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Overview (Final Score: A-)
Often overlooked in the midsize crossover market, theis a value-oriented three-row offering that deserves more recognition. There aren’t many vehicles in this segment that offer as complete a package as the Santa Fe.
A few changes to the Santa Fe for 2017 bring it into an even more competitive light, remedying one of our primary beefs with the crossover last year. Slight changes to the front fascia, a lot of new technology options for safety and convenience, and a new, higher standard of infotainment for all models. Hyundai really wanted to keep the 2017 Santa Fe highly competitive and these changes have taken an already well-done crossover and pushed it forward to the front of the pack.
The three-row 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe is a midsize crossover with seating for up to seven and one of the industry’s best warranties. The 2017 Santa Fe is offered in four trim levels, not including the smaller Santa Fe Sport.
What We Love About the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe:
- Excellent value proposition for the packages offered and goodies included
- Great highway drive presence and around-town mobility
- One of the industry’s best warranties at 10 years, 100,000 miles as standard
What We Don’t Love About the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe:
- Good cargo space but access is not as well done as some rivals
- Fuel economy is only about average for the segment
Pricing and Value (9/10)
The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe continues with the Korean automaker’s mission of offering affordable, well-made, honest products. The competitive Santa Fe has competitive price points for all of its trim levels and the availability as ala carte package options for technology and safety are a big deal in a segment that usually opts for trim-plus-limited-package only offerings.
Most buyers are likely to find that the mid-level SE trim is a good fit with a smart array of technology and comfort for the $30,000-ish price point. The lower price of entry for most Santa Fe models make up for its generally lackluster resale value down the line.
Total Score and Competitive Comparison (73/80, 91%)
The three-row crossover segment is full of good options for today’s buyer. Therules the roost, for the most part, with its excellent ergonomics and very family oriented appeal. Yet against that, the Hyundai Santa Fe is more than competitive thanks to a better price point and more upscale appeal. Not to mention that warranty.
Another good choice for the cargo-oriented is the, though it lacks in other things the Santa Fe can boast. The is the best in terms of third row and good fuel economy, but lacks the maneuverability and smart looks of the Santa Fe. The is a compelling offer that has much the same appeal as the Santa Fe, making it well worth a cross-shop.
The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe is a full package of goodness in the three-row segment, with a well-rounded design that is both upscale and intelligent. It’s functional, ergonomic and economical on several fronts. The Santa Fe should not be overlooked when shopping in the midsize three-row crossover segment.
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