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

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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Gas pedal is a bit touchy from a dead stop -- you have to be very gentle or you spin the tires."

THOMAS G., NH (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Break peddle is too low. Hyundai insist there is nothing wrong. Peddle can be pumped to raise level. Distance of travel of the peddle to get braking action is an issue."

ART P., AZ (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The V6 has amazing power and accelerates very quickly. This is my first SUV so when I pass another vehicle at full power I really have to hold on to it since it is tall it handles differently than a vehicle closer to the ground, so I have to pass without stomping the accelerator to the floor until I get used to it..although handling is still ultimately secure."

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"I would like it to accelerate a bit faster- but the larger engine does. Also, the turning radius is awesomely tight. I don't really like the ride of all wheel drive vehicles, but the swerve control is really good,"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Handling is generally very good for an SUV, and acceleration is impressive. I routinely pass cars on two lane highways, quickly reaching speeds of over 90 mph."

VARD N., CO (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The V6 engine is very good on fuel compared to my old 4runner. Can't think of any bad."

DAVID J., MA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"It accelerates very well even up steep grades and handles well in the snow."

JUSTIN N., CO (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"drives and handles well. ride is somewhat bumpy on city streets"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"handles quite well but lack a bit on acceleration and the ride is a bit choppy"

GERRY L., AB (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"It has the v6 and gets terrific acceleration. It can be fun to drive, taking corners weigh ease."

Anonymous, SC (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The Santa Fe still has "jack-rabbit acceleration" which I've experienced since i bought this vehicle! Also the gas mileage could be improved on."

RONALD M., PA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The six speed transmission is excellent. It can shift into top (overdrive) gear at 42 mph if one is gentle with the accelerator. If one is in a hurry, the 6 cylinder engine will move you very quickly to any legal speed. This is a great combination of performance features."

R G., NY (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)


G J., BC (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"It gets 23MPG overall and can get 30MPG on highway. It will accelerate thru quarter mile in under 16 seconds. The handling is not great, but is as good or better than most SUVs or Xovers"

DAVE C., MO (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"4 cylinder is snappy but transmission sluggish when changing gears" when accellerating."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The ride is rough, the acceleration and handling are fine."

EDWARD F., WI (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Being a V6 it has tons of power as the 4 Cyl for this year was lethargic. Our 2015 Sante Fe has a 4 and it is a different being. However, it is a little fuel thirsty compared with the new 4 Cyl but not overly so for a 2011. Handling is excellent but the ride can be a little stiff with only one person aboard. Not uncomfortable but a little more truck like than the 2015."

RANDY H., ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The seats do not have enough adjustments to make them completely comfortable. The passenger seat will only lean up or back. So the seats are not that comfortable."

CAROLE N., GA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Insulating vehicle occupants from outside noise could be improved."

THOMAS C., NY (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The limited was sold with built in gps, but we found that it cannot be upgraded and what is there cannot be trusted as it often gives wrong directions."

CAROLANN S., ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Not large enough seating. I am tall and cramped."

JOHN S., GA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"I am a large man and the seat does not provide enough support under my legs because it is too short."

WILLIAM K., AL (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Back support adjustment could provide more low back support. Head supports force head forward to an uncomfortable position. Seat belts cut across my ne k, can't adjust for optimal comfort."

SUSAN K., NY (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Has a rather harsh ride on rough roads. Seats are comfortable, but could use a little more aft adjustment. (I'm 6' tall). Climate control is fair. Have to fiddle with fan to get sufficient cooling, because AUTO seems a little less than needed on sunny days. If I increase fan level, the cooling capacity is fine."

RONALD C., IL (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Driver seating is not as comfortable as I'd like. (I got the cheap manually adjustable version.) Also, you have to have the seatback a bit reclined, because if you like to sit upright you'll find that the head restraint it in contact with the back of your head. Ride is kind of stiff - you feel every bump in the road."

THOMAS G., NH (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"I am tall from the waist up and I have difficulty in entering many vehicles. The Santa Fe is one of the few vehicles in which I am comfortable for entry and exit."

A B., BC (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"I have lower back issues from time to time and this car has the most comfortable seats I have ever had in a vehicle"

DAVID H., ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Very little noise,even temp,good view of road and other cars"

AE A., PA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"I have long legs and seat adjustment is not adaptable as it should be."

Anonymous, NY (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Front seats are to close to the wheel, impossible to push back far enough to be comfortable. Can't imagine anyone over 5' 4" being comfortable, as my head almost hits the visor."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The ride is a bit choppy but overall, a great SUV. The mileage is a bit less than expected but it is only a 4 cy should have had the 6 cyl"

GERRY L., AB (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The ride is a bit stiff and acceleration a bit jumpy....the seats are easy to adjust, but somewhat firm and stiff especially if making a long drive."

CATHERINE P., NC (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Power adjustable driver seat can be made very comfortable, even for long trips. Passenger seat is also quite good. Noise while traveling at highway speeds is not so good. Quite a bit of wind noise, which seems unnecessary. Ride is pretty good on most surfaces. Air conditioner and heater are a bit anemic for a car of this class, but the job gets done eventually."

VARD N., CO (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"This vehicle is impressively quiet. Even with the radio on at med/low volume I can whisper to my passenger and carry on a conversation! It is easy getting in and out. It has a firm ride but still comfortable."

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Needs improved air flow to rear seats, uncomfortable on hot days."

LARRY M., GA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Moderate road noise from tires and bumps"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The ride is a little noisy and front suspension is kind of klunky."

Anonymous, NC (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The ride is fine,but it there is a lot of air noise. Acceleration is very good. Turning readies is exceptionally good. Living in/near mountains I appreciate the downshift feature."

C S., NM (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The seats are a bit stiff and not as deep as I'd like. Overall I feel like my head is pushed forward and he lumbar adjustment is not very good. It is just not comfortable for me to drive."

Anonymous, SC (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)


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

What Owners Say

"I used Consumer Reports to help me with pricing expectations. CR information helped a lot, and prevented Buyer's Remorse."

Anonymous, NC (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"value for the dolllar"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"I used a fleet price system (AAA) found it to be satisfactory but will use CU's service next time."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"I bought it as a certified used vehicle in 2014 with 15,000 miles on it for $15,600 which i though was a pretty decent value"

MICHAEL G., NY (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"No problems, no repairs. Comfortable and reliable."

Anonymous, MO (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"I believe we received great value. The dealer had dropped the price from 28,600 to 49,900 that persuaded us to buy. It hauls our golf clubs, a ski rack fits on top, and we can tow our 14' lake boat with the 3.5 engine. It is a great all around vehicle, and hauls 4 adults. A great value."

STEVEN S., OR (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"A lot of options for the price paid. Compared to other SUVs."

Anonymous, MO (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Comparable to & better than most for the price. I would like they had better colour choices. Been very good & reliable car so far but only have 70,000kilometers on vehicle so far."

STEVEN W., ON (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Compared to Toyota, Mazda and Honda it has more than what I expected. Even though I gave up some cargo room."

DAVID J., MA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"I would buy a Santa Fe again."

Anonymous, NS (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Overall it has been a fairly comfortable vehicle with good acceleration and handling. AC works well and seats are comfortable. I feel the vehicle was very well equipped for the price paid."

Anonymous, NC (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"poor gas mileage, rough ride"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Can handle 4 sets of Golf Clubs."

Anonymous, NS (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Plain dashboard. Would like more high tech"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"interior does not hold up. looked bad right after purchasing."

Anonymous, GA (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Great visibility. Short turning radius. Comfortable seating. I love the inverter and 110 outlet."

PATSY C., IL (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"After 5.5 years of usage, the exterior finish remains sleek and very attractive. Same for the interior."

THOMAS C., NY (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Fine looking vehicle."

Anonymous, MO (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Seat heating buttons are located in open cubby used for storage of small items and often get accidentally turned on."

SUSAN K., NY (2011 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The silhouette it makes going down the road."

Anonymous, OK (2011 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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