Santa Fe Sport's 2017 refresh brings big updates to infotainment, safety equipment

Some mid-cycle updates go heavy in the makeover department. Others choose for a little more subtlety. Hyundai's refreshed 2017 Santa Fe Sport crossover falls into the latter category, but its updates are more than skin-deep.

Small aesthetic enhancements come by way of new headlights, tweaked front and rear bumpers, some new wheels and available LED daytime running lights. The rear picks up new taillights and a new, dual-outlet exhaust design.

The base infotainment system is a 5-inch LCD unit, but buyers can opt for Hyundai's updated Blue Link system in 7- or 8-inch varieties (the latter includes navigation). All systems other than the base model also pack Android Auto smartphone connectivity, but Apple CarPlay is not available at this time.

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A great deal of the 2017 refresh lies in Hyundai's expanded suite of safety systems. New bits of tech for this year include full-range adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, autonomous emergency braking and a multi-view camera system. A backup camera is standard for all trims.

The song remains the same, insofar as engines are concerned. There are two on offer -- a 185-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, and a 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-banger. Both are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and the buyer's choice of FWD or AWD drivetrains.

The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is already heading to dealerships, with a starting price of $25,350 for the 2.4-liter, FWD variant. The tip-top 2.0-liter Ultimate trim will set you back $38,250.


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