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MSRP: $24,950 - $36,000
Invoice: $23,964 - $33,858
MPG: 20 City / 27 Hwy
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Hyundai Santa Fe Interior

Test drivers say the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe's cabin has an attractive design and is constructed with soft-touch materials. There is great forward visibility from the front seats, and the second-row seats are spacious, reviewers report. The two-row Santa Fe Sport has good cargo space for a two-row SUV, while the three-row Santa Fe's cargo space is a bit low compared with rivals’.

  • "The cabin also boasts plenty of high-quality materials in addition to Hyundai's distinctive 'pinched' center-stack design, with both elements conspiring to create a contemporary and classy ambience." -- Left Lane News
  • "Santa Fe Sport are nicely executed midsize SUVs that are designed for the way most buyers actually use their midsize SUVs. The cabins are classy and spacious, and the 'just right' seating position offers both the visibility benefits of an elevated sightline and easy 'step-in, step out' entry and exit." -- Consumer Guide
  • "All materials are impressive right down to the rubber that lines the inside of the door pulls." -- Kelley Blue Book

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Seating

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport seats five and the Santa Fe seats up to seven. A power-adjustable driver's seat is optional on the Santa Fe Sport and standard on the regular Santa Fe. Seating options include leather upholstery, heated front seats (standard on three-row Santa Fe), ventilated front seats and heated second-row seats. The three-row Santa Fe is also available middle-row captain's chairs. Test drivers say that the front seats are comfortable and offer a commanding view of the road ahead. The second-row seats in the Santa Fe are very spacious, reviewers say, though most agree that the third row is best suited to kids, which is common for the class.

  • "There's plenty of room in the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe, and the driver's front view is panoramic (the rearward view is less broad, but you're never reduced to driving purely with the mirrors)." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Second-row passengers enjoy stretch-out space, including more legroom than the full-size Chevrolet Traverse. The third-row seats, however, are best reserved for children, though they can fit small adults for short journeys." -- Left Lane News (Santa Fe)
  • "… the Santa Fe's 3rd-row seat space is a bit tight." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The front seats are pretty comfortable for longer drives, with enough adjustments to accommodate drivers of all sizes." -- Edmunds (2014)

Interior Features

Both 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe models come standard with Bluetooth, a USB port and a six-speaker audio system. A rearview camera with a 4.3-inch touch-screen audio system is optional on the Santa Fe Sport and standard on the Santa Fe. Other optional features include a 12-speaker Infinity surround-sound audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation with an 8-inch touch screen, blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors and rear cross traffic alert.

According to auto journalists, the Santa Fe's center stack controls are straightforward and logically arranged. They add that the touch-screen audio system's menus are easy to navigate, though some comment that the navigation system with the larger screen is easier to operate.

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  • "Hyundai does dashboard layouts well too, offering an array of up-to-the-minute connectivity features while still keeping things simple and easy to use." -- Consumer Guide
  • "As we've come to expect from Hyundai, the Santa Fe's cockpit could serve as a benchmark for elegant simplicity in the segment. Switchgear is well-organized and legible, while the touchscreen menus and functions are as intuitive as it gets." -- Edmunds (2014)
  • "The standard 4.3-in touchscreen is a welcome high-tech touch, but the optional navigation system's 8-in touchscreen is superior in both functionality and style." -- AutoTrader (2014)

Cargo

The two-row Santa Fe Sport has 35.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back row and 71.5 cubic feet with the rear row folded, which is good for a two-row midsize SUV. The three-row Santa Fe has 13.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 40.9 cubic feet behind the second row and 80 cubic feet behind the first row. The 2015 Santa Fe offers less overall cargo space than a number of rivals, including the Mazda CX-9 and Honda Pilot. Both the Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport are available with a hands-free power liftgate, which opens automatically when the key fob is near the liftgate for a few seconds. Test drivers are pleased with the amount of cargo space behind Santa Fe Sport's back row, and they note that both models have lots of storage spaces throughout the cabin for smaller items.

  • "Behind the seats is a good-sized cargo space, making the Santa Fe Sport exceptionally flexible." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Extra carrying capacity for all kinds of smaller items is provided by an oversized central storage console, a front storage bin and an under-floor storage space, and a cooled glovebox and numerous cupholders are present for beverage hauling." -- Left Lane News (Santa Fe)
  • "A deep center console and large bin behind the shifter can hold a lot of small items. Cupholders are plentiful, too. There are two of them and two door-pocket bottle holders in front and two of each in back." -- Cars.com (2013 Santa Fe Sport)
Review Last Updated: 11/19/14

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