The Santa Fe Sport is a stylish and well-equipped two-row mid-sized SUV comparable in size to the Chevrolet Equinox and Ford Edge. 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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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.
Emissions
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

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.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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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 is a stylish and well-equipped two-row mid-sized SUV comparable in size to the Chevrolet Equinox and Ford Edge. 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 very smooth and responsive six-speed automatic transmission returned a very good 23 mpg overall. The interior has a high-quality look and feel; it's not exactly luxurious but well made and nicely finished.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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.

Read more about extended warranties
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 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"Poor design and construction of interior trim means it falls apart and the dealership seem unwilling or unable to fix it. Now the seat control covering has fallen apart and wires are exposed and being stressed."

Don Y., AB (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Air vents have handles that come off and make it impossible to adjust direction of flow, or intensity of flow."

Judy M., (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"top of back bumper losing paint... was told by dealer it was from moving heaving objects in and out... I told them nothing but grocery bags have ever been in back.... soon after cross traffic sensor stopped working and was told it was from snow build up but never worked"

Anonymous, CT (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"paint on bumper at back hutch is cracking and peeling"

Anonymous, CT (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"With about 58,000 miles on the car, I pulled out to pass a truck and accelerated hard. The engine seized up and, luckily, I was able to coast into a breakdown lane, avoiding being rear-ended by the truck. Towed to a garage and, after diagnosis of a total engine failure caused probably by a broken piston ring, then towed to a dealership. Engine was replaced under warranty. FYI both the initial shop folks and the dealer service manager told me they had seen this problem several times before with the 2.0 turbo engine. You may want to put this issue on your radar if it isn't already."

Anonymous, MA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Engine was running extremely rough and the check engine light was flashing. Drove it to the Hyundai dealer and they said it was a lower end issue and it makes more financial sense to just replace the engine than try and fix it."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"At 112000 miles the engine shut down only issue with it Hyundai replaced it and payed for the rental car took 5 days to replace could not of been any happier with the service it was excellent gold be a lot about Hyunda's customer service"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Turbo or supercharger

"The Turbo has broken with rust."

Anonymous, (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 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

Blower (fan) motor

"The fan began erratic functioning. I took the vehicle in and it was repaired for free (under warenty)"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"Our ac was totally useless on a trip south this spring. Although we contacted several Hyundai dealerships in Raleigh, NC none were willing to even look at the vehicle stating that they didn’t have the parts usually needed to repair the cooling system. When we got home from an extremely warm trip our local Hyundai dealer in Algonquin, IL the repair was completed in less than 2 hours."

Anonymous, IL (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"A/c stopped working in July 2020. Needed charged. While driving it home, it blew the gaskets. Had to be repaired and re-recharged"

Anonymous, (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 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

12V power plug

"Blew a fuse"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"The dimmer switch is too close to the on and off switch and easily confused. We have many times turned off the headlights in the dark. Poor design!"

Anonymous, WV (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Sometimes the rear tailgate opens without us pushing the remote button."

Anonymous, IL (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"Car has rattles that the dealer has not been able to find. The noise continues to my ultimate distraction"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The squeak has occurred since the car was new, but none of the dealers hear or know where the noise is from. More or less have to live with it"

Anonymous, VA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

"There is constant wind noise in the passenger cabin. Varies at speed and direction of prevailing wind. This vehicle should be quieter."

Anonymous, MN (2016 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

Radio

"The mfg. installed radio needed to be replaced due to inoperable AM reception and intermittent reception on FM and Sirius.was"

Anonymous, WI (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Radio is HD and have problems with AM stations reception"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

"Activating the voice assistant is at times impossible. At other times the system fails to understand my commands. It can and does become very frustrating."

Anonymous, MN (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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.

What Owners Say

Fuel injection system

"Engine starting missing. Called a Hyundai dealer and made an appointment. Was given a loaner because a part needed to be order. Fixed in a timely manner and at no cost to me because of warranty coverage."

Anonymous, TN (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"Problems fixed at the same time as the fuel sensor problem."

Anonymous, TN (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"gas overflow sensor makes car harder to start. expensive to replace."

Anonymous, (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 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

Alignment

"they said four wheel alignment was off,"

Wm O., OK (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"First experienced a noise which was troublesome but not problematic. Had the dealer evaluate the situation and then had both rear shocks replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, SC (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"There was a rattle in the steering column"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Muffler

"It's making noise and rattling. Need to get checked. Metal, rattling sound"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"all safety sensers stoped working..taking to garage next week."

Anonymous, CT (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"Changing from 2nd to 3rd and 4th to 5th gear did not work"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

"sometimes it does't want to shift to a higher gear"

Anonymous, CT (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"A few months after buying this car the automatic transmission broke down - didn't work anymore - the entire transmission had to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"After the vehicle was parked for a week, the gear shifter got very hard to move. The car dealer mechanic shop said it was a manufacturing defect and the transmission had to be replaced. This was done under warranty."

Anonymous, QC (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Hyundai Auto Canada is conducting a product enhancement campaign that will update the engine control module to detect potential problems before the engine breaks down. Failure of the engine would cause a sudden loss of power and an inability to restart the vehicle. Safety risks: a sudden loss of engine power could increase the risk of an accident."

Anonymous, QC (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Oil leaks

"Apparently, a hose or connector to the turbocharger burst, leaking oil in copious amounts on the street and in our driveway. Per the dealer, this was not considered unusual or part of the drivetrain warranty and was not covered."

Anonymous, FL (2016 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

Antilock system (ABS)

"A sensor went out on one of the rear breaks and cause the console lights to think that the ABS and two other console lights to come on. I took the car to the dealer and he repaired for free."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"The brakes make a squealing sound when the pads wear down. Great idea. Less than $300 for pads and rotors"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 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

"Front passenger side door sags a bit and is not properly aligned. Dealer fixed it once but problem returned."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

"A Electrical part of the fan Broke and prevented the fan from running."

Anonymous, (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

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

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