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2016 Hyundai Santa-fe
Select a Different Model (4 Available): Limited AWD
Fair Market Price $ 22890
MPG (EPA) 18 CTY /24 HWY
Cargo (Std/Max) 14/80 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 6/6
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2016 Hyundai Santa Fe MODEL OVERVIEW

New for 2016

The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe is now available with the hands-free power liftgate.

Vehicle Summary

The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe is a large three-row crossover that's available in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations and seating for up to seven passengers. A smaller, five-passenger version called the Santa Fe Sport is also available.

Overview

A 290-hp 3.3-liter V-6 with 252 lb-ft of torque is the only engine available in the 2016 Santa Fe and it's paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is class competitive at 18/25 mpg city/highway for front-drive models and 18/24 mpg with all-wheel drive. There's 13.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 40.9 cubic feet behind the second row and 80 cubic feet behind the front seats.

Safety

In addition to the standard dual front, side-front, and side curtain airbags, the 2016 Santa Fe also comes with a knee airbag for the driver. Optional on the GLS trim and standard on the Limited are active driver aids including blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane change assist.

Trims, Packages, and What's Standard

On the base Santa Fe GLS, standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, driver selectable steering modes, seven-passenger seating configuration, heated front seats, cloth upholstery, 40/20/40 split-folding second row, 50/50 split folding rear seats, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, and a 4.3-inch infotainment touchscreen. Navigation with an eight-inch touchscreen, a panoramic sunroof, and a Dimension premium audio system are optional in the GLS trim.

Opt for the range-topping Limited trim and you get extra standard features including leather upholstery, second-row captain's chairs, and 19-inch alloy wheels. The Ultimate package adds LED taillights, HID headlights, navigation with an eight-inch touchscreen, rear parking sensors, an Infiniti Logic 7 premium audio system, driver's side seat memory, heated rear seats and ventilated front seats.

What We Think

In a comparison test that also included the Honda Pilot, Mazda CX-9 Toyota Highlander, Nissan Pathfinder, and Dodge Durango, the Hyundai Santa Fe placed fourth because of its lack of on-road refinement, and an interior that's smaller than its rivals. Additionally, the Santa Fe's third row seating also proved to be one of the worst in segment when it comes to passenger space. In a 2014 First Test review, we noted that the Santa Fe's interior was relatively quiet while the 290-hp 3.3-liter V-6 provided good power, but needs revving to reach the sweet spot of its power band. However, on less-than-perfect road surfaces, the car wasn't as stable while its handling proved lackluster because of excessive body movement. The infotainment system, on the other hand, is user-friendly and intuitive.

Cool Fact

The 3.3-liter V-6 in the Santa Fe is also used in the Azera large sedan.

You'll Like:

  • Quiet cabin
  • User-friendly infotainment system

You Won't Like:

  • Excessive body movement
  • Rough ride on less-than-perfect roads
  • V-6 needs revs to make power

Key Competitors

--Stefan Ogbac

2016 HYUNDAI SANTA-FE SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
Engine Name
Engine: V6 3.3 Liter Lambda II
Transmission Name
Transmission, SHIFTRONIC 6 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode
Trim
Limited AWD
Class
Mid-Size Utility
Horsepower
290@6400
Standard MPG
18/24
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
6/6
Package Invoice Retail

Limited Ultimate Package

INCLUDES: "Ultimate" Liftgate Badging; Audio System; Driver Seat, Reclining Ventilated Adjustable with Memory; Glass Roof; Headlights, Xenon; LED Lights; Memory Adjustment; Multi-Function Display Screen; Navigation System, with SD Card and Traffic Info; Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Camera and Radar; Passenger Seat, Ventilated; Power Supply, Mains; Premium Door Sill Plates; Rear Seats, Heated; Speakers, 12 Upgraded Infinity®; Steering Wheel, Heated; Sunroof, Glass Power
$4232 $4650

Cargo Package (PIO)

INCLUDES: [CN] Cargo Net (PIO); [CT] Cargo Tray (PIO); [FK] First Aid Kit (PIO)
$144 $180

Engine: V6 3.3 Liter Lambda II

Std Std

Transmission, SHIFTRONIC 6 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode

Std Std

Exterior Color, Circuit Silver

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Iron Frost

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Becketts Black

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Regal Red Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Night Sky Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Monaco White

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Java Espresso

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Brakes, Power 4 Wheel Disc with 4 Wheel ABS

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Dual-zone climate control

Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Cargo Hooks

Std Std

Cargo Net (PIO)

CONTAINED IN: [C1] Cargo Package (PIO)
$41 $50

Coming Home Device

Std Std

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Cargo Tray (PIO)

CONTAINED IN: [C1] Cargo Package (PIO)
$80 $100

Engine Start Button

Std Std

Garage Door Opener

Std Std

Memory Adjustment

CONTAINED IN: [04] Limited Ultimate Package
Pkg Pkg

Multi-Function Display Screen

CONTAINED IN: [04] Limited Ultimate Package
Std Std

Navigation System, with SD Card and Traffic Info

CONTAINED IN: [04] Limited Ultimate Package
Pkg Pkg

Power Locks, With Passive Access (Card Key)

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Telematics

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk Release, Foot Operated

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, with Phone

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Secondary Ventilation Controls

Std Std

Smart Card/Key

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 3.041

Std Std

Compass

Std Std

Driver Modes: Engine Mapping, Steering

Std Std

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 18.8 Gallon

Std Std

Power Supply, Mains

CONTAINED IN: [04] Limited Ultimate Package
Pkg Pkg

Tachometer

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Full and Part-Time Four-Wheel Drive with Automatic Selection and Descent Control System

Std Std

"Ultimate" Liftgate Badging

CONTAINED IN: [04] Limited Ultimate Package
Pkg Pkg

Door Handles (Exterior), Chrome

Std Std

Glass Roof

CONTAINED IN: [04] Limited Ultimate Package
Pkg Pkg

Mud Guards (PIO)

INCLUDES: Mud Flaps
$80 $100

Mud Flaps

CONTAINED IN: [MG] Mud Guards (PIO)
Grp Grp

Privacy Glass

Std Std

Roof Rack Cross Bars (PIO)

$226 $250

Roof Rails

Std Std

Bumper Applique (PIO)

$57 $70

Spoiler, Roof

Std Std

Sunroof, Glass Power

CONTAINED IN: [04] Limited Ultimate Package
Pkg Pkg

Windows, 3rd Row

Std Std

Windows, Rear Side

Std Std

Bumpers, Front and Rear Body-Colored

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front and Rear

Std Std

Window, Rear

Std Std

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Carpeted Floor Mats (PIO)

$121 $150

Cigar Lighter

Std Std

Carpeted Cargo Mat (PIO)

$76 $95

Console

Std Std

Cargo Cover/Screen (PIO)

$153 $190

Floor Covering, Carpet In Passenger And Load Area

Std Std

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, Wood/Woodgrain On Instrument Panel ; Leather On Shift Knob

Std Std

Premium Door Sill Plates

CONTAINED IN: [04] Limited Ultimate Package
Pkg Pkg

Steering Wheel, Heated

CONTAINED IN: [04] Limited Ultimate Package
Pkg Pkg

Steering Wheel: Alloy & leather-trimmed, tilt telescoping steering wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror

Std Std

All-Weather Floor Mats (PIO)

$124 $155

Blinds, Side

Std Std

LED Lights

CONTAINED IN: [04] Limited Ultimate Package
Std Std

Reading Lights, Front

Std Std

Body-color heated driver and passenger power door mirrors with turn signals

Std Std

Rear View Mirror, Automatic

Std Std

Paint, Pearl

Std Std

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 7

Std Std

Airbags, Knee

Std Std

Cross-Traffic Alert

Std Std

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

Std Std

First Aid Kit (PIO)

CONTAINED IN: [C1] Cargo Package (PIO)
$24 $30

Front Fog Lights

Std Std

Glass, Tinted

Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Control, Dusk Sensor

Std Std

Headlights, Halogen

Std Std

Headlights, Xenon

CONTAINED IN: [04] Limited Ultimate Package
Pkg Pkg

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lane Departure Warning System

Std Std

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Overtaking Sensor, Blind Spot Detection

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Camera And Radar

CONTAINED IN: [04] Limited Ultimate Package
Pkg Pkg

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Camera

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

Std Std

Windscreen Wiper/De-Icer

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Variable Intermittent

Std Std

Driver Seat, 12-Way Power Heated Bucket; Passenger Seat, 4-Way Power Heated Bucket

Std Std

Driver Seat, Reclining Ventilated Adjustable with Memory

CONTAINED IN: [04] Limited Ultimate Package
Pkg Pkg

Passenger Seat, Ventilated

CONTAINED IN: [04] Limited Ultimate Package
Pkg Pkg

Rear Seats, Captain's Split Folding

Std Std

Rear Seats, Heated

CONTAINED IN: [04] Limited Ultimate Package
Pkg Pkg

Seat Upholstery, Black Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery, Leather

Std Std

Seat, Third Row Split Bench

Std Std

Seating, 6

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Gray Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery, Beige Leather

N/C N/C

Audio System, AM/FM Radio, MP3/CD Player, Digital/Satellite Radio

Std Std

Audio System

CONTAINED IN: [04] Limited Ultimate Package
Pkg Pkg

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Speakers, 12 Upgraded Infinity®

CONTAINED IN: [04] Limited Ultimate Package
Pkg Pkg

Antenna

Std Std

Six Speakers

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

Suspension, Front Strut/Rear Multi-Link w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Spare Tire, Limited Use w/Steel Rim

Std Std

Tires, P235/55HR19 All Season BSW

Std Std

Wheels, 19" Alloy

Std Std

Wheels, Single Rear

Std Std

Wheel Locks (PIO)

$44 $55
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
84
Powertrain Warranty Miles
100000
Full Warranty Miles
60000
Powertrain Warranty Months
120
Full Warranty Months
60
Roadside Assistance Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
none
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Marginal
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated