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Rankings & Awards

The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Hyundai Santa Fe has a score of 8.2 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 40 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.2
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2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Review

The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe has a classy and spacious interior, user-friendly tech features, and a mix of strong four- and six-cylinder engines. However, its firm ride blemishes an otherwise fine vehicle.

Pros & Cons

  • Elegant interior
  • Roomy cargo area
  • Muscular engines
  • Nimble handling
  • Firm ride quality

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Overview

Is the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe a Good Used SUV?

The Hyundai Santa Fe is a great option if you’re shopping for a used midsize SUV. The Santa Fe has sharp styling inside and out, a quiet cabin, ample cargo space, and seating for seven in GLS models (Santa Fe Sport models seat five). Factor in an array of muscular engines, and the Santa Fe ticks nearly every box on the SUV shopping list. We even named it the 2015 Best 3-Row SUV for the Money. That said, you should still consider top alternatives like the Toyota Highlander and Chevrolet Traverse, which offer a smoother ride and higher predicted reliability.

Used 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Performance and Interior

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has a four-cylinder engine with 190 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard in all models; all-wheel drive (AWD) is available. The engine and refined transmission scoot the SUV around briskly and provide decent passing power. It receives fuel economy estimates of 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. For even zippier performance, step up to the Sport 2.0T model and its turbocharged, 264 horsepower four-cylinder engine or the 3-row Santa Fe and its V6 with 290 horsepower. Both offer more-confident acceleration and enable towing capacities of 3,500 and 5,000 pounds, respectively. However, fuel economy drops to 19/26 mpg city/highway for the turbo-four and a low 17/22 mpg for the V6.

The Santa Fe has athletic driving dynamics; its steering is exact and its body stays well composed in tight turns. Its suspension doesn’t soak up bumps as well as other leading midsize SUVs, though. Its ride can feel rather harsh when traveling over rough roads.

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The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and Sport 2.0T are 2-row SUVs with seating for five. The Santa Fe GLS and Limited are 3-row SUVs. GLS models seat seven; Limited models have second-row captain’s chairs and seating for six. The Santa Fe offers great forward visibility, ample head- and legroom in its first and second rows, and comfortable seats. As is fairly common in this class, the third row is slim and best reserved for kids and teens. Cloth upholstery is standard; leather is available, as are heated and ventilated seats. The SUV has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The second-row seats recline and slide to better accommodate passengers and provide easier third-row access. Both rows fold flat to yield 80 cubic feet of cargo space. The 2-row Santa Fe Sport offers a still-roomy 71.5 cubic feet.

Hyundai equips all 2015 Santa Fe SUVs with a satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and keyless entry. Available features include a 4.3- or 8-inch touch screen, navigation, a rearview camera, a hands-free liftgate, and Blue Link telematics, which allows owners to remotely lock/unlock their vehicle, set limits for teen drivers, and call for help in an emergency. Both touch screens are user-friendly. The dashboard is elegantly styled and benefits from well-placed buttons and controls.

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Used 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Prices

The price of a used 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe ranges from about $17,000 for base Sport models to around $23,200 for Sport 2.0T models. We’re unable to provide pricing information for 3-row models. The price will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 36 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve gathered and analyzed 36 Hyundai Santa Fe reviews to help you make the best car-buying decision possible. Our research also incorporates vehicle crash test scores, reliability ratings, and cost of ownership estimates.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking vehicles for a decade, and our staff has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. While we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to giving helpful consumer advice. To ensure our reviews remain impartial, we refuse expensive gifts and trips from car companies, and the advertising on our site is handled by an outside team.

How Reliable Is the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe?

According to J.D. Power and Associates, the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe has a predicted reliability score of three out of five, which is considered average.

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How Safe Is the Santa Fe?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport its top score of Good in four out of five crash test categories. Both vehicles received a Marginal rating from the IIHS in the small overlap front crash test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport a perfect five-star overall rating, though it received four stars for rollover safety. The 3-row Santa Fe was not tested by the NHTSA. 

A rearview camera comes standard in all Sport 2.0T, GLS, and Limited models; it’s optional in base Sport models. All trim levels are available with blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors.

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Should I Consider Another Used Santa Fe?

The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe is part of the vehicle’s third generation, which launched for 2013 and includes the 2017 Santa Fe. Updates for 2015 included an available hands-free liftgate. The Santa Fe was otherwise unchanged, so you may find similarly equipped 2013 and 2014 models at a much lower price.

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Which Used Hyundai Santa Fe Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Santa Fe comes in four trim levels: Sport, Sport 2.0T, GLS, and Limited. When new, all were available with the same optional features. This means you can find desirable options like parking sensors, navigation, and heated seats regardless of trim level. It also means that these features may vary widely from one used Santa Fe to another. Pay close attention to extras like these when shopping.

You may also want to shop for 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.

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2015 Hyundai Santa Fe and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport or 2015 Hyundai Tucson?

The 2015 Hyundai Tucson is a good option if you’re shopping for a 2-row SUV. The Tucson offers slightly better fuel economy, a higher predicted reliability score, and typically, much lower used car prices than the 2-row Santa Fe Sport. However, the Santa Fe Sport is the better Hyundai SUV. It offers better seating and cargo space, classier styling, higher safety ratings, and superior advanced safety features.

Which Is Better: 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe or 2015 Kia Sorento?

The 2015 Kia Sorento may be a corporate sibling to the Santa Fe, but it’s the lesser of these twins. The Hyundai has roomier seating and cargo space, plus a higher quality interior. Both offer 2- and 3-row seating arrangements, the same advanced safety features, and user-friendly infotainment.

Which Is Better: 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe or 2015 Toyota Highlander?

The Toyota Highlander tops the Santa Fe as our 2015 Best 3-Row SUV for Families. Both have luxe cabins and ample cargo space, but the eight-seat Toyota has a smoother ride, a higher predicted reliability score, superior safety features like forward collision warning with brake assist, and better family-friendly features like an in-car intercom and a rear-seat DVD player. It’s the better pick.

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