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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 2011 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

Alignment

“Have had the car aligned twice, and it will need it again after strut replacement”

Vard N., CO (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“Seems to get out of alignment fairly easy. Have tires rotated and balance every three months as tires becoming more expensive”

Gene H., MO (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Front left tire out of alignment (toe)”

Anonymous, UT (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“Needed alighning”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)
Ball joints

“Right front needed replacing. Covered by warranty”

Anonymous, WI (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“The front coil springs were recently replaced under a safety recall for premature rusting that could cause the spring to break. 2 weeks later a dry creaking noise started in the front end. Told by dealer that the ball joints needed to be replaced. Scheduled to be done next week. Seems a little too coincidental to me”

D C., ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“My upper ball joint on driver's side had enough play that it wouldn't pass inspection at 25000 miles”

Anonymous, RI (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Large clunk on passenger side, dealer fixed”

Larry B., ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“the ball joints on the left front were replaced”

Anonymous, WI (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Right side ball joint proved defective at about 60,000 miles. Dealership repaired it under warranty. I credit my local Goodyear dealer for spotting the problem during routine maintenance”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Driver's side ball joint was replaced at 77,000 miles. Driver's side front axle leaking grease at 83,000, aftermarket replacement part not available. Dealer only availability”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“All have to be replaced at this mileage. Extra expense for older cars”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)
Bushings

“Right front needed replacing. Covered by warranty”

Anonymous, WI (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

“Twice since we've owned this vehicle the steering has gone. Pump issue. Under warranty so fixed quickly for free”

Lynn M., MA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“power steering pump had to be replaced”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

“Front struts need to be replaced at 77,000 miles, not under warranty”

Vard N., CO (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“Terrible noisy rough ride. Has been like this since we bought it. Dealer says nothing is wrong”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“right front strut was replaced due to a leak. the problem has been rectified”

Anonymous, MB (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“Front shock found failed during alternator repair”

Anonymous, AB (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

“Service station indicated both front struts required replacement. Under extended warranty, dealer replaced left strut at no cost to me. Dealer contradicted service station, indicating that right strut did not require replacement”

Thomas C., NY (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Cracked strut, was replaced under warranty”

James A., AB (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“Recall notice”

Anonymous, WA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

“terrible rough bumpy ride since we bought it”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Front springs replaced under recall notice for premature rusting leading to possible failure in wintry areas using road salt,etc”

D C., ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“the spring issue was a safety factory recall,I had no problems with the vehicle”

Joseph A., ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“sway bar links replaced”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“A steering/ignition problem. Experienced increasing difficulty in turning ignition key. Hyundai said it was not aware of problem and dealer was unsure despite comments on internet about the issue. Eventually, the system would not work at all so car was towed to dealer and ignition switch replaced at considerable cost”

David H., ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“Required replacement”

Stephen P., TX (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

“A clip was missing from the steering system”

R D., VA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The axle was replaced by the dealer”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)
Tie rods

“A sway bar failed and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, UT (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“Both front tires were worn down thru tread ... only on the insides of tires”

Anonymous, WI (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

“Failed wheel bearing at only 30k miles. Replace under warrantee”

Anonymous, UT (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“the leek in thepower steering caused it to be replaced”

Anonymous, PA (2011 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

“Intermittently works. Same for door locks”

Anonymous, OK (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)
Gauges

“the light behind the small center square located in the the MPH display clock, which shows total mileage and other selected features such as trip odometer, mpg, etc., kept going off and on...it was fixed under the very accommodating factory warranty”

Gus C., FL (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)
Headlights

“When I replaced a spent bulb in my left headlight the angle of the light goes downward rather than even with the other headlight”

Anonymous, NC (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“both low beams burnt out in 3 years”

Fred M., FL (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)
Horn

“The horn kept going off when starting the car but it was covered under warranty”

James M., NM (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)
Interior lights

“Must constantly reset interior light switches”

Fred M., FL (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“steering wheel control lights doesn't come on when headlights are on”

Anonymous, VA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Sensor from the doors to the overhead interior lights failed, costing $221.17. Not covered by warranty”

Brian M., WY (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Front interior light would not light when the doors where opened”

Donald K., WI (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“overhead lite would not come on when door opened”

Anonymous, SC (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Interior light switch defective”

Anonymous, BC (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“Overhead console lights quit working. We've supposedly had the part on order with the dealership for five months now. Still no resolution”

Anonymous, UT (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The controls for the interior lights (door switch for interior lights does not work). The dealer said the control module would need to be replaced, and it is not inexpensive”

Anonymous, UT (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“intermittent function of front interior dome light on right side. Tap the light firmly and it comes on”

Frank H., BC (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“interior lights did not turn on when door was open”

Joseph A., ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“front interior lights not working....found problem to be a diode that was not working...replaced it myself”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Map Lights would not turn on when a door was opened. A diode on the circuit board burned out. I have had to replace the diode twice in the last 2 years. I did the replacement myself as the dealer would have replaced the entire overhead map light assembly. 25 cent diode versus $100 new assembly”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealer did not discover failure of interior lights to activatell when passenger doors were opened. Item is now out of warrabty”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Keyless remote had to be programmed because of the door latch problem”

Mark G., VA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

“Alternator Failed”

Brad K., ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Water in brake/turn signal assembly”

M B., ID (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The electronic stability control light came on for no reason. Brought car to dealer who determined there was a faulty sensor and replaced the part”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Serious issues where the washer would only work intermittently. Had to take a video to prove it as they wouldn't fix. Known issue by other users was found online”

James A., AB (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 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

Backup or other camera/sensors

“In most lighting conditions, the screen is unreadable”

L D., GA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“Faulty backup camera replaced”

Edward L., CA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“back up camera goes black gear put in reverse”

Anonymous, BC (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Same as radio - turns off intermittently”

Anonymous, MN (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The computer is freezing more and more often. Sometimes it is the backup camera, sometimes it is on startup. Turn off the car usually fixes the issue, but that is pretty inconvenient”

Jason B., CA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“The screen would freeze up or only show squares”

Thomas K., IA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

“Screen is blank. Costs $2500 to fix/replace”

Anonymous, MA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Screen went blank during backup camera USge”

Edward L., CA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The screen would go blank or show only squares”

Thomas K., IA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“Just past the radio warranty, The bluetooth interface stopped working. When I took it to the dealer, they told me it required a new radio for about $1,000 - just to fix some software problem. I was not impressed as the warranty problem had just passe”

Chris P., ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“problem with radio system pairing - would freeze or said that was paired when not in use”

Anonymous, VA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Voice recognition and reliable connectivity”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Bluetooth used to pair with my 4-year old flip phone, but no longer does. (It still works in my other car, so the problem is not completely my phone's fault.)”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)
Radio

“would lose connection and freeze up to 20 minutes at a time. notices about telephone not being pairs even when telephone not being used”

Anonymous, VA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The SeriusXm Satelite system cuts out when near a tall building or trees. Only when these objects are to the right of the vehicle when traveling southbound”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Radio reception became intermittent and Bluetooth and CD did not work at the same time as radio cut out. Again. car was just off warranty and I had the dealer replace it”

David H., ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“Radio intermittently turns off when vehicle is cold. Dealer said there have been issues but the radio warranty ends at 30k (took it in just before 60k)”

Anonymous, MN (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“satellite radio tuner does not work”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Screen display disapeared and navigation quot workin, GPS DID NOT KNOW WERE CARE WAS”

Samuel D., FL (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

“idler pulley bearing went out at 61000 miles. not part of major engine. not covered by warrenty”

Anonymous, MN (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“Some pulley on the front of the engine had a bearing that went. Was replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, UT (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)
Engine computer

“When slowing for a stop sign or turn, the car would just die without any warning. It would re-start immediately. Dealer could not find anything wrong. eventually there was a service bulletin put out and the dealer made some adjustments, and so far I”

Anonymous, UT (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“Engine grinds and rattles mostly on cold starts. Dealer says there is a bulletin, but won't fix it. Claims it won't damage the engine and, if it does, Hyundai will rebuild the engine for free. That seems like an inadequate response”

Anonymous, NM (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The car wouldn't go over 30 MPH. Took to dealer and they reprogrammed the co,,outer, great since then”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

“replaced lower intake gasket”

R D., VA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“When started car would make a knocking noise, also on acceleration. Was told lifters were bad”

Maureen F., MD (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Fuel leaks

“Oil pan leak - covered by warranty”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Leak at oil pan gasket”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“oil drain pan was resealed twice for an oil leak. the problem persists. I will demand a new drain pan this time”

Anonymous, MB (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“The oil pressure switch failed twice”

Greg B., AB (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“It was a gasket leak and it was repaired quickly”

Anonymous, BC (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“Oil valve was no longer functioning, causing oil to run across bottom of SUV. Can appear as a transmission problem at first but an experienced mechanic ruled that out. Motor had to be removed to fix the problem. Was without my SUV for 7 days. Since repair, there are no more oil leaks”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“The oil pressure switch failed and was leaking all over the driveway. The mechanic identified it immediately - It was a quick repair”

Tony P., ON (2011 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

Driveshaft or axle

“driveshaft was vibrating and grinding. Replaced by dealer under warranty”

James C., OH (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Driveshaft was making a noise and had to be replaced just after warranty expiry. There is a service bulletin on the problem but dealer maintained that sine car was off warranty I would have to pay for replacement. If it was a US car it would still”

David H., ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“There was apparently a manufacturing defect with the front axle that led to vibration. It was difficult to diagnose. But was fixed to my satisfaction”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Axle broken. Replaced”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Halfshaft and bushing replaced. This car should be traded in at the 160,000 km mark as it is now not reliable. I wish I had bought another Honda as I keep cars 14 years. Ihave excluded Hyundai and Kia from my list of next cars only looking at Subaru and Honda now”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Driveline vibration

“At 40km/h on acceleration there is a vibration. Hyundai has replaced the driveshaft. They still can't find the issue. In fact as I type this, it is at the dealership again for this. I had a 160000km extended warrantee”

Anonymous, AB (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)
Stability control (ESC)

“Same electrical problem, dealer gave us a loaner and mechanic took it home and was finally able to replicate problem so fix occurred after that”

Tom W., AB (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)
Electrical failure

“Electrical problems led to engine not starting/running rough and 4X4 not engaging, dash not working properly and EC light on”

Tom W., AB (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“Had to have the chip key reader module replaced. In fact my daughters 07 Elantra had it replaced 3 times”

Anonymous, AB (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“My alternator went at around 145000 KM. I have never had an alternator go before and have kept a number of my vehicles past 10 years of age and at least double the kms that this one went at. In the 18 months I have owned this vehicle I have had to replace rear struts, brakes front and back, alternator, had the differential lock when my tires got near needing replacement, had an oil sensor switch go leading me to gush oil while driving, have had to replace inner tie rod and sway bar links. While”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Some kind of sensor failure that limited gas flow - once diagnosed it was easily repaired”

Russell S., NY (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“back end locked up when backing up and turning. huge clunks, they replaced the viscous coubling. Worry about what other damage will surface because of strain”

Anonymous, MN (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“Loss of lubricant with resulting damage to bearings, possibly because of something done/undone by previous owner; no way of knowing for sure; could be an inherent flaw”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“Running boards pulled apart twice”

Anonymous, BC (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“The insulation trim on the driver's side indoor frame wore through in about a 8 inch area”

Anonymous, WI (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Clear coat pealing”

Howell W., TX (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The clearcoat on all of the non-metal parts of the exterior is peeling, bumpers, handles, etc. Dealer said it wasn't covered in the extended 100k mile bumper-bumper warranty”

Jason B., CA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“Cracking and peeling of paint on door handles”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“chalking paint found on the roof”

Anonymous, BC (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“paint scratches very easily”

Anonymous, MO (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint in oxidizing on roof and hood of vehicle; began when still under warranty but warranty claim was denied by dealership”

Anonymous, TN (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“I've had to take my car into the body shop several times over the past 2 years due to cracking and peeling paint. The paint used by the manufacturer appears to be of inferior quality. I've had to replace all 4 of my door handles due to cracking and”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“I started having problems with the paint about a year after I bought this vehicle. The dealership replaced all four door handles because of defective paint, but they refused to correct the stress lines in the paint around the handles. They told me it looks like I had a dog or other animal who jumped on the car (on all four doors) and caused these damages. Not true. I'm also having problems with the clear coat paint on the front of my car peeling off excessively. When I tried to work with th”

Sharon S., FL (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Clear coat started peeling off the hood. Paint scratches easily”

Anonymous, NH (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint is chipping on hood”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)
Rust

“Rust forming below window on rear tailgate. Car was rustproofed and hardwaxed at purchase. Claim for repair was denied by providing company”

David H., ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“It was covered under warranty and the dealer fixed it immediately with no problem”

John D., NY (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Repeated check engine light indications, not sure dealer knows what's going on. Latest diagnosis is bad canister vent valve”

William G., NY (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

“Replaced sticking fuel injector assembly. No cost to me”

Robin G., TX (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Engine occasionally hesitates when accelerator is pushed. Can be serious when it happens in traffic”

Anonymous, MN (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)
Fuel pump

“vibration in throttle body when engine is shut off .Dealer attempted to fix. . Factory consulted but no fix! Doesn't affect drivability but annoying!!”

Thomas C., AZ (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“Dealer says that the alcohol in Costco/Sams gas has more than major brands and that it was covered totally since it was under 50K miles, but will not be covered after that. Fuel pump died and was un-drivable. I had to get towed to the dealer and the”

Robert B., TX (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Complete failure of the pump requiring towing of the car”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“Fuel pump overheated and stopped as the gas tank got low (i.e. gas tank was providing cooling for the pump when the tank was full)”

Ron B., NB (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Check engine light came on and brought vehicle into dealership to diagnose. Found O2 sensor 2 bank 2 to be the cause of the check engine light. After several attempts to fix the issue found out that pin in sensor connector was corroded due to an ant”

Anonymous, IN (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON. GARAGE SAID IT WAS A SENSOR. COST $650 TO REPLACE THE TINY PLASTIC PART!”

Lionel D., ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Just engine light came on, car still worked fine”

Samuel D., FL (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

“Set a failure code, had to replace”

James S., IL (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

Alternator

“Just quit running on acold winter night back from work. Had it towed to regular mechanic who fixed the problem with a new alernator but had difficulty with manufacture and dealer with warranty as was not towed to dealer for repairs and didn't have a”

Gene H., MO (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The alternator went out and we had to have it replaced”

Anonymous, IA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Driving along and car died. Jump and worked about three seconds. Called AAA and had it towed to dealership. Told Alternator was bad. New ones different than the old ones that I am familiar with”

Maureen F., MD (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Alternator failed left occupants stranded on highway”

Anonymous, AB (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

“Light came on while driving to work. Stopped at dealer and they replaced the alternator and gave me a ride”

Anonymous, MB (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“-Car battery was dead - CAA attended and stated battery was good and it was likely the alternator. -Dealer insisted testing indicated a battery which we paid for. -Santa Fe stopped dead on major highway. -Dealer finally changed alternator NO Charge and gave us a rental - GOOD Recovery”

Tony P., ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“Battery only had about 25,00 miles on it when it died”

Anonymous, UT (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)
Starter

“Failed starter needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“On two different occasions, months apart, engine turned easily but ignition would not fire. On first occasion, a relay was replaced, on second, I don't know what they did. Both incidents were covered by warranty and did not cost me anything”

Jack U., ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Electronic ignition

“The car will hardly ever start first time. I have to pump the accelerator, the start it. This is even after new spark plugs, a new air filter and a dealer service”

Carolann S., ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

“Spark plugs are very difficult to remove on this car and cost over $400 to replace with new spark plugs. Too much equipment has to be removed to get at the back plugs especially. Poor design”

Carolann S., ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

“FRONT CALIPERS REGULARLY NEEDED ATTENTION FOR VIBRATION ON BRAKING”

Anonymous, BC (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

“Needed new front pads”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“Normal wear and tear on the brakes. Have not yet repaired them”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“At 85000 km we replaced the brakes due to normal wear and tear.we also replaced the battery and tires at the same time”

Roy F., ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“Rusted rotors”

Anonymous, NS (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“We had to replace the rear pads and rotors at 40000 and the front is fine, my wife's vehicle she is not an aggressive driver, I am and my car has over 60000 with no brake problems and I am not easy on them”

Anonymous, NS (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“BRAKE SHUDDER AND VIBRATION DESPITE NEW BRAKE PADS FITTED”

Anonymous, BC (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“due to a rusted "control rod" I had constant pressure on pads & rotors & had to replace them at 23000 miles”

Anonymous, RI (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Rear rotors were badly rusted out”

Anonymous, NS (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“Very fast wear rates”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)
Antilock system (ABS)

“ABS system stopped working. $600 repair cost plus additional factory paid for repairs”

Anonymous, VA (2011 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

“Failed. Replaced by dealer under Warranty 58,000 miles”

Richard A., FL (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Failure, replacement required at a cost in excess of $1000”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealer misdiagnosed problem and thought it was the mechanical movement of the door that switches from heat to a//c. This involved the complete removal of the dash. About 9 hours of labor chargers. When this didn't work they looked at the compressor and found a leak caused by rust. Hyundai paid for the parts, I paid for the labor - $900. Very poor technician”

James S., ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Sudden failure for no apparent reason”

William G., NY (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

“The engine light would come on. The car would lose power. We'd turn it off, start it again. It would start, but light would stay on. We'd call the dealership, but by the time we got it in the light had gone out and they could not find the problem”

Anonymous, IA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

“The air conditioner/heater comes on without turning it on. Something in the electrical system or a shorted fuse is the probable culprit”

S P., TN (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

“Replaced A/C unit's cooling "radiator" due to leakage. Covered under extended warranty”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“While being fixed for the oil issue, the mechanics discovered a broken component to the washer fluid system. They repaired it at the same time as they were working on the oil problem. Not a big fix since the engine was already removed. Getting to this component of the vehicle does require removal of the engine”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“LEAK SOMEWHERE IN SYSTEM. HAD SYSTEM RECHARGED A YEAR AGO. NEEDS ANOTHER RECHARGE”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 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

Doors or sliding doors

“squeaking sound when opening the door”

Anonymous, BC (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Door latch kept latching and unlatching as I traveled down the road”

Mark G., VA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Driver's automatic door lock was broken”

Anonymous, LA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)
Seat belts

“doesn't always fully retract”

Randy S., ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Only experienced minor leaking when the seals around the sunroof came lose and partially fell off. Dealership fixed this problem under my warranty”

Sharon S., FL (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“Interior handle on tailgate broke”

H H., FL (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“poor hardware”

Randy S., ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Windows

“There turned out to be a pinched wire which prevented the passenger side window from working. It took three visits to get it fixed, but it was fixed”

Chris P., ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 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

“Water leak at drivers front pillar”

Edward L., CA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Every time it rains, the front passenger side leaks - floor mat/carpeting wet”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Rubber seals on the rear edge of both front door frames got tattered and broken. Dealer won't fix it and says it's caused by passengers rubbing against it on entry and exit. That has never happened on any of my other cars. Is that a design defect”

Anonymous, NM (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

“Front end creaks when turning”

Brad K., ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“The seat belts flop on the leather seats when the car is driven over any uneven surface.. clicking.noise”

Anonymous, OK (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Fan made loud growling sound at high speed. Dealer fixed at no charge. Passenger door made a rattling sound when slammed shut. Dealer fixed a loose interior part”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

“The noise gets to be distracting”

L D., GA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 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

“potentially related to previous issue (recall: transmission computer)”

David G., MO (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)
Slipping transmission

“On several occasions, the transmission has been slipping. Dealership shows nothing wrong - but it is happening more and more often. 100,000 miles warranty and I will trade off by then”

Mark Y., MN (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

“At times, could NOT shift into Park or Reverse ! Could usually shift into Neutral, but big danger failure mode ! Eventually fixed with dealer recall campaign”

David G., MO (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)

“Vehicle would have problems reversing. Transmission would slip out of gear, and engine would race in neutral. Problem seemed to disappear with a computer upgrade and when I forcefully put the grear lever into reverse (rather than skipping it there)”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.5-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

“trans sensor would cause jolting shifts”

Damian G., TX (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 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

“at 25,671 miles experienced engine knocking, complete loss of compression on # 2 cylinder. Dealer replaced engine with no cost to myself”

Elizabeth C., NC (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Head gasket

“Car quit. Lost oil. Hyundai paid to tow it to dealer twice. Finally fixed. Under warranty (90000 miles on car)”

Anonymous, CO (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“leak discovered in the cooling system. Was repaired under warranty”

Anonymous, MI (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

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