A great all-purpose vehicle with unbeatable value for $
The Battery required replacement at 52000KM/ 22 months.
The rear-passenger window gasket needed replacement (it was starting to peel away) but warranty covered it.
When running cold, the front shocks seem to clunk a little, but the dealer has not been able to correct the problem. There is no impact on the performance or handling however.
Vehicle could use better insulation in the cabin, for example, the coin slots in the front console cause annoying rattle when being used.
The passenger side window rattles a little on the rare occasion even though the dealer has adjusted it several times.
This crossover is great to drive in any weather or traffic condition. The 4WD works great in the snow. Visibility is great!
I find the 2.7L engine plenty of power even when carrying 5 passengers and gear. I only wish the 'shiftronic' transmission worked a bit quicker when changing gears manually.
In comparison to other vehicles of similar size, gas mileage is quite acceptable.
Regardless of the job (furniture shopping, groceries, hauling whatever...) this vehicle has never let me down. There always seems to be enough room.
I was concerned about purchasing a newly released vehicle, but so far I have had no serious problems. The Santa Fe has always come through be it driving to work during a blizzard or taking a 6hour trip on vacation.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th July, 2004