Hyundai Santa Fe Sport named “Family Car of the Year” by Cars.com

Hyundai’s 2014 Santa Fe Sport earned the distinction of “Family Car of the Year” by Cars.com in their 2014 Lifestyle Awards. Cars.com is an online destination for car shoppers, offering information from consumers and experts to help buyers formulate opinions on what to buy, where to buy and how much to pay for a car.

The competitively priced Santa Fe Sport impressed Cars.com editors with its host of high tech offerings and luxury features that appeal to both parents and kids. Cars.com editors also selected Hyundai’s full size Santa Fe as a top nominee for their “Best Car of 2014” award.

“The new Santa Fe lineup reinvents the way we think about family vehicles, offering kids and parents an optimal driver and passenger experience,” said Scott Margason, director, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “The 2014 model delivers premium technology and safety features like Blind Spot Detection and rear parking assistance while still offering a suite of amenities the entire family can enjoy. It’s the perfect CUV for the modern day family on the go and we’re pleased the Cars.com editors recognized that.”

To qualify for Cars.com Lifestyle Awards, a car first must be selected as a Best Bet. To become a Best Bet, a car must have ratings of Acceptable or higher in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests; a reliability rating of average or higher; strong ride and handling; and average or better gas mileage in its segment.

“With loads of high-tech and luxurious features packed in at a very competitive price, it would be hard for financially-savvy and tech-appreciative families to pass over the Santa Fe Sport,” said Kristin Varela, Cars.com’s Chief Mom. “Our team of editors took note and voted this small crossover right to the top.”

The Santa Fe Sport features a flowing interior and exterior look, designed for family functionality and comfort. From the available heated rear seats and eight-way power driver seat, to a standard 40:20:40 split-folding rear seat back, both models boast flexibility and a pleasant and safe cabin for all. Upgraded safety features for the 2014 model include, Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-lock Braking System, Blind Spot Detection, rear parking assistance, seven airbags and more. The 2014 model also comes standard with Hyundai’s industry-leading Assurance Connected Care program.

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