Pros A lot of features for the price. Very good warranty. Good ratings on reliability by Consumer Reports for the past three years. Reasonal gas mileage ratings. Built in my home state.
Cons Just bought it so nothing major so far. My Creative Zen X-Fi will not connect via the USB port, but that may be a Creative problem.
Summary I bought the Santa Fe for several reasons. 1. I wanted an SUV or crossover because my wife and I have driven minivans, SUVs or pickup trucks for the past 24 years. I really liked the Sonata sedan but getting in and out is a hassle for a tall person like me. I like the extra height to be able to see ahead.
2. I compared the Santa Fe to the Toyota 4Runner and Highlander, the Nissan Murano, the Chevrolet Equinox and a couple of others. The Santa Fe price range was $2,000-$3,000 lower than the other vehicles across the board from the low end to the high end. And they had a $1,500 rebate at the time of purchase.
3. The Santa Fe (and other Hyundai vehicles) have a 5-year, 60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper (limited) warranty and a 10-year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty. My wife and I have driven every vehicle we have owned at least 100,000 miles (222,000 miles on the 1998 Ford Expedition the Santa Fe replaces).
4. High safety ratings, airbags all around, ABS and ESC standard.
5. The Santa Fe is assembled in my home state (although slightly more than half the parts, primarly the transmission, come from Korea). If I am going to buy a "foreign" vehicle, it might as well be one that benefits the workers in my state.
I looked at the lower GLS line initially, but decided to go with the mid-range SE for the V6, power driver's seat and a few other bells and whistles. Bluetooth phone connectivity and the USB and auxiliary ports come on all 2010 lines, however. I didn't need the sunroof and nav system packages that would have added another $3,000-$4,000 to the cost. However, a fully equipped Santa Fe would still be $2,000-$4,000 less than a comparably equipped Toyota, Honda or GM brand.
I'm in my early 60s so, I don't have to have "sporty" and "high performance" and I don't need a "subwoofer." I still have my hearing and I want to keep it that way. I want a vehicle that I can drive to work each day and take on long vacation trips in comfort and get good gas mileage. Besides, if I park the Santa Fe next to my co-worker's Lexus crossover, the designs look a lot alike.
The audio system will not recognize my Creative Zen X-Fi MP3 player, but it has no problems with MP3 files on a flash drive. Also, it plays MP3 files on a CD. The MP3 player may be a Creative problem. I should be able to use the AUX input port from the Zen's headphone port, but I won't be able to control the Zen that way. The Santa Fe comes set up for XM/Sirius radio.
Overall, I think I got a nice, well-equipped vehicle for a very good price.
Pros 3.5L V6 is good
Cons side step pipes are more trouble than their worth
SummaryGot the Sport edition in October 2010. Nice added features. Handled extremely well with 16 in. winter tires, changed from the 18 in. radials. Gas consumption is not as expected (so far) and still have difficulty with iPod connection. Love it though...
Updated on Mar 15, 2011
Pros Surprisingly tight turning radius for a vehicle of its size. Very comfortable, and moves quickly when you ask for it with the 3.5l V6.
Cons Single CD capacity was a disappointing surprise.
Summary We bought our Santa Fe about 6 weeks ago. It's comfortable, carries a good load and handles well for a SUV/CUV. There has not been an opportunity yet to test out the AWD in winter conditions. The rear video is a great addition for backing into tight parking spots.
It's high enough off the ground that the available running boards or side steps are a worthwhile accessory to add to the package.
My biggest complaint is that I hardly ever get to drive it. It's primarily my wife's vehicle and she loves driving it, so I don't get many chances.
Pros Roomy interior for driver and passenger. Elegant interior design. Quite driving with V6 engine and good acceleration power. Nagivation and back up camera must have. Voice command is quite an impressive feature. Bluetooth function is really handy.
Cons Fuel consumption is average at 13.5L/100Km driving around the city/hwy. The full tank of gas would average about 400-450km driving. Shiftronic response time is slow and does not offer the exiciting manual driving experience.
Summary I just bought 2010 Santa Fe limited a week ago and I really liked the vehicle as far. The cabin noise is quite driving around the city or hwy. Lots of interior room for even taller driver or passenger. Limited model comes with very neat features such as navigation,back up camera,voice command and bluetooth. I have not fully mastered the voice command yet but fun to play around with. The only two cons are average fuel consumption and average shiftronic response time. Other than that, excellent SUV.
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