Don't be misled by the appearance of the comfort of this vehicle. The 2012 Santa Fe, while performing well, is loaded with subpar craftsmanship and design. After not even 3 1/2 years I have had pieces literally fly off the car, constant recalls and a myriad of simple things being replaced -- from light switches to a sun roof that leaked.
Handling is OK, but there is more than comfortable body sway on corners. Winter driving is OK, but if you're in heavy snow areas, winter tires are highly recommended. The Blue Tooth set-up is second rate as is the navigation. In fact, the navigation is so whacked out, that even the dealer I bought the car from did not how to use it.
Adjustments for things like auto door locks are non existent and the appointments, such as switches and controls and second rate -- at best.
Quite honestly, if Toyota's Rav-4 did not have the goofy side-opening rear door (which they have since done away with) I would have gone with that car, or maybe the Chevy Equinox.
I generally keep my cars for an extended period of time, but this will not be the case with the Santa Fe. As soon as it's paid off, or hits 50k miles -- it's gone.
My first Santa Fe was a 2011 GLS, which someone hit while hubby was driving. Santa Fe was totaled, but the husband lived to tell the story. It rolled to one side, skidding a hundred feet before crashing into a median cement block directly in front of the police department. It did its job well for a direct high speed hit to the side. Which is why I bought ...
My second Santa Fe, a 2012 - well worth its weight in gold, and came with a couple new features the '11 did not have.
I searched long and hard and compared economy SUVs, and for the price and warranty, you can't beat this vehicle. Even used, Hyundai happily replaced a faulty door panel without hesitation. Excellent Customer serv
A lot of perks and extras come with this vehicle. It's roomy, a plus for long trips with a kid and a dog in back, and a tall driver with long legs. I love the choices of Ipod, stereo, XM, or CD music. I love the cargo floor compartments in the rear. The many USB/12v connections throughout the vehicle make charging and using various devices easy, as well as the Accessory setting to use while the car isn't running - to charge stuff. Hands free, auto connect to cell, answer on the steering wheel, talk through speakers, never touch the phone.I LOVE this! Backseat is roomy and has tilt seats, a center tray that hides in the seat when not in use.Great space for a bored 9yo on a long trip.
The 2012, as well as the 2011, has a couple drawbacks. Having the 2011 first, I knew the '12 would probably be a somewhat bumpy ride as well. It isn't as smooth sailing as it could be, and it is noticeable. The seat bottoms in the bucket seats could be extended out further, unless you have really short legs, the edge of the seat will not be hitting the back of your knees, but fall short. The head rests are somewhat awkward, even though adjustable, but this is an easy fix using a neck pillow or something, and only noticeable to me on long road trips where the comfort factor is going to be an issue after a few hundred miles. I never think about it when I'm just driving around town.
2012 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
as an engineer I can reassure you this vehicle is junk. flimsy build materials inside and out. thin plastic on the inside, thin metal pieces, and doors. 40k miles the vehicle has more rattles then my dead grandma, and the shocks seem to be worn out!! I would NOT reccomend this vehicle.
hyundai needs to actually try when it comes to building a vehicle. you can dress a [non-permissible content removed] up to make it look good, but underneath its still a piece! thin, cheap parts abound on these vehicles and low resale value.
We bought this suv new over two years ago.
We absolutely love it.
We have not had a single problem with it.
Other than the seats being a little hard for me I can't think of a single thing I would like to change.
Smooth riding, good acceleration and very good gas mileage.
Bought used, I have driven it for 4 months and 5000km now. Ride is a little rough, you can feel and hear some little bumps in the road. The fan and AC system sometimes has a mind of its own. It will turn on by itself after I turn it off. Although I'm starting to figure out how to get around it by adjusting the fan speed then hit OFF.
Driving on highway to merge and stepping on accelerator, sometimes there will be a dead spot on how far you push the accelerator. The car will hesitate or not accelerate as fast as you want to for 2 seconds, then accelerate normally.
It is roomy and comfortable inside. The center armrest between driver and passenger sometimes creaks.
Overall not a bad car.
Very roomy and comfortable. Plenty of cargo space. Exterior design is good. Engine layout on 2.4L is simple and looks easy to work on.
I bought the car knowing gas mileage for this SUV (or any SUV) is not good, so I cannot complain about something I expected. I'm getting 9.7L/100km on mixed highway/city driving 50/50. Was able to get 8.5L/100km driving all highway on a road trip.
Fix the fan automatically on glitch.
Fix hesitation on accelerator pedal.
Haven't had it long enough to test reliability, if anything else comes up I will add to comments.