2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Starts At $31,025, Sport From $25,825
Power Liftgate, Revised Steering, Suspension Highlight Updates
Hyundai has come a long way over the past two decades, now offering a full line of attractive, well-equipped, and well-regarded models, all the way from entry-level subcompacts up to the luxurious Genesis and Equus models. Going forward, SUVs and crossovers are going to be a key component of Hyundai’s growth strategy. The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport represent the company’s bread-and-butter offerings in the thick of the sales segment. For the new model year, the pair receives updates to improve driving feel and convenience, with revised suspension bushings and steering tuning and a new hands-free power tailgate.
Prices increase modestly for the new model year, with the starting price for the Santa Fe Sport unchanged and the price for the entry-level long-wheelbase Santa Fe increasing just $250 to $31,025. The AWD Santa Fe Sport Turbo goes up $600, while the Santa Fe AWD Limited goes up $450 to top out at $36,875. Destination charge is unchanged for 2015 at $875.
The SUVs adopt a 32-bit processor for the power steering system that offers a more “refined” feel. The driver-selectable steering mode feature carries over, with a firmer “Sport” setting. The suspension gets revised bushings at all four corners and revised rear suspension geometry for increased lateral stiffness. Daytime running lights, a driver side blind-spot outside mirror, and auto up/down front passenger power window are standard across the board for 2015. Sparkling Silver and Platinum Graphite are added to the color palette for 2015.
The available hands-free liftgate follows the model set by the Genesis and new Sonata, allowing the driver to keep both feet on the ground by being programmable to open when the key fob is in proximity of the rear of the vehicle.