Advertisement
Go
2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Photo
8.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
How does the
TCC Rating work?
The TCC Rating is a clear numeric rating value based on a 10-point scale that reflects the overall opinion of our automotive experts on any vehicle and rolls up ratings we give each vehicle across sub-categories you care about like performance, safety, styling and more.

Our rating also has simple color-coded “Stop” (red), “Caution” (orange),
or “Go” (green) messages along with the numerical score so you can easily understand where we stand at a glance.

Our automotive experts then also collect and show you what other websites say about these different aspects of any vehicle. We do this leg work for you to simplify your research process.

Learn more about how we rate and review cars here.

?
Reviewed by Marty Padgett
Editorial Director, The Car Connection
BASE INVOICE
$20,861
BASE MSRP
$21,695
Quick Take
The 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe is competent all around, and hard to fault as a well-equipped family SUV. Read more »
Decision Guide
Opinions from around the Web
Styling
Performance
Quality
Safety
Features

does a pretty good job of looking expensive

Automobile.com »

ride and handling characteristics of a sedan rather than a truck

Cars.com »

its styling is more refined and less truck-like”

MyRide.com »
Pricing and Specifications by Style
$21,695 $30,545
MSRP $21,695
INVOICE $20,861 Browse used listings in your area
FWD 4-Door Manual GLS
Gas Mileage 17 mpg City/24 mpg Hwy
Engine Gas V6, 2.7L
EPA Class 2WD Sport Utility
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style Sport Utility
See Detailed Specs »
8.2 out of 10
Browse Hyundai Santa Fe inventory in your area.

SEE LOCAL CLASSIFIEDS
Sign Up

Save this car now, and view it in your Showroom!

Save to My Showroom

The Basics:

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.

Likes:

  • Sized just right for most families
  • Inoffensive styling
  • Spacious interior
  • Long warranty

Dislikes:

  • Choppy ride
  • Nontelescoping steering wheel
  • Fake wood-grain trim
Next: Interior / Exterior »
Advertisement
Other Choices Read More
8.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.6
/ 10
TCC Rating
Advertisement
Try My Showroom
Save cars, write notes, and comparison shop with hi-res photos.
Add your first car
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area
Advertisement

 
© 2014 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Send us feedback.