Sometimes I fall into the train of thought that “bigger is better”. In my mind, I want a big vehicle, with a big engine, that’s packed with lots of features. The downside: a bigger vehicle usually comes with a big price tag, and a big gas bill. There’s also the fact that while I “think” I need the extra room for friends or family, it’s not used all that often. With that mindset, I often overlook the practicality of a compact SUV or crossover like the five passenger 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.
2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T Fun To Drive Even In Houston Stop & Go Traffic
The more I drive it, the more I like it…those were my first thoughts after a quick spin in the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0 T. There’s something about that turbo engine (264 hp with 269 lb. ft. of torque) I found habit forming. Navigating through the suburbs, I found the power made driving in stop and go traffic a little more fun. Yes, fun, which surprised me, because that’s a 4 cylinder engine with enough pep to make me go “Whee!”
Let’s be clear, there’s no underground club of “soccer moms” that race our SUVs while the kids are in school. Wait, if this does exist, can someone please tell me immediately? But seriously, if you’re anything like me, you want the family car to fit your lifestyle and your personality, without being boring to drive. I want an interior that doesn’t feel cramped in my two mile trek to the elementary school, or my weekend road trip to Austin. I also want it to have a sporty exterior that makes it stand out from the pack. Hyundai accomplishes that with the new two tone grille, and spacious interior.
Features & Technology Are Packed Into The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T
For whatever reason, crossovers seem to sit in the boring, cookie cutter category. The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T is a refreshing change to the segment. Like the rest of the Hyundai line-up, the Santa Fe Sport is packed with features and technology. On the base model, standard features include: daytime running lights, a driver’s-side blind-spot mirror, auto up/down passenger window, air conditioning, cruise control, tilt/telescoping steering column, steering-wheel-mounted controls, remote keyless entry, and a stereo with HD radio, USB and auxiliary inputs, Bluetooth and BlueLink.
While the exterior has a sporty appearance, the interior combines sport with sophistication. Designers combined different materials that complement each other, so it doesn’t look or feel cheap. I’m quite fond of Hyundai’s easy to use infotainment system, and its features. On the 8 inch touchscreen, I was able to adjust the dual climate control, find nearby gas stations, see my team’s latest scores, and monitor local traffic.
I spent a week riding the Houston highways and backroads in the 2015 Santa Fe Sport 2.0 T with Ultimate package. The Ultimate package gave us the family favorite panoramic sunroof (one of my favorite features in all Hyundais is their panoramic sunroof), and the awesome sounding 12- speaker Infinity Logic surround sound system. Plus, 19-inch alloy wheels, HID headlights, LED taillights, navigation system with 8 inch touchscreen, integrated memory seats, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, rear parking sensors, and heated steering wheel.
Cars.com Named 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T “Small Family Car of The Year”
One of my biggest issues with the backseats of cars, whether its a sedan or SUV, revolves around air-flow and keeping the kids cool enough in the Houston inferno. With cleverly placed vents in the rear door of the Santa Fe Sport, cool air reaches the kids right around their shoulders. Speaking of cool, I earned major cool points when I used the auto open feature on the Hands-Free Smart Liftgate. Both my kids and our neighbors were impressed with my magic touch.
After a few days behind the wheel, I fell in love with the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, and am re-considering whether we need a larger SUV. Plenty of room inside with 35.4 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 71.5 cubic feet overall; fun to drive; and easy to maneuver; plus we’d save money at the pump are just a few of the reasons I would consider downsizing, and the 2015 Santa Fe Sport 2.0T covers all those and more.
After seven days together, running the kids to school and back, and my normal errands, I see why the experts at Cars.com awarded the 2015 Santa Fe Sport as the “Small Family Car of the Year.”
The 2015 Santa Fe Sport starts at $24,950, and was named by Kelley Blue Book as one of the 10 Best SUVs under $25k. Our version was the 2015 Santa Fe Sport FWD 2.0T in Mineral Gray with the Ultimate package, and had a price tag of $36,600. Visit Hyundai for more information on the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.