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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 517 Ratings for the 2007 - 2012 models.

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

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."

1 person out of 1 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

Top notch SUV-The best ever!

By on Saturday, July 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,000

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: "Sooooo comfortable to travel & great gas mileage"

Cons: "The cloth seat material could've been better"

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

"I cannot say enough about this Santa Fe, excellent SUV,mid size, handles great, never ever had ANY problems with it!!! All I have had done was the typical service-maintenance-even the tires lasted 60,000 mi. I have 68,000 on it now and have owned it almost 6 yrs. Hyundai has come a long way, I have owned previous Hyundai's; 2004 Santa Fe, Sonata and the XG 350. My husband and I both had Hyundai's and we never had any problems with any of them! I sincerely highly recommend the Santa Fe, for an SUV, and the Sonata for the car! Ready to sell now and get the car - I'm a Senior now...lol (need smaller vehicle)"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

I would buy another Sante Fe

By on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

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
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"This has been a great car. With regular maintenance it has performed flawlessly. Looks good, drives great, comfortable, and incredibly reliable. Only drawback, wish it got better gas mileage. It gets 24 on the highway pretty consistently, bit with the 4 cyl engine I was hoping for more."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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