2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport a Sensation for Kelley Blue Book

The highest rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and a five-star safety rating overall from the NHTSA were just the beginning for one of our most popular and celebrated five-passenger crossovers here in Jacksonville, NC. What else made the grade?

For one, the torque-driven ride afforded by an available 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, "one of the most powerful engines in the segment" and a singled-out KBB favorite. The expert called it "the kind of performance uncommon in the world of compact SUVs," following up with accolades for fuel economy "nearly identical" to its base 2.4-liter sibling.

Secondly, the "loads of standard equipment" in the new Santa Fe Sport, ranging from six-speaker, 5-inch color LCD infotainment to driver-assist tech options galore, including a blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert. Another favorite standard feature in the Kelley Blue Book repertoire: the compact SUV's hands-free smart liftgate, which they appreciated for the convenience of its auto open capability, activated by sensing the remote fob.

The auto research and valuation experts even found plenty of "high-end options" of appeal, from a panoramic sunroof to Infinity premium audio and an 8-inch touchscreen navigation system complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for smartphone interface. Opt for the available Value Package, and you can look forward to easy ingress and setting out thanks to proximity key with push-button start, along with automatic climate control, comfortably heated front seats, heated side mirrors, and more. Take a turbocharged turn toward Santa Fe Sport 2.0T, and the selection expands. Premium and Value Package perks come in abundance, as do standard roof rails, fog lights, heated power driver's seating, and the connectivity and control of Hyundai Blue Link, among other elements. Go 2.0T Ultimate with the eponymous Ultimate Tech Package, and get the safety aid of Smart Cruise Control and the driver-assist prowess of Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, adaptive headlights, and high-beam assist.

Needless to say, we can see its prospects for our fellow travelers on the commute or heading off the beaten path here in J-Ville. Stop by and visit us here at Stevenson Hyundai of Jacksonville, 2325 N. Marine Blvd. in town, and treat yourself to a test drive in a trim of your liking, and we think you'll see what the experts are talking about!

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