The seven-passenger version of the Santa Fe is one of the most pleasant and well-rounded three-row SUVs on the market. It's functional, stylish, and easy to live with. 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.
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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

"Handling in bad weather, rain snow, ice with AWD is excellent"

Richard V., VA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Handles well in heavy traffick"

Anonymous, BC (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Turbo makes passing safer, handling on curves is exceptional"

Barney S., BC (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Love the 2.0T engine. Great acceleration and maintains speed on inclines."

Anonymous, AB (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Acceleration is acceptable. Turning radius is good. Concern is tied to the right side blind spot and ability to pick up vehicles in the adjacent right lane."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"good power and accelleration fair handling"

Peter P., SC (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"AWD performs well in all conditions, including snow."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"This is excellent responsive and powered car for driving the highway or a mountain pass' I would say they "got it right" when they designed this car with this engine which has aprox 190 horse-love the AW lock in winter driving and down hill assist"

Anonymous, CO (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"A six speed transmission that is so smooth that you can hardly tell that it is shifting."

James W., CO (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Steering is too light at center so it tends to wonder and the wind from passing trucks or other cars pushes it around especially at highway speed."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Much better performance than I would have guessed in such a big vehicle with a V6"

RICHARD M., FL (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"excellent handling, acceleration, comfort. no changes needed."

MICHAEL W., ON (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"don't like the way the transmission works. can't make up it's mind what gear it wants to be in at speeds 40 mph or lower"

Anonymous, NM (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The ride is a "hard" ride where you feel the bumps, large and/or small."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Comfort and ride is pretty good. A little bit noisy on the road."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"In the three row seating the clearance between is very tight"

Anonymous, MN (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Not enough leg room"

Anonymous, VA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The seats and ride are great esp on ling trips-however the seat doesn't fit my small 5'2" size even with it completely deployed and I can only "TOE" the gas pedal and I cannot look over and past the windshield wiper area to see to drive."

Anonymous, CO (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The seats are a little firm, but comfortable. The seat ventilation system is AMAZING! The best ventilation seats I have ever owned. The Santa Fe is, for an SUV, very quiet on most road surfaces and the ride is carlike."

Michael H., TX (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Seats are not that comfortable when compared to like vehicles such as Ford SUV or a Honda SUV"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"the seat AC system does not cool the seats with any effecience"

Anonymous, WI (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"power seats, heated seats"

Barney S., BC (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Head rests shimmy up by themselves."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The neck area is not very comfortable"

Alicia F., DE (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Air conditioned seats, nice ride, fantastic turning radius."

Gary P., SC (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Very satisfied with climate control and the heated passenger seat."

Anonymous, IL (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"with heated and cooled seats up front, power at my command and all wheel drive it is great . My mileage is better than I expected."

DAVID S., RI (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Seats could be more comfortable"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The air conditioning is very noisy. Takes away from the sound system . They should utilize an acoustic expert to work on the balance between air handler and sound system."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Very comfortable except the sunglass holder is too small to hold a larger style pair of sunglasses. I have to use a visor clip. Also miss the little drawer that used to pop out of the front console. There is no easily accessible area to store coins. There is an awkward area behind the cup holders. The front passenger seat has limited controls for height etc & is not a full power seat. Otherwise a very comfortable experience. The display can not be set to just display the clock all the time which"

Anonymous, NS (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"2016 seats much more comfortable than 2009 model. Greater leg support and longer seat cushon. Climate control automatic is great as is heated and ventilated front seats."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"- Slight creaking sound above driver's head, near door seal, when hitting some bumps, becomes a little annoying at times. - rear end is soft; bounces too much when riding on uneven surfaces/bumps/dips; the shock absorbers could provide better control."

JON B., MO (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The bolsters on the seat bottom are uncomfortable on long rides and the seat doesn't rise high enough on the driver's side to allow my 5'2" frame to see above the dash to judge distance. My husband also says the seat bothers him an he is 6' tall. The seat cuts and presses into the back of my legs when I drive because it is too deep."

ALETA C., CO (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The front passenger seat will not go up and down so short people have a problem see out of the vehicle"

Anonymous, MD (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The seats and seating position is very uncomfortable for the driver in this vehicle. Needs improvement."

Anonymous, NE (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"After driving more then two hours I get back pain."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"It is very comfortable but becasue of the roof line it is a little difficult for me to get into the car. Once in I have plenty of head room"

Jack C., OH (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)


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

What Owners Say

"The Santa Fe had all the options I wanted at a much lower price than for other cars that we drove."

James W., CO (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Very good looking vehicle, reliable, good technology."

Anonymous, AB (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Shopped all three row SUV’s extensively. Although I expected to buy a Buick to replace the Rendevoux Ultra that we had previously, I could not justify spending $13K more for a vehicle that looked a little better yet offered no more safety or comfort features. The real clinchers were the 10 year or 100,000 mile warranty and 0% financing. Ultimately, the decision was easy and from day one proved to be correct. Though I am not a fan of SUV’s, my wife is and she and I couldn’t be happier with this one. We have driven it across country in all kinds of conditions and never had a concern about its comfort, safety or reliability."

Richard T., GA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Seating for six. Plenty of storage space."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"My wife's car and she is a real estate agent. Uses the car a lot and many time with clients. We've had the car two years and it has been extremely reliable. Only issue was the factory installed tires. Still very pleased with the reliability, styling and features. Excellent value"

Richard A., GA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The Buick styling has been great for the six years we have owned this car. We anticipate a change in 2017 and will purchase new. The two problems we had Alternator and fuel leaking from injector out of warranty. Good Buick planning."

RICHARD G., VA (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Compared to the GMC Terrain we had we got a lot more room(seating), leather interior, safety features, and more head space with the Santa Fe."

RICHARD W., NY (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"lots of bells and whistle for a good price"

DANIEL S., QC (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Best value compared to other SUVs"

LYNNE G., ON (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"I think design and looks are really good. Light features in front are really good."

RICHARD W., NC (2016 Hyundai Santa Fe)

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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