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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited V6Review
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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.)

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

Cons: 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.

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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.

Pros: 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!

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

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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe GLSReview
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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

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.

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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe GLSReview
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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

Pros: 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.  

Cons: None at this juncture

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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS AWDReview
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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

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

Cons: 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.

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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS Review
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Power Ranked 2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT2 better.
"Even with 4 cylinders, Equinox does well in traffic and on the Interstates"
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"More substantial look"
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT2 worse.
"Fold down second seat row allows my small boat to fit in the cargo space"
Value Ranked 2012 Chevrolet Equinox LT2 better.
"great tire mileage"

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Reviews From Other Years

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Reviews

Esthetic Car, Great Gas Milage For Power/size, Cool Features By swurche

Love the technology and the panoramic roof. The front and back seat heated captains chairs are great! Heated steering wheel is a bonus in the winter too. Has the 3rd row option which is great when fa... Read More

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Reviews

Smart, Efficient And Reliable By Ptlord

Nothing to dislike about this car. It has served us well as a family for local and regional transportation in Texas. Very comfortable interior, great climate control and entertainment center panel. ... Read More

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Fwd By mulalleyc

We have enjoyed this car. It has been reliable with low maintenance costs and good gas mileage (averaging ~24mpg) with primarily 'in town' driving. It has good interior room for our family of 4 with a... Read More

2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Reviews

A Great Vehicle To Own And Drive -- Comfortable, Good Fuel Economy And No Service Related Issues By lexmed

Despite that the vehicle had one minor accident, which I checked out well prior to my purchase, this car has proven just as reliable as the three Honda Odyssey vans I have owned...would definitely buy... Read More

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

2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Reviews

Great Appearance, Great Ride By Seller14

This is a great family vehicle without being a van. Also impressive as personal vehicle. Pickup is awesome. You sit up a little higher than a sedan, so visibility is greater. It also safer than a sed... Read More

My Dream Is Now A Reality By Stacey

It has been a dream of mine to one day own an SUV. I am so glad this one became my first. It has never let me down mechanically and it's ecstatically pleasing to look at. Other than the terrible gas m... Read More

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Reviews

A Very Nice And Cute Car! By sdpgod

The car has a very progressive styling. The car is roomy and even the rear seats have a lot of leg room and are very comfortable. The illumination (deep blue) at night and the buttons/switches are ver... Read More

Excellent Car To Own By jdzero3

Very dependable. Nice smooth ride, the wider wheel base makes it very luxurious when driving on the highway because you don't feel top heavy like in other SUVs. Excellent family care for someone who i... Read More

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