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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe

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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Review

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The Hyundai Santa Fe is a unibody SUV made for tackling the urban jungle, not the rain-forest jungle. Since its introduction in 2000, almost half a million have been sold. The Santa Fe is right at home running the kids to soccer practice, hauling groceries from the supermarket 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 2010 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 2010 Hyundai 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 resale values of the Japanese brands, the Hyundai Santa Fe may not be for you.

What's New for 2010

For 2010, the Santa Fe sees a number of changes. In addition to added in-cabin amenities and some exterior styling tweaks, the car also gets new powertrains - a four-cylinder and a more powerful V6, both of which are paired with six-speed transmissions and offer better fuel economy than their predecessors.

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 helps 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. The Shiftronic automatic transmission responds quickly to manual gear selections, making driving on curvy roads an almost sporty experience.

3.5-liter V6 Engine
Not only does the V6 deliver more than 100 horsepower more than the four-cylinder engine, it also has roughly similar EPA fuel economy ratings.

LG Navigation
Available on SE and Limited models, this navigation system's voice guidance feature makes map reading a thing of the past.

2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Details
2010 Hyundai Santa Fe photo Interior

The 2010 Santa Fe's 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. Behind the second-row seat is 34.2 cubic feet of cargo space, which should be ample room for luggage for five passengers.

Exterior
2010 Hyundai Santa Fe photo

Hyundai showed good taste in moving away from the overly busy appearance of the first-generation Santa Fe. The newest version features a much simpler approach, with design elements that are tasteful and purposeful. Body cladding is gone, replaced by smooth sheetmetal flowing into color-keyed bumpers. With its wide track, the Santa Fe has a much stronger stance.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2010 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, heated power side mirrors, steering-wheel audio controls, a six-speaker MP3-compatible CD player and Bluetooth. To enhance safety, all trim levels 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 depending upon trim level. All-wheel-drive is available for all Santa Fe models. Other options include heated front seats, a power outlet in the cargo area, a power sunroof and a navigation system with a 6.5-inch screen and rearview camera.

Under the Hood

Hyundai offers new two engines for the 2010 Santa Fe: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder or a 3.5-liter V6. The four-cylinder is standard on the GLS and Limited models, while the V6 is standard on the SE. Both engines are paired to new six-speed transmissions. The Santa Fe also sees significant improvements in its fuel economy, garnering a 15 percent increase overall.

2.4-liter in-line four
175 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
169 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26 (2WD, manual), , 20/28 (2WD, automatic), 21/27 (AWD, automatic)

3.5-liter V6
276 horsepower @ 6300 rpm
248 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/26

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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 518 Ratings for the 2007 - 2012 models.

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  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

excellent car except the ride is not as comfortabl

By on Monday, October 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 57,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

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

"parking is not as smooth as we would like..does not line up with space lines as it appears from the inside..other people have told me the same thing..some even got back inside car and reparked."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

great car and prove safe

By on Friday, September 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 67,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Cons: "none but, buy full loaded"

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

"We bought a Santa Fe Limited new from the dealer in 2010 and loved it. Very sporty drive compared with its competitors. Excellent value after 67,000 miles in 4 years. Twice it's agility kept accidents from being worse that they otherwise would have been; both were the other driver's fault and my wife's driving, coupled with the car's responsiveness avoided what would have otherwise been fatal encounters. The first was a couple thousand of repair and the second accident totaled the car. Driver ran a red light going 45mph+ in a F150 truck; it spun our Santa Fe a full 360 degrees and across two curbs - all airbags deployed and our family of four (3yo and 5yo kids) all walked away without a scratch."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Love it

By on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"Love this vehicle --- It's my second Sante Fe. Would definitely get another when the tie is right. Good Value - Good Mileage."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Am keeping it til 100K warranty is out

By on Monday, September 15, 2014

I owned and sold this car

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "loaded with every extra except 4 w drive"

Cons: "AM radio has static when driving. Cant be fixed"

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

"Great little SUV. Not as smooth riding as my Lexus SUV, but very reliable. 85 K and brakes are like new."

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

I LOVE this car!!!

By on Thursday, August 14, 2014

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
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Dependable, inexpensive to maintain, goes in snow!"

Cons: "NONE!!!"

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

"I purchased this vehicle new in 2008. The only maintenance that it has needed are the standard oil/filter changes. When it snows, this is the one vehicle on the block that can be counted on to GO!!! With the optional AWD, I can get around when those with the big 4WD vehicles are stuck in the driveway!! I won't own any other car besides a Santa Fe - ever!!!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Best car I have ever had!

By on Tuesday, August 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 117,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "safe, reliable, great mileage, fast acceleration"

Cons: "vibration with original tires."

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

"When i first purchased this car, there were issues with the wheels vibrating at certain speeds. As tires were replaced the problem went away. I have had to replace two coil packs, one gas cap (do not overfill tank as it causes a vacuum issue),a brake switch (under recall but we replaced ourselves), and a switch in the back gate. Also the usual maintenance items. This has been a fantastic vehicle for us for the past 5 years. I feel safe in it and LOVE the acceleration!"

7 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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