The roads conditions in Michigan can change in the blink of an eye, and there are times you never know what you’ll be driving into. When we were planning our get away to Boyne Mountain in early December – I knew the good weather we had wouldn’t last and we would most likely end up with quite a bit of snow. But what we didn’t anticipate was driving up in one blizzard and driving home in another one.
Thankfully Hyundai had dropped off a 2017 Santa Fe Limited AWD to take up north and tackle the bad roads for our trip. The 2017 Santa Fe seats six, and had plenty of room for all of our luggage, camera gear and more. But the best features were already built into the Santa Fe including traction control and all wheel drive that was needed during several white out (and white knuckle) portions of our drive.
As the road conditions got worse I was thankful the Santa Fe was a comfortable ride with an easy to adjust seat for what turned into a very long drive. With heated seats and a heated steering wheel, it kept me comfortable as we made the slow ride up to Boyne Mountain and even slower ride (twice the normal length) on the way home. With satellite radio, all of the passengers were entertained the whole trip.
While our trip did have some bad driving conditions, I was happy to have a vehicle loaded with safety features. The Santa Fe Limited comes equipped with Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist, Automatic Emergency Braking system, a Multi-view Camera System, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist, Rear parking sensors, Smart Cruise Control with stop/start capability, and Dynamic Bending Light. No matter what Mother Nature was throwing at us, the Santa Fe was ready for it.
There was only one quirk we found with the Santa Fe, and it was just a simple design item we weren’t use to. Look on the driver’s side door for the gas flap release. It took us a bit to find it with items in the way. But with ample cup holders, storage and plenty of leg room, the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe was the perfect vehicle for a weekend family get away and wherever life may take you.
The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited AWD gets up to 18 city / 25 highway – although through parts of our trip the mileage gauge said we were getting 28 or greater per gallon.The Limited starts at $34,900 and comes with a variety of safety and luxury options.