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The seven-passenger version of this iteration of the Hyundai Santa Fe is one of the most pleasant and well-rounded three-row SUVs on the market. It's functional, stylish and undemanding. Spacious and accommodating, the Santa Fe has a limo-like rear seat and generous cargo area, yet it doesn't feel too bulky to drive or park. The comfortable ride and quiet interior make it a welcome family road trip companion.
Alerts
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.

Overall Reliability
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The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe has been recalled 1 time by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Potential Trouble Spots
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Engine Minor
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Engine Cooling
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Transmission Major
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Transmission Minor
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Fuel System
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Electric System
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Climate System
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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 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

“Camera is intermittent, sometimes blank screen”

Arthur F., RI (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

“The proximity sensors will stop functioning randomly and intermittently. On/Off button will not reactivate. Once car is shut off and restarted the system resets and begins to work again. However it often fails again. Dealer has not been able to fix the problem”

Carl A., MD (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

“Blind spot Detection fails in wet weather. Once if fails even when dried out it can't be reset without turning off the engine. When you get use to this system it becomes a hazard because you might forget it is not working at the time and make a mistake. These should at least rest themselves when they become dry and they should be built so moisture doesn't affect them”

Kenneth S., CO (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

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

“Battery ran down with switch in auto position”

Anonymous, VA (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)
Horn

“lock unlock horn indicator stopped working”

Anonymous, AB (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)
Interior lights

“Interior dome light on passenger side goes out intermittently. Sometimes it will come on when tapped. Sometimes it works properly”

James M., MD (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“The car stalled twice while driving. Brought to dealer and the dealer uploaded the new software”

Tuan N., TX (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

“We have 6 Hyundai SUVs in our family and have great had great service out of them. The car is still at dealer after 4 weeks with Hyundai directing trouble shooting. This SUV is garaged never been in high water, well maintained. The dealer has replaced most sensors, now change main computer. Problem is starts runs high RPMs Steering wheel shakes, gas petal does not work and if you place it in gear you can not stop it,so I have to pull it into netural, can't turn off, it is very dangerous and hard”

Jerome C., LA (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

“There is a piece of trim on the track for the panoramic sunroof that is loose and rattles during driving. I've advised my regular Hyundai dealership and they said I had to take it back to the dealership that fixed the original sunroof issue and I have yet to do that”

Peter F., AZ (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“had some rust starting to form on front hood”

Anonymous, OH (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

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

“One of the fuel injectors was bad”

Anonymous, KS (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Wind noise

“Road and wind noise”

Anonymous, OR (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.3-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Refrigerant leaks

“We purchased this vehicle 31 August '15. Before our 1 year, under 15k miles mark we had our 1st A/C outage. No issues found but dealer topped off refrigerant. Less than a month later we had our 2nd outage; this time a leak was found and "fixed" (f&f). About a month after that we had a 3rd outage and a new leak was f&f. About a month later our 4th outage w/leak f&f. Another month until our 5th outage w/leak f&f. With each outage the temperatures would not be the same from driver to passenger”

Anonymous, LA (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

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

Sunroof

“The panoramic sunroof started making a popping sound when opening and closing. I took it to the dealership and they repaired under warranty but then within a month the issue came back. I took to a different dealership and they repaired under warranty and I've not had any issues since”

Peter F., AZ (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Head gasket

“can't believe we had this problem with car all ready”

Anonymous, OH (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

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

“Battery would be totally discharged if the car was left unused for more that a couple of days. This happened several times. After several unsuccessful attempts to diagnose the problem, the Service Manager suggested that we may not be using the correct procedure for parking the car. It has to be put in park BEFORE turning the ignition off. If not, some of the electronics are left on and the battery will be discharged. That appears to have solved the problem”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“Leak at block for return. Dealer fixed, replaced hose and clamp”

Gary L., AB (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

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

Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Loose steering”

Edward B., FL (2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.3-L V6)

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

Brakes

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

Exhaust

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

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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