2011 Hyundai Santa Fe

MSRP $21,845 - $30,845

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7.8

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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 18, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Hyundai launched the updated Santa Fe in the US markets in the year 2010 but the brand hasn’t stopped yet and has further upgraded the features list on the 2011 Santa Fe. While the 2011 model year of the Santa Fe remains almost similar to the 2010 model, it does continue to be offered as a spacious, comfortable, well-built, and reliable product that will definitely attract the buyers of the segment. Elegant looks, powerful engine options, a feature-rich cabin, and superior long-term reliability defines what the Santa Fe is all about

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Pros

Powerful and refined engine options

Spacious and boxy cargo bay

Feature-rich and premium cabin

Impressive fit and finish levels

Cons

Poor driving dynamics and steering feedback

Slow and jerky transmission

What's New?

10-speaker Infinity sound system for Limited trim


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$21845

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

139 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

144 cu.in.

horsepower

175 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

169 lb.-ft. @ 3750 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

184.1 in.

width

74.4 in.

height

67.9 in.

curb weight

3725 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

108.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

78.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

1653 lbs.

payload capacity

1138 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/22/26 mpg

highway range

468 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

powertrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

GLS$21,845 onwards

SE$26,145 onwards

Limited$27,195 onwards

Colors and Styles

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe in Circuit Silver color
Circuit Silver

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

6.0

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.8

Overall Rating


Having said this, how good is the 2011 Santa Fe against the likes of the Kia Sorento, Subaru Forester, and Honda CR-V? Let’s find out.


8.0/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Features

8.0/10

The 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe is currently being offered with three trim options. The base or the GLS model is priced from $25,045 and is offered with a significant amount of features. Sitting above the GLS trim is the SE trim which is priced from $26,145. The Limited trim is the most expensive and packs a long list of features and other equipment which makes it premium and luxurious. Having said this, more details are mentioned in the table below:

Trims

GLS

SE

Limited

MSRP (Manual) (2.4L inline-4) (FWD)

$21,845

N/A

$27,195

MSRP (Automatic) (2.4L inline-4) (FWD)

$23,145

N/A

N/A

MSRP (Automatic) (2.4L inline-4) (AWD)

$24,845

N/A

N/A

MSRP (Automatic) (3.5L V6) (FWD)

$25,045

$26,145

$29,145

MSRP (Automatic) (3.5L V6) (AWD)

$26,745

$28,045

$30,845

Key Features

17-inch alloy wheels 

18-inch alloy wheels

Sunroof

-

Privacy glass

Automatic headlights

Dual-zone automatic climate control

-

Roof side rails

Fog lights

Heated front seats

-

Heated mirrors

Windshield wiper de-icer

Full leather upholstery

-

Keyless entry

Eight-way power driver seat

10-speaker Infinity surround-sound audio system

-

Cruise control

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Rearview camera

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With prices starting from just $26,145, the Santa Fe SE is the most value for money. It is not only affordable but also gets almost all the features which are necessary. However, the Limited trim will be a better choice for those who are looking for a feature-rich and premium version of the Santa Fe. However, with the SE trim, you only get the V6 engine.

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Engine and Performance

7.0/10

A four-cylinder, 2.4-L engine powers the 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe which gets a claimed power output of 175 hp while the peak torque output happens to be 169 lb-ft. A reliable but slow six-speed automatic gearbox comes mated to this engine which lacks smoothness and has no urgency in the shifts. The engine on the other hand impressed us with the refinement, NVH levels, and power delivery. 

Despite struggling to upshift under heavy acceleration, the Santa Fe does manage to deliver a decent performance, all thanks to its superior low-end torque and a strong mid-range punch. The suspension setup however is tuned to deliver maximum comfort hence the hardcore driving enthusiasts may not like the dynamics of this vehicle. Additionally, you get an optional V6 engine that produces 276hp and 248lb.-ft of torque. Like the engine, you also get an option of choosing between AWD and FWD setup.

Models

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe

2011 Kia Sorento 

2011 Honda CR-V

2011 Subaru Forester

MSRP

$23,145

$19,995

$21,895

$21,695

Engine 

2.4-L I4

2.4-L I4

2.4-L I4

2.5-L flat-4

Transmission

6-Speed AUTO

6-Speed Manual

5-Speed Auto

4-Speed Auto

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

AWD

Power (hp @ RPM)

175 @ 6000

175 @ 6000

180 @ 6800

170 @ 5800

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

169 @ 3750

169 @ 3750

161 @ 4400

174 @ 4100

0-60 MPH (sec)

7.4

7.3

7.1

7

Quarter mile (sec)

15.7

15.8

15.4

13.5

Top Speed (MPH)

120

120

115

N/A

The 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe does a 0-60 mph run in just 7.4 secs which makes it decently fast but not as fast as the rivals. Crossovers like the Subaru Forester may just be a great choice for those looking for outright performance. It gains ascendancy in the quarter-mile run taking 13.5 seconds, making it almost two seconds quicker than its rivals. The Kia Sorento on the other hand is based on similar underpinnings as the Hyundai Santa Fe and is identical to it in all aspects.

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The fuel economy delivered by the 2.4-L inline four-cylinder engine powering the Santa Fe is impressive. The car gets a claimed fuel economy of 20 MPG for city usage while the highway economy stands at 28 MPG. However, the Santa Fe has an impressive range too as it comes equipped with an 18-gallon fuel tank that enables it to go over 400 miles without any refill.

Models

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe

2011 Kia Sorento 

2011 Honda CR-V

2011 Subaru Forester

MPG (City)

20

20

21

21

MPG (Highway)

28

27

28

27

MPG (Combined)

23

22

24

23

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18

18

15.3

16.9

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

360/504/414

360/486/396

321/428/367

354/456/388

The Honda CR-V is the only SUV that manages higher efficiency than the Hyundai averaging 24 MPG, while the Kia Sorento lurks at the bottom and is rated at 22 MPG. However, the 2021 Sorento does feature the largest fuel tank that can hold 18-gallons and manages a combined range of 396 miles. The Subaru Forester is a comprehensive SUV that manages appreciable efficiency and has a sizable tank that allows it to manage 354 and 456 city and highway miles, respectively. 

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior

8.0/10

The interior design philosophy of Hyundai has always been great and the 2011 Santa Fe offers a premium, well-built, and comfortable cabin. There is no dearth of features in the vehicle and the seats too are extremely comfortable. The front seats can be electrically adjusted and are also available with heated functionality. The rear seats are well-bolstered and perfect for long journeys.

On the features front, Santa Fe gets specifications like auto-dimming IRVM, dual-zone automatic climate control, privacy glass, steering mounted controls, sunroof, etc. All this definitely helps Santa Fe have an edge over the rivals. 

Models

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe

2011 Kia Sorento 

2011 Honda CR-V

2011 Subaru Forester

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

40.2/59.5/42.6

39.2/59.3/41.3

40.9/56.9/41.3

39.8/53.4/43.6

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

39.6/58.7/37.6

39.6/58.7/37.6

38.6/56.0/38.5

39.3/53.6/33.7

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

34.2

37

35.7

N/A

The cabin of the 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe is spacious and the in-cabin experience offered by the car is better than most of the rivals. It also offers a decent cargo space as well at 34.2 cubic feet of volume. However, its cargo capacity is lower than the Honda and Kia that have total trunk volumes of 37 and 35.7 cubic feet. The Subaru Forester, on the other hand, lurks at the bottom of the table because of a rather cramped rear seat.

Standout interior features: 

  • Air-conditioning
  • Rear seat air vents
  • Leather/cloth upholstery
  • Eight-way power driver seat
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Heated front seats

How intuitive is the 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe’s infotainment unit?

A simple and easy-to-use infotainment system is offered with the Santa Fe. This system gets a large LCD display while the user interface is easy to use and understand. The sound output from the stock speakers is impressive. However, the Limited trim gets 10-speaker Infiniti audio speakers which left us highly impressed with the output. Some of the standout infotainment features include:

  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • CD Player
  • Auxiliary audio jack
  • iPod audio interface
  • USB port 
  • Satellite radio

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Exterior

7.0/10

The 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe continues to come with a similar exterior design that we saw with the launch of the updated 2010 iteration of the vehicle. The curvy and elegant design language gives it an extremely sophisticated look. The rivals on the other hand offer a significantly more aggressive and modern design which does make the Santa Fe feel a little dated to many.

The build quality is great and the panel gaps are uniform too. Likewise, the quality of the paint is great and the components are of high quality. The headlamps provide good illumination of the road ahead and the overall design of the vehicle does make it have a striking road presence. In terms of exterior dimensions, the 2-11 Santa Fe is one of the longest and the biggest car in the segment. It has a wheelbase of 106.3 inches and a ground clearance of 8.1 inches, which allows for a stable ride over uneven surfaces. 

Models

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe

2011 Kia Sorento 

2011 Honda CR-V

2011 Subaru Forester

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3725

3763

3386

N/A

Length (in.)

184.1

183.9

179.3

179.5

Width (in.)

74.4

74.2

71.6

70.1

Height (in.)

67.9

67.3

66.1

65.9

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.1

7.5

6.7

8.7

Wheelbase (in.)

106.3

106.3

103.1

103

While the 2011 Honda CR-V is the lightest in the segment, the Kia Sorento is the heaviest weighing 3,763 lbs. In all other dimensions, Hyundai Santa Fe gains an edge over its competitors. The Kia shares a similar wheelbase of 106.3 inches with its Korean sibling, while the Subaru Forester has a maximum ground clearance of 8.7 inches/

Standout exterior features:

  • 17/18-inch alloy wheels
  • Roof side rails
  • Heated mirrors
  • Keyless entry
  • Fog Lights
  • Windshield wiper de-icer

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Safety

9.0/10

The build quality of the Santa Fe is great and it scored decent points in the various safety crash tests as well. Having said this, the car is available with all the modern electronic safety features such as ABS, brake assist, traction control, stability control, etc. In addition to this, Santa Fe also gets a highly reinforced cabin and a number of airbags which help in minimizing the injuries to the occupants in case of a crash. 

Standout safety features include:

  • Four-wheel antilock disc brakes
  • Front side airbags 
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Rearview camera
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Final Verdict

The 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe is a great choice for anyone who is looking for a reliable and comfortable SUV. The car gets a spacious and feature-rich cabin while the fit and finish along with quality levels are impressive, thus helping it deliver a premium and luxurious experience. The overall performance is decent for a vehicle of this size and class and having said this, for those looking for better performance or a better-looking vehicle, rivals like the Forester may just be a better choice.

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