On October 22, Hyundai Motor America announced that the 2015 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport offer more standard comfort and convenience equipment, including refinements to the steering and suspension systems. The base price of the 2015 Santa Fe Sport is only $24,950, excluding $875 freight charge, and is arriving at LA dealerships now.
More hi-tech features are incorporated into the new models. For example, the electric power steering system in the 2015 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport now is monitored by a 32-bit microprocessor that results in a refined steering feel. The revised steering system retains Hyundai’s Driver Selectable Steering Mode, which features a retuned “Sport” setting, which takes advantage of the updated microprocessor and offers firmer steering. Another steering enhancement is retuned front wheel bushings.
The Santa Fe continues to offer front- or all-wheel drive as well as seating options for five, six, or seven passengers. Its little brother, the 2015 Santa Fe Sport is powered by an efficient 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine or the zippier, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Under the hood of the Santa Fe, resides the 3.3-liter Lambda II V-6. All Santa Fe engines use gasoline direct injection and Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT). A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all Santa Fe models. The Santa Fe Sport also receives a two-tone grille for 2015 that emphasizes its sportier personality.
New standard features for both versions include daytime running lights, a driver’s blind spot mirror, and an auto up/down front passenger power window. Two new colors are available: Sparkling Silver and Platinum Graphite. Hyundai’s new power Hands-Free Smart Liftgate with Auto Open is now available for the first time on both models. This feature facilitates access to the cargo are when laden with groceries or other items. The system makes it easy for the driver to keep both feet on the ground; he or she has to merely wait for the liftgate to open after standing within a few feet of the rear bumper with the key fob in a purse or pocket.
Standard safety equipment on the 2015 Santa Fe includez; Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control System; seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag; four-wheel disc brakes and ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist; Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) with Downhill Brake Control (DBC); and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
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