2017 Hyundai Santa Fe

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2017 MODEL
$30,800 - $41,150 See Inventory Prices

7.3

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Santa Fe, named after the Mexican city of Santa Fe, was Hyunda's first SUV launched in 2001. In a short time, the car became very popular in the U.S. automotive market and marked South Korean giant's success in US. The South Korean manufacturer is wending the third generation of their popular SUV with 5-door, front-engine layout. The company has recently launched the latest 2017 model of their popular mid-size crossover SUV, "Santa Fe".

The main highlights of the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe include a powerful 290hp, 3.3L V6 engine, 18-inch alloy wheels, a decent three-row seating, and inclusion of most of the advanced features that come under a $40K SUV. The significant changes in the 2017 model include new LED daytime running lights, refreshed front and rear styling, a latest 7-inch touchscreen infotainment, and advanced safety features i.e. Automatic emergency braking, 360-degree parking camera system, and adaptive cruise control.


7.4/10
Features

 

6.7/10
Engine

 

6.3/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.0/10
Interior

 

8.1/10
Exterior

 

7.2/10
Safety

 
 
 

Starting at a price of $30,800, 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe can cost up to $40,450. The SUV is available in both front wheel drive and all-wheel drive (AWD) systems. The major competitors of the Santa Fe include Dodge Durango SXT, GMC Acadia Denali, and Honda Pilot LX.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Features

7.4/10

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe features four trims named as SE, Limited, Limited Ultimate, and SE Ultimate, priced at $30,800, $34,950, $39,400, and 38,700 respectively. The all-wheel drive (AWD) specification costs an additional $1,750 for each trim. The standard (SE) trim comes with a common 3.3L V6 engine, 18" alloy wheels, automatic daytime running LED lights, roof rack side rails, and a rear spoiler on the board. The other standard features of the automatic headlights, heated outside mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an 8-way power adjustable driver's seat along with tilt and telescopic steering wheel.

Trim

SE

Limited Ultimate

Limited

SE Ultimate

MSRP

(FWD)

$30,800

39,400

$34,950

$38,700

MSRP

(AWD)

$32,550

$41,150

$36,700

$40,450

Key

Features

SE comes standard with- 

All Features on the SE trim Plus-

All Features on the SE trim Plus-

All Features on the SE trim Plus-

18-inch alloy wheels

360-degree multiview camera system

LED taillights

Manual side window sunshades and a third-row USB outlet For either the SE Ultimate or Limited Ultimate

LED daytime running lights

Panoramic sunroof 

Keyless ignition and entry

Ultimate Tech package tacks on adaptive xenon headlights

Heated outside mirrors

Rear parking sensors

Hands-free power rear liftgate

Automatic high-beam control,

Dark-tinted rear privacy glass

Limited Ultimate models add 19-inch alloy wheels

Adds outside mirrors with built-in turn signals

Lane departure warning and an electronic parking brake with auto-hold

Rear spoiler

Keyless entry and ignition

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

LED foglights
Dual-zone automatic climate control

Six-way power front passenger seat

Blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert

 

Sliding 40/20/40-split second-row bench seat,

Heated and ventilated front seats

Lane departure warning

 
Eight-way power driver seat (with four-way power lumbar)  Heated second-row seats

Leather upholstery

 

Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel

Heated steering wheel

It swaps out the second-row bench seat for captain's chairs (reducing seating capacity to six)  
7-inch touchscreen display Driver memory settings    
Android Auto smartphone integration and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and satellite/HD radio Navigation system and an Infinity surround-sound audio system with an 8-inch touchscreen display    
         

The limited model features additional features including Keyless entry and ignition, LED taillights, a hands-free power rear liftgate, blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert system, leather upholstery, lane departure warning, and swapped second-row bench for captain's chairs.

The upper Ultimate models (SE Ultimate and Limited Ultimate trims) feature bigger 19-inch alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof, a 360° rearview camera, driver memory settings, 6 way heated-power front passenger seat, heated rear seats, and heated steering wheel and an advanced 8-inch Infiniti surround sound audio system as standard. Additionally, the SE Ultimate also hosts LED foglights, a third-row USB outlet, and Manual side window sunshades on the board.

We Recommend

We recommend users to opt for the limited model as it features premium interiors along with better safety options.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Engine

6.7/10

 "This sense of refinement carries over to the six-speed automatic transmission, which provides smooth shifts under a wide variety of conditions."-Edmunds

Engine & Transmission

The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe SE features a powerful-enough 3.3L V6 engine which offers decent power and torque counts. The 3.3L V6 produces a power count of 290hp which seems standard for the segment as the competitors like Dodge Durango SXT, Honda Pilot LX, and high-priced GMC Acadia Denali shows almost same on paper results of 293, 280, and 310 hp respectively. The potent V6 engine of in the Santa Fe is equipped with the 6-speed Automatic transmission on the board, which isn't bothering at all; the gear shift is very smooth and pleasant.

Models

Hyundai Santa Fe Se

Dodge Durango SXT

Honda Pilot LX

GMC Acadia Denali

MSRP

$30,800

$29,995

$30,595

$46,920

Engine

3.3-liter V-6 engine

3.6-liter V-6 engine

3.5-liter V-6 engine

3.6-liter V-6 engine

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic Transmission

8- Speed Automatic Transmission

6-Speed Automatic Transmission

6-Speed Automatic Transmission

Horsepower

290 hp

293 hp

280 hp

310 hp

Torque

252 lb-ft.

260 lb.-ft.

262 lb.-ft.

271 lb.-ft.

Santa Fe's V6 throws torque at 252 lb-ft which is decent but slightly lower than the competitors'. The rivals including Dodge Durango SXT, Honda Pilot LX, and GMC Acadia Denali feature torque counts of 260 lb-ft, 262 lb-ft, and 271 ft-lb respectively. The 3.3L engine in the Santa Fe is competitive in the segment, especially in real time performance. Hyundai has equipped the latest 2017 model of its popular Santa Fe with a powerful enough engine for the CSUV segment, though the high-priced GMC Acadia Denali features better specifications.

Acceleration 

The 3.3L V6 engine in the Santa Fe features average acceleration performance in the segment. The 7-seater crossover SUV takes decent 6.7 seconds in attaining a speed of 60 mph from still which is decent but not impressive as Honda Pilot LX's performance which takes just 6.1 seconds in the 0-60 acceleration test. Other competitors including Dodge Durango SXT and GMC Acadia Denali take 7.6 and 6.3 seconds respectively in the 0-60 acceleration test.

Models

Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

Dodge Durango SXT

Honda Pilot LX

GMC Acadia Denali

0-60 MPH

6.7 sec

7.6 Sec

6.1 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter mile

15.2 sec

15.8 sec

15.1 sec

15.0 sec

Engine

3.3L

3.6 L

3.5L

3.6L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

NA

8.4

8.0

8.4

The quarter-mile test results are impressive for the 2017 Santa Fe, as the SUV takes just 15.2 seconds in measuring a quarter-mile distance. The Honda Pilot LX and GMC Acadia Denali still outshine the 2017 Santa Fe in the quarter-mile test with just .1 second and .2 seconds faster results respectively. On the other hand, Dodge Durango SXT lags behind with a score of 15.8 seconds in the quarter-mile test. At last, the Hyundai Santa Fe features decent acceleration performance but Honda Pilot LX is offering better acceleration at the same price.

Ride and Handling 

The Hyundai Santa Fe features dynamic driving experience with its decent V6 engine The swift acceleration and smooth transmission along with calm interiors make the driving experience pleasant. The interiors are comfortable and good quality plastic and leather materials make a commendable ambiance. The driver seats are adjustable and comfortable in the standard trim but the upper trims are featuring more comfortable options like heated, adjustable front seats and driver memory seat.

The comfort quotient is up to the mark for a mid-range SUV. Santa Fe's offroad capabilities are a bit better than others in the segment; the Fe CSUV handles moderately rugged roads marginally better than rivals. The handling experience is predictable and precise. The steering offers decent grip and confidence even at high speeds. At last, Hyundai has worked well in the riding segment of the 2017 Santa Fe.

Braking

the Santa Fe offers a bit smaller braking pads of 12.6 and 11.9 inches for the front and rear braking pads respectively. The mid-size SUV is equipped with a powerful and advanced braking system for the segment. 2017 Santa Fe's offers automatic emergency braking with lane departure warning and an electronic parking brake features at additional costs. The SUV takes 125 feet while decelerating from 60 mph to still which is above average for a 4026 Ibs 7-seater SUV.

Model

Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

Dodge Durango SXT

Honda Pilot LX

GMC Acadia Denali

Brake Front (in.)

12.6

13.0

12.6

17.0

Brake Rear (in.)

11.9

13.0

13.0

17.0

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4026

 

4054

3956

60-0 MPH (ft.)

125

124

128

126

The competitors including Dodge Durango SXT, Honda Pilot LX, and GMC Acadia Denali slide 124, 128, and 126 feet respectively in the 60-0 deceleration test. Dodge Durango SXT and GMC Acadia Denali are also equipped with powerful braking tech while Honda Pilot LX lags a bit in the segment. At last, 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe impresses us in the braking segment as it is equipped with most of the advanced braking features for a >$40k SUV.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Fuel Economy

6.3/10

There isn't much to expect from these big-powerful mid-range SUVs as they are boosted with powerful V6 engines, Santa fe is no different from its rivals in the fuel-efficiency segment. The latest SUV offers a fuel economy of 18 and 25 mpg on city roads and highways respectively. The other competitors like Dodge Durango SXT and GMC Acadia Denali feature almost the same results while Honda Pilot LX features slightly better fuel-efficiency in the segment.

Model

Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

Dodge Durango SXT

Honda Pilot LX

GMC Acadia Denali

MPG (city)

18

19

19

18

MPG (highway)

25

26

27

25

MPG (combined)

21

21

22

21

The combined fuel economy of 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe measures at 21 mpg which is decent for a mid-range, 7-seater crossover SUV. The rivals including Dodge Durango SXT, Honda Pilot LX, and GMC Acadia Denali are offering combined fuel economies of 21, 22, and 21 mpg respectively. At last, 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe is offering average fuel-efficiency in the SUV segment.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior

6.0/10

"Its infotainment system, on the other hand, proved to be one of the best ones available and is user-friendly"-MotorTrend

Seating & Comfort

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe is equipped with a seating capacity of seven passengers. The interiors offered by the SUV are comfortable and spacious. The main highlights of the interiors include Spacious and foldable second-row seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an 8-way power adjustable driver's seat along with tilt and telescopic steering wheel. The panoramic sunroof and heated, memory driver, front and 2nd-row heated seats and heated steering wheel are available in the upper trims.

Model

Hyundai Santa Fe SE

Dodge Durango SXT

Honda Pilot LX

GMC Acadia Denali

Passenger capacity

7

7

8

6

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.9/59.4/41.3

39.9/58.5/40.3

40.1/62.0/40.9

40.3/NA/41.0

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.4/58.3/40.4

39.8/58.3/38.6

40.2/62.0/38.4

NA/58.7/39.7

The interior's materials are made up from good quality plastics. The upper limited trim also features leather upholstery on the board. Though the third-row seats aren't spacious, the interiors are good enough for the segment.

Infotainment 

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe's infotainment system features a 7-inch touchscreen display with s six-speaker sound system. The infotainment system is intuitive and convenient to use. It features Hyundai's Blue Link system, HD-satellite radio and Android Auto smartphone integration as standard features.

The connectivity features include Bluetooth, Aux, CD-player and USB port. AThe upper ultimate trims feature an upgraded infotainment system with an additional navigation system, Infinity surround-sound and an 8-inch touchscreen display on the board.

Cargo Capacity 

As the luggage capacity is a deciding factor for an SUV, Hyundai Santa Fe offers good specs when it comes to boot space. The car features convenient and easily accessible boot with hands-free power rear liftgate( in Limited and above trims). The boot capacity for the CSUV measures at 13.5 ft.cube while operating three-row seatings which is decent for the segment. The boot can handle two-medium size luggage bags easily.

Model

Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

Dodge Durango SXT

Honda Pilot LX

GMC Acadia Denali

Cargo Volume to seats 1 (ft.3)

80.0

84.5

83.9

79.0

Cargo Volume to seats 2 (ft.3)

40.9

47.7

46.8

41.7

Cargo Volume to seats 3 (ft.3)

13.5

NA

16.5

12.8

Cargo capacity for the Santa Fe 2017 boosts to 40.9 ft.cube while folding the third row which is ample for CSUV. The competitors including Dodge Durango SXT, Honda Pilot LX, and GMC Acadia Denali feature slightly higher cargo capacities of 47.7, 46.8, and 41.7 ft.cube while folding the third row. At last, Hyundai Santa Fe is offering decent specs in the cargo segment but Honda Pilot LX is better cargo capacity.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Exterior

8.1/10

" 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"- KBB

Dimensions and Weight

The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe offers redesigned exteriors with more sportier and dynamic looks. The exteriors feature 18-inch alloy wheels, Large aggressive LED headlights along Daytime Running Led lights, large bonnet grills, and sporty exterior stylings. The uppers trims also feature panoramic sunroof and hands-free power liftgate on the board. The dimensions of the 2017 Santa Fe measure 193.1, 74.2, and 66.5 for length, width, and height respectively.

Model

Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

Dodge Durango SXT

Honda Pilot LX

GMC Acadia Denali

Curb weight (lbs.)

4026

 

4054

3956

Length(in)

193.1

201.2

194.5

193.6

Width(in)

74.2

75.8

78.6

75.4

Height(in)

66.5

70.9

69.8

66.0

Ground clearance (in)

7.3

8.1

NA

7.2

Wheelbase (in)

110.2

119.8

111

112.5

Track width (in) F/R

64.1/64.5

63.9/64.1

66.3/66.3

64.5/64.5

2017 Santa Fe features above-average ground clearance of 7.3 inches while the competitors like Dodge Durango SXT and GMC Acadia Denali feature ground clearances of 8.1 and 7.2 inches respectively. The wheelbase measures 110.2 inches for the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe while the competitors offer large wheelbases of 119.8, 111, and 112.5 inches for Dodge Durango SXT, Honda Pilot LX, and GMC Acadia Denali respectively. Front and rear Track widths of the South Korean crossover SUV measure at 64.1 and 64.5 inches respectively.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Safety

7.2/10

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe is equipped with advanced safety features including Vehicle Stability Management System, Driver blind spot mirror, Rear spoiler and integrated LED brake light, and Yes essential stain-resistant cloth seats as standard features in the SE trim. The upper limited trim features lane departure warning system, rear cross-traffic alert and blind spot warning system on the board while an additional tech package adds adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and an auto-hold electronic parking brake.

Safety Features 

  • 7-airbag safety system with driver knee airbag
  • Vehicle Stability Management System
  • Driver blind spot mirror
  • LED headlight accents
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light
  • Automatic on/off headlights
  • Tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel with audio/phone/cruise controls
  • YES Essentials® stain-resistant cloth seats
  • 40/20/40 split fold-down 2nd row seats with 60/40 recline function

NHTSA N/A

IIHS Rating 

Crashworthiness

Small overlap front driver side

Good

Small overlap front passenger side

Acceptable

Moderate overlap front

Good

Side

Good

Roof strength

Good

Head restraints & seats

Good

 

Crash Avoidance & Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention

Superior

Headlights

Good

LATCH

Acceptable

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Competition

Hyundai Santa Fe vs Dodge Durango

Though the Dodge Durango SXT is equipped with a bigger 3.5L V6 engine with slightly higher power and torque counts, Hyundai Santa Fe offers better acceleration performance. The Santa Fe excels in segments including interiors, infotainment, and Features. On the other hand, Dodge Durango SXT excels in braking, cargo capacity and ground clearance.

Hyundai Santa Fe vs Honda Pilot

Honda Pilot LX gives head to head competition to 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe in the SUV segment. Honda Pilot LX features slightly better power and torque counts along with better acceleration when compared with the 2017 Santa Fe. Honda Pilot LX excels in segments like seating capacity, cargo, fuel-efficiency. On the other hand, 2017 Santa fe outshines the Pilot LX in braking, interiors, infotainment system, and safety features.

Hyundai Santa Fe vs GMC Acadia Denali

GMC Acadia Denali features a better engine along with powerful acceleration counts when compared with the 2017 Santa Fe. GMC Acadia Denali excels in segments including ground clearance, infotainment, and interiors. On the other hand, $17k cheaper Santa Fe SE features better cargo capacity, braking, and passenger capacity.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Final Verdict

Hyundai Santa Fe is already popular SUV in the US market. The latest 2017 trim features sportier looks and well-equipped features in the segment. The main highlights of the 2017 Santa Fe include a powerful V6 engine, decent acceleration, good cargo capacity, and well-crafted interiors in the segment. While the downsides of the Santa Fe include low space for the third row and highly priced upper trims. The Santa Fe 2017 is a well-equipped competitive mid-SUV in the segment.

Pros

Dynamic looks and well-equipped with features

Decent acceleration

Braking

Infotainment System

Cons

Third row space

Higher price for upper models

What's New?

2 colors added to the lineup

No significant Change


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$30800

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

204 cu. in.

horsepower

290 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

252 lb.-ft. @ 5200 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.9 in. ventilated front disc/12.6 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

110.2 in.

length

193.1 in.

width

74.2 in.

height

66.5 in.

curb weight

4026 lbs.

ground clearance

7.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

146.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

13.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.3 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.8 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

178 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/21/25 mpg

highway range

470 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 years/60000 miles

drivetrain warranty

10 years/100000 miles

corrosion warranty

7 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe in Storm Blue color  2017 Hyundai Santa Fe in Regal Red Pearl color  2017 Hyundai Santa Fe in Night Sky Pearl color  2017 Hyundai Santa Fe in Monaco White color  2017 Hyundai Santa Fe in Java Espresso color  2017 Hyundai Santa Fe in Iron Frost color  2017 Hyundai Santa Fe in Circuit Silver color  2017 Hyundai Santa Fe in Becketts Black color
Storm Blue

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

Features

7.4

Engine

6.7

Fuel Economy

6.3

Interior

6.0

Exterior

8.1

Safety

7.2

Driving

8.3

Comfort

8.3

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe SE

SE

power
290 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
20 combined

$30,800 - $32,550


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $30,800 MSRP (18/21/25) 290 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.3 L, V6, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 7 NA
SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $32,550 MSRP (18/20/24) 290 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.3 L, V6, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 7 NA

 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

Limited

power
290 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$34,950 - $36,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $34,950 MSRP (17/20/23) 290 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.3 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 6 NA
Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $36,700 MSRP (17/19/22) 290 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.3 L, V6, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 6 NA

 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe SE Ultimate

SE Ultimate

power
290 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$38,700 - $40,450


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE Ultimate 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $38,700 MSRP (17/20/23) 290 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.3 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 7 NA
SE Ultimate 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $40,450 MSRP (17/19/22) 290 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.3 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic all wheel drive 7 NA

 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Ultimate

Limited Ultimate

power
290 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$39,400 - $41,150


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited Ultimate 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $39,400 MSRP (17/20/23) 290 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.3 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 6 NA
Limited Ultimate 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $41,150 MSRP (17/19/22) 290 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.3 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic all wheel drive 6 NA

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