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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe

kabhkabh Posts: 7
Does anyone know if Hyundai will be redesigning the Santa Fe in 2010 or 2011?


  • The Santa Fe will be "refreshed" early next year. New grille, taillights, minor trim changes, etc. The next full-blown makeover won't occur for another 18 months-2 years+.
  • kabhkabh Posts: 7
    Thank you for your response. Do you know of any place I can see a picture of the redesign?
  • mattydmattyd Posts: 21
    In Canada we have the new 2010 Santa Fe; it's on their site. New 3.5 L engine, tons of other improvements. Looks great.
  • luvwowluvwow Posts: 11
    I just test drove this one tonight I had also test drove the 2009 model last summer It was rainy and getting dark so my real test will be tomorrow with my three kids and hubby in tow but I did like how this handled seats were comfortable this was a limited model that I tested was very quiet as well. The acceleration was fine for merging onto the freeway. I test drove equinox earlier in the day and there was a lag in pick up on this car compared to the santa fe and the weight of the doors when closing the santa fe just feels like a safer heavier car. I did see the new tuson on the lot as well love the exterior of the car this one had combo leather on bolsters and arms with hounds tooth design I think on the cloth material not sure if it would be big enough for our three kids and all the stuff we need to carry but I liked it. I think it would be perfect for smaller family or someone that has kids that get along better than mine. They are in van now with space between them. I am cross shopping the kia sorento,and a few other I have tested out tribeca did not like the arm rest on this car did not slide foward enough for me it handled ok.I looked at the gmc terrane I prefer higher seating position this suv is lower than the equinox its sister plus it looks more truck I prefer sleeker cuv or suv with car like driving.
    FYI if you are military there is discount at hyundai plus check usaa with their car buying service see what discounts you can get on any car purchase. :)
  • maringamaringa Posts: 36
    Does anyone know if the Santa Fe is going to be redesigned for MY 2011? Since they did the KIA Sorrento, I figured they would do the Santa Fe shortly after.
  • mtnman1mtnman1 Central OhioPosts: 431
    You really need to test drive the Sorento EX. I never thought I would say that, but I did yesterday and was very much impressed. It seemed so much more substantial than the Santa Fe which I drove a Limited V6 FWD today. The Santa Fe was okay, but I liked the Kia so much that I am hoping I can get my wife to go over tonight to drive it. She really loved the Equinox which we drove Sunday. It was the LT2 with everything but Nav and DVD. I was quite impressed with it as well and through my Company I can use the GM Supplier Discount which would save me about $2000. Chevy is not dealing on those vehicles at all. The biggest issue is that you can't find any on the lots. The LT2 we drove was Gold with black leather. We both hate Gold and she will not get black leather. She wants a light color. What got me to give the Kia a try was that Consumer Reports latest issue rated it the third best small SUV/Crossover just behind the CRV and RAV4 which I don't like either. The Sorento I drove was a V6 FWD with every option that brought the retail to just over $33,000.
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  • dvancleavedvancleave Posts: 12
    Well, I went one of the local Hyundai dealers today. I am looking for a specific configuration on a new Santa Fe and inquired whether they could order one from Hyundai. They said they could but I needed to get the order in ASAP. They claim that Hyundai is shutting down Santa Fe production at the Alabama plant soon and moving it over to the new Georgia plant. When the Georgia plant starts production, it will be a new, redesigned Santa Fe. By redesign they mean all new body, not the 2010 makeover on the lots now. They said the power train options will remain the same though. But I can not find anything anywhere on the web to support this. I would truly like to see some pictures of the new body though to see whether it's worth waiting for. I know I can pick up an SE 3.5L AWD right now in $25k range and the incentives aren't that great yet. But give it a couple more months and they should be better.
  • mtnman1mtnman1 Central OhioPosts: 431
    I have asked this question myself in another thread, but drew total silence. I am going to be making a decision tomorrow morning on if I'm buying a 2011 Sorento EX V6 FWD. I have looked at the Santa Fe Limited, Toyota Rav4 (too narrow. Middle row might hold three small children across), and Chevy Equinox. I think the Sorento is great, but if the Santa Fe were to be re-designed like the Sorento I might wait. Hopefully someone in the know will respond asap. I am having trouble deciding whether I want to give up my 2004 Mountaineer V8. It is a great vehicle, but terrible on gas. It has so many more features that I would lose by switching to the smaller suvs.
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  • mtnman1mtnman1 Central OhioPosts: 431
    I called the local Hyundai dealership and asked about the Santa Fe re-design. The Salesman told me that yes it will be a major change in the styling and be on the same chassis as the Sorento in the 2012 model release. The Sorento is a larger vehicle which would be great. Also it probably will offer the Panoramic sunroof. Now I have a very difficult decision. Put a deposit down today on a 2011 Sorento because they have to go out of state to get an EX V6 Fwd with the Premium 2 package in Titanium Silver. Car Max has offered me a great deal to purchase my Mountaineer which expires tomorrow. Or I wait for the Santa Fe because I feel more comfortable with Hyundai's reliability. I'm afraid that with all that's going on in the gulf with the spill and the Obama Administration using it to get Cap and Tax rammed through, that the price at the pump will sky rocket which would make a vehicle with a V8 and AWD that gets 11 to 12 around town worthless next fall when the car is available. What a dilemma.
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  • oscar_gataoscar_gata Posts: 96
    The 2011 Santa Fe will be almost exactly the same as the 2010 except that it will be built in Georgia rather than Alabama. The new Sorento is based off of the Santa Fe's chassis, not the other way around. Sorento isn't any larger than the Santa Fe: from their websites the wheel bases are exactly the same and the Santa Fe is actually a little bit longer.
  • mtnman1mtnman1 Central OhioPosts: 431
    I see that the Santa Fe is actually 1 inch longer, but interiorwise the Sorento is more roomy. 1 inch more rear legroom, though the front seats of the Santa Fe offer an addtional inch which is unneeded unless your 6'6" or taller, and with the back row of seats down it has 37 Cu. ft of cargo space versus I think 31 for the Santa Fe. Same Engine and apparantly the same chassis already. My bad on that. Essentially they are the same vehicles except the Santa Fe's exterior is just a bit outdated. Also, CR rates the Sorento much better than the Santa Fe. When Santa Fe is re designed I'm sure it will be beautiful. Anyways, try driving both and you will find that the Sorento just feels like a more substantial vehicle. Thanks for the Information. I have a feeling that when the Santa Fe comes out I'll be wishing that I waited once more year.
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  • oscar_gataoscar_gata Posts: 96
    I don't know if a 2 or 3 point difference in a Consumer Reports rating counts as a much better score, but Santa Fe is recommended and Sorento is not. Also, Santa Fe was a Consumer Reports Top Pick a couple of years ago, but I don't know about Sorento's history with CR. Sorento has a more squared-off exterior design which increases the cargo carrying capacity, has a more updated dash and more sporty handling. Santa Fe has sleeker styling which gives up cargo capacity, a better ride and a longer history of safety and other awards. But Sorento is outselling Santa Fe. That may be due to super-hot- selling Sonata being built in the same Alabama factory as Santa Fe, and Hyundai may be skewing production toward Sonata and away from Santa Fe.
  • mtnman1mtnman1 Central OhioPosts: 431
    CR stated that Santa Fe's Fit & Finish had slipped. The Sorento is not recommended for only one reason and one reason only. It is too new according to CR. You better hope it's recommended because starting 2012 both cars will be the same vehicle and are essentially the same now with the same drive train. I also don't know what you are looking at when you state the Sorento is more squared off. Have you really looked at the Sorento? You have to understand that I'm not trying to put down the Santa Fe. I like Hyundai vehicles. My wife and I wanted to downsize from our beloved 2004 Mercury Mountaineer AWD V8 because we only have one kid at home now who will be leaving for College next year. Not to mention the savings in gas if the Sorento lives up to it's EPA rating. If only the Santa Fe would have been updated this year, but our Mountaineer's trade in value had actually increased from what it was two years ago when gas prices were nearing $4 per gallon. We could not take the chance that gas prices would be skyrocketing next year. The Sonata and Genesis are beautiful and I'm sure the Santa Fe will be just as sharp in 2012. I bought a new Sonata back in 2003 and gave it to my adult daughter back in the fall of 2008 when I replaced it with a 2009 Fusion. It now has near 70,000 miles on it. That's why I am so open to buying Hyundai or Kia vehicles. You can't beat the value and the reliability is now matching that of the Japanese Automakers.
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  • jaytrjaytr Posts: 1
    There are some important improvements in the 2011 Santa Fe:
    Better gas mileage
    Stronger V6 engine (276 hp vs 242 hp in previous)
    Quicker acceleration (maybe 0-60 in 7.5 sec vs. previous 8.2)
    Styling: exterior changes
    Bluetooth and USB become standard
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    We think it's worth waiting until Fall 2010 for this 2011 Santa Fe.

    Read this 2011 Santa Fe Preview
  • tenpin288tenpin288 Posts: 804
    Those are the specs for the 2010 Santa Fe already. Those changes arrived after the first of the year. The next big change for the Santa Fe is scheduled for the 2012 model I believe.
  • maringamaringa Posts: 36
    Correct...I would not be suprised if they have a short 2011 MY run, or may skip it altogether...Keep in mind that 2012's can show up as early as January 2011.
  • dvancleavedvancleave Posts: 12
    edited October 2010
    Well, as most already know, Hyundai moved the Santa Fe production from their Alabama plant to the new KIA plant in Georgia. And they started production of the 2011 Santa Fe on September 27th. It never made any sense to me why they would go through the hassles and costs of moving production for the current body just to squeeze out 1 more year with it. Seriously, the stamping presse are huge and staging the lines is no easy task either. But I finally got some "official" word from the Hyundai rep that the 2011 will in fact have some new sheet metal and lines. It is supposed to bring the appearance more in line with the Tucson. The changes are officially being dubbed a refresh instead of a redesign. And it is not the same as the minor updates seen with the 2010 run. It does have new curves to it. And they say that they will continue to offer 3 trim levels. The powertrain options will also be carry-overs. And they do plan to offer some new colors too. Official release date is October 15th.
  • sir_timbitsir_timbit Posts: 39
    edited October 2010
    Nothing new today....

    Why would they do a refreshed Santa Fe last year (more than a refresh considering the engine upgrades), and another refresh this year, when a brand new redesign is close on the horizon?

    I guess we still have to wait and see.
  • Sounds like relatively minor changes in trim levels for 2011, with a full redesign coming for 2012. -production-25001.html

    "Compared to the 2010 version, the new Santa Fe comes equipped with six standard airbags, including side air curtain airbags, ABS with BA, EBD, ESC, three-point seatbelts and adjustable head restraints and Tire Pressure Monitoring System."
  • "Compared to the 2010 version, the new Santa Fe comes equipped with six standard airbags, including side air curtain airbags, ABS with BA, EBD, ESC, three-point seatbelts and adjustable head restraints and Tire Pressure Monitoring System."

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't I have all of that on my '08 SF?
  • sir_timbitsir_timbit Posts: 39
    edited November 2010
    It's probably just changes in trim. More standard kit on the lower-end models perhaps?

    Hyundai USA has updated their webpage now, so you can get the full details as to what's changed, if anything.
  • rppautorppauto Posts: 28
    edited November 2010
    i bought 2011 santa FE AWD SE few weeks ago in central NJ.

    i noticed that it does not have the twin exhaust below rear fender. i didn;t notice it until after i bought the suv.


    few things i didn't like about the vehicle..

    vehicle rolls a lot a low speed traffic light turns (suspension is a bit weird. BUT its perfect on the freeways)

    rear seat vents do not throw any heat even after 10 minutes of good heat in the front vents

    - When i stop the acceleration (# front seat passenger seat does not recliner completely forward (i mean, it does not fold down all the way).

    Average speed calculator is a total joke. i have 700 miles on the car out of which 500+ are due to my trip from NJ to DC, but the Average mph shows me as 37mph.


    # smooth
    #good value for money in terms of features offered

    # good cargo space

    #better looks than RAv4

    # good packaging of the features

    # windshield de-icer.

    If you are pondering between rav4 and Santa FE and mpg is IMP to you then RAV4 is the way to go. believe me, i have researched every SUV in the range of 20k - 35k in the last 2yrs :)
  • ecotrklvrecotrklvr Posts: 519
    edited November 2010
    Strange about the rear heat vents. I read in a Hyundai Forum elsewhere that you can get heat only after all the rear heat duct warm up, and they go a long ways in cold metal and plastic. Others just turn off the rear vents in winter for short trips. I'm looking at this vehicle as well, and not happy to hear that those cool-looking vents aren't that useful.
  • Thanks for your comment.
    OK. if there is "separate" heat duct, then it may explain the delay.

    But, i thought i was using just the engine heat (my "A/C" was OFF).
    So, i am not sure on this.

    My wife gets royally pissed as she and baby sit in the rear seat and buying this non-Honda / non-Toyota "SUV" was my idea : )

    For now, i have turned OFF the front vents.

    BTW, if you test drive ur SF then try checking the suspension during turns and bumps.
    I think Hyundai could have done better here. and also check MPG if you can.

    Feel free to ask me if you have more Qs.
  • ecotrklvrecotrklvr Posts: 519
    edited November 2010
    The GLS AWD model I drove had no suspension noises, even going rather quickly over speed bumps in my neighborhood (just to test that). I wonder if the AWD suspension is refined for the rear-driveline?

    As to the heater - this truly sucks. Close 'em down for winter, I guess. At least you'll have the rear vents in summer for A/C or Venting.

    From the owner's Manual:

    "• The air flow of the 2nd row outlet vents is controlled by the front climate control system and delivered through the inside air duct of the front doors. If the door is open or not closed completely, the air flow of the 2nd row outlet vent is not delivered properly. Make sure the front doors are closed completely.

    • The air flow of the 2nd row outlet vents may be weaker than the instrument panel vents for the long air duct in the front doors.

    • Close the air vents in cold weather. The air flow of the 2nd row outlet vents may
    cool a little during heating operation. (Use the 2nd row outlet vents during
    cooling operation.)"

    So, as a workaround, it looks like there are heating ducts under the front seats, just for the back seat passengers. So maybe use just the "Floor" setting for heat, and close off those rear side vents.
  • Yes, i see ducts on the floor below the front seats.
    Let me try that tomorrow.

    Thanks a lot, buddy.

    Ya, my SF's suspension seems kicky. I mean, when there are speed bumpers, the suspension seems to "kick" off the bump (rather than absorb it), thus leading to a bit of bumpy ride.

    Similiary, during turns, if the road is uneven that it does have that see-saw effect.
    May be its just me.

  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    Have you played with the tire pressures?
  • tire pressure is OK. i don't remember the psi but i remember that it was as per the tire spec.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    edited November 2010
    Only thing else I can think of is to wait and see if other new owners (or more test drivers) notice the same thing. Could just be a vehicle characteristic. You could always go test drive another one yourself too.
  • CR found the same issue with suspension noise. I can only assume that since my rental was AWD, the slightly more complicated rear suspension on it prevented the noises. The rear suspension in mine was silent in the 600 miles I drive it, even over speed bumps and up driveway aprons.
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