2002 Hyundai Santa Fe Consumer Review: Mixed reactions

2002 Hyundai Santa Fe - Consumer Review

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GLS 4dr SUV (2.7L V6 4-speed Automatic)

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Mixed reactions
By Phil on


2002 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2WD 4dr SUV (2.7L 6cyl 4A)


This vehicle drives well. It accelerates well from a stop and has a fair amount of power in its engine. Fuel economy is about 20 MPG in the city and 27 on the highway. The ride is comfortable and reasonably smooth. However, maintenance is difficult for this vehicle. You must remove an intake manifold from the engine in order to change all spark plugs. The front suspension is set up so the ball joints and control arms are held in place against the weight of the car, so that it will collapse if one breaks, we recently found out the hard way. It will cost about $800 to fix this. Reliability and maintenance are sometimes issues for this vehicle.

Best Features

I like the way the exterior is aesthetically-pleasing. I also like how the ride is comfortable. Acceleration is also very nice. It's like the car wants to go fast once you get it started. The traction control that it has is also good for driving in snow, even though ours is only two wheel drive.

Worst Features

Routine-maintenance items like the spark plugs and fuel filter should be easier to get to. They should re-design the front suspension so it won't collapse when a ball joint breaks. I think the clock should be on the dash, not above the windshield, where you have to look up out of the way to see it.
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