Hyundai Santa Fe - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Hyundai Santa Fe owners have reported a total of 5,853 problems for their cars built in the 21 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Hyundai Santa Fe. The 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe cars have the most problems reported (885 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Hyundai Santa Fe

🔍 Common problems of Hyundai Santa Fe

The following chart shows the 26 most common problems for Hyundai Santa Fe cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (948 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's fuel system, other (687 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Hyundai Santa Fe

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
948
  Other Fuel System
687
  Power Train
482
  Electrical System
453
  Vehicle Speed Control
424
  Air Bag
416
  Service Brakes
406
  Suspension
377
  Equipment
374
  Steering
301
   
  Structure
179
  Visibility
165
  Electronic Stability Control
147
  Exterior Lighting
108
  Seat Belt
85
  Wheel
73
  Gasoline Fuel System
71
  Tire
43
  Seats
39
  Unknown Or Other
35
  Latches/locks/linkage
20
  Air Brake
7
  Parking Brake
5
  Traction Control System
4
  Interior Lighting
3
  Lane Departure
1

📉 Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Hyundai Santa Fe of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Santa Fe model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Hyundai Santa Fe model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Santa Fe Model Years

Santa Fe
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2018 6924,2872    
1.42
  2017 40761,2183    
2.22
  2016 6318,8254    
0.84
  2015 10320,0495    
1.03
  2014 32123,1846    
2.31
  2013 50618,1417    
3.98
  2012 32059,4148    
0.67
  2011 21569,6879    
0.34
  2010 25555,47310    
0.46
  2009 41078,57811    
0.47
  2008 62384,87012    
0.61
  2007 885114,46113    
0.59
  2006 12633,22214    
0.27
  2005 27674,81615    
0.25
  2004 372131,89116    
0.18
  2003 37597,74617    
0.23
  2002 20381,77318    
0.14
  2001 27251,04419    
0.28

📊 Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Hyundai Santa Fe is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2020 Santa Fe
1
  2019 Santa Fe
37
  2018 Santa Fe
32
  2017 Santa Fe
163
  2016 Santa Fe
8
  2015 Santa Fe
15
  2014 Santa Fe
44
  2013 Santa Fe
108
  2012 Santa Fe
49
  2011 Santa Fe
21
  2010 Santa Fe
81
  2009 Santa Fe
18
  2008 Santa Fe
39
  2007 Santa Fe
42
  2006 Santa Fe
14
  2005 Santa Fe
27
  2004 Santa Fe
37
  2003 Santa Fe
31
  2002 Santa Fe
4
  2001 Santa Fe
39


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