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Buying a new car can be a huge decision. Whether you’re purchasing or leasing, driving long distances or simply looking for a family-friendly ride to cruise around town in, a car is an investment — probably one of the biggest investments you’ll make other than buying a house.

So don’t you want it to be as safe as possible?

Of course, with so many options out there, finding the safest ride for your family can be an overwhelming experience. That’s why it’s so important to do your research, and to know your options when it comes to the newest, most indispensable safety features out there, like the available Hyundai SmartSense™ safety technologies below.

After all, even the best of drivers can’t always react in time — especially when it comes to the things they can’t see.

Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist

How often have you gone to change lanes, only to narrowly avoid colliding with a car that snuck into your blind spot? Sure, you check those spots often, but that doesn’t mean you can always see everything. With this new radar technology you can take away some of the worry, as it detects when another car is hanging out in your blind spot and even gently applies the brakes to the opposite tire in order to help keep you from making an unsafe lane change. Brilliant, right?

Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keeping Assist

Metaphorically, we don’t always want to stay in our own lane, but when it comes to road safety it’s pretty much essential. But be honest: have you ever forgotten to signal? Or drifted a little while turning up your jam, or reaching for a coffee? Enter the lane departure warning, a new technology that warns you with audible and visual cues when you begin veering off without signalling first. Sign. Us. Up.

Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist

Backing out of a space in a poorly-planned parking lot is for thrill seekers, we swear. Sometimes you never know when a driver is going to zoom behind you as you’re reversing, which can often lead to an accident (even if you are riding those brakes). That’s why we love the rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance, which warns you when another car is approaching from the side and even pumps the brakes for you if you can’t react in time. Now that’s a feature that totally evens out our stress levels.

Rear Occupant Alert

We’ve all heard the horror stories of people accidentally leaving their kids or pets in the back seat. While everyone likes to think it couldn’t happen to them, the truth is you just never know. Your mind can get foggy (especially as a sleep-deprived parent), or sometimes you just find yourself on autopilot as you go about routine tasks.

Either way, we love the peace of mind the rear occupant alert system affords. It’s as simple as a pop-up appearing on the dashboard as you’re exiting the car to remind you to check the back seats. However, the feature included on the all-new Hyundai Santa Fe takes it one step further; if the car is parked and locked, ultrasonic sensors can detect movement in the back. If they do, the lights will flash, the horn will honk, and you’ll get a text alert right to your phone. It’s total peace of mind.

Parking Distance Warning – Reverse

These days, most cars come equipped with a rear camera in order to help you spot things behind you and to properly gauge distances, but why settle for just a camera when you can also invest in special, rear-bumper mounted sensors that beep when something is too close? Sometimes that extra audible cue makes a huge difference, plus it frees you up to physically check your blind spots as you’re backing up. Technology, huh?

Safe Exit Assist

When you’re out and about—especially in a busy city—roadside parking is a given. And while we won’t even get started on the very real fear of parallel parking, it can also be scary to exit the car knowing that another car or bike can zoom by at any second, especially if you have dependants in the back seat. That’s where the world’s first safe exit assist on the Santa Fe comes in. It temporarily locks the rear doors when the car detects an oncoming vehicle or bike, making sure that your surroundings are totally safe before your passengers pop out.

Forward Collision-Avoidance Alert with Pedestrian Detection

We like to think that we’d all react accordingly and pump the brakes in an emergency situation, but sometimes you just really don’t see things coming. Like bicyclists, kids running into the street, or vehicles racing out of nowhere. There are new technologies that can sense such things and apply the emergency brakes for you, which really is just bonus peace of mind in our books—one that’s totally worth investing in.

Adaptive Cruise Control

If you’re a cruise control-lover then you’ll adore the next phase in cruise control safety: technology that allows you to use your favourite feature in stop-and-go traffic. Basically you can set your speed and distance to the vehicle ahead, and the system automatically adjusts so that your car always maintains those safe parameters. And yes, in case you were wondering, it will come to a full stop and then start up again for you too. It may seem like a small thing, but in bumper-to-bumper traffic, we’ll take all the small victories we can get.


Visit www.hyundaicanada.com to build and price a 2019 Santa Fe with all these next-level safety features.

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