(4.6) 28 reviews
MSRP: $1,327$7,299
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 19-23
Engine: 138-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Seats: 5
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe

Our Take on the 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe

Our Take

Hyundai’s compact sport utility vehicle returns for its fourth season in the U.S. market. Late in the 2003 model year, Hyundai made a 3.5-liter V-6 engine available as an alternative to the regular 2.7-liter V-6. Offered in an option package, the 3.5-liter power plant comes with a five-speed... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Unproven reliability
  • Automatic-transmission behavior
  • Occasional top heaviness

Notable Features

  • Manageable size
  • Three engine choices
  • Side-impact airbags
  • Stylish exterior
  • Bulging fenders


Our Expert Reviews

As a busy mother of two young daughters, I'm on a never-ending quest for the quintessential "mom-mobile." I'm searching for that vehicle that will make my daily life of grocery shopping and preschool pickup just a little easier. I want to find a car that's easy to load my kids into, has seats that hide baby vomit and doesn't require me to spend my children's college sav... Read full review for the 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe

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Consumer Reviews


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Best car ever

by trtle grl from Port St Lucie on September 22, 2010

174400 miles and am just doing major repairs on it. New timing belt, head gasket, spark plugs and wires. Love the car, great mileage, comfortable, fun to drive, spacious and reliable. Took it to the d... Read Full Review

7 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

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