What is the best year for a used Hyundai Santa Fe?

My family is expanding and I need to buy a bigger SUV. My buddy just bought a brand new Hyundai Santa Fe that he loves. I’m thinking about buying one, too, if I can get a good price on a used one. What’s the best year for a used Santa Fe?

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Melanie Johnson · Answered on Jan 04, 2023
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
We love the Santa Fe! The best year for a used Hyundai Santa Fe will ultimately come down to your vehicle preferences and priorities, but we recommend checking out these models:
  • 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe: J.D. Powers ranks it 83/100 for reliability; excellent driving dynamics; powerful V6 engine; includes many modern tech features; better purchase price than 2022 or 2023 model since it’s a couple of years old
  • 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe: Edmunds rates it 4.7/5.0 (the best rating amongst its peers); smooth handling; rugged V6 engine; you’ll miss out on some tech features and won’t be able to take full advantage of its five-year warranty
  • 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe: J.D. Power rates it 83/100 and Edmunds rates it 4.4/5.0; competitively priced; comfortable and reliable; you’ll miss out on many modern features, but you’ll still get to enjoy the panoramic sunroof!
With a few models to choose from, you’ll also have to know what to look for when buying a used car. Whether you visit a dealership or a private seller for your Sante Fe, you’ll want to know its total mileage, handling, and interior and exterior condition. You wouldn’t want to be sold a lemon!
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