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MSRP: $24,950 - $35,550
Invoice: $23,964 - $33,440
MPG: 20 City / 27 Hwy
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Hyundai Santa Fe Interior

Reviewers report that the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe's cabin is tastefully styled and constructed with high-quality materials, which help make the interior feel upscale. Test drivers also write that climate buttons and window switches have a high-quality feel.

  • "All the materials are impressive right down to the rubber that lines the inside of the door pulls." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Our tester featured a three-toned interior with leather, soft touch materials and titanium-colored plastic that showed a look of quality that we have become used to from the brand." -- Left Lane News
  • "The center stack is stylish, like the rest of the interior, yet its looks don't go over the top." -- Motor Trend (2013)
  • "Talk about a comfortable, well-appointed interior, though. The dashboard and doors are outfitted with high-quality leather and soft-touch materials, accented with small amounts of aluminum and wood trim. The whole cockpit looks and feels truly upscale; everything from the leather used on the steering wheel to the plastics used on the door trim to even small details like the window switches and climate control buttons are top-notch." -- Autoblog (2013)

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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. Leather upholstery, heated front- and second-row seats and a power-adjustable passenger seat are available on both models, and second-row captain’s chairs are optional on the three-row Santa Fe. Reviewers write that the front seats are all-day comfortable, and finding a comfortable driving position is easy with the standard tilt and telescoping steering wheel. Test drivers also say that large windshield pillars limit forward visibility, and that Santa Fe Sport models have limited rearward visibility. Reviewers mention that the Santa Fe's second row is spacious, and they appreciate that the seat slides forward and backward, making more room for legs or cargo behind it.

  • "The first two rows are completely livable for adults, while the third row is a decent kid's row." -- Kelley Blue Book (Santa Fe)
  • "The standard tilt and telescopic steering wheel makes it easy to fine tune your driving position. Front pillars can limit visibility in sharp turns. Visibility to the rear corners in the Sport is limited due to small quarter windows. This is less of a problem in 3-row Santa Fes, but if 3rd-row headrests are left in the up position, straight-back vision is reduced. Entry and exit are easy." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "There's plenty of space in either row of seating, and the front seats offer respectable long-haul comfort, though the sliding, tilting backseat is on the flat side to accommodate its 40/20/40 folding ability." -- Edmunds (2013 Santa Fe Sport)
  • "Backseat passengers get the benefit of a sliding and reclining bench seat - a nice perk that the Edge and Sorento don't match." -- Cars.com (2013 Santa Fe Sport)

Interior Features

Both Santa Fe models come standard with Bluetooth, Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio and a USB port. The three-row Santa Fe also comes standard with HD Radio, a backup camera and a 4.3-inch touch-screen display, which is optional on the Santa Fe Sport. Optional equipment on both models includes an 8-inch touch-screen display, a backup camera, navigation, a 12-speaker Infinity stereo system, dual-zone automatic climate control, blind spot monitoring and rear parking sensors.

Reviewers report that the optional Infinity stereo system delivers rich sound, but write that navigation, which is packaged with the Infinity system, could have a sharper display. Additionally, some critics note that the Santa Fe’s navigation system is difficult to program, though others like that the stereo and climate controls are large and can be adjusted while wearing gloves.

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  • "But as I test drove this particular model for the past week, I must admit that Hyundai does one thing that I truly appreciate: It puts the redundant volume control on the steering wheel on the left side. A personal pet peeve of mine when evaluating a vehicle is when the steering wheel volume switch is on the right. Right is wrong when it comes to this switch's placement." -- Truck Trend
  • "The base Santa Fe's stain-resistant cloth fabric feels good, plus the audio and climate-control knobs and buttons are glove-friendly big." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The audio system sounds great, but the nav system's buttons are a bit small, the graphics are lackluster, and the infotainment setup seems a bit overly complicated. A quick orientation session helps, but there are many more intuitive units on the market." -- Car and Driver (2013)
  • "Controls are easy to identify and use, making this a great match of good looks and intuitive function." -- Motor Trend (2013)


The two-row Santa Fe Sport has fairly good cargo space for a two-row SUV, with 35.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear row and 71.5 cubic feet with the back seats folded. 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 Santa Fe's overall cargo space is a bit low for a three-row SUV, especially in comparison with the space that SUVs like the Chevrolet Traverse offer. Reviewers are pleased with the cargo space behind the back seat in the Santa Fe Sport, and say that folding the rear seats yields a smooth, but not entirely flat, load floor. Test drivers also appreciate the waterproof storage bins beneath the Santa Fe Sport's cargo floor and say that small-item storage in the cabin is good.

  • "Good cargo space behind the back seat in Sports. When the available sliding rear seat is moved forward, it leaves a large gap between the seat and the load floor. The seat back is split 40/20/40 which makes for plenty of cargo-carrying options. The rear seat sections flip forward easily (models with leather upholstery include handy releases in the cargo bay), but the headrests can hit the front seats if the latter are pushed fully back. The resulting load floor is smooth, but it runs uphill a bit towards the front." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "There is also plenty of storage in the cabin." -- Motor Trend (2013 Santa Fe Sport)
  • "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)
  • "There's additional water-resistant storage in bins under the load floor, with a slick slot to store the standard cargo shade if you prefer not to use it." -- AutoWeek (2013 Santa Fe Sport)
Review Last Updated: 5/15/14

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