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The Santa Fe is a pleasant and well-rounded vehicle, but it is starting to show its age. The latest freshening brought a new transmission and more fuel efficiency, but is otherwise modest. Handling is responsive and secure. Front headroom is particularly tight with the optional sunroof. Suspension noise is pronounced.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2005. Side air bags standard from 2003. Head protection air bags and ESC standard from 2007.
Road Test

The Santa Fe is a pleasant and well-rounded vehicle, but it is starting to show its age. The latest freshening brought a new transmission and more fuel efficiency, but is otherwise modest. Handling is responsive and secure. Front headroom is particularly tight with the optional sunroof. Suspension noise is pronounced.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (175 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (276 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“Ball joints seized preventing proper alignment...Big fix along with rear struts very pricey fix”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“I feel this was routine maintenance because the mileage was high”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“had to replace on both sides”

Ira B., OH (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“We have had to replace all the ball joints, never had to do this before on a vehicle”

Anonymous, MB (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“both worn, needed replacement”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Car developed "clunking" noise in front suspension. Required rebuild. Cost almost $1000”

Herbert E., PA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Replaced left front ball joint. Continuous knocking noise in right front noise. Dealer said ball joint is ok, but noise continues”

Timothy C., ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Part of the suspension rebuild”

Herbert E., PA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

“Power steering pump replaced once under warranty. Now it sounds like it is going again. Same squeal as before when the wheel is turned”

Gordon C., ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“power steering fluid gets dirty and required flushing and re fill to eliminate noise. 3rd time for this under warranty”

Don M., ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“Took vehicle to dealer before the 5 year warranty ran out; they did not discover anything needing attention. 3 weeks later, the power steering began making grinding noises and leaking. I now need to replace the power steering pump at a cost of $640”

Anonymous, AB (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“2nd set of broken struts in 15 months”

Laurence R., NY (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Needed struts replaced and was sent home after repairs with loose parts”

Glenn R., AB (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“One had to be replaced at about 110,000 miles and one at 130,000”

Sue D., PA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure Unsure)

“Noticed a rattle when going over bumps. Shocks needed replacing. Dealer handled in warranty”

Anonymous, MD (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“failed under normal driving, much sooner than expected”

Michael H., MI (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“both front struts were leaking and had to be replaced”

D K., IN (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“Struts leaked”

Anonymous, UT (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“Makes loud "thunk" when passing over speed bumps”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“replaced both upper front strut mounts may 2015 replaced right front strut may 2014 replaced both rear shocks apr 2013 replaced left front strut mar 2013 replaced strut mount bearings and rear swaybar bushings mar 2013”

Melvin H., NL (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Wore out quickly”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Replaced both front struts and rear shocks (later). The top of the shock mount was separated causing banging noise”

Anonymous, MB (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Struts were leaking and replaced under warranty/5 years or 100,000 km. Dealer discounted the cost for the required 4 wheel alignment”

Denis H., AB (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The front shocks were replaced at 60000km and 99000km (leaking)”

Tarik A., QC (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

“replaced shocks by dealer and warranty covered it”

Anonymous, QC (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“front shocks leaked oil, had to be replaced under warranty”

Haig S., QC (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“This is a very common problem for Sante Fe's. Had a 2007 Santa Fe that was returned to dealer for warranty repairs more than 3 time. This 2010 has had 3 repairs to the struts so far”

Anonymous, AB (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Potholes and other bad road conditions ruined the suspension”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Worn out struts. Finally convinced a dealer that it wasn't due to an accident”

Brian F., AB (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“Right front strut was bad and leaking. May have been caused by an accident in early 2014 that went undetected”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced 3 times since new. Do not last”

Anonymous, AB (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“Front coil spring broke and was rubbing against the tire”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“There was a recall on the springs. I had already suffered from a broken front spring and had paid for the repairs myself because the warranty was no longer in effect. Amazingly - Hyundai Canada re-imbursed me for the cost I had incurred. I should note that warranty repairs are difficult because my nearest dealer is 600 km away”

Anonymous, BC (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“A small portion of a front spring broke and while there was no noticeable droop in the vehicle it was close to puncturing a tire. (It was discovered during a routine oil change in late June 2016, one day before a road trip through the mountains.) Both Springs were replaced at a cost of $1010. In September, based on a recall which had been issued by Hyundai, I received a refund of $753. to cover parts and labour). The remaining costs were for a 4 wheel alignment, "miscellaneous" and taxes, which”

Ross G., AB (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“broken spring”

Anonymous, MI (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“A large piece of a front coil spring broke off our vehicle. It was a costly repair. Our mechanic said he's been seeing more of this in Hyundais lately & thinks there may end up being a recall”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Front coil spring broke on the drives side and was rubbing on the tire. This defect was not covered by Hyundai and had to be replaced at my cost”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“Right front spring broke & dug into the tire destroying the tire”

James R., WI (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“spring was broken- gently driven car”

Anonymous, NB (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Joints were loose causing front wheels to wobble and rattle which was most noticeable over 80kmph”

Anonymous, BC (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Rack and pinon replaced at a cost for over $1,000”

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Small noise in bottom end when driving over bumps. Had small lower linkage replaced. No problems since. Works fine for the last year and a half!”

Anonymous, NS (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“steering wheel vibration at around 60 mph, turns out needed new tires/balance”

Walter H., NH (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“need replaced too often along with broken coil spring and ball joints. And I do not abuse vehicles”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“front anti-sway rod had to be replaced due to excess wear”

John S., ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“have had to replace left tie rod twice, and right tie rod once”

Walter H., NH (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“replaced”

Anonymous, NB (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

“The immobilizor works intermittently”

Anonymous, BC (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“The whole unit needed to be replaced. I'm glad I bought the extended warranty because it was over $700 to replace”

Kathleen D., TX (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Horn

“Stopped working, but could be a fuse. Need to check”

Anonymous, UT (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure Unsure)
Interior lights

“Switch when bad causing battery drain”

Geoff V., ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“Interior overlight did not come on when door was opened. Hazard light warning light button flickers every few seconds in the dark”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Dome light does not light when the door is opened”

Gary C., CT (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“1) Interior lights staying on after shutting off vehicle (auto-shutoff not working properly; 2) Interior lights staying on while driving (no auto-shutoff)”

Dennis W., FL (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Contorl panel on base of roof malfunctions. Interior lights won,t always come on when you open the door. If they do come on the won.t shut off. Sliding rood window may not shut if you open it or sounds like you are grinding something in a blender”

Anonymous, VT (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“fix then fail again”

Anonymous, WI (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Interior front dome light no longer comes on when door is opened. Similar problem with rear overhead lights. Was told they're all related. Getting new map light replaced under warranty, which they think will fix the other lights”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“Interior front seat map light failed. replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, NB (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“Front interior light panel was replaced 3years ago and door lights are not working again dealer is again investigating”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“Power door lock on driver side works intermittently. Other doors work fine”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Driver's side electric door lock stopped functioning”

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Door lock needed replacement”

Jim R., FL (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Using key fob to lock doors, occasionally, while you can "hear" the doors locking, sometimes one or more doors will remain unlocked. Must check that doors are locked each time you leave vehicle”

Dennis W., FL (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The passenger side rear door lock motor failed”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Door lock broke, replaced selenoid”

Peter C., FL (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Passenger side front door would not lock using fob or door lock switch; only manual lever would lock door. Actuator was replace under warranty”

Young B., MN (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Power locks have failed and been replaced on all doors”

Daniel M., GA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“Front passenger door would not lock”

R L., ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Doesn't lock or unlock drivers side door only other door locks function correctly. Must use key to lock or unlock drivers side door”

Anonymous, ND (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

“warning lights have been diagnosed as sensors. They are very expensive to replace”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“I had to pay $650 to have a faulty oil pressure sensor replaced”

Brian M., AB (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“The check engine light will come on while cruising on the highway on a long trip. The code downloaded from the computer indicates a fault with the oil control valve for the variable valve timing. The control valve has been replaced two times and the”

Anonymous, KY (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)
12V power plug

“Cheaply made, came out of console early on”

Mary M., VA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“doesn't work”

Anonymous, WI (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Body control module

“Not sure this is a "body control module" problem Car would not start sometimes, just turn over without firing. Take the key out and insert again and it would start right away. some sort of fuel mix sensor problem”

Ken C., ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)
Clock

“Fuse issue also somehow caused car to overheat”

Mary M., VA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“RECALL: Tail light”

Anonymous, AB (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)
Remote engine starter

“Ground strap to chassis corroded”

Anonymous, UT (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

“very unreliable, warning comes on when the tire pressure is fine so the system 'cries wolf' and gets ignored which then lead to a flat tire on the MA Pike”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“windshield wiper washer pump motor had to be replaced”

Anthony G., FL (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“Bad sensor on ABS.Had to replace pads & 2 rotors due to wear @ 120,000 mi”

Rick W., GA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“My Santa Fe has 5 warning lights on the dash (ESC, ABS, brakes, engine, tire) . Diagnosis was a braking component that feeds all these systems. Took 4 weeks to determine the problem. Part cost was over $1800 and total cost including diagnostics was $2400”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“Wheel speed sensor in front right tire failure”

Anonymous, HI (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rust. Calipers seized”

Anonymous, BC (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“Calipers froze regularly causing scoring of the rotors.Rotors had to be machined and finally front ones had to be replaced. About once a year calipers had to be removed, cleaned and lubricated because of scoring problem. Very expensive. Caused by r”

David S., MD (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)
Parking brake

“Tends to stick on. Does not release”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“Remained on after use and couldn't be released”

Brian I., QC (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The parking brake would not disengage. Probably user error for infrequent use”

Alan A., ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Parking brake will not hold the vechile from moving back when applied. Needs constant adjustment from mechanic to fix. soon after adjustment it soon fails again”

Anonymous, NB (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“I have never owned a vehicle that has required replacing rear brake pads and rotors so often. My original rear brakes lasted until 85,000 km when I had to replace the pads and rotors. At 107,000 kms I had to replace both front and rear pads and rotors, then again at 131,000 kms the rear pads and rotors needed replacing once again due to seizing up”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Driven easy and mostly highway yet total brake job required at 80k. This is after doing there $100. Service every 6 months . When the brakes let go they just started making grinding and scraping very very loud. Took it in immediately and everything”

Dave E., ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“replaced: front &rear pads aug 2011 front & rear pads may 2012 rotors plus front & rear pads jul 2013 handbrake shoe & hardware kit ju 2014 replc'd/lubricated pads myself since 2014”

Melvin H., NL (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Rear brakes worn out and needed new rotors at 20,000 km. Pathetic - and poorly supported by Hyundai. I will NEVER go back to another of their products”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“See previous”

Rick W., GA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“Not so much a problem as I consider brakes a wear item”

A S., NY (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealing with the Hyundai Dealership. Took my Santa Fe to a chain service centre which cost 25% less and offered a better warranty”

Anonymous, NL (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Same as previous issue”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“rotors needed to be turned”

Gary R., ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Driver door had problems closing in cold weather. Also door seems to shift when opened. Had brake pads renewed but back twice to adjust as there is an issue with putting new pads on old rotors. Squeaking and abrupt stops are common”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The front brakes had to be replaced at 43,000 miles . the dealer told me this was normal. My 2006 gmc truck has 101,000 miles on it & the brakes have never been replaced. The dealer said the brakes should be good for 150,000 miles”

James R., WI (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“It was just time. Brake rotors don't last forever. This car does not have a history of brake problems”

A S., NY (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to replace brake pads etc, fairly expensive”

Douglas G., ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“invoice says "replace pads & rotors (brakes - replace front pads & rotors) "”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“I went to car dealer for oil change. They checked my brakes and said they needed replaced in the next 3 months”

Linda K., WV (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“At 60,000 miles I needed brake pads, just normal wear”

James M., NY (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Peeling”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“large paint flaking away on hood”

Anonymous, TN (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“clear coat peeling, paint fading”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The paint on the front of the hood and the windshield side rails has peeled off. Bare metal showing!”

Joseph A., FL (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Several areas of paint peeling across top just above the windshield”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“On the roof and on the hood there are multiple areas where the paint has come off. Most of them are small, approximately 1/4 inch in diameter. But there was a large area approximately 1.5" by 4" on the roof that we had to paint before the winter”

Anonymous, MD (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“paint fading on top of rear hatch and door handles”

Anonymous, AL (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“paint on handles is coming off”

Anthony G., FL (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“fading of trim areas and extended warranty was refused”

Stephen D., FL (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Noticed that the clear coat began peeling off even though we had purchased a body protection package from the dealership”

Anne-Marie L., ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)
Rust

“Rust beneath window on rear lift gate”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Early minor rust signs at edge of rear window.Repaired under warrantee”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Rust spot bled through causing an $800 repair”

Anonymous, WI (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Read door hatch has spot of rust near top of glass”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“We were sold by the dealershipa body protection package with a warranty. This provided no protection from rust or chips as they claimed. They did not honor the warranty, but did refund the price of the package”

Anne-Marie L., ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“rusting on roof of vehicle around roof rack. Hyundai dealer repaired at no cost and repainted roof”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)
Loose exterior trim or moldings

“Front bumper cover mounting points broke”

Robert J., NJ (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“Always knock the gas fitting off of the metal lift”

Anonymous, NM (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

“Car does not shift up properly and stays in a lower gear longer than necessary. It also downshifts slower than necessary. Both of these conditions have adversely affected my gas mileage”

Anonymous, VA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Hyundai Santa Fe drive shafts are defective. I had to replace year before last, and the same problem has returned with the new drive shaft. I also had to have two front wheel universal joints replaced. Very problematic. The transmission is unreliable. It skips and runs very rough. The transmission computer had to be reprogrammed. This solved the problem but the problem keeps returning. Don't buy this car”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“? problem was repaired but continues at a lesser degree”

Linda M., MO (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Clunking noise between 1st and 2nd gear”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“At start up getting very jerky shifting between 1-2 and 2-3 gears”

Dan Y., GA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“This car has had rough shifting since new. Software updates to the computer have changed the time when rough shifts occur, but have not resolved the problem. Since last update the transmission occasionally has a rough up-shift into 4th gear. As the c”

Anonymous, KY (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Transmission made loud thud noises as though the car was being rear ended”

Jeffrey B., ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“When driving slow from a stopped position the vehicle would make a banging noise when it shifted from first to second gear in the automatic transmission”

Robert G., NH (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Rough shift (sometimes very harsh). Dealer traced problem to AWD "coupler" and replaced the unit at no charge. No problems since then”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Coupling A replaced at a cost of $1,642 that was covered under warranty. 92,910 kms”

Anonymous, MB (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Hesitation & slipping of gears while engine was cold”

Linda M., MO (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“at highway speed the transmission would skip every so often”

Anonymous, CT (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“jerky and rough gear shifting”

Anonymous, MD (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“Transmission both sticks, does not shift and slips”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“Transmission sometimes slipped at when automatically changing gears at low speeds. Appears to have been corrected by dealer, with a software upgrade”

Anonymous, CO (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)
Transmission leaks

“At 113000 a leak was noted on one of the gasket seals on the transmission”

Tarik A., QC (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Needed new transmission that was covered by the extra warranty I purchased”

Anonymous, MO (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealership service deep found broken parts inside the transmission when troubleshooting my compliant of rough shifting. Only a full transmission would solve the problem. Dealership replaced transmission under warranty”

Sharon K., CO (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“the dealer replaced the tranny within the first year but the problem still persists”

Anonymous, CT (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission failed at 24000km. Replaced under warranty. Second transmission failed at 40000km but was outside the 5 year warranty period. They replaced the transmission but charged me over $1000 for labour”

Gordon C., ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“was loosing power and needed a transmission repair”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission started haveing problems around 95000 miles - dealer did not find any issues. continued to have problem untill over warrenty miles and dealer refused to repair vehicle”

Bryan C., NY (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“BRAND NEW TRANSMISSION”

Richard A., NY (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Extremely violent shifting into reverse”

Dennis B., IL (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The car was under warranty (75,000 miles) so Hyundai replaced the transmission and gave me a loaner car in the interim”

Anonymous, VT (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The transmission operation was not smooth. The shifting of gears was noisy and erratic”

Anonymous, BC (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Starting with rough shifting,slipping and 3 or more inspections from the dealer before they decided to replace the transmission”

Anonymous, CT (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Magnetic connectors needed replacing”

Jeffrey B., ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Occasional very rough shifting that the dealer could not duplicate. The transmission slipped while changing gears then engaged with a bang. The transmission began hesitating when shifted into reverse and began shifting rough all the time. The dealer”

Bruce B., PE (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Slipping between gears. On my third transmission”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

“Check engine light has been coming on for the past two weeks. The vehicle has been to the dealer 4 times and they are unable to fix the problem”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“Side mount bolts were loose which could have caused major problem if engine came loose !”

Wayne A., ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Smell of oil burning, but not a lot of oil is lost”

Anonymous, UT (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure Unsure)

“oil pan was leaking. brought it to one dealer, took 2 days to fix... started leaking after 3 days again. Brought it to another dealer they fixed it for good”

Anonymous, QC (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“Oil sending (pressure?) unit leaked. Repaired under warranty”

Young B., MN (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“minor leaks on driveway. Dealer says oil plug threads are worn”

Lorne A., ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“All oil spontaneously drained out of the vehicle”

Anonymous, AB (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“oil leaking from oil pan gasket, was fixed under warranty”

Haig S., QC (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“replaced front valve gasket cover/sealant to correct leak”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealer found a leaky gasket and it cost $1500 to fix on a car less than 5 years old”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“oil sensor failure. Leaked motor oil”

Doug H., ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

“had to replace it after 3 years. not covered under warranty”

Anonymous, QC (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

“Had to replace starter at cost of over $500”

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Continued vibration noise, right front. Determined to be rear drive shaft which was replaced”

Karen M., OH (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Had three starters fail according to dealer each time. Left me stranded twice. Various other components also serviced each time. I got the impression the dealer did not know or care to diagnose and troubleshoot adequately”

H A., VA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“No warning 2000 miles out of warrenty”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Alternator

“Leaking valve gasket cause oil on alternator to fail neither were covered by warranty”

Bob G., WI (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)
Electronic ignition

“Rough start. Determined to need a new starter, which was installed”

Karen M., OH (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealer took 5 days to fix a faulty connection in fuse box”

Wayne A., ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“when it is cold and damp outside, incoming and outgoing communications are broken, i.e., words are missed”

Anonymous, NL (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“I am not always able to get the phone to respond when I push on the button. I have had it checked and the dealer says they can't find anything wrong. It has happened several times over several months or years”

Anonymous, OR (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Some time it will not pair without several trys”

Vernel C., MA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)
Radio

“Radio totally failed.the vehicle was out of warranty,dealer radio was too expensive. I purchased an aftermarket system”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)
Backup or other camera/sensors

“Intermittent problem, backup screen would go blank. Would have to bang the hatch door to get it to work. Took it into Hyundai but it always worked when they looked at it. Looks like a bad electrical contact problem”

David S., MD (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The screen when using back up camera difficult to see in sunlight”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Xm radio loses memory and head light flicker high to low without touching the control. Both high and low flicker and seem to have a connection to the radio cutting out. Unable to determine the cause”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“It announced "You have arrived" at least a mile prior to the actual destination. The system was updated to correct the problem but the new update format is difficult to read--poor contrast. Street names are thin black letters edged in white with gr”

Vernel C., MA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)
Voice control commands

“When I give the phone instructions it is not always acknowledged by the phone. Also, it doesn't always understand what name I'm giving and doesn't give me choices”

Anonymous, OR (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Most of the time I can't access "call by name" from my iPhone thru bluetooth”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“drive shaft was replaced under 100,000 factory warranty. Drive shaft made noise at low speeds which was progressively getting worse”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Drive shaft had to be replaced due to annoying noise. Car also makes noise at slow speeds in cool weather. Transmission has been problematic in terms of rough shifting”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)
Driveline vibration

“I\this has been the third time the exact same thing has happened with this car since I bought it new in 2011”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“axle coupling was replaced”

Anonymous, BC (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“Esc was causing engine to stall locking steering and making it unsafe”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
4WD/AWD components

“The clutch that engages the 4wd needs to be replaced. It binds and bangs in tight corners and during acceleration. The part is ordered and will be replaced next week at a cost of $1800”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“AWD viscous coupling needed replacing, covered by warranty, othewise it would have been about a $2500.00 bill”

Anonymous, SK (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Loud thumping noise at 35-55 mph.Differential cupler temporarily disconnected by my mechanic-unable to reset as Hyundai gives reset code to dealerships only. Drove to dealership in FWD. $900 for used part. $1800 new”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Unsure)

“ltraction control light kept comming on”

Pedro M., PR (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“Been hearing rattling in the front of the vehicle. Had it inspected and repair made to sway bar, but there is still a rattle there”

Daniel A., WI (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Front right side gets noise when defogger is on or sand in gears”

Anonymous, CO (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Lots of suspension noises / rattling coming from undercarriage, especially front axles, specifically the front struts. Also interior rattling coming from rear seat back while driving on rough surfaces (other than paved surfaces)”

Elliot L., NH (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“fan belt drive system”

Lorne A., ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Brakes squeak ang grind when starting. Somtimes thee is an intermittent squeak from a tire”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“Still have squeaks in the back”

Anonymous, QC (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“There is a squeaky noise from the pedal when the breaks are applied”

A F., SC (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“Replaced front stabilizer kits”

Doug H., ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

“Excessive wind noise as if there is a leak in the weather stripping in either windows or doors”

Daniel A., WI (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“Compressor is very noisy and needs to be services. Est. repairs are over $1000. Will wait for complete failure before I get it fixed”

Anonymous, VA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Needed to be replaced along with a hose which was leaking”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Automatic climate control

“The car has a dial mechanism to set or change the temperature setting for the cabin. For the last six months it has become erratic. If I am attempting to raise the temperature, as I turn the dial it may jump up a degree or jump down a degree or several degrees. Same problem when I attempt to lower the temp. So far after several attempts I have always been able to finally set the desired temp. I assume that it will eventually fail completely. My online research indicates replacement of the”

Michael E., NC (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Without warning cabin would fill with most air on humid days resulting in windows fogging over, reduced visibility. Turning defrost fan on did not resolve issue. After five visits to dealer problem still not resolved. Climate control (temperature)”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Vehicle seems to have a lot of electrical problems. Had to replace alternator, interior map lights, recirculated air vent motor, horn, brake light switch”

Timothy C., ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Two leaks arose in A/C lines”

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The tubing on the high pressure side of the compressor failed at a connection. The part was under warranty”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)
Heater system

“WILL NOT HEAT-UP IF OUTSIDE AIR TEMP IS NOT BELOW 50 DEGREES”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“Check engine light for years, finally medal bits in engine caused need for replacement”

Anonymous, CO (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“While traveliing on Interstate 20 in Texas going about 65MPR the engine stopped running. The Hyundai dealer in Odessa ,TX said the engine had failed and it was either the main bering or a piston. The engine needed replacement so I had them replace th”

M L., SC (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“cam out size”

Anonymous, KY (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“I noticed a small coolant leak that ended up being due to a rare porous spot in the engine block. Dealer notified Hyundai and a new full engine was ordered and installed at 69,000 miles. Hyundai provided a loaner car and I was extremely pleased wit”

Anonymous, VA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Dealer failed to accurately install new sensor....engine overheated. Rebuilt at dealer cost”

Anonymous, CO (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

“Rear engine seal and t case axle seal at 80000 km. no warranty coverage. $1600 fix”

Glenn R., AB (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“Timing gear replacement”

Dennis B., IL (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“cam shaft tensioner broke. Timing went out. Oil pump also went out”

Anonymous, NH (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

“check engine light came on due to oxygen sensor and car hard to start”

Jim I., NB (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“The sensor light illuminates intermittently and to date the technician has not been able to correct the problem”

Anonymous, AB (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)
Fuel injection system

“had less than 40,000 miles and had to have new fuel injectors put in, since then fuel millage has dropped”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

“lock actuator in two doors failed and had to be replaced”

Pete H., FL (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Still can't lock back passenger side back door without doing it manually”

Anonymous, NM (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Latch on interior compartment does not catch/constantly opening. Light guard on door has spontaneously fallen off”

Anonymous, IA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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