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2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Review

The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe – offered in the principal 3-row configuration or as the 2-row Sport – gets applause for its top-notch cabin materials, comfortable ride, and powerful engine lineup. Its handling is refined and on point, though the Santa Fe is not as nimble as some. 

Pros & Cons

  • First-rate cabin materials
  • Strong engines
  • Great cargo room in 2-row Sport model


  • Uninspired handling
  • Limited cargo space in 3-row model

Rankings & Awards

The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2014 Best 3-Row Midsize SUV for the Money award. Currently the Hyundai Santa Fe has a score of 8.5 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 32 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.2
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2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Overview

Is the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe a Good Used SUV?

Among midsize SUVs, the 3-row 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe and 2-row 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport are solid picks among used vehicles. It's also a great value, and it will cost you less than most others in this class. When it was new, the Santa Fe won our 2014 Best 3-Row Midsize SUV for the Money award.

The Santa Fe has a comfortable ride, and though it isn't very agile, its handling is competent. The 2-row 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has a base four-cylinder engine or an available turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Although the base engine has plenty of power, you may prefer the added punch of the turbocharged model. The 3-row Santa Fe is powered by a V6 that offers ample power. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard in all models, and the Santa Fe is available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. This is one of the most fuel-efficient used midsize SUVs from the 2014 model year. Estimated Hyundai Santa Fe mpg is 18 city/25 highway for the 3-row model and up to 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway for the Santa Fe Sport.

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The 2014 Santa Fe has seating for seven on cloth seats (uplevel models come with leather upholstery and heated front and rear seats). Capacity is limited to five people in the Santa Fe Sport. The front seats in both models are comfortable, and there is sufficient space in the second row. Like most 3-row SUVs, the third row is best suited to children. You can fit two child safety seats in the second row, and two in the third row, though LATCH anchors are only mounted in second-row seats. The lower and upper anchors are easy to find and use, and the sliding second-row seats let you fit even a bulky car seat in without cutting down on the front passenger's legroom. Cargo space in the 2014 Santa Fe Sport is good among 2-row SUVs (measuring 35.4 cubic feet behind the rear seats), but the Santa Fe doesn't offer as much cargo capacity as its 3-row rivals, at only 80 cubic feet overall.

The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe has first-rate cabin materials and handsome interior styling, and you get more goodies in a base 2014 Santa Fe than with the similarly priced 2014 Ford Edge. This includes standard features such as a rearview camera, a 4.3-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, and a USB port. The Santa Fe Sport has a little less (its base model is missing tech like a rearview camera). If you want a swankier SUV, look for models with dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touch screen, and a rich-sounding Infinity stereo system with 12 speakers. Don't pay more just to get navigation, though. While the rest of the infotainment interface is easy to use, programming the navigation system is challenging.

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Used 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Prices

The price of a used 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport ranges from about $17,500 for a base 2.4 model to around $22,500 for a 2.0T model. The price will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe?

The Hyundai Santa Fe is slightly more reliable than most used midsize crossover SUVs from the 2014 model year.

How Safe Is the Santa Fe?

The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe did very well in crash tests, earning top ratings in almost every category from both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The exceptions were for the small overlap test (in which it received a Marginal rating from the IIHS) and the rollover test (where it earned four out of five stars from the NHTSA).

The 2014 Santa Fe comes with a rearview camera (this is standard in the 3-row version and available in the 2-row Sport). Other available safety technology includes rear parking sensors and blind spot monitoring. That's good for a 2014 used SUV, though rivals like the 2014 Ford Edge also have adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning in some models.

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Should I Consider Another Used Santa Fe?

The Hyundai Santa Fe was last redesigned for the 2013 model year, and there have been no major changes between that version and the 2017 model. The 2014 Santa Fe is one of the smartest buys in this generation. Though you may save a few thousand dollars with the 2013 Santa Fe, reliability slips to below average for that model. And while goodies like a hands-free liftgate are available in the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe, these features are hardly worth the extra money you'll have to spend to get them.

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Which Used Hyundai Santa Fe Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Santa Fe Sport comes in two trims: the 2.4L (denoting the size of the engine) and the 2.0L (which is turbocharged). The 3-row Santa Fe comes in GLS and Limited trims. If you want to maximize your return on investment, pick a Santa Fe GLS. This 3-row configuration comes with the more powerful V6 engine that test drivers prefer, and you can find it with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. It's longer than the Sport, too, which means you get more legroom for second-row passengers and more overall cargo space. The GLS can carry seven people (all other versions carry only five or six people, depending on the model). It’s a great value, as it's nicely equipped with niceties like a 4.3-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, and a USB port.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Santa Fe. Certified pre-owned Hyundai vehicles receive the balance of the original new-car 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Hyundai CPO vehicles must pass a 150-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Hyundai’s warranty page carefully.

We Did the Research for You: 32 Pieces of Data Analyzed

We’ve researched 32 data points in order to help you make the best car buying decision possible. This data includes reliability scores, crash tests, expert reviews, and fuel economy estimates.

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2014 Hyundai Santa Fe and Other SUVS to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe or 2014 Kia Sorento?

The 2014 Kia Sorento can't hold a candle to the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe. Among the biggest drawbacks are a sluggish engine and an interior that feels low-rent. There are a few bright spots, though. The Sorento's ride is smooth, it has an appealing amount of passenger and cargo space, and you can pick between 2- and 3-row configurations. If you can find a good bargain on a used Sorento – especially if it comes with the optional V6 engine – it may be worth it. Otherwise, stick with the Hyundai.

Which Is Better: 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe or 2014 Toyota Highlander?

The 3-row Toyota Highlander – which was redesigned for the 2014 model year – doesn't quite match the amount of room inside a 2014 Santa Fe. Its cabin does feel handsome and well-built, though, and its hearty list of standard features includes a rearview camera and an infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch-screen display. Advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning are also available. The Toyota can't top the Hyundai for reliability, however, and you'll pay more to buy and maintain a Highlander, both of which put a dent in the Highlander's overall value.

Which Is Better: 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe or 2014 Ford Edge?

If you like the size of the Santa Fe Sport, you may want to consider a 2014 Ford Edge. It's a 2-row SUV with room for five, and its interior feels more upscale than you may expect at this price point. The seats are all-day comfortable, and there's lots of room to stretch out. Between the two crossover SUVs, many think the Edge is more agile, and spirited drivers will enjoy its Sport trim. You can't go wrong with either vehicle, so take both the Ford and Hyundai for a test drive, and pick the one you like best.

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