3rd Generation (2013—2018) Santa Fe Problems

Santa Fe owners with a 2013—2018 model year have the most problems with the engine (21%), interior (16%), and the transmission (12%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Engine Failure 12 complaints at an average of 74,433 miles in the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe.
  2. Violent Jerking Trying to Accelerate 4 complaints at an average of 38,887 miles in the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe.
  3. Hesitation 13 complaints at an average of 1,007 miles in the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe.

What Santa Fe Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Hyundai model years.

Watch out for the 2013 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2018 1 0 13 0.48
2017 51 0 40 17.71
2016 12 0 25 9.26
2015 21 0 24 9.0
2014 60 0 33 31.21
2013 106 0 74 48.56

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