- Slight exterior updates for 2015
- Seats six or seven passengers
- 290-hp, V-6 engine
The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe is the larger of the two Santa Fe models that Hyundai makes and offers seating for up to seven passengers across three rows of seats.
Between the three-row Santa Fe and the smaller, five-seat Santa Fe Sport (covered separately), Hyundai hopes to corner the market for families that need more cargo and passenger space than you can find in a compact crossover. The 2015 Santa Fe is the longer of the two, with 8.5 extra inches of length which allows an extra row of seating to fit inside, giving it a leg up on both seating and cargo capacity. There are both six- and seven-seat variants of the Santa Fe; a three-person split folding bench second row is standard, with second row captain’s chairs optional.
There are a few changes for the 2015 model year; daytime running lights are now standard, as is a driver’s blind spot mirror located in the side mirror. Some interior features have shifted from one options package to another, but the biggest change is the addition of a new hands-free power liftgate to the options list. Stand behind the Santa Fe with the key fob in your pocket or purse for three seconds and the liftgate opens automatically. Exterior styling features a large helping of Hyundai’s signature “fluidic sculpture” design that has made its way through their lineup the last several years. 18-inch alloy wheels are standard, while exterior options include a panoramic moonroof, power liftgate, and 19-inch wheels.
The Santa Fe only offers one engine option, a 290-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, with an all-wheel drive system optional. Towing capacity maxes out at 5,000 pounds. Fuel economy figures check-in at 18/25 mpg city/highway for front-wheel drive models; all-wheel drive models get the same mark in the city and 24 mpg/highway. Top of the line GLS/Limited models with Ultimate Package return 17/23 mpg due to added weight from optional equipment.
Inside, the 2015 Santa Fe offers 146.6 cubic feet of passenger volume and 13.5 cubic feet of cargo behind the third-row. A power driver’s seat, heated front seats, and air conditioning come standard. Also standard are several technology features, including Bluetooth connectivity, HD radio, and a USB/iPod port. Hyundai’s Blue Link communication system, similar to GM’s OnStar system, comes with a free three-month subscription but requires a monthly payment after that.
Standard safety features include seven airbags, backup camera, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system with traction control. Blind spot detection with rear cross traffic alerts, lane change assist, and a rear parking assistance system are optional.