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.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

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.
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.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
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.
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

Worse Better
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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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
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.
NA
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
NA
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
NA
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
NA
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
NA
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2005. Side air bags standard from 2003. Head protection air bags and ESC standard from 2007.
Road Test

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. Easy access and simple controls add to its user-friendliness. Fuel economy from the standard V6 engine is impressive. We saw 20 mpg overall in our testing -- one to two mpg better than most competitors -- with no compromise in performance.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
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
  • 3.3-liter V6 (290 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"was very noisy on passenger side only but dealer refused to even look at it"

Rachelle B., ON (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"They had to replace the whole panoramic roof"

Laurent G., ON (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"There was an annoying squeak from the passenger side. Dealer fixed in one visit. Something to do with the passenger side mudflap on the outside of the car."

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"The back seats visibly vibrate while driving especially over moderately bumpy roads."

Richard V., UT (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate Limited 3.3-L V6)

"second row passenger seat, behind the driver's seat, rattles and shakes if there is even a slight bump in the road"

Anonymous, TX (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Sporadic Rattle from behind drivers seat when driving faster than 45 mph."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate 3.3-L V6)

"There was major rattles coming from the roof. I had to get the whole sunroof replaced and it solved the problem."

Laurent G., ON (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)
Wind noise

"There is wind noise from the passenger seat, front row."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate Limited 3.3-L V6)

"it has become noisier"

Anonymous, ON (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"Right from the start it was noisy and a mechanic identified the seal not being on properly but the dealer did not want to do anything about it. It has only become more noisy since then."

Anonymous, ON (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 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

12V power plug

"It does not work. I have not yet tried to fix it"

Anonymous, (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.3-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Turn signal quit working as well as brake lights"

Robert D., MI (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)
Gauges

"It's more the heat/AC I have issue with."

Anonymous, ID (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"I am including the vehicle's built in fuel economy readout as part of the gauges. I keep a detailed log book and I find the calculated fuel economy is typically 10% to 15% worse than what the vehicle is saying I get"

Amnon L., BC (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate Limited 3.3-L V6)
Headlights

"Headlights too dim. Replaced by Hyundai"

Anonymous, WI (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"High Beam headlights continued to blow the fuse. A recall covering the headlight assembly was issued for water leakage into the assembly. New assembly installed and problem was solved under warranty"

Anonymous, OR (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Recall was performed on headlights....have had two adjustments since then and they still don' t perform as well as before the recall"

Robert D., MI (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)
Warning lights

"One backup hazard warning sensor on rear bumper failed.... Was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, OR (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate Limited 3.3-L V6)

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

Apple CarPlay

"It starred about 6-12 months ago. When trying to text from voice, it used to read back what you said before you sent it, but now it doesn't do that. It would also read a message from someone, but it doesn't do that either. It shows that it's reading, but no sound comes out."

Anonymous, IL (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)
Backup or other camera/sensors

"Back up camera slow to come on"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"Display slow to respond after start up. Radio doesn't always work on start up"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Navigation was taking us to the wrong places. Dealer adjusted the system and it has worked fine since."

Jim T., IA (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate Limited 3.3-L V6)

"If you don't use the Hyundai Blue Link Service, the system is always is out of date! The update service for the navigation system costs $100.00 plus to update. The solution is to always use your cell phone instead. It has more updated info and it doesn't cost anything extra!"

Henry K., NY (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate Limited 3.3-L V6)
Software update fixes

"The clock on gps dash system went blank and stayed that way for over 100 days. No service advisory was ever sent by Hyundai. A service advisor finally told me there was some problem in their GPS satellite- even the new cars on the sales floor were out. In the fourth month the clock came back sporadically, then finally fully."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate 3.3-L V6)
Speakers

"I continually loose control of my speakers to the car when using Bluetooth or not. Then I have to grab my phone to correct it."

Anonymous, ID (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"at times get a disabled message concerning blind spot warning"

Steven G., IL (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"It comes on at random time."

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Related to the Airbag sensor"

Anonymous, (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The AEB stopped working therefore both the smart cruise was disabled and forward collision warning stopped working as it depends on the AEB to function"

Gord I., ON (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate Limited 3.3-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Front bumper had paint missing after about 3,000 miles. Dealer refused to do anything about it. Stated it was not a defect."

Carl G., MI (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate Limited 3.3-L V6)

"One square patch above the passenger door handle discolored for unknown reason"

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Transmission computer

"Was surging and shifting improperly."

Allan B., WA (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate Limited 3.3-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Cooling hose for transmission broke"

Anonymous, TX (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate Limited 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

"Engine light came on war went into limp mode and could barely accelerate. Had to take to dealer 2 times to get issue resolved. They did resolve completely after the second visit."

Stephen M., MS (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate Limited 3.3-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Timing chain cover seal needed replacement as oil seeped out"

Anonymous, BC (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate 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

Seat belts

"Drivers seat belt is not retracting properly."

Carl G., MI (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate Limited 3.3-L V6)
Sunroof

"Roof made lots of squeaking noises. They had to replace something that involved keeping the SUV for about 2 weeks. The SUV is fine now."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Ulitmate 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

Differential

"bought car with worn out differential in back. Would shudder in turns and make thumping sound"

Anonymous, MA (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)
Traction control

"With traction control engaged, the vehicle seriously hesitates when pullig out into traffic from a corner or a parking lot. I believe because Hyundai uses throttle reduction to avoid tire slippage. The natural reaction is to give it more throttle, which causes the system to pull more out. Dangerous situation!"

Mary W., MI (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate 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

Shocks or struts

"Rear shocks were very stiff and caused rough ride when going over bumps/railroad tracks etc. Hyundai dealt with this by replacing shocks free of charge. Ride has improved considerably."

Anonymous, MB (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate Limited 3.3-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"steering vibrates sometimes, but cause could not be located."

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Squeaking

"groaning and squeaking when wet or damp"

Steven G., IL (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"We felt a jerk when the car shifted in and out of low gears. We took it to Hyundai (under warranty) and they said chose to replace the transmission with a rebuilt transmission. It took about 3 weeks, but they did give us a loaner and were good communicators. This was all after owning the car about 6 weeks."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate Limited 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

What Owners Say

Starter

"Would not start due to cold weather. Problem resolved with replacement starter."

Anonymous, PA (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 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

Automatic climate control

"Very slow to cool down"

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

Engine Major

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

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.

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