2017 SE with the first upgrade package. Since I work at a Dealer a price comparison would not really be valid. Actually, I work at our Chevrolet sister store and I drive a Santa Fe. I think that says it all......
Recently bought a 2017 Sport used with 11,000 miles on it. Bought it through a Chevy dealer and got it for about $10K less than the original owner paid for it.
It is the base car with a 2.4 engine front wheel drive. Getting 28 mpg. When I first got it the car it needed lots of correction going down the road. I had a very good shop do an alignment on it and now it drives great. I find the cloth seats to be very comfortable. I love the bluetooth which I use a lot due to my job.
I originally had a 2007 SantaFe with 150K on it. Very happy with Hyundai reliability.
My 07 had the 3.3 engine. I also averaged 20.5 mpg with it. Today I refilled and manually calculated 28.6 mpg.
The power with the 2.4 is adequate. Not quite what the 3.3 put out. I don't notice the 4 cyl until I have a long steep hill to go up. It does ok but has to be wound up a little more than the 6 cyl going up steep hills. The 6 speed transmission really helps compensate for the smaller engine. I usually drive by myself with a light load. I don't know how it would do with four people and the cargo area loaded.
Whenever I think I would like a V-6 I just look at my gas mileage and I am very happy. And bear in mind that I do not have AWD which would get a little less gas mileage.
If you are serious about the car, I recommend renting one for a weekend and drive it the way you normally would. That way you will know exactly how it feels. At any rate, I recommend the car and I am a bit of a picky person with an automotive background.
I have a quick question to all the santa fe sports owners who has inbuilt GPS, I am using 2018 2.0T Ultimate santa fe sport, earlier car GPS use to speak direction while I am on call through Bluetooth connected, however now GPS do not speak direction if I am on call through Bluetooth. Has anyone faced the similar problem or can confirm if it is the same behavior in their car as well?