Safety ratings are top-notch for the 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe; it earns "good" ratings across the board from the IIHS in frontal, side, and rear tests, and top five-star results from the federal government in frontal impact.
Standard safety features on the Santa Fe include electronic stability control, electronic brake force distribution, side and side-curtain airbags, and active head restraints. New for 2010 are rollover sensors for the side-curtain airbags, along with auto-fold backseat head restraints for the outboard positions.
ConsumerGuide says the "styling slightly interferes with visibility to right rear and directly astern." But TheCarConnection.com notes that the Santa Fe is among the better crossover designs for rearward visibility.