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A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe

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Over the years, the Hyundai Santa Fe has really started to come into its own as an SUV. The vehicles have always been affordable, and the same holds true with the 2012 model.

Key Features

The vehicle offers bucket front seats, manual adjustable lumbar support for the driver, remote keyless power door locks, power mirrors, heated mirrors, cruise control, power steering, and more.

Changes for 2012

The 2012 Santa Fe did not receive many updates from previous models. The most notable changes are a new grille and Downhill Brake Control added to all of their models. In addition, some new colors were made available in 2012.

What We Like

One of the best things about the vehicle is the price. It is a reasonably priced SUV that has great looks and a number of excellent features.

What Concerns Us

In addition to some of the issues discussed later in the guide, you might find that the 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe is just not as large as you need. It’s a decently sized vehicle, but it does not have a third row seat, so you may want to look elsewhere.

Available Models

Several models of the Santa Fe are available – the GLS, Limited, and SE. The GLS and Limited models feature a 2.4-liter in-line engine that features 175 horsepower @ 6,000 RPM, 169lb torque @ 3,750 RPM. The 2WD manual gets 19 in the city and 26 on the highway, while the automatic gets 20 in the city and 28 on the highway. The all wheel drive automatic gets 20 in the city and 25 on the highway.

The 3.5-liter V6 is standard on the SE, and it is optional on the limited. It has 276 horsepower @ 6,300 RPM, 248lb of torque @ 5,000 RPM. The 2WD and all wheel drive get 20 in the city and 26 on the highway.

Major Recalls

While there have not been any major recalls of the vehicle, there have been a number of complaints and issues raised by customers, as mentioned below.

Common Issues

While many consumers are happy with their 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe, there have actually been a number of complaints about certain issues with the vehicle. The most prominent of these is an issue with the engine. Consumers have reported that the vehicle will stall while driving. Other problems include issues with the AC and heating, interior accessories and the lights.

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