Here’s What Makes The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Such a Great Used Car

Buying a used car is often a great way to sacrifice only a couple of years on a model to purchase at a fraction of the new car sticker price. Used car sales is now a far more trusted enterprise, and many choose to go used instead of new. Some models stand out as great used cars. The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, for instance.

This is a handy crossover with an amenable transmission powered by a 2.4 liter 4 cylinder engine. According to Consumer Reports, 2017 was one of this Hyundai crossover SUV‘s best years yet.

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport cost

To drive a brand new Hyundai Santa Fe Sport off the lot today, the starting price is $26,125. Whereas you can buy the certified pre-owned 2017 model for around 15 grand. That’s about 10 grand less and that is with fewer than 25k miles. To upgrade to a higher trim level it’s just a few thousand extra and still comes in at significantly lower than a standard trim 2020 model.

The 2017 Santa Fe Sport is one of the Consumer Reports “Most Reliable 3-year old SUVs.” It’s the most affordable on the list. The Toyota Highlander, Lexus RX, Toyota 4Runner, and Lexus GX made the cut as well. Those models have significantly higher price ranges starting at $22,100, $29,400, $25,675, and $32,950 respectively.

Reliability report for the 2017 Santa Fe Sport

The Santa Fe Sport received a five out of five score on all of the trouble spot ratings, earning a five out of five overall for reliability. As far as Consumer Reports goes, the 2017 Santa Fe Sport has a bulletproof transmission. That’s with three years worth of consumer input.

To back this used car’s reliability, if a used Santa Fe Sport is purchased from a certified pre-owned Hyundai dealer, the 2017 model is backed by Hyundai’s competitive warranty package. The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is also reliable where safety safety’s concerned.

Santa Fe Sport safety

The safety ratings parallel its reliability marks in the Consumer Reports review. The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport boasts good safety scores including seven five-star NHTSA crash ratings. But there is one safety test in which the 2017 Santa Fe Sport didn’t excel: the IIHS front small overlap passenger side testing earned a rating of “acceptable,” which is the rating below the heist rating of “good.”

Combine these safety ratings with the high reliability scoring and the 2017 Santa Fe Sport definitely makes a great case. We’re starting to see why it land its spot on the list of Consumer Reports’ most reliable used cars of 2017.

Areas of Concern

The 2017 Santa Fe Sport is a reliable certified pre-owned vehicle, but it’s not perfect. Being an older model, it won’t come with quite as many modern tech features. It also gets lower gas milage, although not by much.

One of the primary areas of concern for this vehicle? The two recalls that purchasers of the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport will want to look into and confirm they’ve been resolved.


The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport as a certified pre-owned vehicle is one of the best out there. It sports a low price point and earns fantastic reliability ratings from Consumer Reports.

It’s a great used car contender those looking at compact crossover SUVs available on the pre-owned market. As a daily driver the handle and comfy interior complement the reliable transmission, but beware of recalls.