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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe

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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.9

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 high 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 2011 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 2011 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 Significant About This Car?

For 2011 there are few changes to the popular and well-equipped Santa Fe. Solar glass is standard and a 605-watt Infinity Logic 7 Surround Sound AM/FM/CD-changer/MP3 audio system with 10 speakers (including subwoofer) and external amplifier is standard on the Limited trim level. There are also five new colors.

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.

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Details
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe photo Interior

The 2011 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
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe photo

Hyundai showed good taste in moving away from the overly busy appearance of the first-generation Santa Fe. The current version features a simple and clean approach to exterior design, with elements that are tasteful and purposeful. Thankfully, there is no body cladding and the sides feature smooth sheetmetal flowing into color-keyed bumpers. With its wide track, the Santa Fe has a strong visual stance on the road.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe offers high value, as reflected by its standard equipment list which includes air conditioning, cruise control, a roof rack, 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 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 two engines for the 2011 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 and optional on the Limited. Both engines are paired to six-speed transmissions. The four-cylinder is more than just acceptable, but the V6 delivers substantially more power and roughly comparable fuel economy.

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), 21/25 (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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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 536 Ratings for the 2007 - 2012 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Proof is in the performance and longivity

By on Sunday, March 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 191,000

10 10.0
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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, High Visibility, Comfort, Fun"

Cons: "none"

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

"I have 191000 miles on my Sante Fe and still going strong. It is sound and strong with no major problems just regular maintenance. No tears or fading in the interior. I travel from Mountains to the Coast regularly and it handles all the road conditions well. It can also accommodate my five grandchildren in car seats and their luggage/toys/messes. Cleans well and presents a clean stance. Wish I didn't show my age as well as my car....lol. I am now a Sante Fe devoted customer."

great car. good quality,reliability,endurance.

By on Thursday, February 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,200

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "real practical and great driving car"

Cons: "leather interior not high quality, split apart."

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

"This vehicle has all the needed comforts. quality, reliability, and style. good fuel mileage and rang. low maintenance. Easy repair access, and great custom features make this my best vehicle ever owned. still has good resale value and is desired in the market of small suv's...I really love this car. Only one problem with the leather interior, the passenger seat back magazine flap unglued/unstitched itself and needs repair. I tried various adhesives w/no success. Needs a leather shop fix...."

What a great car it has been!

By on Wednesday, February 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,000

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Solid, quiet, great electronics."

Cons: "Original tires were poor in snow and ice."

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

"Didn't expect it to be this good. Have driven Audi's, Lincoln's, Caddy's and this competes with the best of them."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Has been a very stable and dependable vehicle.

By on Tuesday, February 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Dependable"

Cons: "Alignment difficulties"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Comfortable on road trips, good through snow with AWD. Four wheel alignment a bit of a negative, could never get into "perfect" alignment so tires "cupped" creating a loud tire noise. Feel safe and secure in vehicle."

Very please with the Hyundai Santa Fe.

By on Saturday, February 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64

10 10.0
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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: "Easy to drive, affordable price, love the looks."

Cons: "Blind spot with rear windows."

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

"I have owned the Hyundai Santa Fe since Nov. 2006. Have only 64,000 miles. Always kept up the maintenance of the car and have only had to have the normal repairs done to it. Thinking about getting a new car in 2015 and would definitely buy another Santa Fe."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Great little suv, plenty of room and 3rd row .

By on Sunday, February 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

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

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

"I've taken excellent care of this care. oil changes every 5,000.00 miles, new tires, car seat covers to protect original leather seats. kept wax on it for exterior shape!"

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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