This version of the Hyundai Santa Fe is a good SUV. With an interior now big enough for a third-row seat, along with excellent fit and finish, it is a refined and versatile package. Santa Fe also has responsive handling, with a firm but comfortable ride. The 3.3-liter V6 is smooth, but fuel economy is disappointing (a 2.7-liter V6 is standard).
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Turns sharper than other vehicles in its class and and handles better on the open highway."

Brian B., WA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"I love the 6 cylinder engine. When driving in traffic or on a country road it has the power and get up and go to get moving."

Vicki M., TX (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Handling"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Excellent acceleration, Handling is crisp and precise"

Henry P., FL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The Santa Fe has power for passing and being all wheel drive is great in snow."

Edward H., CO (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Handling is excellent! Although the engine sounds like you should be going very fast (on ramp e.g.) you are not. I would opt for the larger engine and AWD if I could do over."

Bill A., UT (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Acceleration"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"It is under powered. Acceleration not good for passing."

Anonymous, CO (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"very good six cylinder motor, very good brakes"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The 6 cylinder engine has always performed well. No complaints."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Handling for me is very good and the exceleration is ok but could be better"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"with the big V6 engine you can feel the response when you hit the accelerator."

Dennis C., GA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Handling is good but acceleration is poor."

Anonymous, OH (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"It is easy to merge into traffic due to great acceleration. It gives a very smooth ride with great handling in sharp turns or curves. This has been an extremely dependable car and I hope to get several more good years out of it."

Kay B., TX (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"It has smooth pickup with strong acceleration when needed. That said, better fuel economy would have been nice."

Anonymous, IL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"OK"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"the big V6 has plenty of pep."

Dennis C., GA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Great acceleration."

Philip B., NV (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Accelerates very quickly and handles corners fairly well. Surprising power for a 4 cyclinder"

Kevin M., PA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Stick shift makes it easy to drive up inclines and safely go down. Steering and handling are comfortable."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Very good acceleration and responsive steering for a SUV. Comfortable ride overall."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Easy handling."

Anonymous, IA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"It has the 3.3 L engine with great pick-up.ooupled with Michelin tires."

JOHN T., CO (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Handles well in snowy and icy roads."

Anonymous, AK (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Suspension is harsh. It could have been more softer/floaty."

UDAY T., IL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"I have the larger V6 and the acceleration is very good. handling very good and the ride is quite comfortable like a sedan. low noise level also."

DENNIS C., GA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Not as good acceleration as it could be for getting into traffic."

Anonymous, CT (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"3.3l accelerates well. Steering is too vague for me, my wife (her main car) doesn't seem to mind"

PAUL S., TN (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"This vehicle handles exceptionally well. I have driven in some very strong crosswinds and, unlike previous vehicles, this one hugs the road very well. I feel very safe driving it."

C C., WI (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Steering too quick"

JIM D., AB (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Little bit of torque steer"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The accelerator pedal is sensitive. Too hard pressure from a start will make car accelerate too fast, and jump with tires spinning. Need to be careful to get a smooth acceleration from a stopped position."

RONALD H., NC (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The different transmission settings take some use to drive efficiently Very difficult to pass without pressing on the accelerator hard"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"real comfortable leather and with the fully adjustable seats with lumbar support they make the ride easy on my body."

Dennis C., GA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Ride is quiet. I love the feel of the leather seats."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Seat comfort wears out too soon"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The seats are just as comfortable as when they were new. Adjustments provide great driving positions."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"constant noise at front windscreen (windshield) at speed above 40 mph."

John M., PA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Our Santa Fe rides great and still has room for seven, when needed. It's quieter and rides better than the same vintage BMW X3 or Ford Escape."

David S., CO (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"noisy on acceleration, sound like it is strugling"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Heated seats, ease of control,ie. forward backward"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Harsh ride. Undercarriage bottoms on speed bumps, Running over a pencil feels like a broomstick."

Fred S., AZ (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Would like less road noise but seats are comfortable and lumbar works very well."

James B., PA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Overall I love the vehicle, driving the unit is pleasant, comfortable, good visibility, quiet,"

Kenneth M., ON (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"heated seats, ease of control ie. moving set forward or backward"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"I had traded a Lincoln Town Car for this vehicle and was rather surprised that the comfort of the seats and the amenities in the car were very comparable to what I had at half the price."

Anonymous, NC (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The noise level is quieter than comparable SUV's and the steering is superior, tighter turning radius and overall handling on city streets."

Brian B., WA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Seats are hard and rides like a truck"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The Santa Fe has a good all over ride. The seats have great cushion and decent support."

John M., MA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Drivers seat feels like a bench, flat and stiff. I feel as if I'm going to slide out of my seat."

Philip B., NV (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"very comfortable fit and the power seats with lumbar support is great."

Dennis C., GA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Driver's seat is one of the most comfortable I have ever been in and the heated seats are a plus. The back seat is a little tight though considering the overall size of the vehicle."

Kevin M., PA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Comfortable"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Very comfortable, wide seating. After owning this vehicle for almost 10 years, it still offers a quiet ride, both engine wise & exterior traffic noise."

Suzanne G., QC (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Too noisy at high speeds"

Anonymous, UT (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The ride on a smooth road is great; on bumps it is rather harsh; rolling over a pencil feels like a broomstick. It is very bad on speed bumps -- undercarriage bottoms out too easily -- have to creep over speed bumps."

FRED S., AZ (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"I have none-power seats but with more than enough manual adjustments."

JOHN T., CO (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Excellent vehicle"

JOHN N., PA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Excellent seats, front and back, quiet comfortable ride, you actually feel refreshed when you arrive after a long trip"

PAUL S., TN (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Leather seats are a little to hard"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Comfortable,quiet, good engine"

JOHN W., AZ (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"noise inside while driving"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Outside odors come in the car, even when fan is on recirculate"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The seats are rather short and narrow for large and tall drivers. For tall drivers, the seat back must be reclined more than normal to avoid hitting the roof with your head. The telescoping wheel could use longer extension for tall drivers. Leg room is adequate. The seat heaters work well. The car generally is quiet and rides smoothly, but it can suffer a bit more from SUV jarring on uneven roads. The dual zone climate control is effective, but I have had problems with the internal mechanisms."

MARK R., NY (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The seats are comfortable but, not as comfortable as the seat in the 2012 Tucson which support the back much better. There is a very distracting sound made by the wind if the right combination of windows are opened to a certain height."

PETER G., TX (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"I believe this car was an "up and comer" and therefore you got more for your money with Hyundai in 2008."

Anonymous, NC (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"by far the best auto I have ever owned,over 100,000 and no problems not covered by warranty."

Charles D., AL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"For the price this is good all around value in a mid size SUV. Good power and fair ride quality"

James B., PA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Good value for price, but lacked quality."

John M., PA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Awesome value for money."

Uday T., IL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Over 10 years time, very few problems and most have been covered by the 10-year 100K mile warranty. Good, reliable vehicle."

Richard M., CO (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"I have had this vehicle for 10 years. It’s been a great car. Every dime I paid has been worth it."

Vicki M., TX (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"My next car will be a Hyundai Santa Fe... That's how I feel about the value I got for my money when I bought my current car."

Dave C., AZ (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"It's a roomy vehicle, easy to get in and out off, easy for parking,it was priced within our budget,with year end discounts, best new car I've every bought, normally every 3-4 yrs since 1968."

Kenneth M., ON (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"I bought the car new in 2009 and paid 22000 and the sticker was 31000. It is worth 7000 to 8000 so the true cost to me is good for owning the car nine years. And have had very few problems and it has been very useful"

William B., OH (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"the car operates as well at 10 years as it did at one year"

Ryan N., WI (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Smooth ride but road noise a bit loud"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Very Satisfied"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"A great value for the price paid and very low maintenance costs over the life of the vehicle. The best vehicle I've ever owned."

Edward H., CO (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Mine has been a very reliable vehicle, and has had very few mechanical problems."

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"At purchase it was several thousand dollars less than the competition. Now, it's over ten-years old still has good styling and performs like-new."

David S., CO (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The Santa Fe was an excellent value for the money. We have had quite good luck regarding repairs / break daowns."

John M., MA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Reliable and comfortable. Nice styling."

Anonymous, IA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"This vehicle was approx. $10,000 less than models with comparable features and quality."

Anonymous, IN (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Best vehicle I ever owned. Very robust, comfortable and reliable. I wish the newer models would've kept the same Engineering philosophy."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Lower price vehicle gets you less comfort & less extra features (quality GPS & sound)."

Thomas S., NC (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Generally, everything is great with the exception of fuel economy. Fuel economy is much worse than advertised, despite allowances for off track driving conditions."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The style of the car was worth the value, it had a wide track (as looking from the front of the car) my husband like this very much. We were looking for a car and found the Santa Fe and will never buy a car again. Just an SUV for me. I'm (Mrs) main driver and I want to see out and not be on the ground."

GLORIA E., TX (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"We thought that it was impossible to get such a big, reliable, nicely equiped vehicle for even close to the price we have paid for it new."

SEBASTIAN Z., NY (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"I am pleased with this car as far as value is concerned. The car warranty is good."

DAVID C., NC (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Purchased in 2010 with 21,000 miles in mint condition for less than $16,000"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"I thought for the price of the car, that I received more bells and whistles than many other similar vehicles."

DARLENE H., IL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Highs are 10 air bags, quit, comfortable, interior material, sound system, looks. Lows are acceleration, and gas mileage. If they hadn't changed some of the highs in 2013 I would have bought another one instead of a highlander."

Anonymous, IN (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Great SUV for the price. Nice design and features."

JAMES B., PA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"that model year was very good for the consumer"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Need better gas economy"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"I bought a demo 2008 in 2009 so I got a good price. It has been a perfect SUV. No problems! I have only bought a battery and tires in 65,000 miles plus oil changes. Best maintenance of any car I have ever owned!"

WILLIAM B., OH (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"I got the car for exactly what I wanted to pay for it"

JOHN N., PA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"5 year /60,000 mile everything warranty, 10 year/100,000 mile power train warranty. Many, many options included that would have cost big bucks on American mfr. cars. Much better gas mileage than other comparable SUV's. A LOT of pep to it. Virtually problem free since I bought it new."

K K., IL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The standard Warranty is good but recommend getting an extended warranty if you plan to own the car beyond the standard warranty period. Good value vehicle all around, engine/transmission performance is sub par."

Anonymous, NH (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"I am able to negotiate a rather steep difficult driveway in snowy and icy conditions. I can get a lot of cargo in the back."

Anonymous, AK (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Car was loaded but was technically used (4,500 miles; salesperson car/loaner) so got a good deal on it (rebates, markdown)."

STEPHEN M., TX (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"handling and comfort"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"This vehicle looks great, both inside and out. Everything is conveniently located and there is plenty of room"

C C., WI (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Beautiful, unique exterior. The newer ones are ugly. Great car as well."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Evolved styling."

JOHN W., AZ (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The styling is in the fashion of many new cars. Unfortunately, a safe view to the rear has been sacrificed for fashion."

FRED S., AZ (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

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