Best Bet
  • (4.8) 40 reviews
  • MSRP: $5,663$13,295
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 20
  • Engine: 185-hp, 2.7-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 5-7
2009 Hyundai Santa Fe

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-line Limited.The Santa Fe gets a new audio system and USB/iPod auxiliary inputs as standard equipme... 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

Reviews

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 for the 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe

Consumer Reviews

4.8

Average based on 40 reviews

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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 Trim Levels Available

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Safety

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.

Recalls

There are currently 4 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

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

60mo/60,000mi

Powertrain

120mo/100,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

60mo/unlimited

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

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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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