2009 Hyundai Santa Fe

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33 reviews
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Available Price Range $6,488-$14,404 Trims6 Combined MPG 20 Seats 5-7

Our Take on the 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe

Our Take

The Santa Fe competes with other midsize SUVs, including the Toyota Highlander and Subaru Tribeca. It can seat five or seven passengers. Trim levels include the base GLS, midlevel SE and top-of-the... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Stiff suspension
  • Poorly executed steering-wheel adjustment
  • Popular options only available in packages
  • Backseat legroom

Notable Features

  • Optional 242-hp V-6
  • Five or seven seats
  • Electronic stability system
  • Impressive warranty coverage


Our Expert Reviews

The midsize crossover utility segment is hot, and it's populated by vehicles such as the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Mazda Tribute and Mercury Mariner.The all-wheel-drive Hyundai Santa Fe Limited is a serious contender because it has a 3.3-liter V-6, a third seat, a long list of safety and convenience features, and a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty. The top Limited gets... Read Full Review

Consumer Reviews

4.8 out of 5

Based on 33 reviews

Love my Santa Fe

by Golfergurl from Central New York on August 6, 2010

I've had my 09 Santa Fe for over two months now (and 5,000 miles) and I really love it. Prior to my purchase I spent months researching similar cars and spent countless hours on cars.com! I previousl... Read Full Review

6 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

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Hyundai Santa Fe GLS

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Hyundai Santa Fe GLS

Overall Rollover Rating
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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

Learn More About Warranties

Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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