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Which used year model of Hyundai Santa Fe is the best value?

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We break down prices, mileage, and features for recent year models

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The Hyundai Santa Fe is one of the best-selling midsize SUVs over the last few years, and for good reason. It’s a reliable car, the design and technology have aged well and kept up with current trends, and Hyundai even offers some of the best certified pre-owned vehicle warranties. Whether you are looking for a 2 row or 3 row SUV, the Santa Fe is a great car and can be found at great prices. CoPilot is here to help you find yours.

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The best model year of Hyundai Santa Fe to buy at the moment is the 2019. The average used listing costs $21,458, which is even less than a 2018, and just barely more than the 2017. You can save almost $15,000 over the cost of a new 2020 model but features the same amenities, plus the option of the Santa Fe XL with third row seating. While you can’t go wrong with a certified pre-owned Hyundai Santa Fe, the 2019 model is the one to look for.


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2015 Hyundai Santa Fe: Used vs. New

Average Used Listing Price: $16,023

Average Used Mileage: 82,558

Savings vs. buying new: $20,115

The average 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe is listed at $16,023 and has 82,558 miles on the odometer. That means you are saving $20,115 and paying less than half the price of a 2020 Santa Fe.

Newer Features the [2] 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe lacks

●               Apple CarPlay/Android Auto

●               Heads-up display

●               Adaptive cruise control

●               Lane keeping assist

Is buying a used 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe a good idea?

A 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe is a good car, and sits at an average price more than $20,000 below MSRP of a 2020. To get those savings, you will lose out on CarPlay and Android Auto, adaptive cruise control, and lane keeping assist. If those features aren’t important to you, then you might want to look into the 2015 or 2016 Santa Fe


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2016 Hyundai Santa Fe: Used vs. New

Average Used Listing Price: $16,643

Average Used Mileage: 79,212

Savings vs. buying new: $19,495

The 2016 Santa Fe is pretty similar to the 2015 model. It has the same design, the same features, and the price and mileage are also close. The average 2016 Santa Fe costs $16,643, which is $19,495 less than a new model, and has been driven 79,212 miles.

Newer Features the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe lacks

●               Apple CarPlay/Android Auto

●               Heads-up display

●               Adaptive cruise control

●               Lane keeping assist

Is buying a used 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe a good idea?

The 2016 Santa Fe is a slightly better deal than the 2015 model. It has all the same features, 3,000 fewer miles, and only costs an extra $620 on average.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe: Used vs. New

Average Used Listing Price: $20,722

Average Used Mileage: 54,844

Savings vs. buying new: $15,416

 The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe costs $20,722 and has an average of 54,844 miles behind it. It is a little pricier than older models, but you can still save $15,416 compared to a new one.

Newer Features the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe lacks

●               Remote engine start

●               Heads-up display

●               Lane keeping assist

Is buying a used 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe a good idea?

While it does feature CarPlay, Android Auto, and adaptive cruise control, the 2017 is notably more expensive than the 2015 and 2016 models, and closer in price to the 2019 model. It also has almost twice the mileage of a 2019 model, so it’s not a great deal.


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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe: Used vs. New

Average Used Listing Price: $24,146

Average Used Mileage: 36,059

Savings vs. buying new: $11,992

The 2018 Santa Fe has an average price of $24,146 and an average mileage of 36,059 miles. It is the most expensive model year, but you can still save $11,992, or almost a third of the price, compared to a new model.

Newer Features the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe lacks

●               Heads-up display

●               Lane keeping assist

Is buying a used 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe a good idea?

The 2018 Santa Fe is a well equipped SUV that costs significantly less than a new 2020 model, but for less money you could buy a 2019 model with even better features and fewer miles.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe: Used vs. New

Average Used Listing Price: $21,458

Average Used Mileage: 31,348

Savings vs. buying new: $14,680

The 2019 Santa Fe costs less than the 2018 model, coming in at $21,458 with 31,348 miles. It’s the same car as a 2020 Santa Fe but costs $14,680 less on average.

Newer Features the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe lacks

●               None

Is buying a used 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe a good idea?

Buying a 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is definitely a good idea. Unlike all earlier models, the 2019 can come with lane keeping assist, remote start, HUD, CarPlay/Android Auto, and adaptive cruise control. It costs a lot less than a 2020, and a little less than a 2018, and is a great value.

The easiest way to find reliable Santa Fes in your area

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