I was provided with a 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe LTD to test drive to facilitate this review. The opinions in this post are 100% mine. You can read my full disclosure policy here.
My own personal car is a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe. Yes, it’s a whopping 11 years old, 170,000 miles and still going strong. We’ve had such good luck with this car, no major problems other than routine maintenance, that I’ve always said when my car finally goes I’d probably just buy another Santa Fe.
Or would I? We were given the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe LTD AWD to test drive for a week and the timing was perfect for a trip to the beach! So we really drove it long and hard to see how it held up to our family of 4 and all our stuff (including my dog!). There’s a lot to like about this car!
The exterior of the car is really attractive. I love the look! It’s also really stylish on the inside and really comfortable.
It’s loaded with safety features, too, including this rear view camera that makes it easy to see what’s behind you before you back up.
It also has a babysitter in the dash for people like me that let their gas tank get too low. 😉 This is great, though, isn’t it? If you can’t read it, the display says “Low Fuel. Do you want to search for a gas station?”
This touch screen display is also where you can hook up your phone via Blutooth (hands free, baby!), use the GPS, and play music on the Satellite radio. Let me tell you, this beach trip was filled with a lot of Kidz Bop.
One thing that was noticeably different for me in this 2015 Santa Fe versus my old 2004 Santa Fe is that these seats feel more sunken, lower to the ground to me. It feels a bit more like driving a car than an SUV. I am pretty short so I really like sitting up higher and having better visibility. So despite the comfort of the front seats (make note of the heat/cool button there on the driver and passenger sides!), I wished I were sitting up a bit higher.
The panoramic sunroof is a really special feature of the Santa Fe! It’s almost like having the top down, minus the ruined hair style. The kids loved this huge ‘window in the roof’!
This Santa Fe model has third row seating, and the second row of seats are separate instead of a bench seat. With kids that do the ‘he’s touching me!’ thing all the time, I really like this feature. Plus it makes it easy to get in that third row for other passengers.
The Santa Fe comfortably seats up to 7 passengers. It’s a fantastic size for a family or a carpool and even with a carload of people inside, there’s adequate room for all of your cargo.
You can see on the left side what the trunk space looks like with that third row of seating in place. On the right side, I folded the back seat down so you can see how deep the trunk goes. Great for me and my fellow soccer moms, or hauling a load from the hardware store.
The Hyundai Santa Fe is attractive from all angles. I love the sleek design and even though the 2015 is definitely bigger than my 2004, it doesn’t look like a giant on the road and doesn’t feel cumbersome to drive at all. It’s got great power, great functionality, reliable performance and safety. We are tried and true fans of the Hyundai Santa Fe!
So would I buy another one? I just might! I know that this car is reliable which is my biggest selling point. I want something safe and reliable for our family car that my kids are in all the time. I also love the way it looks and some of the new features make it really fun to drive.
Even the view from the rear view mirror is pretty sweet.
The Huyndai Santa Fe starts at $30,400 and has lots of available options to add on. When you’re ready for your next comfortable, reliable, roomy family vehicle, give this one a test drive!