  The ABS (automatic brake system) with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist plus downhill brake control and hill start assist control also play a major role in the SUV’s great performance.2016-Hyundai-Santa-Fe-rear

Features I especially appreciated included the advanced navigation and rear cross traffic alert. I’ll admit the lane change assist isn’t one of my favorite features, especially when the road is under construction and it’s difficult to see where the lines are supposed to be.  The constant beeping can prove annoying on a difficult stretch.

The Santa Fe has lots of high-tech safety features that use Hyundai Blue Link Telematics System.  With the mobile app, a smart phone can handle the car remotely, locking, unlocking and even starting the car so it has a chance to warm up in cold weather before the driver gets in.  Can’t remember where you parked?  No problem with the mobile app, which has a car finder feature.  Now if only the feature worked on lost keys or even worse, lost smart phone!

Hyundai added an optional package, the Ultimate Package, which added $4,650 to the base price.  This package included the high density discharge headlights, LED taillights, Panoramic sunroof, and an 8″ touchscreen navigation system plus numerous other features.    




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