2017 Hyundai Santa Fe
I have not test driven either of these vehicles yet. My wife and I are looking to replace our 2009 Grand Caravan and wanted something with reasonable towing capacity. This is where I really knock Hyundai in terms of misleading potential customers.
With all other manufacturers, it was easy to find the towing capacities for various models and trims, they made it clear as to what engine size/vehicle trim level could tow and to what capacity. Hyundai however lacked this information, and states only the following both on their website and in their brochure.
In no way does Hyundai explain what makes the towing capacity "available", so I would assume, that in order to take advantage of it, you'd simply require the trailer hitch, wiring, and possibly other components for better engine/transmission cooling. This was great, the Santa Fe Sport base model addressed all our needs in a vehicle, and the towing capacity.Whether you choose the standard 2.4L Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine or opt for the available 245 horsepower 2.0L twin-scroll turbocharged GDI engine, you'll be ready to take on your day in the redesigned Santa Fe Sport with power and confidence. The available active cornering control All-Wheel Drive system and 3,500 lbs of towing capacity provide even greater capability.
So I reached out to a local dealership to make some enquiries, and the response I got absolutely floored me. Essentially the AWD model has 2,500lbs towing capacity, the FWD version with the 2.4L engine "has less than that" (did not advise how much). In order to get the full 3,500lbs one needs to purchase the 2.0T SE trim level, which comes in at a whopping $10,000 more than the base 2.4L FWD edition.
It is only now when I select the "Performance and Safety" tab of Hyundia's website do I see a description of the two engines and that only the 2.0 Turbo offers the 3,500 lbs towing capacity; though the description of the 2.4L engine does not state anything in terms of towing. So one needs to actually look at the 2.0 Turbo to realize there is a difference in regards to towing.
So with that I looked at the price points of the Santa Fe XL, the base model which has 5,000lbs towing capacity totals approx $37,000 MSRP after taxes. More than I had originally anticipated when looking at the Santa Fe Sport model, but less than the 2.0T SE trim level. I was really hoping that with some negotiation I could bring the purchase price of a potential vehicle close to the $30,000 mark, not sure that's so possible with the XL edition.
But I am curious, aside from my gripe about the towing capacities, who here purchased either vehicle, and who looked into both and was persuaded by one over the other?