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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
The rear bench is very comfortable, and overall room is good.
The engine is sweet until the tach needle gets close to the danger zone, at which point it’s raucous in a way that V-6s from the competition aren’t.
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the suspension is weak, allowing the small utility vehicle to wallow and wobble through corners where competitors feel taut and stable
The leather seats with cloth inserts are plush and impressive for this vehicle class
At a few inches shorter than the Toyota Highlander yet somewhat longer than the likes of the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4, the 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe has a little more space for those who want a roomy family vehicle but don't need a third row.Inside the Santa Fe there's seating for five adults, though having three in the back seat will probably mean that they'll be jostling shoulders (or staving off cooties). The seats have odd contouring and rather short cushions, and in front they're among the least supportive seats in this class for taller folks. But there's a lot of cargo space, especially if you fold the rear seats forward.
Trim and interior materials received an upgrade a couple of years ago, and the steering wheel now tilts and telescopes in all models. Up close, detailing isn't quite at the same caliber as what you find in many of Hyundai's more recently redesigned models. And while you might notice some road noise on coarse surfaces, the cabin in general stays pretty quiet, with ride quality on the soft but not queasy side.
The 2012 Santa Fe is roomy and comfortable, but neither as space-efficient nor as well-detailed as in other Hyundai models.