Santa Fe - Reliability and Depreciation Value

stockitupstockitup Member Posts: 8
edited March 2014 in Hyundai

I'm in the markt for the new 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe - Limited AWD. This is the first time I'm looking hard at a Hyundai. In the past, I've own Honda and Toyota brand. My questions is the reliablility in the new model Santa Fe and is the depreciation/or resale value have been better and comparable to a Honda and Toyota. I usually keep my vechile at least 5 years. I hearing good and bad things about the reliablility of Hyundai in this forum. Have anyone have good experiences with the 2013 or 2014 Santa Fe so far? Any input is much appreciated.

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  • mtnman1mtnman1 Member Posts: 431
    edited March 2014

    I believe my Consumer Report stated that the Santa Fe is pretty much average for reliability. In my Columbus Dispatch today the experts at Automotive Lease Guide in Santa Barbara, California listed the top vehicles in each Class for Best Resale Values. The top vehicles in the Midsize Utility Vehicle was the 3 Row Toyota Highlander and the 2 Row Santa Fe Sport which can be had in AWD and the limited trim. These were for the 2014 model year. I own a 2012 Toyota Highlander Limited AWD V6 and I really like it. If I were in the market I would not hesitate to take a serious look at the Santa Fe. It is very sharp looking and has a ton of content for the price. Pricing out a new Highlander Limited AWD V6 and a Santa Fe 3 row Limited AWD the Santa Fe would save you about 4 to 5 K in my area according to TrueCar. Where the Toyota has won hands down is reliability which is why we bought it. 2014 Highlander was a total redesign so the jury is out on it but CR said it expects it to be the same. I also have personal experience with Hyundai ownership. I bought a loaded 2003 Sonata V6 new. I gave it to my daughter in October 2008. It now has about 106,000 miles on it and it is still going strong, knock on wood. I did have something break inside the engine at about 6000 miles. Started hearing a faint clicking that was very difficult to hear. A Service Manager got inside the car and listened, but thankfully heard it. 10 minutes later he came to me and told me they are ordering a brand new engine and gave me a Santa Fe to use for two weeks. Has run beautifully since. I feel very confident that Hyundai has become a 1st class auto maker in the last 11 years since I bought mine.

    2012 Highlander Limited AWD V6 and 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE
  • stockitupstockitup Member Posts: 8

    mtnman1- thank you for sharing your experience. I was going to pull the trigger on a 2014 Santa Fe - AWD Limited with Tech package but the dealer in the Midwest doesn't,'t have the color and interior that I was looking for. I might have to wait a little longer.

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