2015 Hyundai Santa Fe

MSRP $30,150

Ranked #5 in Suv

8.1

Overall Rating

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 30, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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It was a couple of decades ago when the South Korean car giant Hyundai introduced Santa Fe to the American market. Post-launch, none knew it would be a successful moneymaker for the company. Hyundai Santa Fe has been in demand for several reasons: the irresistible face, the opulent interior offering ample room for the passengers along with several features, a capable and reliable engine, and much-needed safety features.

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Pros

Ergonomics

Space management

Powertrain prowess

Cons

Inferior cargo space

Ride ease may be a concern sometimes

What's New?

A Blind-spot mirror for drivers comes standard

Exterior coloring option extension 

EPAS gets better with better responsiveness

Suspension upgrades


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$30150

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

124 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

204 cu.in.

horsepower

290 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

252 lb.-ft. @ 5200 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

110.2 in.

length

193.1 in.

width

74.2 in.

height

66.5 in.

curb weight

3933 lbs.

ground clearance

7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

146.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

80 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

payload capacity

1579 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/21/25 mpg

highway range

470 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

SE Ultimate$34,250 onwards

Base 5.0$36,000 onwards

3.8 Ultimate$31,900 onwards

5.0 R-Spec$36,000 onwards

2.0T Ultimate$34,250 onwards

GLS$30,150 onwards

Colors and Styles

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe in Circuit Silver color
Circuit Silver

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

7.0

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.1

Overall Rating


Hyundai offers the 2015 Santa Fe in 2 different trims- GLS and Limited, priced at $30,150 and $34,250 respectively. It comes equipped with a 3.3L V6 engine, which offers enough power to the vehicle to handle any situation. The exterior styling looks handsome, while the cabin is on the restful side loaded with great features and functionality. The Hyundai Santa Fe gets opposed by the Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder, and Honda Pilot.


9.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Features

9.0/10

The Hyundai Santa Fe is offered in 2 trims: the GLS and Limited, both being powered by a 3.3L V6 engine. Both of them are impressive with their offerings. The GLS gets the Driver selectable steering mode with Comfort, Normal, and Sport settings and power-flexing seats. The Limited gets expensive with the pairs of 19” Hyper Silver Alloy Wheels and Dual-zone automatic temperature control exclusively. The 4.3˝ color touchscreen display in the center of the dashboard is easy to operate and pretty sensitive as well.

Trim

GLS

Limited

MSRP (FWD)

$30,150

$34,250

MSRP (AWD)

$31,900

$36,000

Features

3.3L V6 engine

19” Hyper Silver Alloy Wheels

 

18˝ Alloy wheels

Panoramic sunroof

 

Driver Selectable Steering Mode with Comfort, Normal and

Sport settings

Proximity key entry with push-button start

 

Remote keyless entry system with alarm

Dual-zone automatic temperature control with CleanAir Ionize

 

Heated front seats

Blind Spot Detection System

 

AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 audio a system with 6 speakers

Power front-passenger seat

 

Bluetooth hands-free phone integration

Leather steering wheel and seats

 

Voice Recognition

Auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink and compass

 

Stain-resistant cloth seats

Rear Cross-traffic Alert

   

Lane Change Assist

   

Hands-free Smart Liftgate with auto-open

Apart from that, the rear is also supportive for extra volume with the 40/20/40 split fold-down and 50/50 split-folding in the second and third-row seatings. The safety efficiency is expounded by the Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross-traffic Alert, and Blind Spot Detection System. A little more investment may even increase the probability of better driving and owning experience with additional packages like the GLS Premium Package and GLS Ultimate Package.

We Recommend

Extra $4,000 for the Limited and you will get all the supreme touches that are available for this machinery. Right from the creature comfort to improved dynamics, everything will be at your 24x7 service. The added package advantages like Ultimate and Premium will be a taste-based choice of the owner itself. But, the Limited actually maintains its individuality with and without them. 

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The 2015 Santa Fe comes equipped with a 3.3L V6 engine which is mated to a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission. This duo generates 290 hp of power and 252 lb-ft of torque. Moreover, the FWD drivetrain comes as a standard but you can opt for the AWD system for an added cost. The engine aids the SUV in achieving the 0-60 mph run in just 6.6 seconds while covering a quarter-mile takes 15.1 seconds at a speed of 94 mph. These figures have their values for the fact as they are achieved despite having higher mid-rev bands. 

Models

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe

2015 Ford Explorer

2015 Nissan Pathfinder

2015 Honda Pilot

MSRP

$30,150

$30,700

$29,780

$29,870

Engine 

3.3L V6

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

CVT w/OD

5-Speed Automatic

Power 

290hp @ 6400 rpm

290hp @ 6500 rpm

260hp @ 6400 rpm

250hp @ 5700 rpm

Torque

252lb-ft @ 5200 rpm

255lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

240lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

253lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

6.6

7.4

8.4

8

Quarter mile (sec)

15.1

15.8

16.6

16.1

Top Speed (MPH)

141

138

135

118

Although Santa Fe falls short of Ford Explorer on paper, it offers the best performance on road. In terms of an oddity, Nissan Pathfinder is the only one to come with a standard CVT while others come with an automatic unit. The CVT unit on the Nissan feels sluggish but the compromise is overturned when you look at its class-leading fuel economy figures. The Pilot here lags at the bottom simply because of low yield.

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Fuel Economy

9.0/10

What impresses us more about Santa Fe is the mileage it offers. The engine, despite being powerful, offers satisfactory mpg numbers. It returns 18,25, and 21 MPG in the city, highways, and combined respectively. Moreover, it's coupled with an 18.8-gallon fuel tank which puts its maximum range to 470 miles on the highway. This figure along with a considerable towing capacity of 5000 leaves us spellbound. 

Models

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe

2015 Ford Explorer

2015 Nissan Pathfinder

2015 Honda Pilot

MPG (City)

18

17

20

18

MPG (Highway)

25

24

27

25

MPG (Combined)

21

20

23

21

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

18.8

18.6

19.5

21

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

338/470

316/446

390/526

378/525

Acknowledging all the numbers of the respective SUVs, it’s evident that the Pathfinder offers the best in class mileage, along with the best range with its large 19.5-gallon tank. Honda Pilot, though returns only 21 MPG combined, it offers an almost similar range as that of Nissan thanks to its 21-gallon fuel tank; the largest in the competition. Thus, the perfect blend of power and economy puts Santa Fe on top for the powertrain segment altogether. 

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior

6.0/10

Some of the consumers are so obsessed with comfort and ambiance that the interior becomes a sole detractor in one’s choice. Keeping that in mind, the Santa Fe has been designed to be as spacious as it can be with easy ingress and egress irrespective of the row seating. The cushioning and electric-actuated seat adjustment further aids to add dimension to its charm. The touch of leatherette on the seats, shifter, and steering are common for the Limited trim while the GLS lacks it primitively. With additional packages, one may also avail of the panoramic sunroof.

Models

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe

2015 Ford Explorer

2015 Nissan Pathfinder

2015 Honda Pilot

Seating Capacity

7

7

7

8

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.6/59.4/41.3

41.4/ 61.3/ 40.6

42.2/60.7/42.3

40/61.5/41.4

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.4/58.6/41.3

40.5/61/39.8

39.4/60.4/41.7

39.8/62.2/38.5

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

35.7/53.9/31.5

37.8/50.8/33.2

37.8/57.1/30.7

38.2/58.9/32.1

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

13.5

21

16

18

For the cargo capacity, Santa Fe may be the lagging one with a volume of just 13.5 cu-ft while others are fairly better than it. As far as comparison is concerned, the Ford Explorer’s cabin offers the best head and legroom in the competition. And it also happens to provide the largest standard cargo space of 21 cu ft. However, Pilot solely remains the only 8-seater SUV in the competition with a much larger passenger volume.

Standout interior features:

  • Dual-zone automatic temperature control with Clean Air Ionizer.
  • Heated, and ventilated power-adjustable driver seat.
  • Leather steering, gear knob, and seats.
  • Panoramic sunroof.
  • Rear-seat heating/air conditioning.

How intuitive is the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe’s infotainment unit?

2015 Santa Fe with an Infotainment Unit (IU), which is practical in terms of features and functionality. A 4.3” touch LCD programmed with Hyundai Blue Link Telematics and AM/FM, SiriusXM, Bluetooth Hands-free with voice recognition, iPod/USB aux inputs, and a 6-speaker Audio System comes standard in the base trim. However, the Limited trim comes equipped with an 8” high-resolution touch LCD. You also get a Navigation system and a 10-speaker Premium Audio by Dimension for your musical needs.

Standout infotainment features:

  • Navigation system with 8˝ touchscreen
  • Dimension premium audio system with 10 speakers
  • AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 audio system with 6 speakers
  • Hands-free Bluetooth Audio Streaming with voice recognition.
  • Hyundai Blue Link telematics.

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Exterior

9.0/10

One of the reasons why you should get yourself the 2015 Santa Fe, is because of how rich it is, in terms of appeal. The front is wide and those Bi-Xenon HIDs along with the chrome-accented grille are in the right composition. Either it is an 18” alloy wheel or 19-inch alloy wheel, both compliment the dynamics and boldness. The inside spaciousness does not let the outer silhouette go out of proportion. It even gets a rear lip spoiler along with rack rails on the roof for purpose catering.

Models

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe

2015 Ford Explorer

2015 Nissan Pathfinder

2015 Honda Pilot

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3933

4432

4168

4299

Length (in.)

193.1

197.1

197.2

191.4

Width (in.)

74.2

78.9

77.2

78.5

Height (in.)

66.5

70.4

69.6

70.7

Ground Clearance (in.)

7.3

7.6

7

8

Wheelbase (in.)

110.2

112.6

114.2

109.2

Santa Fe is the smallest and the lightest SUV among the rivals. The lower curb weight directly influences the handling and controllability. The weight transfer, diving, and leaning all are restrained to a large extent in the aforementioned. Moreover, it has decent ground clearance as well. However, the Ford Explorer, as we have mentioned in the interior comparison, offers the best passenger volume and cargo space due to its large and broad body size because of which it struggles on rough terrains.

Standout exterior features:

  • 18/19" Chrome Alloy wheels
  • Chrome-tipped dual exhaust
  • Roof rack side rails
  • Chrome-accent front grille and door handle

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Safety

7.0/10

2015 Santa Fe comes fitted with ABS, EBD, and Automatic Emergency Braking. Apart from this, the cabin has that standard airbag system as well. The opportunity to have Lane change assist and a Blind-spot detection system give an extra assurance that one is entitled to avoid any upheaval. The structural integrity is affirmed by the high-grade steel sandwiched with the aluminum main-frame allowing the overall chassis to deflect the impact energy uniformly. As a result of all these, it performs well in the IIHS test with “Good” in most of the parameters.

Standout safety features:

  • Hill-start assist control and Downhill brake control
  • Driver’s blind spot mirror
  • Blind-spot detection system
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane change assist
  • Active park assist

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Final Verdict

The Santa Fe was launched nearly 2 decades ago and is still popular and widely preferred. Hyundai had played an excellent card then and has kept up with the legacy of the SUV. For 2015 MY, the Santa Fe shines and thrives in a competitive position because of apparent reasons and hence, one would not be regretting investing in its comfort, performance, and safety at all.

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