2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base 2.4L from North America
A pleasure to own and drive
This SUV has a remarkably smooth and quiet ride.
The front seats are very comfortable and the back seat is quite roomy for a small SUV.
It is a high seated SUV.
It has nice standard features like driver and passenger side impact air bags. The headlights turn off automatically if you leave them on. The doors automatically lock when you start the car.
There is ample cargo space and a convenient window that opens in the back for easy access to the cargo space area.
The only negative is the pick up on the 2.4L can be a bit sluggish when the A/C is on.
All in all, I love my Hyundai Santa Fe. I have never been happier with any other vehicle I have ever owned.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th May, 2004
29th May 2004, 21:24
You mentioned that the doors automatically lock when you start the car, however, I just bought a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base, with Utility package, and the doors do not automatically lock when the car is started. However, I do lock them quite often on my own before even starting the car, so I will have to test this out on my own. In my old car, the doors automatically locked when you shifted out of park, but not when you just turned on the ignition. Is this what you mean? When you shift out of park?
8th Jun 2004, 22:19
The doors to my Santa Fe (also a 2.4) lock automatically after I drive off and reach a speed of 50kmh (30mph). Hope this helps.
3rd Apr 2009, 14:02
Reading this, I do not know if mine does that either. I have the 2004 Base with the 2.4L. I'm a paranoid person and am always locking my doors as soon as I get into it, even if someone is trying to get inside. I'll have to test this on my way home.