2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Review

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Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe is competent all around, and hard to fault as a well-equipped family SUV.

By reading existing road tests on the new Hyundai Santa Fe, TheCarConnection.com produced this conclusive review that points out areas of agreement and conflicting information to help you deduce the truth. TheCarConnection.com's editors drove the Hyundai Santa Fe and added their expert opinion here.

The Santa Fe, in many respects, best represents Hyundai's improved reputation in the United States. In 2007, the Santa Fe grew in dimensions to somewhere between compact and mid-size and gained standards of refinement and comfort that boosted it near the top of many best-of lists—and to a position that’s competitive with some of the best offerings from Japanese and American automakers.

Where competitors offer economical four-cylinder alternatives, Hyundai continues to provide two different V-6 engines for the Santa Fe. That’s both a plus and a minus; even with the smaller 2.7-liter, the Santa Fe doesn’t get close to the fuel economy of, say, a four-cylinder Toyota RAV4. Both engines are very torquey and responsive, but the difference between them is in refinement. The 3.3-liter engine and Shiftronic five-speed automatic in the upscale Limited and SE models is no drag racer, but it shows a silky, strong yet unobtrusive character that’s absent from the coarser 2.7-liter engine and four-speed automatic in the GLS.

The interior in the 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe is tightly assembled and makes a refreshing design statement that breaks from Euro worship, but up close it disappoints with faux wood and cheap-looking plastics. 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.

Just as we now expect from Hyundai models, the 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe comes with a few more features at each price level than we’d get on competing vehicles. Even at the base GLS level, it includes cruise control, automatic climate control, keyless entry, and a six-speaker sound system with XM Satellite Radio. For 2009, Hyundai improves the audio system of the Santa Fe by adding standard USB/iPod auxiliary inputs and realigning its options packages to better suit the demands of its customers.

Hyundai's long 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty erases worries. The Santa Fe is also the safety champion in its segment, receiving 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. In addition, it's an IIHS Top Safety Pick.

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November 11, 2015
For 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe

Reliable with few problems.

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The gas gage doesn't work and will cost close to $1000.00 to fix. In addition the seals to the gas tank has issues. As a result it is very very difficult to put gas in. I have been told this can not be fixed... + More »
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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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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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February 14, 2016
2016 Hyundai Santa Fe AWD 4-Door Limited

How do they do it? This is a greta car for the money

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I tried the competitors ( Ford, Chev, Honda, Volkswagen, Toyota and Kia) The Volkswagen was terrible as well as the Kia. The Ford Explorer was nice but a bit pricey and the warranty didn't compare. The Honda... + More »
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December 20, 2015
2016 Hyundai Santa Fe AWD 4-Door Limited

A lot of "Bang" for your "Buck"

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I Did a lot of research on crossover vehicles before deciding on purchasing this vehicle for my Wife. We test drove the Chevy Traverse, Nissan Pathfinder and Ford Explorer before going to the local Hyundai... + More »
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November 3, 2015
2016 Hyundai Santa Fe FWD 4-Door Limited

Perfect design with excellent performance.

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The car has met my expectations for comfort and performance. Its engine responds quickly in the city, on the road and uphill. I think it's the best SUV up to $40.00.
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November 2, 2015
For 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe

Happy to get into H Factor!

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Just traded in 2014 Mazda CX5 for 2016 Sante Fe Sport 2.4 FWD,first time in a Hyundai, puts the Mazda to shame for style inside & out, much more attractive, better quality, price sure was very reasonable with... + More »
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December 30, 2015
2015 Hyundai Santa Fe AWD 4-Door Limited

Dont recommend it

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Unfortunately I didnt listen to people telling me not to buy a 38000 Hyundai as its a bad quality car but I didnt listen. I bought the car recently and the $550 keys dropped of in pieces and lost three times... + More »
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September 28, 2015
2015 Hyundai Santa Fe AWD 4-Door GLS

excellent vehicle

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looks great; powerfull brakes; turbo has great acceleration; good gas mileage if you keep out of the turbo
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September 27, 2015
2015 Hyundai Santa Fe FWD 4-Door Limited

Hyundai Sante Fe is one of the best all round SUV's I have owned-

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I drive it with ECO on and return average 26/27 MPG Has plenty of power in 4th for overtaking Like any vehicle you have to keep it serviced . I do, per the book, and the dealer has been so far really good The... + More »
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