One downside of making cars that are nothing more than appliances to be used and discarded is that you have to come up with a new version of the same product every year – kind of like what smartphone makers do. So here’s your 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe with lots of new features and a revised look.
Introduced at the Chicago Auto Show, the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe comes with a new look featuring redesigned front fascia, new head and taillights, new chrome tailpipes, LED Daytime Running Lights, 17-,18-, and 19-inch alloy wheels, and new silver accents. The new Santa Fe also comes in two new colors including Nightfall Blue (Santa Fe Sport) and Storm Blue (Santa Fe).
The same sort of upgrades applies to the interior where depending on the model you get stuff like a 7” or 8” touchscreen display with Android Auto with Infinity audio, second-row cupholders, matte-finish interior woodgrain, power adjustable passenger seat, and Hyundai Blue Link. In terms of safety features, the list of ‘new’ equipment (all optional) include Multi-View Camera System, Smart Cruise Control with Stop/Start function, Lane Departure Warning, electronic parking brake system with auto-hold, Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, and Dynamic Bending Lights and High Beam Assist.
Engine-wise, 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe offers a choice between a 2.4-liter four-cylinder direct-injected engine with 185 horsepower or the more powerful, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 240 horsepower, plus a 3.3-liter Lambda II V6 engine with 290 horsepower for the Sport version. There is also a new Drive Mode selection with Sport, Eco and Normal settings.