Mov­ing up: 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ul­ti­mate

Wisconsin Gazette - - Opinion -

the steer­ing wheel’s rock­ers. You can se­lect eco, nor­mal or sport modes for tranny and en­gine re­sponse. Auto-hold brakes keep the binders on af­ter you’ve stopped at, say, a traf­fic light un­til you step on the throt­tle — help­ful when tow­ing. A 360-de­gree view cam­era setup aids park­ing.

A tail­gate au­to­mat­i­cally opens to ac­cept an arm­load of stuff. Just stand be­hind the SF with the key fob. The cargo bay has un­der floor stowage and a spare tire. And the aft seats slide for­ward, re­cline or fold. When folded, you get a nearly mesa-flat load­ing zone.

THE ‘UL­TI­MATE’

While it’s not ex­actly en­chant­ing, the Santa Fe Ul­ti­mate is decked out with gad­gets. The as­sem­bled-in-the-USA ve­hi­cle has 50 per­cent do­mes­tic con­tent. It wows you with ho­tel-like up­grades such as cruise con­trol with start-stop, lane de­par­ture warn­ing, for­ward col­li­sion warn­ing, park as­sist, push-but­ton start, key­less en­try, lighted door han­dles and au­to­matic cli­mate con­trol.

I ob­served 22 mpg over­all. The EPA says 19 city, 24 high­way and 21 com­bined.

The sticker says $41,355, which in­cludes the Ul­ti­mate Tech Pack­age that adds au­tolevel­ing head­lights, floor mats, cargo cover and roof rack cross rails.

Route 66 any­one?

PHOTO: CLIFF LEPPKE

By Cliff Leppke 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ul­ti­mate on the for­mer Mil­wau­kee in­terur­ban line in Brown Deer.

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