2012 Hyundai Santa Fe User Reviews

2012 Hyundai Santa Fe Review Ratings

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Jmurphy77 writes:
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5

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

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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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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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cagib writes:
2012 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS AWD Review
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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:
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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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Reviews From Other Years

2001 Hyundai Santa Fe Reviews

Huh By Mbogart

Great Accleration and handling. Just replaced purge value and motor for driver side windows. Some minor dings and dents. Interior could use a detailing due to haveing 2 kids. Pretty good gas milea... Read More

Good Good By Kirsty

I love my car. It does what it needs to do and has really good gas mileage for a midsize suv. I love that I can have four people and four people's luggage and still have room to breath on a road trip.... Read More

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2002 Hyundai Santa Fe Reviews

All Good.. By charmed1felicia

I love this vehicle so far , I bought it used ,it was well maintained from the previous owner...that helps...at 130,000 miles , It brakes and handles smoothly...I got it inspected before I bought it b... Read More

Great For People Who Don't Know How To Check The Oil...lol By Brigette

Since my husband bought this vehicle in 2002, I think he's only had to do the regular maintenance on it. Nothings ever broken, just the normal wear and tear. I don't know a whole lot because my husban... Read More

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Reviews

I Loved Driving It, Great Vehicle For All Seasons By candicemercedes

I really enjoyed having the Santa Fe for the past 10 years. It never steered me wrong. Very dependable, easy to maintain and keep clean and still drives and looks like new today. I would recommend thi... Read More

Overall A Nice Reliable Suv By MBlood

Nice SUV, holds up well and with regular maintanence should last well over 200,000 miles. Currentl have about 110,000 miles with only one major issue, the failure of the throtle body. If Hyundai conti... Read More

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Reviews

Family Car By shails

Family Car. I welcomed my baby with my parents i this car. All fits well. On highways this car give good mileage. Can tow a car also. Very powerful. Looks are kind of outdated. Not light in drive. a ... Read More

A Good Car For Family. By Mario_M13

A very inexpensive SUV with a very good gas mileage for this class and equipped with a powerful engine (3,5l). A good family car with low cost of maintenance and fun to drive for long trips. A great ... Read More

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2005 Hyundai Santa Fe Reviews

Reliable, Not Luxury. Good For Commute By jrubiera

If u have a kid that's going to college or an everyday commute car and luxury is not a priority, this is it! Good on gas and reliable. Just maintain it properly like every other car and you are good t... Read More

Great Car! By nnevins

I've owned my 2005 Santa Fe for 5 years and have loved it the entire time. It's been perfect for our family of 4 for vacations and around town travel. We've never had a single problem that I didn't cr... Read More

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