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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.
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There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has been recalled 1 time by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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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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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
PROVIDED BY
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES:HOOD:LATCH
Jun 05 2017
If the hood is not securely closed or the primary latch is inadvertently released and the secondary latch is not engaged, the hood could unexpectedly open while driving, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Summary:
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain 2013-2017 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the secondary hood latch actuating cable may corrode and bind, causing the secondary hood latch to remain in the unlatched position when the hood is closed.
What should you do:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the secondary latch cable, free of charge. The recall began on August 4, 2017. Owner's may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059. Hyundai's number for the recall is 163.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V358000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 437400
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