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Editors' Page: 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe

By on December 17, 2014 10:26 AM
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Santa Fe Lineup Offers Value and Versatility

The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe lineup includes the 3-row Santa Fe and the shorter, 2-row Santa Fe Sport, both of which were all-new for the 2013 model year. Each comes well equipped through the trim levels, along with a battery of options and feature packages designed to lure consumers with a 'have it your way' approach. Both Santa Fe variants have comfortable interiors, good mpg figures, great warranties, and are easy to drive, all at more than competitive prices.

Driving the Santa Fe(s)

Driving impressions from our 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport full review include: "The lively chassis means that even if you order the standard 190-horsepower 2.4-liter engine, you'll still be entertained behind the wheel." And in our review of the larger 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe, we noted: "While few expect a family SUV to deliver impressive handling and acceleration, the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe does just that."

Build (and Build) and Price

The 2015 Santa Fe Sport starts around $26,000, the larger Santa Fe starts around $31,000, and both top out around $40,000. Build and price your own 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe (or Santa Fe Sport) to unlock Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

Two-Pronged Approach

The commendable fuel economy, distinctive style and strong value of the Santa Fe Sport offers an alternative to high-end luxury compact crossovers and SUVs. The Santa Fe is an attempt to out-comfort and out-practical some of the biggest-selling nameplates in the segment; its pleasing design and long options go a long way toward making in-roads with consumers who might otherwise just trade in their old SUV for a new version of the same model.

Two SUVs, Three Engines

The 2015 Santa Fe Sport offers two 4-cylinder engines. The standard 2.4-liter has plenty of pickup, offering 190 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. But it's the 2.0-liter turbocharged version that will put smiles on faces, with its 264 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. The larger Santa Fe is powered exclusively by a smooth 290-horsepower V6. Both models are available with all-wheel drive.

Owners' Opinions

KBB.com reader Mike offered this: "We currently have only about 500 miles to our credit on the odometer and have found nothing that we are dissapointed about with one exception --  no cup holders for the 2nd row bucket seat configuration." Read more Santa Fe consumer reviews.

Santa Fe in Action

"There's a simple, uncomplicated quality to its road manners that just works."

Santa Fe Substitutes

The most similar competitor to the 2-row Santa Fe Sport is the Ford Edge, while the larger Santa Fe faces a much longer list of alternatives. Check out KBB's Midsize SUV Buyer's Guide.

 

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