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8.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.8
Reliability:
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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Review

While the 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe isn’t as high-tech or fun to drive as other 2011 midsize SUVs, the Santa Fe’s good safety score makes it stand out in its class.

Pros & Cons

  • Lots of standard features
  • Great safety score
  • Fantastic fuel economy
  • Standard USB/Bluetooth
  • Underpowered base engine
  • Unremarkable handling

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Overview

Test drivers said that the 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe is a good value, because compared with other midsize SUVs, it has more standard features and good gas mileage. The Santa Fe also gets great safety scores. While the Santa Fe gets high marks for its practicality, other SUVs are more attractive, fun to drive and a bit more upscale.

The five-seat Hyundai Santa Fe comes with either a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine or a 3.5-liter V6. The four-cylinder gets fantastic fuel economy, and the V6 offers decent gas mileage with a lot more power. As a result, most reviewers recommended the V6. The Santa Fe comes with either front- or all-wheel drive, and standard equipment includes a six-speaker stereo with Bluetooth/USB connectivity. Depending on the trim and options, the Santa Fe can be outfitted with features like dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, leather upholstery and a 10-speaker Infinity audio system. Navigation was an option on SE and Limited trims.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you like the Hyundai Santa Fe, the 2011 Kia Sorento is also a great choice. Reviewers said it’s one of the smoothest-riding and most powerful midsize crossovers available, and it gets better fuel economy than the Hyundai Santa Fe. The Sorento has available third-row seats, while the Santa Fe did away with its third row for 2011. The two SUVs ride on similar underpinnings, and though the Sorento offers a more attractive exterior and better performance, it can’t match the Santa Fe’s safety ratings.

The 2011 Chevrolet Equinox is one of the best crossovers in its class. It’s a bit smaller than the Hyundai Santa Fe, but the Equinox has similar safety ratings. If you can give up some space, reviewers said you’ll love the Equinox. They said its seats are particularly comfortable and they appreciated the Equinox’s standard features. If you like the Hyundai Santa Fe’s price point but want something that’s a little nicer inside, the Chevrolet Equinox is a good alternative.

Compare the Santa Fe to the Sorento and Equinox »

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