Santa Fe, Entourage lauded for safety features



AAA auto-safety experts lauded the safety technology of Hyundai’s 2007 Santa Fe.


The American Automobile Association (AAA) and Parents magazine has named Hyundai’s Santa Fe and Entourage as two of 2007’s “Best Cars for Families.”


The 15-vehicle list, now in its fifth year, appeared with detailed reviews of each model in the April issue of Parents magazine. AAA’s auto-safety experts and Parents’ editors — who understand the wants and needs of families — created a list of sedans, economy cars, vans, SUVs, and crossovers they felt perfectly met everyday family demands.

According to the judges, “The Santa Fe sport-utility is packed with safety technology to protect little ones, but the modest price tag leaves something for their college funds.

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and side-impact and side-curtain air bags are standard. Nice surprises include second-row a/c vents to keep your kids cool and a heated windshield wiper for melting through the ice.”

After a road test with the Santa Fe, Sally Lee, editor-in-chief of the magazine said, “I loved the easy-to-read instrument panel and the great storage space. Car seats were a breeze to install. It’s a lot of car for the money — and stylish, too.”

The panel also said, “No van has more standard safety features: Three-row side-curtain air bags, (electronic) stability control, and anti-lock brakes are all standard. So are the

Entourage’s three-zone climate-control system, power windows in the sliding doors, a flat-folding third row, and all the obligatory storage nooks.”

“We are proud to receive recognition from two highly respected organizations that offer helpful information and advice to better the lives of consumers,” said John Vernile, vice-president of sales and marketing for Hyundai Auto Canada Corp.