2012 Hyundai Santa Fe

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$23,225

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

SUV

Body style

23

Combined MPG

5

Seating capacity

184.1” x 67.9”

Dimensions

Front-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

  • Acceleration
  • Gas mileage
  • Modern styling
  • Steering-wheel audio controls
  • Stick shift available

The bad:

  • No third-row seat

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Notable features

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • FWD or AWD
  • USB stereo input standard
  • Bluetooth connectivity standard

2012 Hyundai Santa Fe review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The Hyundai Santa Fe is a midsize crossover that can seat up to five and competes with models like the Nissan Murano and Toyota Highlander. Buyers have a choice of either a four-cylinder or V-6 engine, and the Santa Fe comes in GLS, SE and Limited trims.

New for 2012
The Santa Fe’s grille has been redesigned, and hill descent control is now standard. GLS models with 17-inch wheels now have low-rolling-resistance tires.

Exterior
Roof rails are standard, but crossbars come standard on the higher trim levels. For 2012, two new colors — Venetian Red and Cabo Bronze — are offered. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch wheels
  • Optional 18-inch wheels
  • Optional body-colored rear spoiler
  • Optional chrome-accented door handles

Interior
All Santa Fe models have an iPod/USB input and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Cloth upholstery is standard, and leather is optional. Interior features include:

  • Standard rear privacy glass
  • Optional dual-zone climate control
  • Optional navigation system

Under the Hood
Mechanical features include:

  • Standard 175-horsepower four-cylinder engine
  • Optional 276-hp V-6
  • Standard six-speed automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive available

Safety
The Santa Fe’s airbag complement includes side-impact airbags for the front seats, as well as curtain airbags that cover the side windows along the front and rear seats. Standard safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system with traction control
  • Active head restraints for the front seats

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior 4.5
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value 4.4
  • Exterior 4.5
  • Reliability 4.4
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Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Toyota,Honda= overrated

These things will run forever! Just do your normal maintainence.Honda ,Toyota are overrated and over priced. 24 mpg in 2.4 engine.It won't disappoint! Smooth highway ride One of the quietest engines out there. Hyundai covered all recalls without a problem.

5.0

Honda n Toyota >>> move over.

All you hear is Honda, Toyota..Hyundai's get 300k miles too.Just do the maintenance and keep up and it won't fail you. Nice ride,just cheap plastics.

5.0

Our favorite model, The Santa Fe

This is our third Santa Fe, we have always been pleased by the car performance. I would buy another one This car has been very reliable for us

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Safety

Based on the 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
5
Combined side rating rear seat
1
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
4
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
4
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
4
Overall rating
3
Overall side crash rating
2
Risk of rollover
17.4%
Rollover rating
4
Side barrier rating
2
Side barrier rating driver
5
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
1
Side pole rating driver front seat
5

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Hyundai
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
60 months/60,000 miles
Corrosion
84 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 80,000 miles; less than 7 years old (currently MY18- MY24)
Basic warranty terms
Remainder of the 5-Year/60,000-Mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty. From original in-service date and zero (0) miles.
Powertrain
10-Yr/100K-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. From original in-service date and zero (0) miles.
Dealer certification required
173-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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