The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe is a solid mid-range three-row SUV that seats up to seven. It comes pretty well equipped with a good range of standard features and a power train which delivers a pretty nice and comfortable ride for a pair of adults or a young family.
SE models come with second-row bench seating standard for up to seven passengers. On the Limited models, second-row seating is provided by two very comfortable captain’s chairs which reduces seating capacity to six. The third row is strictly for children (two) with limited head and leg room. Space for cargo behind the third row is tighter than some others, but adequate for everyday use.
Materials and styling throughout the cabin are nicer than others in the market giving passengers a more premium feel. The ride is relatively smooth in most conditions and cabin noise is not an issue – particularly when the upgraded audio system is in use.
And the 2016 Santa Fe does tow. It is rated up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped which is sufficient for many family outings with small boats, ATV’s, Watercraft or small camping trailer.
2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited AWD
A few weeks ago we borrowed a 2016 Santa Fe from Hyundai for a week long drive update. Our test Santa Fe was in a sharp Monaco White color with a well-executed Beige on Beige interior. Pretty well equipped, it had a MSRP of $35,250.
The three-row Santa Fe does not lack for power equipped with their 3.3L GDI V6 engine that produces 290 horsepower and 252 lb.-ft. of torque. It is integrated with a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual Shiftronic control and the Active On-Demand AWD system with AWD Lock. In the AWD configuration, it is fuel economy rated at 17/22 mpg city/highway and 19 mpg combined.
Though not as well equipped with safety/convenience features as some others, it does have Vehicle Stability Management with Traction Control, Blind Spot Detection, ABS Brakes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Brake Assist plus Downhill Brake Control and Hill Start Assist.
The 2016 Santa Fe runs on 19-inch alloy wheels with P235/55R19 All-season tires and is equipped with Fog Lights, Daytime Running Lights, Heated Exterior Mirrors with turn signals, Roof Side Rails, Windshield Wiper Deicer, Hands-free Smart Tailgate with Auto Open, Keyless Entry, Push Button Start, Power Driver and Passenger Heated Seats with Leather Seat Surfaces, Second-row Captain’s Chairs and Third Row Fold Flat Bench.
Other standard features included Dual Zone Climate Control, Rear Seating Heat and Cooling Vents, Driver Selectable Steering Modes, Auto-dimming Rear View Mirror, Manual Rear Window Sunshades and Driver Information Display.
Standard also was a 4.3-inch Center Stack Color Display with Rear View Camera, AM/FM/HD/CD/MP3 and SiriusXM Radio Hyundai Blue Link Telematics connectivity and Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone system.
Hyundai had added the Ultimate Package ($4,650) to this vehicle giving it a wide range of additional premium features. Included were HID Headlights, LED Taillights, Panoramic Sun Roof, upgraded 8-inch Touchscreen with Navigation, 12-speaker Infinity Logic 7 Audio System, Ventilated Front Seats, Heated Rear Seats, Heated Steering Wheel, 115 volt Power Outlet and Premium Door Sill plates.
Adding Carpeted Floor Mats, Cargo Cover and Roof Rack Cross Rails at the pier – plus delivery – our 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited AWD with the Ultimate trim priced at $42,385.
2017 Models are here now
The 2017 Santa Fe is now available, with a number of improvements worth noting if you are considering Santa Fe in your search for a mid-size 7-passenger SUV. The 2017 Santa Fe improvements include styling treatment changes, engineering upgrades and a number of new standard features previously available as options or part of a package.
On the outside, the 2017 Santa Fe has a redesigned front fascia with brushed front grille and new headlight design on the front, a new rocker panel trim design with integrated silver accents and a redesign of the rear fascia, with new taillights and enhanced dual exhaust outlet.
Santa Fe for 2017 delivers a more spirited performance with the addition of Drive Mode Select (SPORT, ECO and NORMAL) as standard to their V6 powertrain across all trims.
Other new features standard or available include 17, 18 and 19-inch wheel options, LED Daytime Running Lights, LED Fog Lights, standard seven-inch touchscreen with Android Auto, available 8-inch touchscreen with Navigation and Android Auto, Infinity premium audio with new QuantumLogic Surround and ClariFi, next generation Hyundai Blue Link, power height adjustable front passenger seat, second-row cup holders, third-row and new matte-finish woodgrain interior accents.
One of the shortcomings of the 2016 version was the lack of some current safety features. In response, Hyundai is adding new or making available on the 2017 Santa Fe, Standard Rearview Camera, Multi-View Camera System, Smart Cruise Control with Start/Stop, Lane Departure Warning, Electronic Parking Brake, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection and Dynamic Bending Headlights with High Beam Assist.
The 2017 Santa Fe comes in two models, SE and Limited. Each model also has an upgraded Ultimate trim level. The SE MSRP is $30,800 with the Ultimate MSRP $38,700. The Limited MSRP is $34,950 with the Ultimate MSRP $39,400.
For 2017 Santa Fe is available with all-wheel drive (AWD) in all models and trims for $1,750 more. All models are powered by the 3.3L V6 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic and the new Drive Mode Select.
Packages available include a Premium for the SE ($3,650) and a Technology for the SE Ultimate trim level ($2,100). The same Technology Package is also available on the Limited Ultimate trim level.
The Hyundai Santa Fe 7-passenger SUV is a solid performer in both FWD and AWD – though we prefer the AWD version with its Active Cornering Control for better road handling in all weather conditions. There are a lot of 2016 models still available to choose from with some good pricing to be expected as dealers look to close them out.
But, then again, the new and added features on the 2017 Santa Fe may have gotten your attention. Go to their webpage for more information or their ‘Build & Price’ page to build your own.
If you are not needing a three-row SUV, Hyundai does offer their Santa Fe Sport which seats up to five in its two rows.
In either case, the Santa Fe or Santa Fe Sport, a SUV from Hyundai should be on your list to shop if you are in the market.