It received five stars in the front and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover crash test.
The rating applies to front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions of the 2017 Santa Fe Sport, which is on sale now at Hyundai dealerships.
Standard safety equipment on the 2017 Santa Fe lineup includes vehicle stability management with electronic stability control and traction control, seven airbags, rearview camera, antilock brakes and hill-start assist control.
Optional safety features include lane-departure warning and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.
The 2017 Santa Fe Sport earned a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The award applies to the Santa Fe Sport with optional front-crash prevention.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers keeping score should note that the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox earned a four-star overall safety rating from NHTSA. The 2017 Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4 have not been rated.