Used 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV
Hyundai Santa Fe SUV
With its sharp styling, standard V6 engine and impressive features, the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe should have the competition worried.
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As if the 3-row family crossover SUV market wasn’t crowded enough, Hyundai offers up for consideration its excellent Santa Fe midsize SUV for 2015. The Santa Fe’s styling is more sophisticated than the boxy Honda Pilot, while its interior features outclass competitors such as the Toyota Highlander and Chevrolet Traverse. Basically a stretched version of the Santa Fe Sport, the 2015 Santa Fe family crossover SUV offers seating for seven, a larger cargo bay, available all-wheel drive (AWD) and one of the most powerful V6 engines in the segment. Competitively priced and with an unbeatable standard warranty, Hyundai’s 2015 Santa Fe SUV continues to improve on a value story that has become a dream come true for consumers and a nightmare for the competition.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you’re trying to balance the needs of a growing family against a tight budget, and you refuse to sacrifice style and comfort, check out the 7-passenger 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If your family needs include the ability to bring along more than seven people, tow more than 5,000 pounds and offer true off-road ability, you’ll need to look to larger SUVs like the Chevy Suburban, Nissan Armada or Toyota Sequoia.
What's New for 2015
For 2015, Hyundai’s Santa Fe crossover SUV receives an upgrade to its driver-selectable power-steering unit, along with revised front bushings. New standard features include daytime running lights and a driver’s-side blind-spot side mirror. A new Hands-Free Smart Liftgate with Auto Open is optional.
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.
HYUNDAI BLUE LINK TELEMATICS
In addition to such vital services as SOS emergency assistance, news, weather and turn-by-turn navigation, Blue Link also offers something parents will love and teenagers will despise: an app that sends a text message when the kids are driving over a preset speed limit, past curfew or beyond your preset perimeter.
The Santa Fe’s massive panoramic sunroof spans all three rows. With the push of a button the front panel can be tilted up for ventilation or slid back for a massive infusion of fresh air and sunlight.
There's plenty of room in the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe, and the driver's front view is panoramic (the rearward view is less broad, but you're never reduced to driving purely with the mirrors). The base model’s stain-resistant cloth fabric feels good, plus the audio and climate-control knobs and buttons are glove-friendly big. All materials are impressive right down to the rubber that lines the inside of the door pulls. The first two rows are completely livable for adults, while the third row is a decent kid's row. The Santa Fe does give up some cargo area compared to the competition, however.
Looking for all the world like what it is – an extended-wheelbase Santa Fe Sport without the sporty rear-side-window kick-up – the new Santa Fe has more to say about handsome, contemporary styling than it does about swooping lines that characterize the shapes of Hyundai passenger cars. Nice touch 1: Even in base GLS form, the outside mirrors and bumpers are body color. Integrated fog lights, roof rails and 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels are the exterior differences between the GLS and upscale Limited versions. Nice touch 2: The Santa Fe GLS gets smaller 18-inch wheels, but at least they are aluminum alloy.
Notable Standard Equipment
Santa Fe GLS drivers with a long journey ahead will appreciate the multi-adjustable front bucket seats with power-adjustable lumbar support. Passengers farther back will give thanks to the 3rd-row controls for the air conditioning and heating. Stepping up to the Santa Fe Limited includes luxuries like leather seating – power-adjustable and heated for the driver and front passenger – push-button starting and heated captain's chairs for the second row. The Limited also upgrades the audio system with a 4.3-inch color display and adds a rearview camera. Sweet as ever, Hyundai's confidence-inspiring 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranties cover the new Santa Fe.
Notable Optional Equipment
Beyond a laundry list of individual options like a heated steering wheel, navigation system, premium audio and AWD, Hyundai is pushing option packages. For the Santa Fe GLS, the Ultimate Package includes said leather and navigation plus a host of comfort and convenience upgrades. The Limited's Ultimate Package scores you navigation and a 12-speaker Infinity Logic 7 audio system, plus the Panoramic Sunroof, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, HID headlights, rear backup sensors and manual rear-side-window sunshades. Sadly, no rear-seat-entertainment pacifier is available on the 2015 Santa Fe, but an iPad or two is likely a cheaper solution, anyway.
Under the Hood
Hyundai makes it simple to shop for a 2015 Santa Fe by offering only one engine and one transmission. In front-drive form, the SUV's 290-horsepower 3.3-liter V6 is very well matched to the 6-speed automatic transmission, with good throttle response, smooth
pickup and clean, easy shifts. The AWD Santa Fe, though, could do with some more low-end grunt to get it moving. All that said, Hyundai’s 2015 Santa Fe is comfortable towing up to 5,000 pounds of trailer, boat or anything else you'd like to haul.
290 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
252 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 mpg (FWD), 18/24 mpg (AWD)
A 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS comes out of the gate with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of around $31,000 – a number that is slightly higher than the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder SUV but on par with the Honda Pilot. The Santa Fe Limited starts around $35,000. If you load up an all-wheel-drive Santa Fe Limited with every option, you'll still find yourself spending just under $44,000. Check out KBB.com’s Fair Purchase Price for what shoppers are actually paying for the Santa Fe in your area. It's still a little early to predict the 2015 Santa Fe's resale outlook, but Hyundai SUVs consistently rank well versus their competition.
Hyundai Santa Fe Consumer Reviews
September 14, 2018
Best SUV I have ever owned
Great family suv.
April 15, 2018
Best value vehicle I ever owned!
I have only owned this vehicle for 3 weeks. Assuming it continues to perform well into the future, this would be the best value and...
January 24, 2018
The Best 3row SUV for the Money.
After considering Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander, my choice is Santa Fe. 2 reasons: #1. 10 years manufacturer warranty; Honda and...
August 01, 2017
This is one fine vehicle.
I also was a Chevy man most of my life but when I saw this 2013 Santa Fe, I fell in love with it. I mean, I checked out everything. ...
March 24, 2017
Love my Santa Fe Limited
I am on my 3rd Santa Fe. Ive had a 2004, a 2011 and now a 2016. I have loved them all but the ultimate limited is by far my favorite....
January 14, 2017
Nice Upgrade from my 2009 Santa Fe
Roomier interior, second row captains chairs, real-time NAV, upgraded safety features like blind-spot warning and 360 camera. My only...
January 13, 2017
First time Hyundai Owner
Having mostly GM products my entire life (45 years old), I must admit, I was a little skeptical about buying a Hyundai. After about 3...
January 03, 2017
I love my 2017 Ultimate AWD Santa fe
I trade in my 2005 MDX AWD for 2017 Ultimate AWD Santa Fe. There is no way any other SUV can give you all this in this cheap price. I...
August 31, 2016
Meets all our needs from grocery getter to towing
This car was purchased new from a local dealer. The experience has been excellent. The Santa Fe has lots of cargo room, and still room...
August 01, 2016
GREAT VALUE FOR THE MONEY
I bought this car to replace a 1998 Ford Explorer XLT. I wanted a smooth, quiet ride and got it. This Hyundai, even the GLS package,...