2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Ultimate review- The Santa Fe name is a pretty important vehicle for Hyundai which is very competitive. The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe is seven passenger SUV in ever family crossover segment.
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Changes
Now when the third generation Hyundai Santa Fe made its debut back in 2013, it was a big change for the Santa Fe name in general. Hyundai decided to split the vehicle up into two different sizes. There’s the smaller and the larger Santa Fe which is technically like a long wheelbase version, it has seven seats and it competes with vehicles like the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Mazda CX-9 and the GMC Acadia. Now for this 2017 refresh Hyundai decided to give this car subtle exterior design changes.
Now if you look at the front end you can seated most of the changes, you have the signature Hyundai corporate face, new LED daytime running lights BI-Xenon with the Dynamic Bending Light and Automatic High Beams. And overall it's still a very attractive looking even though this vehicle came out back in 2013. It still looks relatively fresh and it's still I think to be one of the better-looking crossovers on the segment.
Now the 19-inch wheels do come on the ultimate models. Now when you look at the side profile of the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe, this vehicle doesn't look much larger than the Santa Fe Sport if you're looking at the wheelbase the numbers. The wheelbase is about 4-inches longer than the Sport and the vehicle in general, is almost 10-inches longer than the smaller Santa Fe Sport. This definitely puts it in the same class category as pilot and the Toyota highlander in terms of the size. Now back LED tail lights are included on the limited model, the larger 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe has nicely integrated dual exhaust as opposed to the Santa Fe Sport which has like a single tip with dual outlets.
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior
Looking at interior design I have to say I wasn't a fan of it when Hyundai first showed it to us in 2013. I think some of the material choices look a little bit cheap. It’s just not really going to convince anybody. and I just think that Hyundai now has a much more mature.
Now all Santa Fe's come standard with Hyundai smart key access system with push button start. The interior of the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe you can see Hyundai didn't really make too many changes. This year a couple of subtle updates, but you can see limited model has nice beige colored, leather seats with a two-tone, the interior itself has some nice detail in the finishing. But overall it's pretty much the same deal that you got from the previous model. Now looking at the center stack, you can see the upgrade 8-inch head unit and the Hyundai blue link telematics system it has been updated with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Now when you put the vehicle into reverse you do have a back up camera and you have a 360 camera system with rear parking sensors on the ultimate package models.
Very nice feature it's standard on every trim level of the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe and I really like the overall layout. I also like the fact that Hyundai gives you lots of buttons and knob like; have a volume knob, a tuning knob and your temperature fan speed control.
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Engine
Under the hood is the one engine choice it's a 3.3 liter direct injection v6, it makes took power 290 horsepower. So then this vehicle moves out pretty well especially when you have a lot of people on board.
Under the hood of this 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe honey didn't make any changes this year. You still have the same one choice 3.3 liter gasoline direct injection v6 double overhead. This application makes 290 horsepower and 250 pound feet of torque. Now this vehicle is rated to tow about 5,000 pounds and for all-wheel-drive a 6-speed automatic the only transmission choice that works.
Now in this mid-sized family crossover segment, I've drive a lot of the competitors. And I have to admit that the CX 9 the current one is probably my benchmark in terms of driving fun. You know this vehicle it certainly isn't as well-known as others like the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot and Nissan Pathfinder.
Now the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe does find some traction with the front-wheel drive. You will expect a 0-60 time around seven and a half seconds, which is actually like a second slower than a lot of its competitors although this does keep pace with the current Mazda CX-9 with its turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.
The one thing that disappoints about this car is the steering feel. A lot of the newer generation Hyundai products have improved the steering feel to where it doesn't feel so numb and electric.
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Fuel Economy
Now the fuel economy this vehicle is rated at 1723, which is a little bit less than some competitors that are two-wheel-drive, especially this ultimate model does sacrifice like 2 mpg on the highway. On the highway I was able to push up to about 27 miles per gallon, so it is pretty good the EPA numbers are a little bit on the low side, but again it's really going to depend on how you drive. If you drive this vehicle very efficiently it's going to get better gas mileage obviously thankfully. You only have to put a regular gasoline. One thing I didn't notice the tank isn't very big so I'll the best range I got was maybe like 350 miles. So some competitors do have a bigger gas tank I think this is only like 17 gallons.