Vehicle is as described by edmunds experts, but fuel economy is better. Using selectable economy mode, which is fine for all normal driving conditions, I get 27 to 28 mpg combined with AWD and 2.4 liter engine. I try to drive efficiently. Vehicle gives feedback in instantaneous and average fuel economy as you drive. Quiet, spacious, great features, great quality ratings. So far Santa Fe Sport exceeds expectations.
Many Many pluses. comfort, handling, conveniences, fuel economy for a SUV is outstanding, low noise, controls, all around vision, storage, stylish looks, tracking. cons? =fold and lock rear seats do not go completely flat; cruise control is good under 72 mph, otherwise it will downshift a lot in moderate terrain due to the small engine; Temp +/- buttons poorly illuminated and very hard to read and adjust while driving. Heated wipers are useless while driving and become a pain in the b*** while driving - it causes the blades to ice up quickly and the visibility becomes dangerous making it necessary to stop and manually remove the ice when it is snowing. Get the turbo or larger horsepower engine for a lot of 80 mph and/or towing. My other Hyundai purchase have exceeded 150,000 miles minimal maint. costs and no major repairs, but I don't drive them 'hard' either.
I reviewed every SUV in this class and decided on the Hyundai Santa Fe based on safety and upgrades. I've never owned a 4 cyl car and took the advise to go with the Turbo, glad I did. I feel confident passing and merging onto hwy with the turbo. Fuel has been good, 28 to 30 mpg. My only complaint is the front passenger seat does not go up and down, so if I'm sitting as the passenger, I can barely see over the hood.
If your budget does not allow for a Porsche Macan or even a Range Rover Evoque, this is probably the SUV you want. In the Southwest there are so many places to go, but most lie off of two lane highways. Having the confidence to pass that slow moving RV or that long semi means a less stressful ride to your destination. Plus the interior is surprisingly luxurious and the sound level, though not as quite as more expensive SUV's, is acceptable. Throw in the 100,000 mile warranty and you're looking at a lot of value for the cash expended.
After 9.5K of use, gas mileage is 19.5 city (with A/C on only in hot weather), 24 Hwy: no A/C, ideal conditions - flat, cruise control, light traffic & average speed 77MPH. 2.4L engine is barely adequate for interstate speeds - transmission downshifts at the slightest impedence & drives mpg to zero. "Eco" button is useless for improving gas mileage. True MPG flashes on instrument panel for about 2/3 seconds AFTER engine is turned off. 2.4L motor has a rough idle at traffic stops - dealer can't correct. Dealer gave us fuel system cleaner and advised us to use Shell, Valero or Chevron gas - it hasn't cured the rough idle. 4WD gear is a serious drag (even disengaged) on the 2.4L engine transmsson. If you are over 5'11" - you'll barely fit comfortably - I'm 5' 11" and I can't adjust the rear view mirror fully with the drivers seat in the highest position. Please note, engine stalls when making emergency maneuvers or hard braking - how can this be a built-in safety factor? You're a sitting duck from rear or side collisions - you can't get out of oncoming traffic until the motor engages the transmission - takes precious seconds! This car is no safer, mechanically / technologically advanced than the other brands. I got a good price ; I liked the style & it fits nicely in my garage.