The Hyundai Santa Fe is second best in its class according to consumer reports magazine. It is rated second, right behind Honda CR-V. It is a little more roomy than the CR-V and better warranty overall. CR-V was also a little more expensive. Years ago, Hyundai was not rated very good, but they have made drastic improvements over the past few years.
Believe it or not, in 4 years I have put 160,000 on this vehicle and it's rock solid. No issues whatsoever. No power loss, nothing. All I've done is regular oil changes (synthetic) and the up-scale filters. I have changed the front rotors once. This vehicle is just a dream and should be considered by all who are in for a reliable used. Forget the Japanese, they are just too much money for nothing. They don't even look good. I guess people are noting that in a hurry now. The Santa Fe is already the largest selling import SUV in Canada. Good job Hyundai. My next vehicle would also be a Hyundai. The Veracruz or if they come up with a larger SUV then that'd be it.
My rating for this review is based on the vehicle itself. It is reliable and has never broken down. It is also very comfortable and I can actually see over the steering wheel! (I'm only 5'). I bought it brand new in Aug. 2006 and have regular maintenance and check-ups at my local lube center. I never go to the dealer (they're overpriced). It currently has 61K miles.
Don't get me wrong, I love my Santa Fe! But I can't stand Hyundai's inability to cover things that they claim are covered by the warranty. At about 45K my SF wouldn't pass emissions. That was May 2014. I called the dealer because, according to the warranty, it was suppose to be covered for 8 yrs. or 80K for the emissions. It was just under the 8 yr mark. Dealer told me it's not covered, without even asking me to come in to look at it! So I called the 800 number. They gave me the same bs! I had it fixed, Cost 410$. The very next morning the alternator went out as I was backing out of my driveway. Cost me another 400$. I think the mechanic did something to it. The only other thing was at about 54K my SF was hard to steer so I checked the power steering fluid and it was empty. As it turned out, it needed a new hose. It only cost me 94$ for the part and my brother put it on for me. He had a hard time getting to it as it was up behind the engine.
We purchased this SUV three months ago. We are completely satisfied. We have only driven Fords for the last thirty years. Would not hesitate to purchase another Hyundai. We like everything about this SUV. It handles like a dream.