2012 Hyundai Santa Fe Review Ratings
2012 Hyundai Santa Fe Review
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!
Interior plastics leave something to be desired-- not really many bells and whistles. Not necessarily a bad thing, but it's not overly impressive.
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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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS AWD Review
Very attractive, roomy, comfortable, fairly low road noise, and handling is good.
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.
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
2012 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited V6 Review
Lots of power, good for towing. Firm ride but comfortable. Good visibility.
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.
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.)
2012 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS Review
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.
None at this juncture
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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An All Around Great Family Car.
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
Nice And Reliables Suv, With Plenty Of Cargo Space.
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Great Deal, Great Car
My wife's '08 Santa Fe Limited AWD has 85,000 miles on it and has been great. Can't beat the cost, we bout it new (as a dealer demo) for $25,000 and it has Everett option including 3rd row and rear se... Read More