Nuts & Bolts: 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe

Sunday, August 17, 2014
Bottom line: The long-wheelbase Hyundai Santa Fe models, the GLS and Limited, are excellent haulers for large families, or for those who are called upon for family and community taxi duty. The Santa Fe Sport best serves smaller families or drivers who routinely face heavy urban traffic.

Ride, acceleration and handling: The Santa Fe Limited gets excellent ride marks in the city and on the highway. Acceleration and handling are excellent on the highway, acceptable in the city.

Head-turning quotient: It is big and attractive in an American sort of way.

Body style/layout: The Santa Fe Limited and GLS are front-engine, front-wheel-drive crossover-utility vehicles largely based on car platforms. All-wheel-drive versions are available.

Engine/transmission: The Santa Fe Limited comes standard with a 3.3-liter, gasoline-direct-injection, 24-valve V-6 engine with variable valve timing. The engine is linked to a six-speed automatic transmission that can be operated manually. Regular unleaded gas is recommended.

Mileage: I averaged 24 miles per gallon on the highway carrying two people, a large dog and an estimated 200 pounds of cargo.

Capacities: Seating is for up to seven people with smaller folks in the two rearmost seats. Cargo capacity with all seats in place is 13.5 cubic feet. With the center and rear seats folded, it is 80 cubic feet. Fuel capacity is 18.8 gallons. The Santa Fe Limited can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

Safety: Standard equipment includes four-wheel disc brakes (ventilated front/solid rear) and four-wheel anti-lock brake protection.

Pricing: The front-wheel-drive 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited starts at $33,700. (Add $1,400 for the all-wheel-drive model). Price as tested is $39,540. Dealer’s price as tested is $37,000.

— Warren Brown