The Hyundai Santa Fe mid-sized SUV is listed among top ranked SUVs for its low price, plentiful standard features, and high safety scores. Thanks to the Santa Fe's high performance and low cost of ownership it was ranked the 2013 Best 3-Row Midsize SUV for the Money by US News.
Large SUVs are given a run for their money with the Santa Fe's comfortable and spacious interior. Compact SUVs can have a hard time competing with the Santa Fe's generous MPG (21 city and 29 highway). The Santa Fe also boasts many of the same options of luxury SUVs including: hands free calling, remote engine start, auxiliary audio input, Sirius XM satellite radio, and stolen vehicle tracking/assistance.
The Hyundai Santa Fe's various models offer seating for 5 to 7 adults. The Santa Fe Sport (a smaller model) has rear folding seats for a max of 5 passengers. Folding the rear seats down on the sport enables longer items to be transported with ease. The larger Santa Fe models have 3 rows of seats and will comfortably sit 7 adults. The 3rd row of seats on the larger Santa Fe models are totally collapsable (creating plentiful storage space to meet any transportation need). No matter who is sitting in the back, the Santa Fe's rear ventilation ducts keep everyone comfortable and happy.
Drivers and passengers can also travel with peace of mind knowing that the Hyundai Santa Fe is a IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2013. The Santa Fe boasts 4 wheel ABS brakes, stability and traction control, emergency braking assist, front/rear head airbags, as well as dual front side-mounted airbags. Most Santa Fe models also come with an optional back-up camera. All these safety features pushes the Santa Fe to stand out among good SUVs and demand to be noticed.
While the Hyundai Santa Fe has performed very well in past years only time will tell if it will be ranked among the best SUVs 2015. One needed area of improvement (as noted by reviewers) is power. The Santa Fe Sport come with two engine options: a 2.4-liter V4 engine (creating 190 horsepower) or a 2.0-liter turbo V4 (creating 264 horsepower). The larger Santa Fe models carry a 3.3-liter V6 (giving drivers 290 horsepower). Many reviewers noticed a lack of pick-up when accelerating, especially in the non-turbo Sport. All Santa Fe models come standard with an automatic 6-speed transmission.