The new Santa Fe is a compelling midsized SUV. It slots above Hyundai’s Tucson and competes with the likes of the Ford Edge and Nissan Murano, but it is priced close to some top-trim versions of compact SUVs such as the Honda CR-V, which can make it a bargain. We like its size, safety features, and handling, but buyers should skip the more expensive turbo engine because of its uneven acceleration.
Alerts
There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
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The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe has been recalled 1 time by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Engine Minor
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Engine Cooling
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Transmission Major
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Drive System
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Fuel System
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Electric System
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Climate System
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Exhaust
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Body Integrity
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Body Hardware
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Power Equipment
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In-car Electronics
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Android Auto

"When using smart phone based GPS program, system lost link many times and I was forced to disconnect and reconnect the data cable to get the GPS working again.This might happen as often as every five minutes."

Anonymous, ON (2019 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"After initial pairing, subsequent connections are unreliable."

Anonymous, NJ (2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SEL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Apple CarPlay

"Disconnects shortly after connecting"

Anonymous, NJ (2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SEL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Backup or other camera/sensors

"The camera still works but about one half inch on the bottom of the screen is a solid red bar"

Anonymous, FL (2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The BlueLink system has rebooted on 3 occasions, each of these occasions system rebooted approximately 2o times and returned to working correctly?"

Anonymous, CT (2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"Shifting at low speed sometimes rough and Hyundai diagnosed it as a torque converter issue. Currently waiting for parts from Korea."

Anonymous, AB (2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"I am still waiting for the transmission to be replaced."

Dennis S., AB (2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Trans would shift into neutral, had to be replaced"

George G., PA (2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"Transmission is NOT smooth shifting. It jerks, jolts and jumps when shifting through lower gears. Downshifts are hesitant when need to accelerate to merge into traffic or change lanes. Nothing happens."

Anonymous, AB (2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rough shifting

"Problem is in the lower end (1st,2nd,3rd gears) Seems to be worst when first starting out. Shift is very rough causing a head shake when it finally shifts. Hyundai Canada is aware and have indicated that the transmission will be replaced. I have heard and read about other Santa Fe vehicles having the same problem. Most annoying on a new vehicle."

Dennis S., AB (2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"Bracket on sun-roof broke and was rattling."

Donald N., IL (2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rear seat mounting frame bent/misaligned allowing flex and squeak. Seat frame replaced by dealer under warranty."

Anonymous, ON (2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"It would stop the car, and then reset on restart. Took to dealer and after a few hours found that the battery voltage was low."

Gene C., MN (2019 Hyundai Santa Fe 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

Blower (fan) motor

"Fan made a high pitched whistling noise when turned above level 3"

Anonymous, BC (2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

Keyless entry

"Yesterday I had a problem locking my door by pressing on the drivers handle. I even tried the fob but didn't work until several attempts were made. I will speak with the dealership about this to see if I need to bring the car in for service."

Patricia B., IL (2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The gas filler door came of in a car wash. Only the painted metal door fell off, the plastic backing was secure."

Anonymous, AL (2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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.

Engine Minor

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

Engine Major

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

Brakes

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

Drive System

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

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

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.

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.

Engine Cooling

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

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
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AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW
Oct 11 2018
In the event of a crash, if the air bags become damaged during deployment they may not inflate properly, increasing the risk of injury.
Summary:
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe vehicles. The Side Curtain Air Bag (SCAB) mounting bolts may interfere with and damage the air bags during deployment.
What should you do:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will install a protective cover over the SCAB installation bolts, free of charge. The recall began December 3, 2018. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 177.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V715000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 8204
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