2017 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

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The Santa Fe was Hyundai's first SUV when it debuted back in 2000, and it proved popular enough to be split into two separate models; nowadays, drivers have the freedom to choose either the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe or the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. Both are outstanding models, but they each play to very different strengths and are built around very different needs and wants. Here's a quick overview of the major differences to help you choose between them.


The 2017 Santa Fe offers a 3.3L V6 powerhouse across all trim levels, providing up to 290 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque for responsive driving dynamics. A six-speed automatic transmission comes as standard to achieve up to 18 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway, or 18 and 24 with all-wheel drive. It can even tow up to 5,000 lbs for when you head out of Glenview and want to take haul your boat to the lake.

The Sport is powered by either a 185-horsepower four-cylinder or a 240-horsepower turbo engine, and it can only tow up to 3,500 lbs. However, it will earn up to 21 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway with the standard engine or 20 and 28 with the turbo.

Interior Space

Your seating needs are probably going to be your most important consideration when deciding between the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe and the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport; if you have a larger family, you're going to want to go for the former.

The regular Santa Fe has seating for seven passengers as standard, though you can opt for second-row captain's chairs for added comfort and six-passenger seating. The Sport is still nice and spacious, but it only accommodates up to five.


Both the Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Sport equip plenty of premium technologies as standard, including a rearview camera and Bluetooth, but the regular Santa Fe does offer a little more with its base trim, including:

  • 7-Inch Touchscreen Display
  • Blue Link
  • Android Auto Smartphone Integration
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control

Available features are consistently impressive across both vehicles, with options including:

  • 360-Degree Multi-View Camera System
  • Heated Seats
  • Infinity Premium Sound System
  • Rear Parking Sensors

Find Both the Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Sport at Loren Hyundai

If you're still not sure whether you'd be better off with a Santa Fe or a Santa Fe Sport, remember that the team here at Loren Hyundai are always ready to help. If you'd like to drop by our showroom, you'll find us just a short drive from the centers of Northbrook and Highland Park as you travel down route 43 to Glenview.


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