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2017 Hyundai Santa Fe

Midsize SUV
Crashworthiness
  • Small overlap front
    G
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

Crash avoidance & Mitigation
Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
with optional
equipment

Headlights
G
with optional
equipment

Child Seat Anchors (LATCH)
ease of use
A


Ratings shown are the latest available for this model year.
See below for ratings based on manufacture date.

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Model year Front overlap SideRoof strengthHead restraints & seatsFront crash prevention
SmallModerate
2017
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2016
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2015
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2014
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2013
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2012
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
A
P
Crash avoidance rating
2005
G
A
P
Crash avoidance rating
2004
G
A
P
Crash avoidance rating
2003
G
A
P
Crash avoidance rating
2002
G
A
P
Crash avoidance rating
2001
G
P
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2017 models built after March 2016

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Hyundai Santa Fe was redesigned for the 2013 model year. There are now two distinct Santa Fe models, a 2-row Sport and a somewhat longer and heavier 3-row Santa Fe.

Beginning with 2017 models, extensive structural reinforcement of the occupant compartment was made to improve occupant protection in small overlap and moderate overlap frontal crashes. Starting with 2017 models built after March 2016, the driver safety belt was modified to further improve occupant protection in small overlap crashes. (Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on the driver door or adjacent B-pillar.)

The small overlap ratings on this page apply only to the 3-row Santa Fe. The Santa Fe Sport was tested separately.

Structure

The driver space was maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 11 cm at the lower hinge pillar. Maximum upper interior intrusion measured 6-9 cm at the upper hinge pillar and instrument panel.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s movement was well controlled. The dummy’s head loaded the frontal airbag, which stayed in front of the dummy until rebound. The side curtain airbag deployed and has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag also deployed.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2017 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 4-door 4wd
Weight 4,235 lbs.
Side airbagshead curtain airbags for all three rows of seats and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase110 in.
Length193 in.
Width74 in.
Engine3.3 L V6
EPA ratings18 mpg city / 24 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEN1621
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm)11
Footrest (cm)10
Left toepan (cm)6
Brake pedal (cm)4
Parking brake (cm)9
Rocker panel lateral average (cm)3
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column0
Upper hinge pillar max (cm)7
Upper dash (cm)9
Lower instrument panel (cm)6

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEN1621
Head
HIC-15110
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm)13
Maximum Nij 0.17
Chest maximum compression (mm)20
Femur (kN)
Left4.5
Right1.0
Knee displacement (mm)
Left11
Right1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left2
Right0
Maximum tibia index
Left0.52
Right0.40
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left1.9
Right0.8
Foot acceleration (g)
Left60
Right49

Applies to 2017 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

This rating applies to vehicles other than the specific model and body style tested.

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport was introduced in the 2013 model year, with two rows of seats and distinct from the somewhat longer and heavier Santa Fe, which has three rows of seats. Beginning with 2017 models, extensive structural reinforcement of the occupant compartment was made to improve occupant protection in small overlap and moderate overlap frontal crashes.

Moderate overlap ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Hyundai as part of frontal crash test verification. Ratings apply to both 2-row and 3-row models.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. After the dummy moved forward into the airbag, it rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,760 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front-seat mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase106 in.
Length185 in.
Width74 in.
Engine2.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings20 mpg city / 26 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF1611
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)2
Left (cm)4
Center (cm)3
Right (cm)3
Brake pedal (cm)5
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)0
Right (cm)1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)1
Rearward (cm)-1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF1611
Head
HIC-15159
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm)12
Maximum Nij 0.19
Chest maximum compression (mm)28
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.5
Femur force - right (kN)1.0
Knee displacement - left (mm)1
Knee displacement - right (mm)3
Maximum tibia index - left0.28
Maximum tibia index - right0.37
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.4
Tibia axial force - right (kN)1.8
Foot acceleration (g)
Left35
Right53

Applies to 2013-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

This rating applies to vehicles other than the specific model and body style tested.

The Hyundai Santa Fe was redesigned for the 2013 model year. There are now two distinct Santa Fe models, a 2-row Sport and a somewhat longer and heavier 3-row Santa Fe. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Hyundai as part of side crash test verification. (Note that the vehicle tested was a 2-wheel-drive Sport model, but extra weight was added to the vehicle to increase its curb weight to that of a comparable 4-wheel drive model.) Ratings apply to both 2-row and 3-row models.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof and a side airbag that deployed from the seat.

Passenger — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 4-door 2wd
Weight 3,578 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase106 in.
Length185 in.
Width74 in.
Engine2.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings22 mpg city / 33 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTS1206
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-15.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTS1206
Head HIC-15165
Neck
Tension (kN)1.0
Compression (kN)0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)27
Lateral force (kN)1.1
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)27
Average deflection (mm)20
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)7.00
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.50
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.8
Acetabulum force (kN)1.5
Combined force (kN)3.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.8
L-M moment (Nm)182
A-P moment (Nm) 34

Passenger injury measures

Test IDVTS1206
Head HIC-15109
Neck
Tension (kN)0.2
Compression (kN)0.8
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)32
Lateral force (kN)1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)31
Average deflection (mm)28
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.50
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.50
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.2
Acetabulum force (kN)1.0
Combined force (kN)1.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.9
L-M moment (Nm)106
A-P moment (Nm) 31

Applies to 2013-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight3,877 lbs
Peak force16,982 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio4.38
Tested vehicle
Rating applies to both the 2-row Santa Fe Sport (tested) and the somewhat longer and heavier 3-row Santa Fe.
2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 4-door 4wd
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2013-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Power leather seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typePower leather seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)17
Distance below top of head (mm)-2
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)11.4
Head contact time (ms)58
Force rating1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)0
Max neck tension (N)324

Applies to 2017 models

System details

  • Optional Automatic Emergency Braking

Package name

  • Optional Tech Package

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Superior
with optional
equipment
6 points total

Forward collision warning

This system meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
1 point

Low-speed autobrake

In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
2 points

High-speed autobrake

In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
3 points

How this rating is determined

Ratings are given for 2 different headlight variations available for this vehicle.
Trim level(s)
  • SE Ultimate trim equipped with Tech package
  • Limited Ultimate trim equipped with Tech package
Low-beam headlight typeHID projector
High-beam headlight typeHID projector
Curve-adaptive?Yes
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)?Yes
Overall rating
G
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves, fair on the sharp left curve and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never created excessive glare.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was good in all 4 tests.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and on both left curves.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • SE trim
  • Limited trim
  • SE Ultimate trim
  • Limited Ultimate trim
Low-beam headlight typeHalogen projector
High-beam headlight typeHalogen reflector
Curve-adaptive?No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)?No
Overall rating
P
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never created excessive glare.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • SE Ultimate trim equipped with Tech package
  • Limited Ultimate trim equipped with Tech package
Low-beam headlight typeHID projector
High-beam headlight typeHID projector
Curve-adaptive?Yes
High-beam assist?Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2017 models
G
LOW BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Acceptable glare?
Straightaway right edge94.1 mYes
Straightaway left edge52.3 mYes
250m radius right curve, right edge84.4 mYes
250m radius left curve, left edge48.6 mYes
150m radius right curve, right edge73.1 mYes
150m radius left curve, right edge48.7 mYes
HIGH BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge158.9 m
Straightaway left edge128.0 m
250m radius right curve, right edge86.6 m
250m radius left curve, left edge80.0 m
150m radius right curve, right edge74.0 m
150m radius left curve, left edge65.7 m

Trim level(s)
  • SE trim
  • Limited trim
  • SE Ultimate trim
  • Limited Ultimate trim
Low-beam headlight typeHalogen projector
High-beam headlight typeHalogen reflector
Curve-adaptive?No
High-beam assist?No
Overall rating
Applies to 2017 models
P
LOW BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Acceptable glare?
Straightaway right edge71.9 mYes
Straightaway left edge37.4 mYes
250m radius right curve, right edge46.8 mYes
250m radius left curve, left edge38.4 mYes
150m radius right curve, right edge39.8 mYes
150m radius left curve, left edge37.0 mYes
HIGH BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge148.5 m
Straightaway left edge111.8 m
250m radius right curve, right edge57.5 m
250m radius left curve, left edge55.2 m
150m radius right curve, right edge48.9 m
150m radius left curve, left edge46.1 m

Applies to 2017 models

How this rating is determined

Overall evaluation

A
Vehicle trimSE (3-row)
Seat type cloth

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

12364


Good
Acceptable
Marginal
Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
Tether anchor
Lower anchors
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors

Seat position 21

3
Lower anchor A
Open access ratedNo
Depth (cm)0-2
Force (lbs)3
Clearance angle (degrees)82
Lower anchor B
Open access ratedNo
Depth (cm)2-4
Force (lbs)9
Clearance angle (degrees)71
Tether anchor
LocationMiddle seatback
Confusing hardware presentYes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2
Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
LocationMiddle seatback
Confusing hardware presentYes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1
Lower anchor A
Open access ratedNo
Depth (cm)0-2
Force (lbs)7
Clearance angle (degrees)83
Lower anchor B
Open access ratedNo
Depth (cm)2-4
Force (lbs)6
Clearance angle (degrees)85
Tether anchor
LocationMiddle seatback
Confusing hardware presentYes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No
1
Side airbags: head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
3
Driver knee airbag: a separate airbag in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes
4
Electronic stability control, includes roll stability control
5
Antilock brakes
6
Daytime running lights (beginning with 2015 models)

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