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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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

"It could have used a bigger engine base model"

JASON F., NH (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"I bought the top model with every option. With a choice of three different steering modes (soft, average and sports) plus high performance or "Eco" modes acceleration is exceptional as is economy of operation! Handling is exceptional, easily equivalent to my past Nissan "X" series sports car or as sedate and smooth as my Cadillac. My choice."

DON Y., AB (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"THERE IS A SERIOUS BLINDSPOT ON THE REAR PASSENGER SIDE ... CANNOT SEE APPROACHING TRAFFIC OUT REAR OR SIDE WINDOWS ... A SERIOUS ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN!"

ANTON F., ON (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"My husband wishes we had got a V6 engine...."

CHRIS B., WA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Poor acceleration,when pulling a hill always high rpm's.Should have gotten the turbo instead."

MICHAEL T., PA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Passing is easy, accelerating up to highway speeds on ramp is a breeze!"

GERRIT V., NY (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Acceleration is fine for a 4, but the steering could be a little bit more crisp. Love the ride though!"

GALEN S., AZ (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Handles great in the snow. No need for snow tires"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Sometimes seems like he transmission can't make up its mind what gear it should be in."

WAYNE C., TX (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"2.4l is somewhat anemic but the mileage is good."

SCOTT I., PA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"when accelerating you don't have to put the throttle to the floor, you give it part throttle and the turbo takes over. acts like there is a v8 engine under the hood"

Kevin B., NY (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"iMessage suggesting the celebration in passing and control"

Gilbert G., WI (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"gas mileage"

Edward D., PA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Comfortable"

Anonymous, MN (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"after driving and while vehicle is stopped it occasionally will jerk forward a little bit even while the brakes are depressed. sometimes feels like transmission can't make up its mind."

David M., WA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"This car accelerates well , better than my 2017 Santa Fe."

Mark W., CT (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Car has great pickup and acceleration with the turbo engine."

Martin D., PA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Good acceleration."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Acceleration is exceptional for a 2.0 Turbo in this size and weight of vehicle. Handling is good - drifting is slight."

Malcolm W., AL (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Handling and visibility are very good, seat comfort not so good. Cargo capacity very good."

Ray G., NV (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Good acceleration, braking and handling. Choice of three styles of steering is a positive."

Barry V., FL (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Very responsive and easy to drive."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"have always been unhappy with acceleration but you get what you pay for"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Excellent visibility,acceleration,and manuvering. Sits up enough to improve clearance of road hazards."

Karen M., TX (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"very very poor acceleration. Scary getting on freeway. Has no power going up a hill either."

Mark S., CA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Excellent gasoline mpg. excellent drive ability'very good cargo space for such a small car."

John R., GA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Very responsive to both items"

Curt U., IL (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"It is very peppy (2.0 turbo) and gets good gas mileage (average 23, up to 27 on the highway). It handles very well."

Tom W., GA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Safety factors such as blind side mirrors and rear view guidance. The only negative is that the passenger seat headrest and passenger door post makes it difficult for driver to look for traffic coming from the right.(at a cross street)"

Anonymous, NC (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"handles very nicely but is under powered and doesn't accelerate as well as I believe it should"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Handling is very good in the Santa Fe, and acceleration is not bad. I do think it could use a bit more power."

Daniel M., MA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Great on long trips, comfortable, better mileage than expected, ease of handling."

David N., CO (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Very quiet. Very little road or engine noise."

Anonymous, NV (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Zips right out into traffic like a bandit!"

Gerrit V., NY (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The passenger seat sits EXTREMELY low on the car with no way to raise it!! Would not buy this car again if passenger seats remain like this."

REBECCA H., MO (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Love the cooled seats"

MEL R., BC (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Seat setting memory, a/c for back passengers, quiet and comfortable ride."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"The only thing I would change would be the ability for the front passenger seat to raise up and down, not just forward & backward."

JACQUIE E., VA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Accelerates very well on freeways! Comfortable on my back on long trips, feel as good getting out as getting in!"

GERRIT V., NY (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"My only complaint on this vehicle is that the drivers seat could be a tad softer. I find my derrière gets really tired on long trips."

PAM F., FL (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Seats are comfortable, but the wind noise from outside is getting through the widows and doors. Tire noise might contributing."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Very comfortable seats for long journey."

Barry V., FL (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"The wind noise is louder than it should be. It sounds like the windows aren't quite closed. The engine noise at idle and low speeds is louder than it should be."

Eric G., CA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Easy to maneuver, Adjustable lumbar support, responsive acceleration."

Paul J., PA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Driver's seat auto adjusts for driver. Great feature. Noise level pretty good. Fairly smooth ride."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"The heated seat"

Anonymous, LA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Road noise is excessive, I replaced tires, which helped a little bit."

James S., TX (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"I find the driving position very uncomfortable for even short trips. The centre arm rest is too low and too far back to use while driving. The door arm rest sweeps up at the front so there is nowhere to rest the left arm. The top of the door trim panel is too narrow to rest the elbow while driving and the elbow slides off. I just can't get comfortable for a long drive, so I take my Maxima on most trips."

Dave G., ON (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"passenger seat should have lumbar support features reduction of cabin noise would be a plus"

Linda J., NC (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Extremely comfortable vehicle. Lots of room on all sides of you. If you have any back problems, these seats are very accommodating."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Rides and handles more like a car than SUV. Relatively quiet, plenty of room for 5 plus storage."

Robert C., KS (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Good"

Anonymous, MN (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Auto controls on drivers seat. Heated front seats in"

Curt U., IL (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Love the car, however, the seats are "short" and not comfortable. Not easy to gerinto."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Low road and engine noise. Seats are comfortable Some nice to haves like back seat shades Entry & Exit is easy"

Anonymous, QC (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Heated seats front and back"

Anonymous, AB (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Very comfortable ride."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"seats are harder than my 2010 Santa Fe"

Anonymous, BC (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Comfortable ride"

Paul B., LA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"I enjoy the air cool d seats."

Anonymous, VA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"The seats are NOT comfortable. Supposedly, they are ergonomically correct -- but they are SO uncomfortable. Even on a trip that is only an hour away, the seats aren't comfortable. They are hard."

Anonymous, DE (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Seat becomes a little uncomfortable after about 8 hours of driving. My tailbone begins to hurt a bit. Even so, its still more my problem in setting the adjustments. Wish they offered seat setting Memory without requiring their "Technology" Option Package. My wife uses the car twice a week and makes changes to all the adjustments - Seats, Mirrors, etc.."

Joseph B., NC (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"One of the quietest vehicles we've ever driven. Seats are comfortable. Ride is compliant."

Steve F., ON (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Very comfortable leather seats, quiet ride."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Great comfort feel like your riding in a luxury car."

Anonymous, MN (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"We found the Lakeland, Florida dealer much more accommodating than the Wesley Chapel dealer. Lakeland Hyundai located the red vehicle with all the options we wanted and gave us the price we said we were willing to pay to the penny -- no additional charges."

G R., FL (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Much more standard options then pricer SUV's"

Anonymous, BC (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Good handling,good combined milege nice styling great comforts inside"

NORM S., AB (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Many additional features, especially Blind Side Detection. The 2.0 Turbo is fun to use and has power when needed. This one came with trailer hitch."

Malcolm W., AL (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"List price was high but after negociating, got the SUV well below suggested prices at zero interest."

Robert C., KS (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Great car for the price. ."

Anonymous, VA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"For under $30000 I have an SUV with plenty of extras which came as standard equipment."

Martin D., PA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"GOOD CAR"

Anonymous, MN (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"A nice SUV for a reasonable price"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Great value considering the price and all of the features and functionality. It is indeed a "utility" vehicle that comes in handy for all kinds of things: shopping, vacation traveling, cargo carrying, etc."

Tom W., GA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"At the time we purchased the Santa Fe Sport, it had most of the features we wanted at a reasonable price. The few features that weren't available on the Santa Fe, but would have been available on significantly more expensive vehicles, would have put it out of our price range."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Dependability, minimal break downs and repairs. Battery is disappointing for short life (sometimes only two years) and replacement is very expensive. The dealership told me this was because of new regulations that the battery is made of a different composition form the old batteries,"

Paul J., PA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Loaded vehicle for good price."

Larry L., AB (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Mileage, size, comfort, and 10 year drive train warrantee"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Price was good for my wife to use as a commuter vehicle, and with the taller seats, it is easy to get in and out. Gas mileage is excellent for city commuting."

Ray G., NV (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Great car! For 14 years, no major service problems! I will buy another one next ear!"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Looked at "luxury" SUV's and decided on the Santa Fe Sport because it had all the features at more than $10,000 less"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"This is my third Hyundai Santa Fe, I feel safe and have no complaints about performance,body style or equipment. I feel I got excellent value for the price and the extended warranty standard on this vehicle only reenforces that value factor."

Karen M., TX (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Its a very good driving SUV. Good ride and handling, exceptional power from a small normally aspirated 4 cylinder engine. Great gas mileage compared with my old 2007 Santa Fe. 35+ MPG at 80MPH and 29.5 at 65MPH. I think its a really great SUV for the price."

Joseph B., NC (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Excellent handling. Excellent value and gas milage"

John R., GA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"mileage is poor with the 2.0 turbo, more expensive to operate"

Steven S., MD (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Good value for dollars spent."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"I got a very reliable vehicle with many of the features found on SUVs costing thousands of dollars more. It looks almost new with 40K miles and has performed as well as we had hoped when we purchased it."

Thomas S., VA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Excellent vehicle! This is my third one!"

Gerrit V., NY (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"For the money it is extremely hard to beat this vehicle. It is quiet, comfortable, easy to use and very safe"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Very happy with the standard features. Many would be considered upgrades in a North American car. Very reliable - this is our second one - no warranty issues with either one."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"nothing"

LLOYD T., NC (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport)

"Compared to equivalent SUV my Hyundai is current in style, while the Ford, Chev, Honda, Toyota, Suburu, et al have all fallen behind in some aspects of style. Only the Kai and Hyundai have maintained the overal modernization of all elements of style important to me (functional, body, interior, latest innovations, etc.). A joy to drive and turns heads everywhere as it is bright red and just looks fabulous."

DON Y., AB (2016 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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