Our latest week long test drive over here at Bronxmama was the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited AWD. The Frosted Mocha colored crossover was delivered on a Friday and we were excited for a weekend alone without the kids to take our first drive in it. We headed to Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Connecticut and enjoyed the smooth and comfortable ride up, despite the many potholes of 95 North.
Highlights: The standard features on this vehicle are great- including leather seats, blind spot detection system, heated seats, Sirius Satellite Radio, and more. Some great added features are the navigation, heated steering wheel, and rear parking assistance sensors.
With third row seating, we were excited to be able to fit some extra passengers for some playdates. Toddler friends were able to sit side by side while big sister had the third row all to herself. More and more we are seeing the need for that extra row- for cousins, friends, and cargo! If anything is going to make us switch to a larger vehicle, it is definitely the extra row- especially since we have one child still in a carseat.
We loved the interior-cream leather seats, a great moonroof, and sleek dashboard. The wood accents finished off the look.
Downside: If you’ve been keeping up with our car reviews, then you know how surprised we’ve been at the MPG on some of the larger vehicles we have checked out. We are still in a small car for the MPG perks, but have been pleasantly surprised to find most of the crossovers and SUVs we have tested have been great on gas. At 19 MPG (17 city/22 highway), the Santa Fe Limited was the first one that we did see a bigger difference in- due to its powerful engine (3.3-liter V6 engine). For folks already coming from an SUV or crossover, it probably won’t seem like such a big jump.
Awesome Bonus: The Sante Fe features a really cool hands free function for its power liftgate. As moms, we’re often carrying groceries, a large bag, and sometimes a child- so being able to stand for a few seconds with the key in pocket and watch the liftgate pop open is awesome. Look ma, no hands!
- Seats 6 or 7
- In Edmunds testing, an AWD Santa Fe Limited went from zero to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds (edmunds.com)
- Properly equipped, the Santa Fe can tow up to 5,000 pounds
- Annual fuel cost is $2,750 (fueleconomy.gov)
Overall the Santa Fe Limited AWD is a great cross over vehicle. Such a smooth ride and great amount of interior space. Another great vehicle from Hyundai. Up next? We checked out the 2016 Hyundai Tuscon. Stay tuned!
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