Santa Fe Sport vs. Santa Fe CA

If you’re unsure of which model to choose between the Hyundai Santa Fe and Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, read our latest blog post that explores the differences! Test drive both at Norm Reeves Hyundai.

If you’re thinking about purchasing a Hyundai midsize SUV, you’ll quickly see that there are two different model options for you to choose from: the 2017 Santa Fe and the 2017 Santa Fe Sport. But in most car reviews, the two vehicles are listed under the same name. So, to clear up the confusion, and to help you make the right car buying decision for your wants and needs, we’re matching them up in a side-by-side comparison. 

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe vs Santa Fe Sport Performance Comparison

The first major difference you’ll notice between these two vehicles is that they have two different standard engines. This reflects a difference between the spirit and intention of the different buyers these vehicles are aimed toward.

Santa Fe Sport Specifications

The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sportcomes standard with a 2.4L I-4 engine that produces up to 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. This front-wheel drive vehicle features a turning diameter of 35.8 and features strut front and multi-link rear suspension equipment. This engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual mode that’s perfect for taking control of your driving experience.

The Santa Fe Sport does feature an additional engine option: a turbo 2.0L I-4 engine that produces up to 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The suspension system and transmission with this engine remain the same. This engine is paired with all-wheel drive.

Santa Fe Specifications

The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe comes standard with a 3.3L V6 engine that produces up to 290 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque. This vehicle has a slightly larger turning diameter of 36.9, which means it’ll have a harder time making tight U-turns than the Santa Fe Sport. It has the same transmission and suspension system as the other model, however. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer a more powerful engine option, but it’s available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

Size Difference Between Santa Fe & Santa Fe Sport

Both the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Sport have the same exterior design and style. But there are a few major differences, such as the difference in wheelbase length.

The Santa Fe Sport is about five inches shorter than the Santa Fe, which paired with the vehicle’s smaller turning diameter may make it a bit easier to maneuver. On the road, a regular driver would likely not notice much of a difference; however, off the road in more recreational driving, drivers may notice a difference. 

This difference in dimension also translates in a couple different ways in functionality for a potential buyer. For starters, the Santa Fe can seat up to seven passengers and has a maximum trailering capacity of 5,000 pounds. The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, however, only has seating for up to five passengers and a maximum trailering capacity of 2,800 pounds. And in terms of passenger volume, the Santa Fe offers 146.6 cubic feet, compared to the 108 in the Santa Fe Sport.

Learn More in the 2017 Vehicle Reviews

Put a light on your favorite model—the Santa Fe or the Santa Fe Sport—with the new vehicle reviews from your local Hyundai dealer near Cerritos, Long Beach, and Anaheim. Then, start shopping for your favorite vehicle in the online inventory at Norm Reeves Hyundai Superstore Cerritos.

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