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UPDATED: Jul 1, 2019

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Hyundai is revamping the Santa Fe for the 2012 model year, which is a good thing given the lackluster reviews for the 2011 model.

The Hyundai Santa Fe is long on affordability and fuel economy, but the auto press says that its exterior appearance and performance come up short.

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However, for consumers who are on a tight budget the Santa Fe may be an appealing choice, especially when you take into account its long warranty.

For information on the 2011 Santa Fe’s auto insurance rates compared to its competitors keep reading.

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2011 Santa Fe Auto Insurance Rates

The budget-priced Hyundai Santa Fe has low average auto insurance rates compared to the competition’s.

According to the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), the typical Santa Fe owner will pay a total of about $4,947 in auto insurance premiums over five years.

The 5-year rates for the Kia Sorento are a bit lower than the Santa Fe’s, at $4,760, but rates for nearly all other midsize SUVs are higher.

For instance, GMC Acadia drivers will pay almost $7,000 in auto insurance premiums for five years, and Toyota Venza owners will pay approximately $5,719.

Buick Enclave owners can expect 5-year auto insurance premiums of $5,644, and rates for the Chevrolet Traverse and the Mazda CX-9 are just a bit lower than this.

Expected 5-year rates for the Dodge Durango are just $5,423, which is still almost $500 more than what Santa Fe owners are expected to pay.

Hyundai Santa Fe Maintenance Costs

Hyundai Santa Fe maintenance costs are projected to total $2,596 over five years, according to the NADA. The first- and second-year scheduled maintenance bills will be under $300 each, but the third-year bill will top $1,000.

The year four bill will also be high, at roughly $868, and the fifth-year bill will fall back to around $215. By way of comparison, GMC Acadia owners will pay about $3,848 for five years of service, while Toyota Venza drivers will pay just below $2,000.

Repair Costs for the Santa Fe

According to the NADA, Hyundai Santa Fe drivers are unlikely to owe anything out of pocket for repair costs until the fifth year they own their SUVs. At this point, they can expect a repair bill of about $1,627.

Anticipated repair costs for both the GMC Acadia and the Toyota Venza are lower, at $800 and $1,500, respectively, but they begin around the third or fourth years of ownership.

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Hyundai Santa Fe Warranty Coverage

Hyundai Santa Fe owners don’t typically pay for any repairs until the fifth year of ownership because the warranty for this vehicle is longer than most of its competitors’.

While most other midsize SUVs have 3-year/36,000 mile limited warranties, the 2011 Santa Fe’s bumper-to-bumper warranty extends for five years or 60,000 miles.

The length of the Hyundai Santa Fe’s limited warranty is comparable to the lengths of most other SUVs’ powertrain warranties, while the Santa Fe’s powertrain is covered for ten years or 100,000 miles.

Hyundai Santa Fe Reliability

On J.D. Power and Associates’ 10-point scale, the Hyundai Santa Fe earned a rating of 6.0, along with nine of its competitors.

Other midsize SUVs earning this score included the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Nissan Murano, and the Hyundai Veracruz.

Both the Ford Explorer and the Subaru Tribeca earned 7.0s, and along with the Honda Pilot and the Ford Edge, all five Toyota models in this category earned 8.0s.

For both 2010 and 2011, the initial mechanical quality of the Hyundai Santa Fe was rated “Average” by J.D. Power, and its overall design quality was rated “Better than Most.”

The most current dependability ratings data available for the Santa Fe show that it is also “Better than Most” in this category.

Hyundai Santa Fe Safety Ratings

The NHTSA gave the Hyundai Santa Fe a rating of four out of five stars in rollover testing. This is fairly typical for a midsize SUV, although some models in this class have lower rollover scores.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tested the 2011 Santa Fe for its 4 major crash tests and it passed all four with flying colors. It received the IIHS’ highest “Good” rating for rollovers, side impacts, whiplash protection, and rear impacts.

Due to its excellent crash test performance and its standard electronic stability control feature, the IIHS named the Santa Fe a “Top Safety Pick.”

Many other vehicles also met the standards for this designation, including the following midsize SUVs:

  • Subaru Tribeca
  • Kia Sorento
  • Ford Explorer
  • Toyota Venza

2011 Santa Fe Fuel Economy

The best-performing gas-powered compact SUV when it comes to fuel economy is the 2011 Kia Sorento, which gets 29 highway mpg/21 city mpg.

Its highway fuel economy is actually one mile per gallon better than the Toyota Highlander Hybrid’s, although its city fuel economy falls far short.

The Hyundai Santa Fe gets 26 highway mpg/19 city mpg, which is the same as what’s offered by the Ford Edge and the Dodge Journey.

The Toyota Venza and the gasoline-powered Highlander both surpass the Santa Fe’s fuel economy, but it outshines the 15 other members of its class.

Hyundai Santa Fe Performance Reviews

The Hyundai Santa Fe’s base engine is a 2.4 liter 4-cylinder, but a 3.5 liter V6 is available as well.

New Car Test Drive explains that the Santa Fe’s driving experience is “transparent,” meaning it’s not bad enough to pose any serious problems, but it’s not good enough to make you take notice.

Motor Week notes that the Santa Fe’s braking distance is a bit long.

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