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