While few expect a family SUV to deliver impressive handling and acceleration, the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe does just that. A recalibrated adjustable steering system offers firmer steering in the...
... Sport setting, while the suspension has been redesigned to deliver flatter cornering without making the ride feel harsh or jarring. Hyundai has done a good job isolating wind and road noise from the Santa Fe’s cabin, although to our ears we think both the
Nissan Pathfinder and
Ford Explorer are a bit quieter. The Santa Fe takes a back seat to no competitor in the power department, energized by a 290-horsepower 3.3-liter V6 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. Thanks to its relatively lightweight body, off-the-line acceleration is brisk, and while we found the front-wheel-drive (FWD) model had no problem with mid-range passes (40-60 mph), the addition of the AWD system seems to slow things down a bit.