Although the season for winter fun is over in Southern California, Angelenos who own a four-wheel drive vehicle can still enjoy outdoor adventures. An excellent choice for those looking for an affordable, well-built vehicle to stray off the beaten path should check out the Hyundai Santa Fe. On March 19, Hyundai Motor America announced that its 2014 Santa Fe was named the Best Affordable Crossover under $28,000 in the 2014 Winter Vehicle Awards. For the second year in a row, the New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA) has recognized the Santa Fe as one of the best in its class for winter driving in New England. This year the Santa Fe tied with the Santa Fe’s cousin, the 2014 Kia Sorento.
“This award from NEMPA recognizes the careful detail our engineers put into building the Santa Fe,” noted Trevor Lai, Product Manager, Hyundai Motor America. He added, “With features like the Active Cornering Control All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system, Santa Fe drivers can operate their vehicles in confidence in a wide range of weather and road conditions.”
To determine which vehicles were best suited for navigating New England’s winter driving conditions, the NEMPA members evaluated a number of vehicles. Vehicles chosen for the Winter Vehicle Awards offer a combination of winter-specific features and options plus qualities that allow for safe, enjoyable, and competent all-weather driving.
NEMPA President Craig Fitzgerald explained, “Every year during Official Winter Vehicle of New England judging, NEMPA members are looking for vehicles that perform well in a number of different segments. Competitors in this particular segment have it tough. Not only do they have to offer outstanding winter performance, but they have to provide all the qualities New England drivers are looking for in a crossover––cargo capacity, room for six-plus––and then do it at a price under $28,000. That’s a tall order that Hyundai managed to pull off with the Santa Fe.”
Hyundai notes that the 2014 Santa Fe comes equipped with new safety technologies and premium features including blind spot detection, rear parking assistance, standard vehicle stability management, anti-lock braking system and seven airbags. In addition, the vehicle iss equipped with Active Cornering Control All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system, which cooperatively helps control torque and braking in conjunction with the Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system. The 2014 model is powered by a 3.3-liter V6 engine offering fuel economy (18 city and 24 highway), drivability, and a towing capacity of 5,000 lbs.
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