"Vehicle has totally exceeded all expectations. I never believed it would handle as well as it does on the snow and ice. My wife and two kids drive this daily in the long Alaska winters and I have the utmost confidence in the Santa Fe. I have tried numerous times to get out of control in the car and the traction/stability control have performed flawlessly. Overall a great car for the price and the included safety features."
"Had a 2003 Santa Fe and liked it so much, we bought a 2008. I have maintained all maintenance documentation for scheduled maintenance. Nothing has failed. We no longer have a need for 3 vehicles, otherwise, we would keep it!"
Cons: "no Blue Tooth '08 or our '07, mileage is 20-24"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"At age 65 I have owned a number of different makes models and styles of auto. Of everything I have ever purchased, none have come close to providing me with the reliability, enjoyable use, and serious value for the money spent. None. Period. My wife also owns the same vehicle. Mine is the Ltd model, hers is the GLS. Neither car has ever required anything other routine mainenance. The cars are super well built (no interior or body rattles even after several years of ownership). The cars are simply wildly better than the competition, but sell at a reasonable price."
"I Purchased this vehicle as a rental return
when it was 8 mos. old & 12,000 mi. I am
very impressed with the quality of the vehicle for the price. It's comes standard with AWD and yet I get 26mpg @67 mph on
the freeway with summer blended gas (a little less with the A/C on). With OD or a couple of hundred less RPMs at highway speeds, MPG
would be better. Other reviews mentioned how quiet it is, yes and it
rides and drives well. With the ESP it feels very responsive and my insurance rate was lower because of the crash ratings for the vehicle.
Looked at the RAV4 and the Subaru Forester
which may be slightly better, but not for the price difference.
I replaced the stock speakers and kept the
standard stereo and my CDs sound very good. This unit was manufactured in
Tenn., way to go american workers.
The only negatives-very excessive wind noise at 45+ mph when the back side windows are more than 1/4 rolled down and the back window could open for longer materials.
I do outside sales and I'm not tired after 200-300 mi. An enjoyable ride for the price."
"I traded in my 2004 Toyota Highlander Limited for the 2008 Limited edition Santa Fe. The price was definitely good although now I know you get what you pay for. The Hyundai, while a good vehicle lacks the sophistication and finish of the Toyota and this has become more apparent with time with the kind of things that are are not picked up during a test drive like excessive road noise, creaks and rattles, poor arm rest and steering wheel positioning and MPG. I have just been able to crack the 20 mpg point. I want my Toyota back and will be trading this vehicle very soon."