2016 Hyundai Santa Fe

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Key specs

Base trim shown


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Seating capacity

193.1” x 66.5”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • Stylish, upscale interior
  • Turbo four-cylinder performance
  • Panoramic moonroof available
  • Under-floor storage

The bad:

  • Third-row comfort (Santa Fe)
  • Over-shoulder visibility
  • Subpar mileage

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • Limited Ultimate

  • SE


  • Limited


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Our 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

  • Two-row Santa Fe Sport, three-row Santa Fe
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Four-cylinder or V-6 engine
  • Hands-free power liftgate available
  • Blind spot warning system available
  • Ventilated front seats available

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe?

The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe is a six- or seven-seat three-row SUV that competes with the Chevrolet Traverse, Toyota Highlander and Kia Sorento. Trim levels include the SE and Limited, both of which come standard with front-wheel drive but are available with all-wheel drive. The two-row Santa Fe Sport is covered separately.

What's New on the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe?

The base trim of the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe is now the SE; it was previously known as the GLS. 

How Does the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Compare to Other SUVs?

In terms of versatility, the Santa Fe offers a generous 80.0 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. This is nevertheless outdone by the Chevrolet Traverse, which offers up to 116.3 cubic feet.

Like the Traverse, the Santa Fe is available only with a six-cylinder engine. Even so, an all-wheel-drive Santa Fe is EPA-rated 18/24/20 mpg city/highway/combined, which matches a V-6-equipped AWD Toyota Highlander. Without AWD, the Santa Fe is rated 18/25/21 mpg. An AWD Chevrolet Traverse falls behind both with 15/22/17 mpg city/highway/combined. Those whose primary concern is efficiency may want to consider a FWD Toyota Highlander with a four-cylinder power plant, which offers up to 20/25/22 mpg city/highway/combined. The Highlander Hybrid is also an option, which offers up to 27/28/28 mpg city/highway/combined.

What Features in the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Are Most Important?

Every Santa Fe comes equipped with a 290-horsepower, 3.3-liter V-6 engine that's paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Significant standard features include seating for seven, heated front seats, heated side mirrors, a backup camera and driver-selectable steering modes. As with all new vehicles, the Santa Fe features antilock brakes, front airbags and an electronic stability system.

Significant available features include second-row captain's chairs (which lowers seating capacity to six), high-intensity-discharge headlights, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, a panoramic moonroof, a navigation system with 8-inch touchscreen, a blind spot warning system, a 115-volt household power outlet and keyless entry with push-button start.

Should I Buy the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe?

The Santa Fe is as clear a signal as any that Hyundai has evolved from a budget brand into a value brand. It offers a ton of amenities for the price, plus surprising versatility through the addition of subtle features such as under-floor storage. While its third row is a bit cramped and it doesn't lead its class in either interior space or mpg ratings, it does almost everything well. It's certainly worthy of your consideration.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior 4.6
  • Performance 4.1
  • Value 4.3
  • Exterior 4.5
  • Reliability 4.1
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My engine is officially blown. Paid $3000 for a head gasket and a little over a month later the engine has seized. I still owe 8k and no one is able to help unless I put another 10k into it. Even if that's the case whose to say it won't happen again. Im so tired of this car can anyone give me advice?



I bought my Santa Fe in 2021 with 87,000 miles. I absolutely loved it! Gas mileage was fair and it was great for our family with 4 kids. I had the oil changed on time and checked it between changes and had no knowledge of the issues with Hyundai and Kia engines. I had never even seen a warning light on. In May 2023,with 108,000 miles, I was on a highway going about 60 mph with one of my children when I realized something was wrong. I looked down and every light was lit on the dash and the car had completely shut off! I was in the fast lane so I put on my signal to try and get off the road. I had no power steering and just a little regular steering but I was able to get over and then realized I had no brakes! Thank God, I was near a business and was able to drift into a parking lot until I stopped. That was it! DONE! I had it towed to a dealer but within an hour on Google, I knew my engine had blown, with NO warning, just like millions of other Kias and Hyundais! Unfortunately, I had the 3.3l V6 engine which has yet to be recalled, and because I wasn't the original owner, the warranty was only until 60,000 miles. It will be $10,000 to repair and 99% of the engines that are used to replace the blown ones, fail too, some with only a few miles on them. They never corrected the problem with all of their engines and are still making them the same way. I'm a 62 year old widow raising 4 of my grandchildren and it's going to ruin me financially. It's sad because it seems to be women with children who are the victims of these companies.



We bought our 2016 Santa Fe sport in 2019, and since the day we took it for a test drive, we should have left it there and walked away. The day we went to take for a test drive, the salesman had to get it boosted. Then once it was boosted, we took it for a test drive, half the dash lights didn’t work, the side mirrors would go up and down for no reason. The salesman was good, he convinced us to buy it and promised to change the battery and when they did it seemed to work better, so we bought it. Shortly after getting it home, the hatchback would randomly open whether you hit the button or not or even in the car or not. The heated drivers side seat stopped working, as soon as you turned it on, a few seconds later it start blinking and shut off. Then after a couple more weeks, the SUV would continuously turn over, but after a few mins or a few tries it would eventually start. And that took them pretty close to a year to figure out what was wrong. Then after they fixed all those problems, the car finally as it should until my heated seat stopped working again this past winter, and the mirrors still move up to the sky and then point to the ground when your trying to back up, very annoying. Then on May 4th my car once again left me stranded on the side of the road with the engine light blinking and no power to drive. So I once again called Hyundai dealership and told them what had happened. They told me to call RSA (road side assistance) and have it towed to the dealership. Which we did and has been there since then, and have left a few messages for the mechanic to call me back so I know what is going on. I have yet to hear from her, but my husband literally stopped in to the dealership and they said that the engine is gone and they will put in a new one, but that’s the part is in Toronto and should be here on the Island on Friday past and should be ready by Monday (today) at the latest and am still waiting for a call back to see what is going on. But the part that annoys me the most, is that they will not give me a courtesy car to get back and forth to work, because they say they have none available…. So needless to say I have missed a week and some off work because I have no vehicle….. my husband works on the road, all over the Island, and is gone most days very early and not home till late… FEELING VERY FRUSTRATED!!!

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Hyundai
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 80,000 miles; less than 7 years old (currently MY18- MY24)
Basic warranty terms
Remainder of the 5-Year/60,000-Mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty. From original in-service date and zero (0) miles.
10-Yr/100K-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. From original in-service date and zero (0) miles.
Dealer certification required
173-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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