What Changed? 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe AWD Quick Review
Hyundai made some changes for the 2017 model year to keep things fresh. In addition to a more sophisticated look, Hyundai added a new top-level trim called Ultimate and upped its tech game. With the smaller, five-passenger Santa Fe Sport playing in the small-crossover field, the Santa Fe offers standard three-row seating and V-6 power.
From a design standpoint, there’s a sharper-edged front bumper, restyled headlights and taillights, new vertical LED daytime running lights, and a wider grille, as well as tweaks to the wheels and the exhaust tips. The cumulative effect is a more assertive and less cartoonish look for this crossover.
Powering the 4371-pound Santa Fe is a 3.3-liter V-6 engine that makes 290 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque. This direct-injected engine with variable valve timing is shared with the Kia Sorento, among other vehicles. It’s coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission. Towing is rated at a commendable 5000 pounds. In our testing, the Santa Fe did zero to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds and ran the quarter-mile in 15.8 seconds at 90 mph. Those results fall in line with our test results for the Dodge Durango and the Nissan Pathfinder. The GMC Acadia and the Honda Pilot, however, both beat the Santa Fe by more than a second, reaching 60 mph in 6.2 seconds.
The Santa Fe has great tech and safety features, especially for the price, and is capable of handling just about everything you’d need day to day. Fuel economy and interior space push it back in the pack, however, and with so many competitors in the midst of introducing newer models, it’s starting to feel outclassed.
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