2015

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

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.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Acceleration and handling with the 2.0 turbo engine are very good, very smooth."

Keith S., IA (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Does very well in snow and heavy rain, as well as nimble acceleration for 4 cylinder engine for the size an weight of vehicle."

Anonymous, VA (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Excellent acceleration and superior handling."

Anonymous, AB (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"acceleration is surprisingly fast for a 4 cyl engine even in freeway passing; a little jumpy in above normal wind gusts while at higher speeds (70-80 mph)"

John S., CA (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"works great in the mountains where I drive you are not aware that you have a four cylinder engine"

Anonymous, NM (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Bad....poor rear view. Side view not the greatest but sensors compensate. Ride is good."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"The engine gives you unexpected performance and acceleration. The turbo gives you that boost you would expect from a larger engine when you need it and the economy of the four cylinder the rest of the time. Turbo lag last only a second and is not a negative"

Anonymous, DE (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Car handles very well on long highway rides after front struts were replaced at 75K miles."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"It is a vry soft ride with good acceleration once taken off the Econo mode."

Anonymous, MI (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"The acceleration is good, but there is some turbo lag. It handles and acts more like a car than SUV."

Anonymous, VA (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"I experience what I call buffeting when large vehicles, semi-tractor combination, large busses, are on either side of the vehicle. What I term buffeting the vehicle is affected by a side to side effect of the large vehicles the movement of those large vehicles seems to cause a feeling that the Santa Fe is hard to steer until I have passed the large vehicle or the large vehicle has passed. If a large vehicle is in front I feel that the large vehicle seems to be creating a "draft effect" instead of creating an area where when I am behind the vehicle it is able to take advantage of the air flow from the large vehicle, it feel the large vehicle cause my vehicle to feel hard to steer and maintain as long as the large vehicle is in front of the Santa Fe"

Donald S., GA (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"The turbo 2.0L engine is very responsive with little turbo lag. Much preferred over the base 2.4L engine. The 2.0 turbo should be recommended by CR."

Jeffrey H., BC (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"I have the 2.0 turbo and get excellent gas mileage. When I need to accelerate, the power is there for me to use."

Anonymous, VA (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Great and useful electronic assisting features (blind spot monitoring, rear view camera, rear cross traffic warning)"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"This a very basic SUV that suits the needs of the average driver."

Diane D., AZ (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"The vehicle is severely under-powered and the shift points are horrible. For instance the vehicle will be in 5th gear at less than 40MPH. Way too small of a motor for this vehicle"

Sean A., OR (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Amazing acceleration for a four cylinder engine."

Anonymous, NY (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"The turbo makes the 4 cylinder engine perform like an 8 cylinder"

Anonymous, NV (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"The car has surprisingly good acceleration for its size and solidness. I enjoy the easy handling."

Bill F., NY (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"The turbo engine is very responsive and accelerates suitably in the city, but especially on the highway."

Anonymous, SK (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Great acceleration"

Stephenie W., TX (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"It has the turbo engine and the acceleration in getting to highway speeds is excellent. The handling supposedly has 3 settings, but I do not think they work at all."

Karen M., NE (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"very good acceleration(Turbo) good handling for suv solid feel"

Ernest M., NJ (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"great handling and very responsive power"

Stephen S., NY (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Handles well for a 4500 lb suv....engine not bad..2.0t has so.e pep but not as smooth as a good 3.5l naturally aspirated"

STANLEY B., FL (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Handling is wonderful"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"the 2.0 turbo is awsome."

Anonymous, SD (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"This vehicle has great handling. Love the back-up camera and the blind spot indicators."

MARSHA B., WI (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Great acceleration with turbo"

Anonymous, NE (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Great handling, secure and confident (my wife loves to drive it). Decent power and acceleration for a 4 cyl. It sometimes lags uphill until the transmission kicks down to the next gear. Comfort is excellent with a very good driving position."

RANDY H., ON (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Steering is vague. Must be constantly steering and not let your eyes wander to view peripheral distractions."

Anonymous, BC (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"2.4L accelerates very good for a 4. Excellent braking and the option to down shift manually is excellent. Seats are very comfortable around town or on a trip."

JOHN P., PA (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"2.0 T is extremely quick and responsive"

ROBERT O., NC (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"great"

RONALD C., TN (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Should have gotten the turbo or 6 cul version as the pick up is a little timid"

A L., NC (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"I don't have the turbo . It can be a bit slow starting up a hill I have to really give it gas but on the highway it is great at at a higher speed.Breaking is good"

RAY S., BC (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"I can't believe that the engine in this vehicle has only 2 litres displacement. It accelerates well and without labouring. My first turbocharged engine. I don't expect to own it beyond the five-year warranty."

ROBERT H., AB (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"excellent acceleration when passing"

BERNARD R., MB (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Somewhat disappointed with the gas mileage on the Santa Fe Sport"

BILL M., CA (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Slow to downshift sometimes engine lurches after stopping."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"This vehicle tends to sway a lot when driven on expressway ."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"This is the first car that I truly feel safe in."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Handling is not as expected. Ride is rough and too loose."

DANNY S., AZ (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"EXCELLENT ACCELERATION IN TOWN AND ON THE HIGHWAY"

Anonymous, CO (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Acceleration is ok for this four cylinders but I was used to the 6 in my previous Santa Fe"

RAYNALD M., ON (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Very comfortable, reasonably quiet, rides excellent."

Anonymous, AB (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Front passenger seat is too low. Poor visibility"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Passenger seat has no height adjustment and is much to low."

Anonymous, BC (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Ride is not smooth. Needs a better suspension system."

Anonymous, NY (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"while the seat is very comfortable, I do find the cabin noisy"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Seats are great. Ride is decent, but it is a small-wheelbase vehicle and doesn't have a great ride. Noise is generally good, except for road/suspension noise from the rear,"

Keith S., IA (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Seats are very uncomfortable"

Anonymous, TN (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Very comfortable"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Heated & cooled front seats, heated rear seats."

Anonymous, AL (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"roomy interior,comfortable seats,quiet ride."

Dave F., WI (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"seating could be more comfortable"

Anonymous, BC (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Seats are very comfortable, heated and cooled seats, and a heated steering wheel. The step in height is just right and it is a quite vehicle."

Anonymous, VA (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"I wish there was less road noise in the cabin."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Quiet, smooth ride, and seats that are comfortable on long trips."

Anonymous, VA (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"The seats are large and comfortable and fully adjustable. Wish the passenger seat had height adjustment. Love how quiet the cabin is for this price range of car. Much quieter than the Honda CR-V I tested. Ride is nice and controllable on bumpy roads."

John S., FL (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"A/c seats are great in hot south Handling is predictable and good braking"

Anonymous, GA (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"quiet and comfortable to be in"

Anonymous, SC (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Seats are very comfortable. There is more road now than I would like. Especially when it's raining. Ride is smooth."

Gayle F., IL (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Although the ride is good on smooth roads, the stiff suspension and low profile tires make any bump feel like a jolt. The use of higher profile winter tires smooths out the bumps considerably."

A H., ON (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Great lumbar support and electric memory. Easy to sit on for long intervals. Noise level is very good for an SUV and comfortable ride at speeds up to 75 mph. Does not feel so stable at speeds over 75 mph."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"the seat has side cushions that stick up too high. Wind noise from both front windows at highway speed."

Karen M., NE (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"VEREY COMFORTABLE SEATS"

Anonymous, NM (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"My only area of dissatisfaction is road and wind noise is more than I would like."

Alanxxx H., TX (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Sun roof rattles."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"front seats very comfortable and supportive; at higher speeds noise level is bothersome"

John S., CA (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Good - Suspension is great, seats are good for tall or short drivers. Never feel stiff getting out of this vehicle, even after long drives. Bad - Could use a bit more sound-dampening, as it can be a bit noisy in the cabin a highway speed due to road/tire/wind noise."

Anonymous, ON (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"What a great car. It is very comfortable, rides great and I don't hear a lot of noise."

Anonymous, VA (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Very comfortable ride. Minimal road noise"

Peter P., WA (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"The quite ride stands out noticeably on this SUV. The level of road noise in our previous SUV (2008 Honda CR-V) was too loud. When we test drove several new SUV's including the CR-V in 2015; we paid particular attention to road noise levels in each vehicle. In choosing the Santa Fe, we sacrificed a few MPG's fuel economy for a quieter ride; a deciding factor in our choice. We are very pleased with the quiet ride."

Keith F., BC (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"The passenger seat is too low. The passenger looks into the dashboard. It is also. Somewhat noisy bumpy ride."

Anonymous, DE (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Too much road noise"

Robert B., CA (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"great commuter car"

Stephen S., NY (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"One of the most comfortable vehicles we have ever owned, however the plastic surrounding and supporting the passenger seat has broken twice. It is a poor, cheaply made design, and needs to be addressed. Driver seat is much better quality."

Eric J., MI (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"It was very comfortable when. I first got it, now after 18 months it is a very uncomfortable ride on uneven roads. Have had a piece of seat trim replaced twice, because it breaks."

REBECCA C., NC (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"So many vehicles have heated seats but, the air conditioned seats come in very handy too!"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"I love the Santa Fe, except for a few complaints. Safety, regarding the side mirrors, the mirrors are way too large and create a blind spot when looking out the driver window. I am a short person. The other issue is the passenger seat. Being a short person the passenger seat sits too low. It does not go up as high as the driver's seat. When I am a passenger in this car the top of the door where window is, is too high and I cannot see out. Feel like a child sitting in the front seat. My h"

DONNA M., OH (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"After comparing almost every SUV in this size and price range, The Sante Fe Sport had as good a ride but much better road feel and a more comfortable seat. Also driving position for my wife was excellent and back seat comfort was better than average. Although a 4 cyl (My 2011 is a v-6) it is peppy and with a full load on the highway, it has plenty of power to pass and accelerate into traffic."

RANDY H., ON (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"seat a little narrow in width, sit on a thin (one inch) pillow."

FRANCIS L., IL (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Does not have a remote trunk opening system"

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Is not 'fun to drive' , handling is lot be desired. Ride quality, noise isolation, seat cushioning and support, and the electric steering could better"

PARTHIB R., TX (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Passenger power seat not height adjustable"

W T., BC (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Seats take a while to adjust to be comfortable- climate control works very well in desert heat and cold"

LAUREL D., NV (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"I found the value outstanding. I was considering a Acura RDX at the time and it did not have nearly the features technology and comfort the Sant Fe had. For example the Acura did not have front Air conditioned seats, no knee airbag, no full length sun roof or heated steering wheel. Not to mention the Santa Fe was about $6,000 less or more since Acura dealers would not deal like Hyundai would."

John S., FL (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Overall value releative to what the car has to offer is very good"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"So far I havew had no maintenance issues with this vehicle."

Anonymous, MI (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"This vehicle has many more options than any competitor"

Anonymous, MN (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Dependable"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"ABsolutely no mechanical issues; excellent purchase"

Peter P., WA (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"This car has a great ride and comfort and offered more extras for much less money than other brands."

Bill F., NY (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"I bought the ultimate package at a very good price. It has everything and more than I had on a previous Lexus. I am highly satisfied and the value for the dollars spent."

Alanxxx H., TX (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Great car for a fair price with a great warranty"

Gayle F., IL (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Vehicle comes with many features for a mid trim level including power seats with emeory, blind spot detection, back up camera, rear sensors, heated stearing wheel, etc"

J O., ON (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"For the price, received many “extras‿ as standard that one might have to pay for in other vehicles."

Anonymous, SK (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"A lot of car for the money compared to similar SUV's."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"About $10,000 cheaper than similarly equipped competitor (Ford, Audi, BMW, MB)"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Great value. Outstanding features No major problems, Would buy another"

Anonymous, GA (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"best price for all the features that I got"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Dollar for dollar great value"

Anonymous, CO (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Doesn't keep it's value. Poor choice if you like to trade every couple of years or don't like the vehicle."

DANNY S., AZ (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Good gas mileage. Nice ride on trips."

Anonymous, VA (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"more bang for the buck"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"People say it's sexy- love the sky roof- not too big but roomy"

LAUREL D., NV (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Looks great"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Sharp and roomy"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Interior dashboard looks a little cheeseey"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"I had always thought the Santa Fe to be probably the best looking SUV on the market, and many of my friends have comments that expresses their agreement with that feeling. The interior is well laid out and easy to use and access. Whike I wouldnt call this car noisy, it would ne nice if it was quieter in the cabin on windy days."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"I think it is the best looking one in its class"

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"It's white which is what I wanted. It looks bigger than it is and I like that"

Anonymous, SD (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Looks great"

BERNARD R., MB (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"looks great"

RONALD C., TN (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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