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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe Review

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The Hyundai Santa Fe is a unibody SUV made for tackling the urban jungle, not braving the actual jungle. Since its introduction in 2000, more than 440,000 have been sold. The Santa Fe is right at home running the kids to soccer practice (made easier with the new optional third-row seat), hauling groceries from the super market or heading to the mountains for the weekend. Combining attributes like a higher seating position, roomy interior, rugged good looks, a long list of standard equipment, a good warranty (10 year/100,000 mile powertrain) and a reasonable price, the Hyundai Santa Fe provides good value in the mid-size SUV category.

You'll Like This Car If...

If getting the most for your money matters, the Santa Fe might be the SUV for you. The Korean manufacturers have improved quality over the years but still have to entice buyers with good value and an excellent warranty - the Santa Fe has both.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Many people remember the cheap economy cars Hyundai sold in America starting in 1986. If you are looking to buy an SUV with the cache of the Japanese brands, the Hyundai Santa Fe may not be the car for you.

What's New for 2007

For 2007 the mid-size Santa Fe SUV adds an optional third-row seat. Gone is the swooshy design of the previous Santa Fe, replaced with a cleaner more masculine appearance. Hyundai also adds Electronic Stability Control and six airbags to the list of standard equipment.

Driving the Santa Fe
Driving Impressions

The Santa Fe rides smoothly and inspires confidence while cornering thanks to its responsive steering and well controlled body lean. Standard Electronic Stability Control keeps the vehicle under control during...

... evasive maneuvers and is especially reassuring when driving in slippery conditions. Also standard is a tilt and telescoping steering wheel which makes it easy to find the perfect driving position. With the exception of some wind noise in the front and road noise from the rear, the cabin remains fairly quiet at freeway speeds. Acceleration with the 3.3-liter V6 is decent but is unfortunately plagued by torque steer. The Shiftronic automatic transmission responds quickly to manual gear selections making driving on curvy roads an almost sporty experience.

Third-Row Seating
The optional back seats in the Santa Fe boost the passenger count to seven and are usable, not just a token add on. Children sitting in the third row will be comfortable and the occasional adult should have enough room to ride without complaint.

New Styling
The styling of the previous Santa Fe seemed a bit dated for some tastes. The new model looks classier with smoother accent lines and less body cladding, resulting in a simpler more mainstream appearance. It's a sleek, handsome package with a confident stance.

2007 Hyundai Santa Fe Details
2007 Hyundai Santa Fe photo Interior

The interior conveys a feeling of quality thanks to sturdy plastics and low gloss surfaces. The instrumentation is neatly laid out, easy to operate and at night glows with pleasant blue backlighting. The optional 50/50 split third-row seat is comfortable for children but also acceptable for adults over short distances. Unfortunately, entry to the third row is only available through one side of the vehicle as the driver's side second row seat does not flip forward to allow access. Santa Fe's ordered without the third row seat get a hidden storage compartment instead. The second row seats can be reclined; however the levers are placed on top of the seats, making adjustment while sitting nearly impossible.

Exterior
2007 Hyundai Santa Fe photo

Hyundai showed good taste in moving away from the overly busy appearance of the previous Santa Fe. Where the outgoing model's lines and creases seemed like design for design's sake, the new model takes a much simpler approach. The design elements are tasteful and purposeful. The body cladding is gone and the bumpers are now color keyed contributing to a cleaner, sleeker look. With its wider track, the Santa Fe now has a much stronger stance. In a nod to the previous generation Santa Fe, the asymmetrical hatch release on the tailgate is carried over to the 2007 model.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Hyundai Santa Fe offers high value, as reflected by its standard equipment list which includes air conditioning, cruise control, a roof rack, dual exhaust, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, and a six speaker MP3-compatible CD player. To enhance safety all Santa Fe's include four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), electronic stability control (ESP), traction control, front and side airbags for the driver and front passenger, side-curtain airbags that protect all three rows, and active front head restraints.

Optional Equipment

Most popular options can be grouped together in packages that vary dependent on trim level. All-wheel drive is available for all Santa Fe models. Other options include third-row seating with third-row auxiliary climate control, heated front seats, steering wheel audio controls, a power outlet in the cargo area, heated front seats and power sunroof. A rear-seat entertainment system is available for SE and Limited models which include a DVD player with an eight-inch screen and wireless headsets. A 605-watt Infinity audio system is available for the Limited.

Under the Hood

Hyundai offers two V6 engines for the Santa Fe. The 2.7 liter in the GLS model comes paired with a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic. SE and Limited models get the 3.3 liter and a five-speed automatic. The extra $1,500 to move from the automatic-equipped GLS to the SE with its 3.3-liter engine is pretty reasonable considering you get 57 extra horsepower, comparable gas mileage to the 2.7-liter engine and other goodies like 18-inch wheels and fog lights.

2.7-liter V6
185 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
183 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/25 (FWD manual), 20/25 (AWD manual), 21/26 (2WD automatic), 19/25 (AWD automatic)

3.3-liter V6
242 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
226 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/24 (FWD), 19/24 (AWD)

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 570 Ratings for the 2007 - 2012 models.

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  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Happy with this car

By on Wednesday, July 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 91,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "All weather handling, nice interior, solid car"

Cons: "Minor paint issue on hood"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have had no issues with this car requiring a mechanic or dealership in my 5 years of owning it (I am the second owner) Only routine maintenance has been needed. Oil/Brakes/Wheel bearings.... That's it! Its really a great SUV. My only drawback issue is that even though I have the 3.3 V6 I feel it is slightly underpowered. That is a minor issue. It has been super reliable. Great in the snow and rain. The interior layout is almost perfect. Fuel mileage is what I expect. 17-20 MPG. It would be a good choice if looking for a used SUV."

Too many times in shop. 100K warranty is joke.

By on Monday, May 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 69,295

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Power, size"

Cons: "Not reliable, warranty a joke,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Car had mechanical problems that left wife in almost 2 accidents. Went from 65 to 30 with no warning twice in traffic. Now oil leak on engine not covered under 100,000 mile drivetrain coverage. Oil sensor switch is not part of engine coverage. Only internal parts that are lubricated are. Not happy and soon to be forever free of Hyundai's!"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Love this car

By on Tuesday, April 26, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 119,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Right size, easy to drive/maneuver, comfortable"

Cons: "Black color - mistake other cars for mine"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I purchased this 2008 Santa Fe new. Still have it with almost 120,000 miles. It has been faithfully maintained. No major problems. Handles well in snow. Gas mileage averages 19.5. Easy to drive, park and maneuver. Back seat folds down to accommodate large loads. Will keep it until it tells us it is done. Will probably get another Santa Fe. It is just the right size vehicle for me. 60 yo lady. Only gave 9's because nothing is perfect."

10 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Excellent Car Condition

By on Sunday, April 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great price, drives very smoothly, very comfortabl"

Cons: "No navigation system"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car has been very reliable. It is in excellent condition. It has been parked most of the time in a garage. The paint of the car is immaculate. Hurry up, this car will go fast."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Best value ever, with great warranty.

By on Friday, March 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great Warranty, size and fuel economy."

Cons: "Needs more power, but I fine with it's 4 cyl."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I purchased this SUV for it's size, cargo room, warranty and value. I was on home dialysis at the time and needed a large cargo area to travel with all my supplies if I left home for more than one day.It had to reliable, so that if a call came for a transplant, I could make the rapid trip. The warranty was the most important since it would be the last new vehicle I would buy. It handles great even in the snow.(I have AWD) The fuel economy is great. It is very confortable and has many great features. My wife and I are not into all that tech stuff,but this SUV has everthing I could want. Got a great deal since it was the end of the syle type in 2012. My nephew bought a older used one in the Buffalo area and he loves it. He and his wife sold me on it. Then my niece was moving to Florida and bought a used one too. Great SUV !"

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Great Value

By on Friday, February 26, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Nice features - good price - so far so good"

Cons: "paint could be better."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I purchased new in 2009. Have had no major issues. I do have one complaint, the paint chips and scratches easily. The ride is what is to be expected in an SUV, a little on the rough side. Gas mileage is not the greatest in town, but acceptable on the highway. We are all around 6' and have plenty of room in the front and rear. Love the fact that the rear seats can be reclined, (almost like a lazy boy chair). Have only changed the tires and battery in the past 7 years. Do regular oil changes with synthetic oil only. Overall a great value. Hope to drive it well over the 100K mark."

5 people out of 18 found this review helpful

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