Jim Connor asked:
Is the Santa Fe safe enough for my college-aged daughter?
Answered By L James Johnson
, Contributing Writer:
There are some basic safety features that I look for in any vehicle,especially if one of my children was going to be driving the vehicle. At the top of the list is electronic stability control, which saves thousands of lives on U.S. roads every year, and side curtain air bags. The Santa Fe has both. In fact, the Santa Fe's side curtain air bags even have a rollover sensor which delays the deflation of the airbags in case of rollover so the occupants are protected for the longer duration of the accident. The Santa Fe has many other safety features, including active front head restraints, which limit whiplash injury in case of rear-end collision, anti-lock (ABS) brakes and 4-wheel disc brakes. The 2011 Santa Fe hasn't yet been tested under new NHTSA crash test guidelines. However, under the old system, the 2010 model achieved near-perfect crash test results. If we put all of this together, I would have no problem putting my college-age daughter in one of these SUVs. Beside, the Hyundai name in the auto industry is that of an up and comer. They are building a quality product that consumers are running to in big numbers. It also helps that they have one of the best vehicle warranty programs in the business. It's great when a car maker actually stands behind their product with a warranty that goes above and beyond to protect the end user.