With seating for up to seven, lots of standard options, and a powerful V6 engine, the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe represents great value in a highly competitive family-oriented SUV segment.

Pricing and Equipment

The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe is powered by a 3.3-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The front-wheel drive SE starts at $30,400.00, while the all-wheel drive SE is priced from $32,150. Rather than sell multiple trim levels, Hyundai keeps things simple and offers option packages. Package pricing includes a $3,750 Premium Package, which adds leather seats, active safety technologies, 19-inch wheels and much more. A $3,800 Ultimate Package brings even more luxury and convenience, including a panoramic sunroof, 8-inch touchscreen navigation and much more.

The front-wheel drive Limited starts at $34,500.00, while all-wheel drive Limited begins at $36,250. A $4,650 Ultimate Package includes a panoramic sunroof, a 550-watt Infinity audio system, and more.

Prices do not include an $820 destination charge.

Performance Pros

Hyundai Santa Fe

The Santa Fe’s 3.3-liter V6 engine produces 290-horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration is excellent, especially considering the number of available seats and the nature of the family-friendly SUV.

  • Owners with trailers and small boats will love the fact that the Santa Fe can tow an impressive 5,000 pounds.
  • Fuel economy is excellent for a crossover of this size, power, and utility. Front-wheel drive models earn 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. All-wheel drive only exacts a one-mile-per-gallon toll at 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.
  • The Santa Fe is comfortable on the road. With a forgiving suspension and a nicely damped engine, the interior is quiet and enjoyable even on longer trips.
  • Around town, the Santa Fe is compliant and purposeful. With plenty of cargo space and enough seats for a large family or elaborate carpool situations, the Santa Fe proves its worth as an excellent family vehicle or minivan replacement.

Performance Cons

  • While the configurable steering options are quite nifty, the steering feel of the Santa Fe is rather numb. Enthusiasts will simply want a button that reads "more feedback."
  • The minimal gas mileage decrease with the all-wheel drive trim levels may be enough to scare some folks away. But on a snowy day, I doubt anyone will mind.

Interior Pros

Hyundai Santa Fe

The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe has a spacious, comfortable interior. With seating for six or seven, depending on trim level and options, the Santa Fe offers larger family-friendly features and utility that make the crossover a great alternative to purchasing a minivan.

  • Seats are comfortable and well-bolstered, especially in the six-passenger models with the heated second-row captain’s chairs.
  • The panoramic sunroof option provides a greenhouse effect that gives the Santa Fe with an open and airy feeling, a nice complement to the already generously sized interior.
  • Hyundai has a great reputation for providing excellent technology packages and easy-to-use entertainment options, and the Santa Fe is no exception.

Interior Cons

The third-row seating is reserved for children and small adults. While very few three-row SUVs offer ample room in the "cheap seats," the Santa Fe’s back row is notably cramped.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

While the driving dynamics of the SUV are typical of a larger SUV, the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe’s 3.3-liter V6 offers fantastic acceleration propelling the SUV from zero to sixty mph in a scant 7.1 seconds. That is quite an impressive number, especially considering the proportions of the Santa Fe.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Accessing the third row of seats can be cumbersome and aggravating, especially for adults who aren't used to navigating playground jungle gyms.

The Bottom Line

For families desiring a good-looking vehicle that offers near-minivan utility and decent performance at an affordable price, the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe is an attractive purchase. With a nice list of standard options and optional equipment that can have the Santa Fe looking and feeling like a luxury-liner, the Santa Fe provides excellent versatility and comfort for daily commuting and running errands, but lacks nothing that a family would want for a cross-country road trip.