2015 Hyundai Santa Fe FWD 4dr 3.3L Auto XL

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The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe delivers a roomy cabin, plenty of neat features and a solid 3.3-litre V6 powertrain. The engine is not the most powerful offering around, producing only 290 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque, but it’s solid. It’s also worth noting that the Santa Fe is not the biggest crossover on the market, so those who need it to fit in more than seven passengers should probably look elsewhere.

Full Review

The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe is manages to be two different vehicles at the same time: the regular and the Sport. The latter is a compact five-seat crossover, while the former is a larger seven-seater that’s here to replace the poor-performing Veracruz. So, if you are looking for a roomy cabin, then this should be your Santa Fe of choice. It’s not the biggest or most powerful crossover on the market, but for the MSRP of just above $30,000 it should do just fine.

Outside, the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe looks like an extended version of the Santa Fe Sport, but without the athletic-looking rear-side-window kick-up. The new Santa Fe manages to look both contemporary and handsome, wisely avoiding the swooping lines that you would find in Hyundai’s passenger cars. There are plenty of nice, little details too. For instance, even the base GLS model has body-coloured outside mirrors and bumpers. Add to that integrated fog lights, roof rails and 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and you get the upscale Limited trim. That said, the GLS isn’t faring much worse, getting a set of decent 18-inch aluminum alloys.

Inside, the 2015 Santa Fe offers quite a bit of space, which is surprising when you compare to the much smaller Sport model. The driver a panoramic front view, which is always welcome – though the rearward view is less wide, sadly. That said, you will never have to rely purely on your mirrors. The base model gets stain-resistant cloth fabric that feels nice to the touch. You will also find neat audio and climate-control knobs along with glove-friendly buttons. Generally speaking, all the materials are superb, even the rubber that lines the inside of the door pulls. In terms of space, the first two rows can comfortably fit four adults – two in each – but the third row is only good for kids. That said, the cargo area in the Santa Fe is a little too small when compared to the competition, being able to contain only 13.5 cubic feet of stuff behind the third row – but you can expand that to 40 cubic feet by folding those seats.

Under the hood, the new Hyundai Santa Fe has only one engine of choice – a 3.3-litre V6 that can crank out 290 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque. There aren’t many transmission choices either; as in you only get one – a six-speed automatic. It does, however, provide good throttle response and easy shifts. Front-wheel drive is standard, but you can opt for all-wheel drive, if you wish. But no matter which configuration you go for, you will able to tow up to 5,000 pounds, which is plenty.

Overall, the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe is an excellent vehicle choice if you are a looking for a decently-sized crossover. It has enough seats for four adults along with solid towing capabilities. It’s not the most powerful vehicle of its kind, but it’s definitely worth the price.

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Rating: 8 / 10

Trim / StyleMSRPEst. Monthly PaymentAverage PriceInvoice Price
FWD 4dr 3.3L Auto XL$31,299 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
AWD 4dr 3.3L Auto XL Premium$35,699 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
AWD 4dr 3.3L Auto XL Luxury$40,499 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
AWD 4dr 3.3L Auto XL Luxury w/6-Passenger$40,699 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
AWD 4dr 3.3L Auto XL Limited$43,599 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
AWD 4dr 3.3L Auto XL Limited w/Saddle Int$43,799 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
AWD 4dr 3.3L Auto XL Limited w/6-Passenger$43,799 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price

Latest Incentives

January 15, 2015 thru February 02, 2015
Trim / StyleMSRPCash Incentive before taxCash Incentive after tax
FWD 4dr 3.3L Auto XL$31,299$1,935$0
AWD 4dr 3.3L Auto XL Premium$35,699$2,000$0
AWD 4dr 3.3L Auto XL Luxury$40,499$2,000$0
AWD 4dr 3.3L Auto XL Luxury w/6-Passenger$40,699$2,000$0
AWD 4dr 3.3L Auto XL Limited$43,599$2,000$0
AWD 4dr 3.3L Auto XL Limited w/6-Passenger$43,799$2,000$0
AWD 4dr 3.3L Auto XL Limited w/Saddle Int$43,799$2,000$0
Trim / StyleRebate before taxRebate after tax24364860728496
FWD 4dr 3.3L Auto XL$935$02.99%2.99%2.99%2.99%2.99%2.99%2.99%
AWD 4dr 3.3L Auto XL Premium$500$00.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%1.99%2.99%2.99%
AWD 4dr 3.3L Auto XL Luxury$500$00.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%1.99%2.99%2.99%
AWD 4dr 3.3L Auto XL Luxury w/6-Passenger$500$00.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%1.99%2.99%2.99%
AWD 4dr 3.3L Auto XL Limited$500$00.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%1.99%2.99%2.99%
AWD 4dr 3.3L Auto XL Limited w/6-Passenger$500$00.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%1.99%2.99%2.99%
AWD 4dr 3.3L Auto XL Limited w/Saddle Int$500$00.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%1.99%2.99%2.99%
Trim / StyleRebate before taxRebate after tax24364860728496
FWD 4dr 3.3L Auto XL$2,435$0N/A5.59%5.59%6.09%N/AN/AN/A
AWD 4dr 3.3L Auto XL Premium$2,000$0N/A5.59%5.59%6.09%N/AN/AN/A
AWD 4dr 3.3L Auto XL Luxury$2,000$0N/A5.59%5.59%6.09%N/AN/AN/A
AWD 4dr 3.3L Auto XL Luxury w/6-Passenger$2,000$0N/A5.59%5.59%6.09%N/AN/AN/A
AWD 4dr 3.3L Auto XL Limited$2,000$0N/A5.59%5.59%6.09%N/AN/AN/A
AWD 4dr 3.3L Auto XL Limited w/6-Passenger$2,000$0N/A5.59%5.59%6.09%N/AN/AN/A
AWD 4dr 3.3L Auto XL Limited w/Saddle Int$2,000$0N/A5.59%5.59%6.09%N/AN/AN/A

General Specs

EngineRegular Unleaded V-6
Horsepower @RPM290 @ 6400
Displacement3.3 L/204
Torque @RPM252 @ 5200
Fuel SystemDirect Gasoline Injection
Fuel Economy (Hwy)9.4 (Est) L/100 km
Fuel Economy (City)12.9 (Est) L/100 km
Body typeSport Utility
Drive TrainFront Wheel Drive
Transmission6-Speed A/T
Power and Performance:

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.

Originally appeared on Kelley Blue Book.

Interiors and Special Features:

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.

Originally appeared on Kelley Blue Book.

Safety features:

The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe models score well for safety.

All models have the usual standard front, side, and curtain airbags, as well as a driver knee airbag, for a total of seven. Hill-start and downhill assist also are standard, along with anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control.

Blind-spot monitors and parking sensors were newly available for the 2014 model year, and blind-spot monitors became standard for 2015.

The long-wheelbase Santa Fe hasn't yet been crash-tested by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). But the shorter-wheelbase Santa Fe Sport earns top 'good' scores in all categories of IIHS testing it has been put through.

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Brake ABS System 4-Wheel
Brake ABS System (Second Line) N/A
Brake Type N/A
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.6
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.9

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) N/A
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) N/A
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) N/A
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) N/A
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) N/A
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) N/A
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft) 80
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft) 40.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft) 13.5

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) N/A


Cold Cranking Amps @ 0 F (Primary) N/A
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 150


G/km Of CO2 Emissions N/A
Kg/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 20K km/year N/A


Displacement 3.3 L/204
Engine Type Regular Unleaded V-6
Fuel System Direct Gasoline Injection
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 290 @ 6400
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 252 @ 5200

Exterior Dimensions

Height, Overall (in) 66.5
Length, Overall (in) 193.1
Liftover Height (in) N/A
Min Ground Clearance (in) 7.3
Rear Door Opening Height (in) N/A
Rear Door Opening Width (in) N/A
Track Width, Front (in) 64.1
Track Width, Rear (in) 64.5
Wheelbase (in) 110.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 74.2

Fuel Tank

Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (L) N/A
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (L) 71

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room (in) 39.6
Front Hip Room (in) 56.7
Front Leg Room (in) 44.1
Front Shoulder Room (in) 59.4
Passenger Capacity 7
Passenger Volume (ft) 146.5
Second Head Room (in) 39.4
Second Hip Room (in) 55.4
Second Leg Room (in) 41.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.6
Third Head Room (in) 35.7
Third Hip Room (in) 44.1
Third Leg Room (in) 31.5
Third Shoulder Room (in) 53.9


Cruising Range - City (mi) 1293.90
Cruising Range - Hwy (mi) 1775.67
EnerGuide Estimate - City (L/100 km) 12.9 (Est)
EnerGuide Estimate - Hwy (L/100 km) 9.4 (Est)
EnerGuide Estimate Equivalent - City N/A
EnerGuide Estimate Equivalent - Combined N/A
EnerGuide Estimate Equivalent - Hwy N/A


Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall N/A
Steering Type Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) N/A


Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) N/A
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) N/A
Suspension Type - Front Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link


Front Tire Size P235/60TR18
Rear Tire Size P235/60TR18
Spare Tire Size Compact


Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 5000
Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 750
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 5000


Clutch Size (in) N/A
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.04
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.21
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.39
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.38
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.64
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.77
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.80
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD
Trans Type 6
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High N/A
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low N/A


EPA Classification Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3946
Curb Weight (lbs) N/A
Curb Weight - Front (lbs) N/A
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) N/A
Total Option Weight (lbs) 0.00


Front Wheel Material Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 X 7.5
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Material Steel
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact

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Engine: 3.3L GDI DOHC 24-Valve V6
Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic w/SHIFTRONIC -inc: OD lock-up torque converter
3.041 Axle Ratio
GVWR: 2,500 kgs
Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode and Oil Cooler
Front-Wheel Drive
80-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
150 Amp Alternator
Towing w/Harness
Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
71 L Fuel Tank
Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Descent Control and Hill Hold Control


Wheels: 18" x 7.5" Aluminum Alloy
Tires: P235/60R18 AS
Steel Spare Wheel
Compact Spare Tire Stored Underbody w/Crankdown
Clearcoat Paint
Body-Coloured Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
Body-Coloured Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
Black Bodyside Cladding and Black Wheel Well Trim
Chrome Side Windows Trim
Chrome Door Handles
Body-Coloured Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper, Heated Wiper Park and Defroster
Deep Tinted Glass
Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Wiper Park
Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
Lip Spoiler
Chrome Grille
Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
Roof Rack Rails Only
Auto Off Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps
Front Fog Lamps


Radio: AM/FM/CD/XM/MP3 Audio System -inc: 6 speakers, iPod/USB/auxiliary jack, Bluetooth hands-free phone w/audio streaming, 699 MB digital media storage and SiriusXM radio w/3-month trial subscription
Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls and Voice Activation
Digital Signal Processor
Integrated Roof Antenna


Multi-Function Heated Front Bucket Seats -inc: driver's seat power adjustable lumbar support (2-way)
Yes Essentials Premium Cloth Front Seats
4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
40-20-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Yes Essentials Premium Cloth Rear Seat w/Manual Fore/Aft
Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
Selective Service Internet Access
7 Person Seating Capacity
Fixed 50-50 Split-Bench Yes Essentials Premium Cloth 3rd Row Seat Front, Manual Fold Into Floor, 2 Manual and Adjustable Head Restraints
Front Cupholder
Rear Cupholder
Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
Remote Releases -Inc: Power Fuel
Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
Manual Air Conditioning
HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Headliner/Pillar Ducts
Locking Glove Box
Driver Foot Rest
Interior Trim -inc: Simulated Wood Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
Full Cloth Headliner
Urethane Gear Shift Knob
Day-Night Rearview Mirror
Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 4 12V DC Power Outlets
Front Map Lights
Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
Carpet Floor Trim
Cargo Area Concealed Storage
Cargo Space Lights
FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
Instrument Panel Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
Delayed Accessory Power
Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
Systems Monitor
Trip Computer
Outside Temp Gauge
Analog Display
Manual w/Tilt Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
Front Centre Armrest and Rear Centre Armrest
2 Seatback Storage Pockets
Perimeter Alarm
Engine Immobilizer
4 12V DC Power Outlets
Air Filtration


Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
ABS And Driveline Traction Control
Side Impact Beams
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
Airbag Occupancy Sensor
Driver Knee Airbag
Rear Child Safety Locks
Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Centre 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners