By Deanna Isaacs

The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Ultimate AWD (all-wheel drive) is an SUV for those who want a ride that’s well-equipped and below $50,000. This top-tier trim level offers premium refinements with all the technology anyone could ask for.


The exterior looks are simple yet sharp, offering a balance between too big and gaudy and something not flashy enough. It rides on 19-inch alloy wheels covered in all-season tires. Up top, there are roof side rails to connect equipment to. The Santa Fe has an automatic rear liftgate that’s quite handy while grocery shopping.

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The interior of the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Ultimate AWD has heated and ventilated leather seating, a heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats. Our tester had seating for six, with captain’s chairs in the mid-row and third-row seating.

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A QuantumLogic surround sound system with Clarifi music restoration offers wonderful sound quality through the Infinity stereo system. We enjoyed streaming Pandora and SiriusXM was available when not in cell range. It also has AM and FM radio, USB ports, and AUX connections to the radio, too.


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The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Ultimate AWD is powered by a 290 HP, gas-powered, 3.3L direct injection V6 connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC manumatic operability.

When the gas pedal is depressed with urgency, the Santa Fe hustles down the road. This V6 is no slug and will provide ample towing capacity for the camping or hauling owner. Snow was a breeze, and mud was just plain fun.


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Hyundai has included automatic on/off headlights, a rear parking sensors and backup camera, and a slew of airbags as standard safety features, among others.

With the Ultimate Tech Package (a $2,100 option), consumers get the automated braking with pedestrian detection, electronic parking brake, and HID headlights that move in the direction the wheel is moving and automatically turn off high-beams when traffic is coming. The automated cruise control in the Ultimate Tech Package works even in city, stop-start traffic and is great for long distances


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The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Ultimate AWD is a fantastic SUV for any size family. It offers plenty of cargo capacity, stylish good looks, useful technology, and a powerful engine. Our tester came in at an MSRP of $44,295, not too shabby for all that comes with the vehicle.

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Deanna Isaacs is a former sailor in the U.S. Navy with a passion for all things wheeled. During her time overseas, she drove sportscars in Japan. She found her calling via the University of Washington’s The Daily newspaper and working on Formula Motorsports. Connect with Deanna on Twitter, or on The Auto Reporter’s Twitter or Facebook pages.