2005 Hyundai Santa Fe Consumer Reviews

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2005 Hyundai Santa Fe
3.9
Average based on 19 reviews
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Nice but gas hog

by from Near Philadelphia on March 11, 2011

The 2005 Hyundai santa fe 3.6L XL AWD is a very nice car. Interior is very roomy when compared to similar vehicles. I purchased this car w/ 105K on it and for being the 3rd owner I am suprised by how ...
The 2005 Hyundai santa fe 3.6L XL AWD is a very nice car. Interior is very roomy when compared to similar vehicles. I purchased this car w/ 105K on it and for being the 3rd owner I am suprised by how tight the vehicle is and how nicely it still drives. I don't go off road so I can't comment on that, but it did nicely in snow (deepest I encountered was 8 inches). I have 2 complaints - I've had to reacquaint myself with the gas pedal. This thing wants to take off at the slightest press of the pedal (although I understand there is an adjustment for this). The other problem is this car is A GAS HOG. Combined mileage so far (i've had it 3 months) is 15 miles to the gallon, (mind you I go about 70mph on the freeway because if you don't, you'll be run over around here, so I have to take some blame on this). I have yet to take it on a long trip, but highway miles are supposed to be around 23, but I have my doubts. Otherwise, very nice car and if the gas mileage were better' I'd say great car.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Great SUV, good looking, fun

by from Mississippi on July 22, 2011

Great crossover. Love it. Very cool looking and reliable. Every family should have one this nice. More room than my Lexus es300
Great crossover. Love it. Very cool looking and reliable. Every family should have one this nice. More room than my Lexus es300
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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Great buy

by from Atlanta, GA on October 4, 2011

I bought my Santa Fe with about 118,000 miles and it now has 130,000;it's had no mechanical issues so far. I drive about an hour and a half round trip for school and work. I enjoy my "new" Santa Fe a ...
I bought my Santa Fe with about 118,000 miles and it now has 130,000;it's had no mechanical issues so far. I drive about an hour and a half round trip for school and work. I enjoy my "new" Santa Fe a great deal. The car is very user-friendly with a great interior layout and lots of room while also being small enough to easily maneuver. I get an average of 22-24 MPG.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Warranty ?

by from ny on May 24, 2009

Terrible gas mileage on 2.7L GLS. Vehicle has had major starting issues and has only 36k miles. Has been to hyundai dealers(2) 3 times neither can figure out problem. Hyundai has made no attempt to ma...
Terrible gas mileage on 2.7L GLS. Vehicle has had major starting issues and has only 36k miles. Has been to hyundai dealers(2) 3 times neither can figure out problem. Hyundai has made no attempt to make ammends , have not offered a loaner car until they can find why car won't start. Having the best warranty doesn't mean much when they won't honor it.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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A really good small SUV

by from Lake Zurich IL on July 30, 2009

Bought my wife's Sante Fe new in May of 2005 She loves it in the bright red color. We have had many compliments on the cars looks, especially when it was newer. The car has been very dependable. Front...
Bought my wife's Sante Fe new in May of 2005 She loves it in the bright red color. We have had many compliments on the cars looks, especially when it was newer. The car has been very dependable. Front seat adjustment is not as good as it should be. Rear seats will not fold forward without removing the headrests, there is no storage for them when you do remove them. LCD readouts on the dash are a turn off, back lighting is poor and if the sun is at your back you can not read some displays. The 3.5 engine is more than enough and the AWD is really great in the snow. The only issue we had for warranty was a very noisy compressor when the a/c system is running. The dealer replaced the drive belts for $160 but this did not fix the problem. The noise has gotten worse over time and needs to be looked at again. The car is still under it's original warranty but this has been the only issue thus far. Milage is ok at 17 and 21, about what you would expect for an AWD car of this size. The car currently has 39K miles. At 29K miles a tire went flat. The valet kid changed it for me but I was never sure which tire went flat. When I took the flat in for repair the dealer asked which wheel to put the tire on but we could not tell. The original tires show no wear! I really like this car.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Not perfection, but sturdy and reliable.

by from Stansbury Park, Ut on September 19, 2009

I said I wouldn't trade my previous suv for an ugly Hyundai. "Just take it for the weekend & see what you think" I was told. First thing Monday morning I made sure it was mine. Pros: More Power. Quie...
I said I wouldn't trade my previous suv for an ugly Hyundai. "Just take it for the weekend & see what you think" I was told. First thing Monday morning I made sure it was mine. Pros: More Power. Quieter engine. Decent gas mileage(25mpg mostly highway). Smoother ride. Handles well in poor weather. Ultimate dependability. Mine now has 85,000 miles with NO repairs needed. (I am pretty good about keeping the oil changed regularly) Cons: Not particularly agile. Seats need to adjust further for taller drivers. Headrests have to be removed to fold down the seats. Paint on the bumper chips easily. My next car will be a new Sante Fe.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Snowbird's Answer to Flying

by from Mesa on January 29, 2011

Bought a used Santa Fe with 41.000 miles. Excellent value for the $$$. Nice to drive and I feel very safe in it. The larger V6 engine has plenty of power. Visability is really good and the best part f...
Bought a used Santa Fe with 41.000 miles. Excellent value for the $$$. Nice to drive and I feel very safe in it. The larger V6 engine has plenty of power. Visability is really good and the best part for us is that it holds 4 sets of golf clubs! Would not hestitate to by another one. We have had daytime running lights installed for safety.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Wow

by from Watertown, SD on January 28, 2009

Living in the upper mid-west this vehicle is perfect. Gets thru snow in winter very well. Good gas milage in the summer and on long trips. Plenty of room for our family of five and all our luggage. Ri...
Living in the upper mid-west this vehicle is perfect. Gets thru snow in winter very well. Good gas milage in the summer and on long trips. Plenty of room for our family of five and all our luggage. Rides great, handles great, and a lot of SUV for the money. My next vehicle will be another Santa Fe. Over 100,000 miles and not a single problem with it. It's one of the best investments I've ever made. Plus I love the way it looks as I have received many compliments on the interior and exterior.
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SUV I've always wanted

by from Ruston LA on July 1, 2010

Lots of room, confortable and great design. Traded in a small sports car with 5 speed and got a SUV with automatic.
Lots of room, confortable and great design. Traded in a small sports car with 5 speed and got a SUV with automatic.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Great Vehicle, Great Value

by from Charlotte, NC on January 17, 2008

I've owned a 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe for two years. It does great on long trips, excellent on gas and plenty of room for luggage. I've had no mechanical problems with it and it still looks super. It is ...
I've owned a 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe for two years. It does great on long trips, excellent on gas and plenty of room for luggage. I've had no mechanical problems with it and it still looks super. It is a very solid SUV.
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Does recommend this car

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