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2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

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$12,835 — $24,775 USED
Sport Utility
5 Seats
21-23 MPG
Key specs of the base trim
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Is this the car for you?

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
2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
  • 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

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What Is the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport?

The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is a five-seat SUV that competes with the Ford Edge, Toyota RAV4, Subaru Outback, Nissan Murano and Honda CR-V. It's available in 2.4L and 2.0L Turbo trim levels, both of which are available with front- or all-wheel drive. The larger, three-row Santa Fe is covered separately. 

What's New on the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport?

There are no significant changes to the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.

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

The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport's base 190-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine outdoes that of both the Honda CR-V (185 hp) and Subaru Outback (175 hp). Conversely, the AWD Santa Fe Sport is heavier than both those models - 23 pounds heavier than the Outback and 137 pounds heavier than a CR-V - and the end result is lower efficiency ratings than its rivals. While the AWD Santa Fe Sport offers up to an EPA-estimated 21 mpg combined with its base engine, the Outback and CR-V can manage up to 28 and 27 mpg combined, respectively.

The Santa Fe Sport's optional turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is rated at 264 hp, outdoing the V-6 engines in both the Subaru Outback (256 hp) and Nissan Murano (260 hp). But as with the base engine, the Santa Fe Sport's mpg ratings lag when compared with rivals, topping out at 22 mpg combined with front-wheel drive. A front-wheel-drive Murano can offer up to 24 mpg combined, while the AWD Outback matches the Hyundai with 22 mpg combined with a V-6 engine.

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

The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport comes standard with a 190-hp, 2.4-liter engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Notable standard features include driver-selectable steering modes, remote keyless entry and heated side mirrors. As is required in all new vehicles, the 2016 Santa Fe Sport comes equipped with an electronic stability system, antilock brakes and front airbags.

The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is available with a 264-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Significant optional features include leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a panoramic moonroof, a navigation system with 8-inch touchscreen, a 115-volt household power outlet, a blind spot warning system and high-intensity-discharge headlights.

Should I Buy the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport?

The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport distinguishes itself with a stylish interior and the excellent performance of its available turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Of course, that performance comes at a cost, with both its standard and optional engines offering notably lower mpg ratings than other SUVs in its class.

While it doesn't offer higher-end luxury features like the Nissan Murano, its interior is nonetheless comfortable and feature-rich. The Santa Fe Sport does a little bit of everything well, which is itself impressive.'s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with's long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don't accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of's advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Overview

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Vehicle Overview

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has two rows of seats and room for five people. It's shorter than the three-row Santa Fe an... Read More

Consumer Reviews

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Best Choice After a Ton of Research

by Ashleyfoley12 from Providence, RI on December 27, 2018

I’ve been waiting to get back into an SUV after driving a Nissan Altima for 4 years. I wanted to make sure it was roomy enough for two children, but had enough pickup. I had leased a Chevy Equinox ... Read full review


It’s hyundai Santa Fe sport I purchased.

by Empi from Sutton, Wv. on November 29, 2018

After owning an S60, I needed a vehicle to get in and out without strain, after my hip replacement. I considered the Honda CR-V, but much more money, and depreciation not much different. Purchased ... Read full review


Recalls and crash tests


The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L

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Moderate overlap front

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Rear Passenger Head Protection
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Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

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New car and certified pre-owned programs by Hyundai

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Newer than 5 model years/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    5 years/60,000 miles (from remainder of original)

  • Powertrain

    10 years/100,000 miles and 10 years/100,000 miles for hybrid/electric vechicle batteries.

  • Dealer Certification Required

    150-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance


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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Santa Fe Sport received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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