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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There are 2 recalls 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 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has been recalled 2 times 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 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 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 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"Would delay switching out of back-up camera when shifting to drive particularly when the ambient temperature was cold . Dealer installed a new camera but I am not sure the problem is solved. Have not had enough time to be certain as it happened once more this past winter."

Anonymous, AB (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
CD player

"When playing a CD, if you stop the engine then restart the CD defaukts to the beginning each time. CD should start where left off when engine was stopped. Replacement unit does the same. My opinion... Hyundai has cheapened up the electronics responsible for this feature"

Edward H., NJ (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"When a CD is inserted, CD always starts from the beginning after turning off the car then restarting, pausing, etc. CD should always resume play back from the point it was in when stopping then restarting the car. Same is true when the CD is paused. When you hit play CD should resume play back from the paused point. Instead it goes back to the beginning. Original CD unit was replaced but the replacement CD player has the same problem. Quality control problem or just cheapening up on included hardware ? No one cares because CD players are nearly obsolete. Shame on Hyundai."

Edward H., NJ (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen freezes up

"Dealer replaced the entire unit which fixed the problem. I have had no problems since."

Anonymous, TN (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"Dealer replaced entire display and radio unit."

Anonymous, TN (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Both issues I indicated were related. Pandora sync was not working as the ECM unit needed to be replaced which had also caused some issues with my interface system in the care. Once replaced, which it had a recall on it, everything is working fine."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"DID NOT FIND IT AS USER FRIENDLY AS OTHER SYSTEMS AND IT FREQUENTLY TOOK YOU ON A VERY INDIRECT ROUTE."

Anonymous, BC (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"try to talk to the navigation system on where the place Iam looking for directions and it keeps asking over, I don't understand the command"

Anonymous, ON (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The entire radio and GPS had to be replaced under warranty"

Warner E., VA (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"Radio had to be replaced twice. wasn't working properly with the phone."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The time function disappeared periodically. A new radio was installed under vehicle warranty and the problem has not recurred."

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Routine software updates

"It was a recall by Hyundai to add a software update to better monitor the engine. The car ran fine without the update. Warranty was extended another twenty thousand miles."

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

"Rear Bass speaker failed within first month"

Anonymous, BC (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Blown passenger lower door speaker, I have the factory upgraded Infinity speakers"

Anonymous, BC (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"The Blind Spot Warning shuts off completely when driving on a freeway. I brought it to the dealer's attention and was told they couldn't troubleshoot without a 'code'."

Anonymous, MD (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The blind spot monitoring system is erratic. It might pick up a car and miss a truck, or pick up a truck them miss a car. It has been in several times for this and all Hyundai says is the system is operating correctly. They system on the Subaru works all the time, this is unacceptable for Hyundai.."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It shut itself off without warning and for no apparent reason. Eventually, after a time and restarting the engine, it began to work again."

J C., KS (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"For the past two years I have had problems with the air bag light coming on and off. It has been to 2 different dealers for service 6 times. They keep telling me this has been corrected. We will see. The last time the dealer had it for 5 days and called me and told me it's fixed and when I went to pick up the car it was not even put back together again. The tech forgot to finish the job. It's good Hyundia has a 5 year warranty because they do a terrible job fixing their cars. They don't seem to care about there customers."

Wayne B., ON (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Airbag will not turn on when a blanket or cushion is placed under adult passenger. Airbag off light remains illuminated. Hyundai's response is do not put anything on the under you."

Donald R., BC (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The Blind Spot Detection System does NOT consistently detect vehicles in the blind spot'. This is for both sides, although the passenger side seems to be worse."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Poorly installed roof rack."

Anonymous, VA (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"The drivers seats outer molding is broken. This also happened on y2014 Sante Fe Sport. It is not of good quality and is a constant problem, and breaks easily when you have to sit on the outer edge of the seat."

Robert J., MI (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Black finished wheels had peeling finish"

Anonymous, PA (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I FIND THAT THE PAINT SUFFERS FROM NUMEROUS ROCK CHIPS , MORE THAN ANY OTHER VEHICLE THAT I HAVE OWNED, IT WAS THE SAME WITH MY 2014 SANTA FE."

Anonymous, BC (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There are 2 areas where the paint has a funny colouring or chip like mark, that distracts from its overall, very nice appearance. The paint stick did not help eliminate this problem."

Anonymous, ON (2017 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

Alignment

"Car drifts to the left. Checked and Realigned three times. Still drifts to left."

Michael A., NY (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"two alignments in two years mostly highway driving Not acceptable compared to 2004 tundra owned for 7 yrs and just needing first"

Barry B., SK (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear tires were out of alignment causing tire cupping and road noise"

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Shocks or struts

"I was driving to discover that my entire rear passenger side wheel base was loose. The dealership where it was serviced 2 days prior must have done it and didn't tell me"

Anonymous, TX (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wheel bearings

"LF WHEEL BEARING BECAME NOISEY . WAS REPLACED@ ABOUT 8500 MI"

Anonymous, NC (2017 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

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"the driver side front door rubber seal wore/ripped in about one year due to the location and it being rubbed everytime you entered the car"

Laird B., FL (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"There has been a squeak above the passenger door since day-1. Although the service dept. spent hours trying to find it, it is still with me. I have tried to have it taken care of, to no avail. I suspect it is in the basic body shell. I give up."

Anonymous, OH (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Noise in the B pillar toward top where the seat belt loop is. Noise happens when temperature get around 80 degrees and higher. Has been in to dealer but problem continues"

Anonymous, WI (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

"Hard ride-Carplay does not work-road noise from tires-poor suspension...rought riding."

Frederick H., FL (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 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

"Car almost stalls when turning corners. Almost completely loses power"

Anonymous, UT (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Loss of power on a sharp turn."

Anonymous, IL (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"An o-ring or gasket for the variable valve timing cover leaked oil onto the crank sensor, causing the engine to lose power and go into default mode (where I was able to drive it to the dealer and have it diagnosed/repaired)."

Kenneth B., NY (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Rear axle seal left side"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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 cap

"Check engine light illuminated due to bad fuel cap seal. Hyundai dealership from which we obtained this vehicle downplayed need for immediate attention "unless the light starts flashing." They were also not surprised by the problem. They had already changed several fuel caps for the same reason"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"When I am putting gas into my car, the nozzle keeps clicking off, even when I'm holding it"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"Fll valve recall. Resulted in numerous returns to dealer because of gasoline smell. They opened and replaced access panel and o ring gaskets to fix. Took weeks for gas smell to subside"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Making a sharp turn and breaking caused a loss of power. The fuel pump was replaced.."

Greg F., BC (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 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

A/C compressor

"The AC has a chronic evaporation / drainage system issue. I have to clear the blockage from the drainage tube multiple times during the year."

Carey C., ON (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"At times, one of the flaps directing the airflow in the climate control system sticks, so the air doesn't get directed properly; after manually cycling through the different modes, it eventually frees up and we can hear a sound that is apparently the flap unsticking/moving to the correct position and everything then works properly."

Kenneth B., NY (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"evap coil froze. Found low refrigerant pressure but NOT really any leak. Dealer replaced the thermostatic valve as well just to be safe but that wasn't a prevalent problem on this model"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

"It was a recall to replace a pin in the shifter linkage. Did not experience any problemprior. I was notified, brought it in at an oil change interval and it was replaced."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rough shifting

"The transition from first to second gear had a rpm increase to 4000. The shift from second to third was rough also, There was a recall of a switch, and that mitigated the problem."

Anonymous, MD (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission computer

"While Making a turn the car will not accelerate . The traction control light comes on. Dealer unable to repair"

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Cruise control

"My vehicle was at Hyundai for over 3 months due to electrical issues with warning lights coming on for: Check Smart Cruise Control Check Smart High Beam Check AEB Check LDWS"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Led running lights, one led not working when delivered. Module replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

"Engine was making a whirring sound at 9998 miles starting around 1500 rpm. Dealer says the engine has an internal failure and currently are waiting for a replacement engine"

William K., NC (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"In our 2 months of ownership the vehicle has gone into limp mode with engine problems, twice. Vehicle is extremely unreliable and unsafe. Would never purchase any Hyundai again."

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

What Owners Say

Alternator

"There was a recall on a loose bolt on the Alternator, I took it in on the 7200 mileage and they fixed it. I did not even know about it until I made the online appointment"

Robert C., MN (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Starter

"A few months buying the car, it developed an intermittent issue where both the push button start and the remote start would not work at all. After a period of waiting the car would be able to start again. The time to wait was never the same and it was very unpredictable on when it would decide not to start"

Derek S., AB (2017 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

Traction control

"The car would quit when making a left hand turn. This was fixed by my local Hyundai dealer with TSB 17-BR-002-1 to re flash the ECM."

Anonymous, UT (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Seat belts

"The seat belts do not retract like they should when not in use. They typically just hang down with the buckle in the area of the door jam. When closing the door the buckle prevents the door from closing which has resulted in damage to the door jam as well as the interior door."

Robert J., MI (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Thermostat

"In winter the engine temp dropped then came back up. This happened a few times but the dealer couldn't find the problem They made a note of it for the future"

Robert K., IL (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

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

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Recalls
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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
SEAT BELTS:FRONT:ANCHORAGE
Jun 05 2017
If the bolt was not sufficiently tightened, driver's seat belt may come unanchored in a collision, increasing the risk of injury to the occupant.
Summary:
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain 2017 Santa Fe Sport vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the bolt for the driver's seat belt anchor might not have been sufficiently tightened during assembly.
What should you do:
Hyundai will notify owners and dealers will verify that the driver's seatbelt anchor is properly secured, free of charge. The recall began July 7, 2017. Owner's may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for the recall is 165.
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: 17V365000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 17160
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