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.
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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

"Great car for road trips. It stays on track easily, and has plenty of power to accelerate and climb hills. I can drive it comfortably for many hours."

Anonymous, OR (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Everything !"

Anonymous, NV (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"3.6 v6 has lots of power to pass on cogested roads"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Engine tooooooo small 4 cylinder"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"excellent power and acceleration"

GARY F., OH (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Handles well in snow. Accelerates well considering it is only a 2.4L engine. Great off road as well as driving interstate."

Anonymous, NV (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Very good, ease of control"

Anonymous, LA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The four cylinder engine is too small for this vehicle."

BERNARD S., CT (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Amazingly quick with V6 engine. Excellent MPG."

Anonymous, IL (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"There is s distinct blind spot when trying to back up or look to the back when driving--this may be styling, but if affects my driving experience"

SUE D., PA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"We have had repeated problems with the transmission and took it to the dealer a number of times. They have reset the adaptive control numerous times but that has not resolved the issue. We have learned to live with the issue."

Anonymous, GA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"handles well for an SUV its size; drives as a car - like SUV or CUV"

BOB D., ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"4 cylinders do not do this car justice. It's too big, and would be better of with 6 cylinders."

Anonymous, NY (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The Hyundai has a robust ability to accelerate for passing or for getting onto freeways. It has the tightest and best turning radius of any car I have ever owned including our Lexus."

MICHAEL E., NC (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Excellent acceleration requiring little throttle. Good torque even at low RPM. Handling - excessive sway at high speed around tight corners."

JOHN S., ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Sometimes transmission slips and jerks from lowest gear, dealer unable to diagnose."

NEIL H., MD (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The 4 cylinder engine is economical but there's no real acceleration. The front wheel drive is quite torquey; the wheels slip easily and are alarming on a wet road."

CLAYTON F., OH (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"heating system not responsive in 40-55 degree zone."

Anonymous, WA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Had to add seat cushions...seats not plush at all"

JOHN D., SC (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"suspension is very stiff. It truly rides like a truck"

ART C., FL (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"I don't find the seats comfortable for long period drives, but they are not power seats and therefore lack the ability to "tune" the position."

R M., AZ (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"On the whole this auto is very comfortable, but my wife feels that its ride is rougher than her Lexus 350. The Lexus is a little plusher due to its increased shock capacity."

MICHAEL E., NC (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"No outside air temp gauge. To have one would have been nice"

GUY P., BC (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The seats are one of the most uncomfortable seats I have had in a car. The adjustments on the seat do not help make this a comfortable seat."

Anonymous, IN (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Seats are very comfortable for long trips."

Anonymous, AB (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Noisy suspension."

Anonymous, MD (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The ride in the Santa Fe is probably why we still have it because the seats and riding long distance is probably the best car we have had"

KAY T., MN (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Car overall rides fairly well. Climate control has had to problems whether for heat or air conditioning. Seats are comfortable. A little noisy but OK and the ride is rough on bumpy roads or ruts."

PHIL Y., CA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The noise outside windows level is high, but we did add rain guards which might explain this"

MARIAN M., AL (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Lot of road noise making hard to hold a conversation. Overall very comfortable"

BRIAN I., QC (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Drivers seats too short for me (6' 1")"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"find it very comfortable"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The car is small enough for my wife to ride drive around in the city with ease and that is good enough. As for ride it is like a tank. We took it on a trip from Dallas to Memphis shortly after we got it and the comfort level was very poor."

Anonymous, TX (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"It's too noisy. I hear a whine from the tire noise that is irritating."

JAMES K., MN (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Ride is not stiff enough taking corners but too stiff at low speed over rough roads."

JOHN S., ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"We are a bit disappointed with the amount of road noise."

ROBERT K., AB (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Very harsh ride, although handling is ok"

Anonymous, SK (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)


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

What Owners Say

"It was a mid size SUV with the same economy as a smaller one and offered more features like rear air conditioning vents and a timing chain instead of a belt."

ANGUS S., NY (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The quality of the vehicle overall is very good and the price was very good. It has been a positive experience owning this vehicle. We plan on continuing to own and drive this vehicle for many years to come."

Anonymous, BC (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Good in snow and icey conditions"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"V6 2010 Santa Fe has been good bang for buck. Superb highway vehicle. Handles snow & towing well. A design weakness may expose it to suspension stress; part of such replaced once per manufacturer/dealer. Well designed car-like SUV. V6s are tough to get now. Tows 3500 pounds well; no need for backup camera"

BOB D., ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"worth every dollar I paid for it"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"I have not had any expenses other than regularly scheduled maintenance."

Anonymous, AL (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"I have had 2 Sante Fe's now and would strongly consider buying again except they have changed the configuration which makes a third row seat mandatory and a "trunk" space not available. As I am usually alone a third seat is a complete waste of space and weight."

GREG L., SK (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"I bought it from CarMax for their premium price. The tire tread was 1/32 over their allowable minimum and I had to replace the tires within 3 months. So my beef is with CarMax."

CLAYTON F., OH (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"I tested all the available SUV's before I purchased the Santa Fe. I liked the look of it inside & outside and I still feel the same way about it today. Love it!"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The 2010 Santa Fe SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) was in the middle of its styling period. I bought it for it Utility features. In 2013 the style changed to emphasize a Sport image, a more sloped back end. It ruined it as a Utility vehicle so I am SO glad I got the 2010 model with a several of years to iron out the bugs and a several years to keep tweaking the systems."

STEVEN S., MO (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Has blind spots on the drivers side,where through frame meets the windshield"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"It looks muscular and curvy"

ANGUS S., NY (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The styling in the 10 is good...but the taillights take on water...had 1 replaced twice and still has a leak..."

KAY T., MN (2010 Hyundai Santa Fe)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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