2006 Hyundai Santa Fe Review from North America

2006 Hyundai Santa Fe SLE V6

Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance18000 miles
Previous carIsuzu Rodeo


I am pleased to date with my investment


I have loved every second of owning my vehicle... with the exception of the windshield-wipers having needed to be replaced; due to a freezing situation the very first winter during a sleet, slush, snow storm which was explained to me to have happened to all vehicles with these particular faulty windshield wipers. The same wipers which were replaced at the dealers expense, and on the same day I arrived at the dealership the following day of the storm, within a very short time; fault was totally acknowledged and expressed by the service representative of the dealership, and I was then courteously offered a hot beverage and a comfortable place to watch TV or read in the short time period it took to replace them all at the dealerships expense...

I can hardly call it a horrible experience at all and am thankful no accident occurred due to the mishap. It was handled with the utmost respect for my safety and cordially as I could have only had hoped for. More businesses could use to learn from the approach in which this was handled. No excuses were made, it was a faulty inferior product and the service person made good in replacing it, and said he regretted to have found out in such circumstances, but that the company certainly stood behind their products and they most certainly did with no debate at all and apologized for any inconvenience it may have caused me.

In comparison to my former vehicle, this far exceeds in performance, I trust it to get out of the way in time to avoid an accident far more than I ever could in the Isuzu unfortunately; and the Isuzu always seemed to be seeping air... losing heat in the winter or air conditioning in the summer; and oddly when I hit over 55mph it sounded like a teapot... very strange... It might have been an attractive vehicle, but I never felt safe in it, especially carrying my 2 children in it... and that's not what one should feel about their vehicle. Not to say anyone should have any false sense of security, one must always drive defensively; but to drive in a sense of doubt isn't comforting at all..

I do however feel much better in the Hyundai... from traction to ability to move when you need it to, I just find it a better choice and would suggest one take a test drive and see for themselves.. a V6 of course... and judge for yourselves.

I just love mine... and would purchase another... so far I'll keep ya posted...

General Comments:

This vehicle is quick...

Not your typical mom-mobile...

Very comfortable.. yet I am a woman, my son says it could be a tad bigger but he is used to a full sized truck and that might make the difference in view; other males had no specific comments when driving it pertaining to its size.

Fuel efficiency could be better within city limits, but highway mileage I can't complain about...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd December, 2008

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 1 review