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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Consumer Reviews

4.8
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Love my Santa Fe

by 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...
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 previously owned a Subaru Forester and wanted a change - something a little bigger with similar MPG. I test drove a Dodge Journey (cool, but felt too big), a Kia Borrego (didn't like the ride), Suzuki XL7 (too small), a Kia Sportage (fun but too small), sat in a Chevy Equinox (very comfy, but cargo space was limited, and drove a Ford Escape (too small). Finally, I drove the Santa Fe 3 times (an ‘07 and 2 '09s). The Santa Fe had the best cargo space of all of the above - it being wider and deeper. I can fit my golf clubs straight across the area (mens' clubs may be longer and not fit this way). Don't take the listed cubic feet of cargo space measurement for granted - check out each car! I specifically wanted an ‘09 because of the USB port - the earlier models don't come with that. They have auxiliary ports, but not the direct USB connection that makes having an iPod and controlling it fun and easy while driving. Important note: if you want to play your iPod in the Santa Fes with the USB/Aux port **you need a special cable** Do not use your normal iPod cable! I did not find this information in any of my research. These cables are generally available at your dealership, but check online for better pricing. The audio in this car sounds great with the 6 speakers. Buying advice: If you're looking at the SE because it has some additional features, keep in mind that some GLS models have packages. I got my GLS with the "Popular Equipment Package" that includes items such as the steering wheel audio controls, premium cloth seats, automatic headlights, heated mirrors and the trip computer (among other things). So you might find a GLS with the features you're looking for and save some $$. The only things I have to get now are mud flaps and fog lights (but that beats spending a couple of thousand more to get the SE). I like the handling, it's much more responsive than my Forester was and I'm enjoying the V6 and additional horsepower. I may get a few MPG less, but I average about 21-22 MPG. The ride is also much smoother than my Forester (and I have to drive over a lot of railroad tracks!!) and the cabin is very quiet compared to the Forester. The interior features all look classy in my opinion. If you're looking for "full time" AWD, look carefully. My Santa Fe has only part time AWD, but I think some models might be available with full time. I don't think it will be a problem for me, but you may want to do a little research first. I gave this car a 4 for comfort because it takes a bit of working to get the seat and steering wheel adjusted for optimum comfort. Being a bigger person, the seat belt latch is sometimes uncomfortable against my hip. Give the Santa Fe a close look. I don't think you'll regret it!
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Great Surprise with no buyers remorse

by from Wisconsin on May 1, 2010

I moved back home to the Great Northland (North West Wisconsin on Lake Superior) 6 years ago and had purchased a Jeep Grand Cherokee. After owning it for a few years I traded it for a car. I had my ca...
I moved back home to the Great Northland (North West Wisconsin on Lake Superior) 6 years ago and had purchased a Jeep Grand Cherokee. After owning it for a few years I traded it for a car. I had my car for 1 year and decided I had to have a SUV again in this are of the Country. I looked as so many makes and models of SUV's over a period of months. The Sante Fe was on the list but because it was a Hyundai I did not seriously consider it at first. I read all the reviews about the Hyundai but had a hard time believing all the good things out there. In fact, the only bad things I could find was that some other wanted a larger motor with better towing capacity. However, it seems odd to me that someone would be looking at a mid size SUV to pull a Yacht or 30+ foot camper???Towing is good for medium size trailers, snowmobile, bikes, etc. After Driving Jeep, Toyota, Honda, Ford, Chevy, Kia, etc. I drove the Hyundai and was amazed!!! I ended up purchasing the AWD Limited and dont regret it for a moment. It is so much more comfortable than the other models. There is no match in the performance, ride, options or fit and finish. The Sante Fe is better with a much lower cost. I have had the vehicle for 4 months and love every moment. The winter can get pretty brutal living this far North and on Lake Superior. The Sante Fe was sure footed and went through anything as if it was summer driving. Love all the creature comforts i.e Leather, heated seats, moon roof, Dual zone heat and air controls. Love teh AWD system, ABS, ESC. The SUV rides like a dream and does amazing in bad weather. The vehicle is great on road trips to the Twin Cities(MLPS/St. Paul MN). Gas mileage is getting better as it breaks in. About 22 on the highway and 18 in town. I have always been a believer in purchasing a domestic vehicle. The Sante Fe is Korean but is assembled in the USA. I feel better knowing US jobs are involved. I cant say how impressed I am with Hyundai. I am still a little taken back by how amazed I am when I feel good about saying I purchased a Hyundai. I think they are starting to get the reputation they are deserving of and hope they continue to make great cars. Hopefully they will not get to big and proud and scale back on quality like other makes have done over the years. Then covering their shortfalls with PR and past reputations. LOVE everything about the vehicle!!! :-) What a great Warranty. They would have to build a good vehicle to hold that up. It may not be the vehicle of choice for everyone, but it is pretty awesome. If you are looking in this category of vehicles and pricing, you will find it is the best pick by far.
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AWD plus all the goodies for a low price

by from Fort Mill, SC on April 17, 2010

My wife and I wanted a small or medium sized SUV for long trips. We decided to buy only a vehicle with all wheel drive for driving in the mountains. I did the research and the Santa Fe kept coming bac...
My wife and I wanted a small or medium sized SUV for long trips. We decided to buy only a vehicle with all wheel drive for driving in the mountains. I did the research and the Santa Fe kept coming back as the best vehicle for the money. I also looked at the Honda CRV, Subaru Forester and Ford Escape. They were all fine vehicles but the Santa Fe seemed a little more solid and had better pickup. Also there was a glut of Santa Fes in my city which brought down the price significantly. The car runs very well and handles even better. I am not crazy about the exterior styling. However, the car is very well built and enjoyable to drive. One more thought: The Santa Fe is larger than all of the so-called compact SUVs but it is somewhat smaller than most mid-sized ones. That makes it a little on the unique side. I like unique.
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Equal to Honda

by from Brant Lake, NY on October 12, 2010

Owned many Honda Accords...and the Santa Fe is as good or better in every respect to that car with a much better warranty and price. What more can I say. Honda folks with their rigid arrogant pricing ...
Owned many Honda Accords...and the Santa Fe is as good or better in every respect to that car with a much better warranty and price. What more can I say. Honda folks with their rigid arrogant pricing better wise up. Hyundai is coming on strong!! They won me over!
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Very Impressed

by from Sacramento, CA on September 3, 2010

I had always owned Toyotas, and was very loyal to Toyota. However, when I compared the Santa Fe to the Highlander, I found that I could get all the bells and whistles on the Santa Fe and paid signific...
I had always owned Toyotas, and was very loyal to Toyota. However, when I compared the Santa Fe to the Highlander, I found that I could get all the bells and whistles on the Santa Fe and paid significantly less than I would have paid for a basic Highlander. When I checked Consumer Reports and found how highly the Santa Fe was rated, I decided to take a chance. I'm glad I did. The Hyundai is comfortable and handles beautifly. I also have to give praise to Hyundai for their customer service. I am very impressed overall.
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Smooth engine and trans. Great value

by from South Jersey on April 16, 2010

Limited awd (27,000) with everything but navi. No problems at 26,000miles. Like as much as my 06 Hylander but alot cheaper by 4000.00. 6 cylinder quiet, smooth and good power. Trans is fine. Good radi...
Limited awd (27,000) with everything but navi. No problems at 26,000miles. Like as much as my 06 Hylander but alot cheaper by 4000.00. 6 cylinder quiet, smooth and good power. Trans is fine. Good radio/Cd and bluetooth. Nice dash layout. Ac works well. A bargain with long warranty.Check it out.
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best I have tested

by from denver on August 28, 2009

I am coming for a toyota Prius 2008 and a Honda Pilot ex 2006. I test drove 4 other SUVs and compared the Hyundia to the 5 other SUV's in the family. Very quite smooth on the highway, stuck to the roa...
I am coming for a toyota Prius 2008 and a Honda Pilot ex 2006. I test drove 4 other SUVs and compared the Hyundia to the 5 other SUV's in the family. Very quite smooth on the highway, stuck to the road when I go off road 3500 miles on the speed-O the GLS is perfect in every way I would hightly recomend it!!
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Hyundai Santa Fe

by from on October 10, 2009

The Hyundai Santa Fe is one of the best buys for your money. The handling is superb and AWD handles great in bad weather. I have put 35,000 miles on thus far and have not encountered any mechanical pr...
The Hyundai Santa Fe is one of the best buys for your money. The handling is superb and AWD handles great in bad weather. I have put 35,000 miles on thus far and have not encountered any mechanical problems yet. I have heard they are very reliable.
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Great Car

by from Columbus, OH on January 30, 2010

I didn't consider Hyundais at first when looking for a smaller cross over vehicle. However after input from my wife who liked the styling I looked into them. At first it was the reviews and features t...
I didn't consider Hyundais at first when looking for a smaller cross over vehicle. However after input from my wife who liked the styling I looked into them. At first it was the reviews and features that caught my eye. I investigated prices and found the local dealers matching the $2500 rebates from Hyundai on the limited model. After a test drive that sold both the wife and myself we completed a good deal with the dealer. This is my first Hyundai so I am looking forward to the experience others have had with. We haven't owned long enough to rate reliability or gas mileage but we are confident we made a wise purchase. I have an RX300 and the Hyundai is equipped almost a completely. I think the fit and finish of the Santa Fe was the clincher for us.
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I love my Sante Fe!

by from North Carolina on March 15, 2010

I have only had this vehicle for about a month but I love everything about it. I searched for about 6 months comparing all the other SUV's and read the other reviews. With every vehicle I compared the...
I have only had this vehicle for about a month but I love everything about it. I searched for about 6 months comparing all the other SUV's and read the other reviews. With every vehicle I compared the Sante Fe to, it was always the best deal by far. It is not cheap on the inside like some of the others and so many things come standard on this vehicle when others charge extra. You can't beat the warranty and working with the dealership was the easiest car buying experience that I have ever had, no pressure at all. I even got a double rebate so I walked away with an amazing deal. It is sooooo comfortable to ride in and I love the blue interior lights. I am sure I bought the best care for me. I'm glad that I took my time and did the research before jumping into buying something.
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