2007 Hyundai Santa Fe Towing Capacities (With Charts)

The 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe was much larger than the Tucson and it had a much higher overall towing capacity than its counterpart, with the ability to achieve a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds, if you had all of the right equipment and options equipped on your vehicle.

On the other hand, some models were only able to achieve a 1,659 pound rating if they were not properly equipped, so you need to know what options you needed to have installed on your vehicle in order to be able to pull those higher weights.

Your Owner's manual is your most valuable resource for your vehicle and contains lots of information. I recommend that you read through it and be sure to follow all of Hyundai's recommendations.

Overall Capacity: The 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe had a towing capacity between 1,650-3,500 pounds. The primary factors that affected how much you could tow were: the engine your Santa Fe was equipped with, whether the trailer you were using had brakes and whether your vehicle came with the trailer package option.

The Tow Chart:

The chart for the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe was pretty minimalistic as far as the data within the chart, primarily because there was only two different engine options available, but there was also some additional information below the chart that is worth mentioning as well.

The chart is pretty self-explanatory as far as the engine options go, the maximum trailer weight ratings and then the maximum tongue load weight ratings, but on the left-hand side of the chart we see two different rows. One that is labeled "with brake" and then the other one that's labeled "without brake". These are just referring to your trailer and in order to achieve some of the weight ratings that we see, your trailer will have to be equipped with its own brakes.

Below the chart, there is additional information that talks about the maximum trailer weight ratings without the optional trailer package,  the maximum weight capacity if you're hauling a boat trailer, which is an additional 1,000 pounds added on to the specified weight limits in the chart and how the maximum weight limits assume that there is a driver and a passenger in the vehicle.

2007 Hyundai Santa Fe Towing Chart

Comparing The Data:

By Trim Level: I wanted to compare the data even more by breaking down the three different trim levels that were offered for the 07 Santa Fe and I did this by looking at the engine that was available for each trim level and then jotting down the maximum trailer weight rating for each engine, which gave me the data you see below.

  • GLS: 1,650-2,800 lbs.
  • SE: 1,650-3,500 lbs.
  • Limited: 1,650-3,500 lbs.
2007 Santa Fe Trim Levels and Engine Options

By Engine Options: There were only two different engine options for these SUVs, like most other late model Hyundai vehicles and this was either a 2.7 L engine or a 3.3 L engine. The 3.3 L engine had a 700-pound advantage over the 2.7 L engine, but both engines had the same specs when it came to the unbraked trailer weight that was set at 1,650 lbs.

  • 2.7L (V6): 1,650-2,800 lbs.
  • 3.3L (V6): 1,650-3,500 lbs.

Other Important Information...

Of course, there was additional information I found in the owner's manual that talks about trailer brakes and the tongue load weight rating that you should be shooting for.

As far as the trailer brakes go, Hyundai didn't really go into detail about them, other than the fact that they did give us an unbraked trailer weight rating of 1,650 pounds in the chart and that's your trailer brakes need to comply with Federal and local laws, but that's about all the information I found on these vehicles regarding trailer brakes.

As far as the tongue load weight is concerned, Hyundai recommends that your tongue load the approximately 10% of the trailers overall weight, which makes doing the math pretty easy. For example, if your trailer and all of the cargo you were hauling in the trailer weighed 1,100 pounds, then you'd want to shoot for a tongue load rating of 110 pounds, which would be 10% of the trailer's total weight.

Hyundai Trailer Brakes Note
Hyundai Tongue Load

A Few Helpful Links:

There were two main resources I used to gather the information for this article and these were the 2007 owner's manual and the brochure for the Santa Fe. The brochure came in really handy when it came to finding out what the different trim levels of these vehicles were and what options came with a different trim levels, while the owner's manual filled in the rest of the "information gaps".

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