Keep in mind, that when I bought my 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe base model (FWD) in 2014, I was due with our second child in a couple of months, so I had mommy brain for sure. I was trading in my previous model refresh Hyundai Santa Fe, which as you know, doesn't come with the optional third row. For me, buying the new third-row version was a very last-minute decision. Even though it's not terribly roomy in the "back-back" (as we call it in my family), I'm VERY glad that I went with the bigger Santa Fe. We're a family of four that doesn't use the third row every day or even every week, but with a lot of extended family and traveling back and forth to see everyone, that third row has proved itself to have been a GREAT decision. It doesn't fit grown-ups too well, but for hauling kids, it's great.
I also came to love my Bluetooth and back-up camera, which were completely new to me since my previous Santa Fe had none of those safety options.
The next year (2015), my husband bought a loaded Hyundai Sonata and it came with all the safety bells and whistles that are pretty much standard across the board these days. What I don't like about my 2014 Santa Fe is my fault - that I made the mistake of buying the vehicle with virtually none of the modern-day safety features that are pretty much standard today. While I rely heavily on my back-up camera, my media screen is so small, that it looks comical compared to newer vehicles.
Also, I must say that - as my family grows (in size, not people) - even the third-row Santa Fe is just a little too cramped when full of seven passengers. My three-year-old still sits in a bulky car seat, so that may be part of the problem, but I've noticed even when there's just four of us in the car, it can be pretty tight, which is why I'm currently in the market for a new third-row SUV that's just a little bit bigger.
If I were to buy a new Santa Fe today (and I won't, because it's about to get a refresh in 2020 and I don't want to wait that long for a new third-row SUV), I would definitely spend the money on getting the safety features that seem to be standard on most cars today. I'd also check the specs to see if Hyundai increased the cabin size.
At 49,000 miles engine light went on. Went through cam sensors and crank sensor. I think they are suppose to last to 100,000 miles? Then received recall notice on engine. Took to dealer because engine light on, again. Was told they "tweeked" the engine and it was up to Hyundai standards. Next day I lost all power, steering, brakes, etc. Towed back to dealer, oil regulator went bad. Sent me on way, again, stating all is up to Hyundai standards. I think part of the recall is metal shredding through engine. Gee, this is a no brained. To add insult to injury Hyundai offered me below value due to recall. I am driving an unsafe vehicle.
2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/Saddle Interior, 19in. wheels (3.3L 6cyl 6A)
We bought our 2014 Santa Fe Limited, brand new, and I was really hoping that this was going to be the vehicle for the long run. It has great features, technology, and storage. Unfortunately, we've had nothing but reliability problems from the start. We've put 25k miles on it and owned it for 2 years. The first issue we had was a crack in the black edge of the windshield which we noticed two or three days after driving it off the lot. The dealership did right by us and replaced it. Not a big deal, but a year later the replacement also developed, what I can only assume to be, a stress crack as well and needs to be replaced. Next, the hood had to be repainted due to multiple rust spots forming on the corners. After that, the blind spot detection system failed and required the passenger side mirror to be replaced. Now, during the last snow storm we noticed that the car is leaking anti-freeze and from time to time the navigation will go blank and require the car to be turned off and back on again to resolve it. For the most part the warranty has covered the issues and out of pocket cost will be the anti-freeze leak and new windshield but these are too many issues too fast. We may be the unlucky ones who got the bad one out of the bunch but I can only imagine what we'll be dealing with at 100k miles.
2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/19in. wheels (3.3L 6cyl 6A)
Had no choice but to rent this vehicle when I selected an SUV via online rental website for my trip. If I had known that my only choice was this car, I would have asked for a non-SUV and definitely not anything KIA or Hyundai. Cheap interior, cheap ride. From the grip of the steering wheel to the road feel, it simply isn't up to snuff with other more venerable economy car companies. If you're looking for this as a new car because the other makers' SUVs may be a little more expense, then buy used.