Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Gets Renamed

Interior updates and exterior improvements are common practices among auto manufacturers. But name changes are something else. In 2019, Hyundai decided to rename its popular SUV, called the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, to just the “Santa Fe.” Although the company simplified the name, there is nothing basic about the Santa Fe, which is roomier, more tech-savvy, and safer than ever before. This year's Hyundai is the same length as the Sport, which means that occupants automatically have more room in the cabin and for cargo space than before. An added bonus is that the Santa Fe builds on the Sport's amenities. You'll get more standard features in the base model, plus even more features added on in the higher-level trims. If you're wondering what you have to look forward to in the 2019 Santa Fe, here's what you should know. 

The Exterior 

The Santa Fe captures your attention at first glance with a total of nine exterior paint colors. These colors can be paired with one of three interior colors to make a picture-perfect match. Adding to the SUV's appeal is a rear privacy glass, which also provides protection from the sun's harmful rays, and an acoustic laminated glass in the front that helps to reduce the noise level in the cabin. Variable intermittent windshield wipers in the front with multiple speed settings and intermittent wipers in the back will take care of rain, sleet, or snow so that you can keep driving safely to your destination. The Santa Fe has LED running daytime lights and LED accent lights, which enhance its visibility as well as its style. These features are fairly common among 2019 vehicles. But one exterior feature that really sets that Santa Fe apart is a stop light mounted to the roof in the back. This light makes it much easier for drivers to see you, which in turn reduces your likelihood of getting into an accident. The car comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels that can be upgraded if you prefer a more distinct look. 

Inside the Santa Fe 

On the inside, the Santa Fe is just as impressive. There are a number of standard amenities to look forward to that will keep even the pickiest driver and passengers satisfied. Standard amenities include dual USB ports in the front and the rear, as well as a rearview camera that keeps tabs on your surroundings so that you can reverse with confidence and avoid hitting objects in your path. Air conditioning comes standard for the convenience of all occupants, and the driver gets a customized ride with a tilt-telescopic steering wheel. Controls for the audio system and the infotainment system are located on the steering wheel for convenience. You will also have controls for Bluetooth, which is a standard amenity in the car's infotainment system. A multi-information display panel that shows you all the vital features of your car's performance is another standard amenity. The windows are power-operated, and both the doors and the liftgate can be controlled remotely so that you don't have to worry about having your hands free to access the vehicle. 

Safety First 

Safety is certainly a priority in this year's SUV, which has a variety of active and passive safety features to keep you and your passengers safe. Throughout the cabin, the Santa Fe is equipped with a sophisticated airbag and seat belt system that restrains and protects occupants in case of a crash. Safety features on this vehicle include seat belt pretensioners and load limiters. In the back row, a LATCH system helps to safely secure child seats. The frame of the Santa Fe is fortified with a front crumple zone, and the body has side reinforcements to give the car extra durability in case of an accident. In addition to its passive safety amenities, the Santa Fe has cutting-edge driver assist safety features including lane-keep assist, forward-collision warning, and driver attention warning, which detects if a driver is getting drowsy or distracted and sends an audible warning. The Santa Fe also has forward collision detection and mitigation with pedestrian detection, and it has rear cross-traffic alert and collision avoidance in the rear to prevent collisions with objects behind you. Strong bumpers protect the SUV in case you get into a minor accident. 

Plenty of Power 

The Santa Fe checks off the boxes for style, safety, and convenience. But it also has quite a bit of power for a family SUV. The base engine is a 2.4L engine that generates up to 185 HP at 6,000 RPM and produces up to 178 LB-FT of torque at 4,000 RPM. The engine has direct injection technology, and it operates on standard gasoline. The engine is matched with an eight-speed automatic transmission. 

Although the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is no longer in production, it has been replaced by an even better car. The newest Santa Fe has a lot to offer across the board, including a well-equipped interior, a durable exterior, and plenty of safety features. With all that it offers, this is one solid SUV that Hyundai fans can look forward to owning. 
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