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I previously drove the Hyundai Santa Fe Limited, and really liked it other than the gas mileage. So when I had the opportunity to drive the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T AWD and compare them, I was pretty excited. Driving up and down the mountain roads in a vehicle that’s all wheel drive and Turbo sounded pretty fun!
The first difference the girls noticed was the second row was a bench seat, not a bucket seats like in the Limited model. They loved the bucket seats, but they had plenty of room with the bench seat as well.
The Santa Fe Sport is a good looking vehicle. It’s more compact than the Limited, so there isn’t a 3rd row option. There is plenty of space in trunk though, and there are even storage compartments that would be great for stashing extra food, water, blankets and other emergency supplies for the upcoming winter weather.
We drove it up and down the mountain a few times, and I was seriously impressed with how well it handled. It climbed the mountain roads with absolutely no effort. I never once felt like it struggled. I felt very comfortable and safe driving it.
It also had some serious pick up and go. I was amazed at how fast it would accelerate up to speed.
Of course, the power and speed do come with a trade-off. The Santa Fe Sport is a serious gas guzzler. I think I got right at 20 miles per gallon. That’s not bad for a powerful SUV, but it would make me think twice before buying it, especially with the mountain driving. Then again it handles really well and is all wheel drive – a necessity in the winter.
Overall, I really loved driving the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. It’s super fun to drive, and really great if you’re looking for a performance vehicle that has enough space for the family.