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The Santa Fe Sport, Hyundai's stylish and well-equipped two-row mid-sized SUV was redesigned and noticeably upgraded for the 2013 model year. It has much to recommend it, as well as a couple of annoying shortcomings that prevent it from scoring higher than it does in our SUV Ratings. The Sport comes with lots of features for the money. It's also roomy, comfortable, fuel-efficient, and stylish.
Alerts
There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

The Santa Fe Sport, Hyundai's stylish and well-equipped two-row mid-sized SUV was redesigned and noticeably upgraded for the 2013 model year. It has much to recommend it, as well as a couple of annoying shortcomings that prevent it from scoring higher than it does in our SUV Ratings.

The Sport comes with lots of features for the money. It's also roomy, comfortable, fuel-efficient, and stylish. The ride is composed and the cabin is relatively quiet. The base 190-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine provides ample motivation. Combining this with the smooth and responsive six-speed automatic transmission returned an admirable (for the time) 23 mpg overall. The interior has a high-quality look and feel. It's not exactly luxurious, but it is well made and nicely finished.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (264 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 (190 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

“Whenever a bump is hit a rattle is heard from the right rear passenger compartment”

Richard H., IN (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“n/a”

Anonymous, VA (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Annoying rattle in front of dash.unable to find source”

Larry W., FL (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Noise in the cabin. The dealer replaced tuber door trim to fix problem”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

“Wind noise coming from front windows”

James D., TX (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Continual wind noise”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Driver side front door is off-center and causes wind noise when on the road”

Anonymous, ON (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

“Blind spot sensors failed”

Anonymous, MB (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Outdated and provides incorrect directions for established locations”

Stephen H., GA (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Will not correctly locate destination”

Anonymous, TX (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“System gives you wrong directions and then changes when it is dangerous. Hyundai suggests I spend $250 to have the maps upgraded. The software manufacturer says it is a logic error problem. Dealer does not believe there is anything they can do to fix it. It is a leased vehicle. I am attempting to get a different SUV before it actually kills someone. (me). I drove approx. 4,000 miles on a trip. I had printed directions an used a Tom Tom. The Tom Tom was more accurate and followed the prin”

Anonymous, FL (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“GPS difficult to use and unreliable”

Anonymous, FL (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

“Will not recognize voice commands or hears them incorrectly”

Anonymous, TX (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

“Drivers door was out of alignment”

Gregory M., PA (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Driver side front door is slightly off-centre. Dealer refuses to adjust. Causes wind noise when driving”

Anonymous, ON (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Sunroof

“Sunroof shattered while driving. No external cause, it just exploded”

Robert C., CO (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The moonroof imploded. I alerted you of this issue before reaching a settlement with Hyundai North America. I also alerted NHSTA. I am not at liberty to elaborate further”

Anonymous, NC (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“the engine pauses when you step on the accelerator. it starts to move then pauses then moves again. this is scary when you are in a turn mode in traffic”

Ron A., FL (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

“Oil leak to turbo charger. Recall issue. Had car to dealer 3times to correct”

Larry W., FL (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Timing Chain Cover Seal”

D M., WA (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

“The headlights are aimed too low, and visibility at night on unlit roads is very poor - actually dangerous”

Anonymous, ON (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heated or cooled seats

“back seat heater us replace cable”

Anonymous, NB (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L Unsure)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“The engine was compromised by an internal failure (less than 22000 miles). Lost a chunk of the engine and all of the oil on the side of the road. Called for service and because we did not call Hyundai they did not cover the tow or the rental car”

Robert C., CO (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Heated or cooled seat controls

“DRIVERS SIDE HEATED SEAT SWITCH STOPPED WORKING”

Anonymous, AB (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

“Caliper slides rusted and required more work than other vehicles I've had to clean and lube them”

A H., ON (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

“Car failed to start. Due to brake failed to engage the system”

Danny S., AZ (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

“one balljoint was loose”

Anonymous, NB (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L Unsure)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

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