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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe User Reviews

2012 Hyundai Santa Fe Review Ratings

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Jmurphy77 writes:
2012 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS Review
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5

Pros

Great on Gas and rides very smooth. Great for kids who are in booster seats or an infant seat in the middle.

Cons

Not enough room in the back seat for an infant seat behind the driver or passenger.

Jmurphy77
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Love!!!! Great On Gas. — I absolutely LOVE this vehicle. It is great on gas and is very reliable and awesome features. Hyundai has one of the best warranties and their customer service is amazing. I would recommend this the Santa Fe to a friend.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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cagib writes:
2012 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS AWD Review
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2

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Very attractive, roomy, comfortable, fairly low road noise, and handling is good.

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No power!! I have the 2.4L AWD automatic transmission model and there is simply no power going uphill or accelerating.  This makes passing a little dangerous - the engine almost redlines to get up to passing speed and going uphill - don't use the cruise control as it gets the engine screaming.  I don't feel safe sometimes because of this car being underpowered.  It's just too big a vehicle to have such a small engine.

cagib
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Sad That The One Bad Thing Outweighs All The Good. Update! — In general I love the (2012) car, but the fact that it is seriously underpowered is making me trade it in. There simply is no power!! I have the 2.4L AWD automatic transmission model and there is simply no power going uphill or accelerating. This makes passing a little dangerous - the engine almost redlines to get up to passing speed and going uphill - don't use the cruise control as it gets the engine screaming. I don't feel safe sometimes because of this car being underpowered. It's just too big a vehicle to have such a small engine. UPDATE!!! - Last week I traded the 2012 Santa Fe GLS AWD 2.4L in for a brand new 2013 Santa Fe GLS AWD 3.3 L V6, and I absolutely LOVE the new 2013 vehicle. I thought the only difference I would notice would be the engine power (which thankfully, I do), but this is a completely different vehicle, and I am in love with it! Of course I've lost thousands of dollars by buying two new cars within one year, but I just couldn't stand the sluggishness of the 2012 Santa Fe. I'm very, very happy with the 2013 Santa Fe and have just resigned myself to a car payment for the next five years. I must say, though, that I did get a very good trade in on the 2012 Santa Fe - $19000.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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jetboy writes:
2012 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited V6 Review
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4

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Lots of power, good for towing. Firm ride but comfortable. Good visibility.

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Lift gate lower than I am used to and creased my forehead a couple of times. Short on drivers legroom and rear passenger not much better with front seats in aft position. Steering wheel controls poor compared to my 07 Sonata. I must look at the button I am pushing.

jetboy
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Great Value — I replaced an 02 Caravan with the Santa Fe and miss the space I had. This vehicle gets much better mileage considering the power available. It is fun to drive and great value. Have 2 yr extended warranty was added and based on my 07 Sonata a very good investment.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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henry_s writes:
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Only drove it for a day in SF, but the gas mileage seemed pretty good despite all of the hill-climbing. Handled pretty well, too. Gotta love that Hyundai warranty!

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Interior plastics leave something to be desired-- not really many bells and whistles. Not necessarily a bad thing, but it's not overly impressive.

henry_s
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A Utilitarian, Solid Suv — Drove this car for a day throughout the hills of the redwood forest just over the Golden Gate Bridge. Needless to say, the hairpin turns really put the handling to the test. I was very pleased with the ride overall. Not sure which trim I drove, but the interior features were rather sparse. Very comfortable and roomy. If I ever am in the market for an SUV, I will surely give one of these a spin.

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Kathy writes:
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What is not positive about the 2012 Santa Fe.  I bought the base model and it had everything minus the sun/moon roof that I wanted.  I love my new wheels and can't say enough good about it.  I took it on a 4 hours trip to visit family and got 32 MPG.  Awesome.  Handles nicely and takes mountains and hills as well as my old V-6 vehicle.  

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None at this juncture

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Awesome — There is nothing I dislike about this vehicle and that is saying quite a bit. I got the base model and am quite satisfied. If you buy this vehicle I am confident you will be as satisfied as I am. For the price you can't go wrong.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Reviews

Good Family Sport Ute. By Marlow212

Car has a nice ride, but throttle response is delayed from a stop. It is equipped with the panoramic roof and I don't like that if you tilt the roof open, when you close it, the sun shade slides all t... Read More

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Reviews

The Best Suv I Ever Owned By pizzadoc

free oil changes, washes. Henderson Hyundai is the best. Service is prompt ,knowledgeable , can you believe it HONEST. every thing about this car is enjoyable, from the comfy seat to the HEATED STEERI... Read More

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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Reviews

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 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

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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Reviews

The All Arounder By hoppy71

great all around and cant beat the cargo layout. Lots of amenities Fun for the whole family and especially the driver! I would suggest this car for the utilitarian as well as the driving enthusiast. ... Read More

Nice Vehicle If You Want Something Affordable, Dependable, And The Best Warranty Around. By J.J.

Loads of pep, and the gas mileage is pretty decent with the V6 and the AWD. There is a nice option to lock the transfer case for true 4WD. The 18 inch wheels look good, until you have to buy tires, ... Read More

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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Reviews

Okay Vehicle By Rainy114

This has been an okay car. Previous car was rx300 2000, so I was used to a smooth ride. This just doesn't accelerate the same way. I wish it had more pick up and better options fpr convenience. - b... Read More

An All Around Great Family Car. By greburn

Great family car. Get the larger 6 cyl engine. There is too much hesitation when you punch it on the beltway. Handles great plenty of room for people and cargo. Very easy to manuver and park plus t... Read More

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