2011 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Very satisfied with this vehicle

by from Missoula, Montana on May 7, 2011

I live in Montana and needed a vehicle to replace my 2002 Outback. We have very demanding requirements but a limited budget. We need a vehicle that will get us to our whitewater rafting locations in t...
I live in Montana and needed a vehicle to replace my 2002 Outback. We have very demanding requirements but a limited budget. We need a vehicle that will get us to our whitewater rafting locations in the summer and to the ski slopes in the winter with hiking and biking in between. This includes hauling 4-5 adults, gear, various roof racks, pulliing trailers over mountianous roads in all kinds of weather. Room, realiablity, power, good gas mileage, i-pod ready stereo, fun to drive, handling, were all important requirements. I consider myself a very informed car buyer and do very indepth research before buying any vehicle. I enjoy car shopping and research and test drive many vehicles not only for myself but for my friends. I tested 18 SUVs,ranging from the Traverse to the Forester, some 4 or 5 times and ranked them for both objective and subjective attributes. Being a Subaru guy I leaned towards the Outback but the 6 cyl with the options we wanted was out of our price range as was the Toyota Highlander, another of our favorites. The local Hyundi dealer finally got a Santa Fe SE with the 3.5 on the lot and we were able to check it out, after spending a day testing the Highlander, Santa Fe, and OutBack, side by side, we found that that going with the Santa Fe was an easy choice and it scored highest in our rankings in many catagories. I'm am 6'4" and my sons are all over 6' and we found the seating very satisfatory, especially nice are the reclining rear seats, foot room under the front seats, back seat heater outlets on the floor and door pillar, after a long day of skiing. The heater and defrosters are the best I have experienced. The stereo is as good as many of the upgrades we tested on other vehicles. The AWD works great on snowy and icy ski roads and the 4wd lock feature has allowed us to climb out of some very steep and loose river access locations while pulling the raft trailer, this usually requires low range in my pickup. However my favorite feature is the power, many of the roads we drive are steep 2 lanes filled with motorhomes and other slow moving vehicles so passing perfomace is very important to us. By using the manual shift feature and using the RPMs this thing can go from 40 to 80 in the length of a motorhome while loaded down with bikes and camping gear. The only SUVs we tested that can match this are the Rav 4 and Turbo Forester both smaller and less roomy. Mileage is a little less then expected but we are still using ethanol in Missoula so I expect it to improve this summer, still with my lead foot and less efficent fuel we are still getting 22-24. Best of all I was able to get this for invoice minus $2000 in rebates at 2.9% or $8-10K less then our other top choices. Other nice suprises are the ability to put 4 golf bags cosswise in the back and the huge amount of storage under the rear floor. Although it cannot match our Miata for grins this SUV is fun to drive and so far it meets and exceeds our requirments.
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I have to admit, I'm blown away!

by from Wichita, KS on August 12, 2011

For the money, this is the BEST midsize SUV on the market. I drove everything from the Mercedes GLK, to the Kia Sportage; and nothing had the power, fuel-economy, features, and price that could beat t...
For the money, this is the BEST midsize SUV on the market. I drove everything from the Mercedes GLK, to the Kia Sportage; and nothing had the power, fuel-economy, features, and price that could beat the Santa Fe! I Bought a Black with Cocoa Black leather, limited, all-wheel drive! I could not be happier. Also, Considering that i'm 19 years old and for full coverage insurace to be 825 dollars a year is not bad either! The Infinity sound system is amazing and the V6 still adds some fun-to-drive factor to the equation! I get about 22 MPG in town and depending on how fast I want to go about 24-28 MPG on the Highway. I even had the Hyundai Remote start system installed on the vehicle and its covered under my bumper to bumper warrenty! The rear seats recline which is nice when i'm hauling friends around, and it rides just as smooth and quiet at the RX330 I drove! If you're looking for a Safe, feature packed, comfortable suv, then the only stop you should make is to your local Hyundai dealership and drive a Santa Fe. I swear, you will fall in love with not only the vehicle, but the price, and brand as Well!!
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Sharp Vehicle With Lots of Go

by from Victoria, BC Canada on June 20, 2011

Lengthy research went into this purchase, made three months ago. Safety, cargo space and all wheel drive-ability the key factors. We bought the Limited w/o Nav. The Nav was expensive and frankly, lou...
Lengthy research went into this purchase, made three months ago. Safety, cargo space and all wheel drive-ability the key factors. We bought the Limited w/o Nav. The Nav was expensive and frankly, lousy. Our plug-in Garmin is way easier to use and far more helpful - @ $150 vs. $1800 for the Hyundai Nav (With backup cam, mind you). It's a very attractive car, with all the bells and whistles and a 3.5 L 6 speed auto that provides excellent, quiet power. The gas mileage is about 12.6 L per 100km - not great, but consistent or better than others we considered - Lexus RX 350, Ford Explorer, Volvo XC70, Subaru Outback, Honda CR-V. All of these were more expensive than the Santa Fe, which we got for about $32k. We added all season floor liners, Protection Package for exterior and interior, trunk lip protector, winter tires on Hyundai rims, and back up sensors installed in the rear bumper (like most SUVs, seeing out the back is difficult). Good service pre and post sale at out local dealership.
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Good value for the money.

by from Seattle, WA on February 19, 2011

Bought the V6 Limited Santa Fe (FWD) is Sep. 2010. I wanted an SUV with good acceleration, plus decent gas mileage and after a little homework, the Santa Fe and the Ford Edge seem to fit the bill. I c...
Bought the V6 Limited Santa Fe (FWD) is Sep. 2010. I wanted an SUV with good acceleration, plus decent gas mileage and after a little homework, the Santa Fe and the Ford Edge seem to fit the bill. I choose the Santa Fe for its price, availability, standard features (for the money), and the warranty. I use it primarily for a 5-mile commute, plus occasional weekend trips. So far, so good. The acceleration is excellent (on demand) and city MPG is around 18, hwy between 25-29. All the features in the vehicle work well and the extra cargo space of an SUV really comes in handy. I am a little disappoint in the level of refinement concerning noise suppression, ride quailty, and minor engine vibration at idle (while in Drive). They're OK, but not excellent. Currently, I have about 3,700 miles on it. We'll see how it is after about 15,000 miles. Overally, I am pleased with my purchase and I expect it to be just as reliable and the Elantra I had which was trouble free.
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So far so good

by from New Jersey on February 18, 2011

This is my second Hyundai, my first, 2007 Sonata (50K miles) and now the 2011 Santa Fe. You can't beat the beat the features and reliability of these cars. The pickup is amazing, gas mileage very good...
This is my second Hyundai, my first, 2007 Sonata (50K miles) and now the 2011 Santa Fe. You can't beat the beat the features and reliability of these cars. The pickup is amazing, gas mileage very good for a V6 with AWD; handling is tight, great brakes and an awesome radio with Ipod connections and Bluetooth! With the 5 year 60K new vehicle warranty, you can?t go wrong. I forgot the mention the GREAT PRICE!! Highly recommend both the Sonata and Santa Fe.
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Love my Pearl White Santa Fe

by from Huntsville , Tx on September 4, 2011

I'm 46 years old and drove many vehicles over the years and I would have to say that the 2011 Santa Fe is by far my favorite ! I test drove a few other vehicles but none compared with the handleing , ...
I'm 46 years old and drove many vehicles over the years and I would have to say that the 2011 Santa Fe is by far my favorite ! I test drove a few other vehicles but none compared with the handleing , comfort , room , performance , all the features , gas mileage , price and waranty . You would just have to drive one for yourself to fully enjoy it for all it's worth !
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love my santa fe

by from Nashville, TN on August 9, 2011

Was leaning toward a 2008 or 2009 lexus rx 350 but found the 2011 santa fe to be much better equipped for the same price! Even the stereo in the lexus was sub par. The santa fe is also much roomier! ...
Was leaning toward a 2008 or 2009 lexus rx 350 but found the 2011 santa fe to be much better equipped for the same price! Even the stereo in the lexus was sub par. The santa fe is also much roomier! I love the handling of my santa fe and everything else, down to the most comfortable steering wheel I've ever handled. The built in nav with backup camera is awesome. I don't know how i ever lived without a backup camera before. I must say, though, it freaks some people out in parking lots behind me sometimes because they think i'm backing up without looking behind me. lol. Was hesitant about getting dark interior with the hot summers we've had in Tn, but the vehicle cools down quickly with the air running and hasn't been a problem.
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Great Vehicle

by from Beaver Falls PA on March 6, 2011

My job takes me all over the county, 5 days a week, no matter what the weather or road conditions. The Santa Fe handles very nicely, with automatic stability control and AWD. Love the rear wiper/washe...
My job takes me all over the county, 5 days a week, no matter what the weather or road conditions. The Santa Fe handles very nicely, with automatic stability control and AWD. Love the rear wiper/washer and blue tooth hands free phone system with steering wheel controls. The trip monitor even estimates how many miles you have left on the remaining gas. Lots of room, comfortable back seats, easy to get the toddlers in the car seats. I rate it a 4 in value for the money because I my last house cost less than this.
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wanted a suv with awd

by from Ontario, Canada on September 30, 2011

Tried a 4 cyl. and didn't care for it. BUT the 3.5 limited AWD w/nav was a different vehicle. Traded my CTS Cadillac account so much trouble with it and BIG $ to fix. Pros: Price - awd - very quick fr...
Tried a 4 cyl. and didn't care for it. BUT the 3.5 limited AWD w/nav was a different vehicle. Traded my CTS Cadillac account so much trouble with it and BIG $ to fix. Pros: Price - awd - very quick from 100k -140K - stereo ( best in class) - I pod connection - usb connection - back-up camera - nav works well - silent and smooth ride (little harsh over rough terrain) - mpg fair - great tilt/telescopic steering - warranty (best in class) - 110 power outlet Cons: bluetooth is just ok - mpg only fair - would like to see power liftgate, remote start in limited
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So far, very good

by from Pierz Minnesota on May 2, 2011

I have just less than 3000 miles on my new Santa Fe and am very impressed so far. The ride is stiff with the trailering package and 18" tires but the power is more than you need (V6) and the gas milag...
I have just less than 3000 miles on my new Santa Fe and am very impressed so far. The ride is stiff with the trailering package and 18" tires but the power is more than you need (V6) and the gas milage is reasonable. I have been doing between 20 and 24 and I think it will do 26 on the highway. A good vehicle and I feel it is a good buy!
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