Improved comfort and quality characterize the 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe, with only a few dissenting opinions.
In the Santa Fe, Hyundai "offers impressive room, build quality, and standard safety features," says ConsumerGuide. Unlike other compact crossovers, the Santa Fe is spacious and comfortable in the rear seat area. MyRide.com also reports the "headroom and legroom in the Santa Fe is greater in all rows than in competing models."
Regarding the very small third seat, TheCarConnection.com editors concur with Car and Driver, which says, "Its third row is for tikes and tots only. Other seats, however, are quite comfy for kids and adults alike."
The 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe has "a cargo area of 78.2 cubic feet," reports Cars.com. To achieve that, "the third row splits 50/50, the second row splits 60/40 and both fold flat." The Santa Fe is a safe, low-priced crossover with extra cargo space.
According to ConsumerGuideAuto, the 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe's "engines are subdued at full throttle and remain quiet at routine cruising speeds." However, they note that "road rumble is apparent over some surfaces."
"The faux metal and wood trim is convincing, the headliner is handsome, and no plastics look cheap," says ConsumerGuide. TheCarConnection.com disagrees somewhat. Inside the Santa Fe, Hyundai offers a much-improved interior, and it’s superior to many other crossovers, but can disappoint up close with faux wood and cheap-looking plastics.