2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Overview

John Diether
Automotive Editor - November 20, 2014

With standard V6 power and room for seven passengers, the Santa Fe sounds a lot like a full-size crossover. In fact, it's closer in size to a compact, which is what makes it such an interesting choice. The Santa Fe delivers the nimble handling of some smaller competitors, but with enhanced capability that might make a larger (and more expensive) vehicle unnecessary.

What's New For 2015

The Santa Fe's steering and suspension have been tightened up for sharper handling, and a hands-free power tailgate joins the option list.

Choosing Your Hyundai Santa Fe

Every Santa Fe carries a 3.3-liter V6 engine with 290 horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission. You can stick with the standard front-drive setup or opt for the all-weather capability of all-wheel-drive. It's worth noting that the Santa Fe can tow up to 5,000 pounds, something you can't do with a compact crossover. The interior accommodates seven in three rows, or six with the available second-row captain's chairs. Cargo space comes in a 80 cubic-feet, smack in the middle of the crossover class as a whole.

Hyundai keeps things simple enough by offering just two trim levels:

GLS

Comes generously equipped with heated front seats with driver power, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio, rear climate control, windshield wiper de-icers and a six-speaker sound system with satellite and HD radio. The GLS rolls on 18-inch alloy wheels. The available Premium package adds a slew of comfort and convenience features, including a leather interior with passenger power, a hands-free power liftgate, keyless ignition, blind spot monitoring, dual-zone automatic climate control, upgraded gauges and rear window shades. The Ultimate package goes all out with ventilated front seats with driver memory, a heated second row and steering wheel, navigation, rear parking sensors, a panoramic sunroof, a 10 speaker Dimension sound system and 19-inch wheels.

Limited

Gets the contents of the Premium package as standard, plus second-row captain's chairs and standard 19-inch wheels. The Ultimate package remains available, but includes even more goodies: xenon headlamps, LED taillights and a 12-speaker Infinity surround-sound system.

There are no individual factory options for the Santa Fe, although the usual dealer-installed accessories are available.

CarsDirect Tip

The Santa Fe is obviously well equipped from the start, and the large packages make it possible to seriously boost the luxury factor without the sticker running away from you. All-wheel drive adds $1,750 to any model, which sounds like a good deal to us.

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