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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Review

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Hyundai is no longer bargain-basement-priced, but the hard-to-fault 2008 Santa Fe has all the refinement of comparable rivals with a little more flair.

TheCarConnection.com’s car enthusiasts researched available road tests on the new Hyundai Santa Fe to produce this conclusive review. TheCarConnection.com’s editors also drove the Hyundai Santa Fe to be able to give you an expert opinion, and to help you find the truth where other car reviews might differ.

The 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe is the poster child for everything that's right about Hyundai's newfound poise and near-perfection. For 2007 the Santa Fe grew appreciably, to a size that's now between compact and mid-size among carlike crossover SUVs, and gained standards of refinement and comfort that boosted it to near the top of many best-of lists. Two different V-6 engines provide power, whereas other competitors offer four-cylinder alternatives. For 2008, a navigation system joins the options list.

The torquey 3.3-liter engine and Shiftronic five-speed automatic in the upscale Limited and SE models is no drag-racer but shows refinement a class above the 2.7-liter engine and four-speed automatic in the GLS. The Santa Fe's driving feel is surprisingly capable and somewhat sporty compared to that of other crossovers, with a ride that's well controlled but on the firm side. The tightly put-together interior in the 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe makes a refreshing design statement that breaks from Euro-worshipping, but disappoints up close with faux wood and cheap-looking plastics.

The 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe could be called the valedictorian in its segment for safety; it got all the best safety features of its peers, such as standard electronic stability control and active head restraints, along with the highest ratings in the frontal and side crash tests from both the federal government and the insurance industry, and it's an IIHS Top Safety Pick. Hyundai's long 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty erases another type of worry, too.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
2008 Hyundai Santa Fe FWD 4-Door Automatic SE

Great vehicle. Bought new and can't give it up

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After 7 years all I had to replace was the battery. This vehicle looks like the day I bought it, inside and out. Everything works the way it did when new. No squeaks, no rattles. Still looks good. Great paint... + More »
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Sunday, June 12, 2016
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3L Automatic AWD

A great choice

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Very nice drive, smooth. Kind of consumes a little bit on gas at driving in the city, but still has a powerfully engine. A good choice for a family suv at a great price.
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Thursday, April 21, 2016
2016 Hyundai Santa Fe AWD 4-Door Limited

AWESOME VEHICLE

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Very satisfied with the vehicle. Small complaints on tiny things: fog lights are bad, and its switch is stupidly placed. Cruise Control buttons require restudy for its use. Fully loaded model in Chile, does... + More »
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