This Hyundai Santa Fe video review covers the seven-passenger, three-row crossover, including its fuel economy, features, price and interior space. For more information, read the Edmunds 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe review, or watch the five-passenger Santa Fe video review.
The regular, non-Sport Santa Fe has three rows of seats and room for seven passengers - or six if you get the second-row captain's chairs. The two passengers in the furthest back will probably need to be children, and the cargo capacity is smaller than that of the biggest crossovers.
The rest of the cabin is pretty much a spitting image of the five-passenger Sport: Same high-quality materials, distinctive design, and controls that are well-organized and easy to use. This touchscreen in particular is one of the more user-friendly electronics interfaces.
Like every Hyundai, you get a long warranty and lots of stuff for your money. Even the base Santa Fe includes heated front seats, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio, and an iPod interface. Competitors have similar base prices, but don't come close to the Santa Fe's standard equipment.
Every seven-passenger Santa Fe is powered by a 3.3-liter V6, with available front- or all-wheel drive. Acceleration and fuel economy are average for the segment.
The main drawback to the Santa Fe is its ride. On road trips our editors and their families have complained that it's crashy, wallowy and generally uncomfortable. It gets even worse when loaded up with people and their stuff. Every competitor is better.
And that's a shame since the Hyundai Santa Fe offers such an otherwise appealing package. It gives you a lot for your money and seats seven without being gigantic, but its ride is a potential deal breaker.