2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Review

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Trims

GLS
Avg. Price: $16,351
GLS AWD
Avg. Price: $17,451
GLS V6
Avg. Price: $16,617
GLS V6 AWD
Avg. Price: $18,414
Limited
Avg. Price: $19,656
Limited AWD
Avg. Price: $21,454
Limited V6
Avg. Price: $20,224
SE
Avg. Price: $18,575
SE AWD
Avg. Price: $19,101

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Average User Score

4.75 stars

Based on 3 reviews

Great Value, With Lots Of Power And Fuel Economy by robdavisjr
 — Very powerful and responsive and I have achieved 28 mpg on a 3 hour road trip. My wife really likes the size, large enough to feel roomy inside, but easy to manuver in parking lots. Love the Bluetooth... Read More
My Car by Scott
 — i had a 05 eddie bauer ford explorer i love this more and it rides better and gets 10 more miles to the gallon i cant ask for a better suv my family and i both love it and will keep it Read More
Great Car - Inside And Out by rseiwald
 — I just love this car and would recommend it to anyone looking for a mid-priced crossover SUV. The warranty is great and has had no major mechanical issues. I've driven this car across the country to... Read More

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Overview

Overall User Score

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Based on 3 reviews

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe

Ignore the Santa Fe at your own peril – it’s a formidable but seemingly invisible entry in the compact crossover class. Not that Hyundai seems to be doing much to combat that issue, hampering the appeal of the Santa Fe with styling that seems to remain five years behind. Still, with aggressively competitive pricing, a long and impressive list of standard features, class-leading space and the best warranty in the industry, there’s a lot of room for forgiveness.

Not much changes for the Santa Fe in 2011, but not much needs changing. Set aside styling woes for a while. After all, if fashion is your main concern, this isn’t the class you should be shopping. The major complaints with the Santa Fe revolve around the ride and steering – neither of which received any attention. Rather, Hyundai decided to make the 605-watt, 10-speaker Infinity stereo standard in the Limited trim while removing the navigation system and rear-view camera as options for the base GLS. Perhaps to make up for that deletion, the larger 3.5-liter V6 is now an option for the GLS, a practice I wish more manufacturers would follow. You’ll also get the option of five new colors for the Santa Fe: Moonstone Silver, Frost White Pearl, Sonoran Red, Mineral Gray and Espresso Brown.

Otherwise it’s the same nearly invisible vehicle you’ve probably missed out on the roads. It’s worth a look. One of the more affordable entries in the segment, the base GLS is extremely well-appointed with its 175-hp, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed manual transmission. The 2.4 is the Theta II all-aluminum mill that we’ve seen doing duty in the Sonata and Tuscon, as well as in many Kia applications. More important than the 175-hp figure is the 169 lb-ft of torque available at 3,750 rpm. It’s a big part of what makes this smaller engine more than adequate both around town and on the highway, although the 6-speed manual is a better choice here than the optional automatic, which has a noted reluctance to downshift. Regardless, the 2.4 manages a 19 mpg city/26 highway rating with the manual and will go as high as 20/28 with FWD and the automatic transmission.

Further confounding its “base” label, the GLS comes standard with features like heated power mirrors, 17-inch alloy rims, cruise control, air conditioning, Bluetooth, privacy glass, USB, iPod interface, satellite radio and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel. Moving up to the SE trim gets you 18-inch alloys, a power driver's seat, leather/cloth combo upholstery, automatic headlights, foglights, windshield wiper de-icers  and the 3.5-liter Lambda V – an engine that offers more than 100 extra hp and nearly identical fuel economy ratings. With the Limited trim, you’ll add a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate controls, leather upholstery and heated front seats, and you’re still well under the competition with regard to pricing.

With a list of standard features like this, not to mention class-leading storage of 78 cubic feet, it only emphasizes how boring the styling of the Santa Fe really is. A bit of attention to design, and maybe a little suspension tuning, and it could be a winner. However, sandwiched between the Tuscon and the Veracruz, it’s likely the Santa Fe will simply fade further into the background and eventually into oblivion.

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A CarGurus contributor since 2008, Michael started his career writing about cars with the SCCA - winning awards during his time as editor of Top End magazine. Since then, his journalistic travels have taken him from NY to Boston to CA, completing a cross-country tour on a restored vintage Suzuki. While his preference is for fine German automobiles - and the extra leg room they so often afford - his first automobile memories center around impromptu Mustang vs. Corvette races down the local highway, in the backseat of his father's latest acquisition.

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Hyundai Santa Fe Questions

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My Sf Stalled On A Slow Speed Right Turn. No Engine Code Was Produced. Anyo...

Slow speed stalling on right turn. No engine code light produced. All very sudden with no warning signs or sounds. Dealer asks like I am delusional.

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I Have A 2011 Santa Fe And My Driver Door Will Not Lock With Button Or Key ...

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Santa Fe Engine Stalls At Low Speed

My 2011 Santa Fe has now stalled 3 times at very slow speed. The first 2 times in a parking lot ---no problem. The last time, coming down Phoenix South Mountain Park road right at the top--- huge prob...

124 views with 1 answer (last answer 5 months ago)
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Starter Won't Turn Over

Car was running and starting fine in the morning. Then went to start after lunch and just a clicking sound. Tried to jumpstart but couldn't. had battery checked and test said to replace battery. Insta...

379 views with 2 answers (last answer 6 months ago)
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2011 Santa Fe Wont Start...starter Turns Over.

I have a 2011 Santa Fe. Drove it to work today. got out...apparently left the key on accessory..went out an hour later and car doesn't start... Starter turns over fine...sounds like it's not turning t...

430 views with 1 answer (last answer 7 months ago)