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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 (made easier with the optional third-row seat), 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 2008 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 2008 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 reputation and image of the Japanese brands, the Hyundai Santa Fe may not be for you.
What's New for 2008
The Limited trim receives a standard 605-watt Infinity Logic 7 Surround Sound audio system and a power tilt-and-slide sunroof. A new LG navigation unit is optional.
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. Acceleration with the 3.3-liter V6 is decent but is unfortunately plagued by some torque steer under harder acceleration. The Shiftronic automatic transmission responds quickly to manual gear selections, making driving on curvy roads an almost sporty experience.
The optional back seats in the Santa Fe boost the possible passenger count to seven and are usable, not just for pets and briefcases. Children sitting in the third row will be comfortable and the occasional adult should have enough room to ride without complaint.
Missing from last year's model, this navigation unit fits nicely with the Limited's upscale interior and its voice guidance feature makes map reading a thing of the past.
The 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. 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 available only through one side of the vehicle, as the driver's side second-row seat does not flip forward to allow access. A Santa Fe without the third-row seat will have 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 very difficult.
Hyundai showed good taste in moving away from the overly busy appearance of the previous-generation Santa Fe. The latest 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. There are some carry-overs from the original, however, such as the tailgate's asymmetrical hatch release.
Notable 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 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.
Notable 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 third-row seating with third-row auxiliary climate control, heated front seats, steering-wheel audio controls, a power outlet in the cargo area and a power sunroof. A rear-seat entertainment system is available for SE and Limited models, and includes a DVD player with an eight-inch screen and wireless headsets. Unique to the Limited is the Touring Package with LG navigation, which will be available as a stand-alone option later in the model year.
Under the Hood
Hyundai offers two V6 engines for the Santa Fe. The 2.7-liter V6 in the GLS model is paired with a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic. SE and Limited models get the 3.3-liter V6 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, gas mileage comparable to that of the 2.7-liter engine and other goodies, including 18-inch wheels and fog lights.
185 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
183 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 (2WD, manual), 17/23 (AWD, manual), 18/24 (2WD, automatic), 17/23 (AWD, automatic)
242 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
226 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 (2WD), 17/24 (AWD)
The 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of around $21,500, while all-wheel drive and an automatic transmission bump that closer to $25,000. The SE model starts at about $25,000 and a fully-loaded Limited tops out just under $37,000. Before you buy, be sure to check the Fair Purchase Prices to see what the Santa Fe is typically selling for in your area. While pricing is close to that of a Toyota Rav4 or Honda CR-V, the Santa Fe's resale values fall far below its Japanese competitors. The Santa Fe does, however, hold stronger resale values than the Suzuki XL7and Mitsubishi Outlander.
Hyundai Santa Fe Consumer Reviews
November 07, 2018
Great car! I have never kept a car and enjoyed it for so long. It is reliable and has never had a problem. It is comfortable for...
July 14, 2018
Getting my moneys worth
Had the vehicle as a lease then bought it out. No problems just routine maintenance. New battery, brakes, tires, timing belt only done...
June 02, 2018
Great Value - At 105,000 Miles and Going Strong
Purchased this car at 72k miles. No major issues except for the fuel gauge going bad at ~85k miles. Still drives smoothly and has...
April 22, 2018
Love love love this car
I wish I could keep it forever. It is 8 1/2 years old and still going strong. I am looking at new cars but really dont want to give up...
February 23, 2018
My favorite vehicle ever
Absolutely loved this car, and feeling like I lost a friend when we decided to get a new one. The newer ones are not like this one...
April 17, 2017
100,000 miles and still going strong
I have owned this vehicle since 2009 and I have over 100,000 miles on it. It still drives like a youngster. I do have the turbo and I am...
April 04, 2017
Hyundai for life
I have owned 2 Hyundai Santa Fe SUVs and I couldnt be happier. I love the quality, comfort and style of this vehicle and the fact that...
March 28, 2017
excellent vehicle, good 25/30 mpg
i have enjoyed my santa fe. love the smooth ride and the excellent gas mileage.
January 04, 2017
Has been an above average SUV w/lots of power
Has plenty of power with the V-6 engine and auto transmission. Love the AWD performance too. Had to replace the alternator at just over...
November 29, 2016
Love love LOVE my Santa Fe Limited
Although I am 2nd owner and have only had it 3 years I absolutely love this car! Great ride, all the bells & whistles, plenty of space...