2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Changes And Review

Santa Fe is one of the most popular crossovers in United States and definitely the most popular vehicle from this class in Hyundai line up. It is in production since 2000 and it is based on Hyundai Sonata. There were few changes but the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe will mostly be a carryover.

Back in 2000 it was the first Hyundai crossover SUV and its release conceded with release of Ford Escape and Pontiac Aztec. One of the most interesting things about this model is that many completely failed to predict its future on the market. Santa Fe was undermined and considered as a failed attempt of Hyundai to become competitive in the crossover class. With great sale result in United States for previous models things changed significantly for this lineup.

Release Date

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe

When it comes to size and price in Hyundai line up 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe falls between smaller Tucson and little bit larger VeraCruz model. There’s not much information’s online about the 2016th version, but I’ll try to make a good guess on some of the characteristics of this future model that should be offered during the summer of the next year. This is possible since there will be no significant changes for it.

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Changes

This model became famous mostly because of its looks. Although most of the people in the industry didn’t believe Santa Fe can become popular with its looks, everything work up fine, and now it is one of the bestselling crossovers on the market. Design changed drastically in last few years allowing it to be even more competitive and interesting. This car received more adult and elegant note, it’s lines are much smoother than on the other Hyundai vehicles and it looks much more coherent. Its design looks like combination of various styles and themes seen in few other models, mostly Hyundai, but also in Mazda CX-7 and Dodge Durango (rear windows).


Hyundai Santa Fe Engine

Hyundai Santa Fe Engine

Interior will probably receive some changes in the new model. The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe may or may not come with the sliding second row seat option, but its interior will definitely come in the same or similar two tone design with contrast stitching and quality looking materials. Dashboard in some previous models also looked premium, except for one plastic element that goes under the steering wheel, which looks like it was taken from another car not belonging here, and that we hope is going to be replaced. From base version features new Santa Fe will probably come with whole package seen in previous model years, plus some additional ones, for example the ability to make it a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Review Of 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe

Performance section is probably going to stay similar in the new model. We don’t expect any new engines or big changes accept maybe some increase in power, torque or fuel efficiency, but nothing to drastic. Few previous versions came with two engine options, one was 2.4 liter four cylinder, able to produce 190 horsepower and 180 pound feet of torque, and 3.3 liter V6 as top of the line engine, which was able to deliver 290 horsepower and had towing capacity of 5,000 pounds. Both engines were paired with six speed automatic transmission but it seems that the smaller displacement unit will not be available with 2016th model like it was the case with 2015th version.

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Back

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Back


Price of the new model is still unknown, but since we don’t expect any big changes we think it is not going to be increased, few hundred dollars up is a possible but that is it. Base version of the last year’s model could be bought for $30,150, so count that 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe is going to cost the same or maybe up to $30,500.

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