Used Guide: 2019+ Hyundai Santa Fe

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5 Tips for Finding a First-Class Example of a Used Hyundai Santa Fe

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The 2019 model year marked the launch of an all-new, fourth-generation Hyundai Santa Fe in the Canadian market.

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Now featuring a bolder design language, new safety and comfort features, better visibility and space, as well as cutting-edge design and technology, this two-wheeled model rows rivaled Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Edge and Subaru Outback models.

Buyers upgrading from a previous third-generation unit will find a more upscale look and feel, additional cargo space, second-row legroom, and a lowered floor for easier access.

Engines included a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 185 horsepower and a 2-liter turbo four-cylinder with 235. Look for an 8-speed automatic transmission, Hyundai’s HTRAC All Wheel Drive (AWD) system and towing capacity of up to up to 3500 Kg.

Check out the related links and stories for more Hyundai Santa Fe reviews, news, specs and other information, and read on for 5 tips to ensure you find the best used Hyundai Santa Fe you can buy. you can for the dollar.

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Tip 1: transmission problem

It’s hard to find a modern used crossover without a portion of owners reporting transmission-related issues including harsh shifting, occasional slamming or lurching, slippery feeling, or noise or vibration undesirable in specific situations.

This generation of Hyundai Santa Fe does not seem to be an exception. Some owners say the 8-speed automatic transmission can exhibit a difficult shift from second to third gear in certain situations, while others report a harsh clack when shifting from drive to reverse (or vice versa) , even with the vehicle completely stopped.

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During your test drive, shift from reverse to drive and back several times after the vehicle has come to a stop. A pop or bang here is a sign of trouble. Ditto a similar feeling when shifting up or down.

If anything is wrong with the transmission of the Santa Fe you are testing, be sure to have it examined before buying, noting that some owners have had transmissions and torque converters replaced, while others have had success with updated software. or a transmission computer reset.

This issue affected some models but not others, and appears to be gone by the 2021 model year.

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2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Luxury Hybrid Photo by Stephanie Wallcraft

Tip 2: Motor problem

Some owners have reported serious engine issues, including engines that could stall, fail to restart, or even leave owners stranded.

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More than 275,000 vehicles equipped with 2.0 or 2.4 liter engines have been recalled for engine control parameter improvements that could ward off a dangerous and sudden loss of power.

Recall work is done free of charge by dealerships and if the used Santa Fe you are considering has been regularly serviced by the dealer, chances are the recall work has already been done. If in doubt, check the vehicle’s VIN on the Hyundai website or with a dealership service advisor.

The 2021 model year brought a new powertrain lineup to the Santa Fe that appears to have eliminated these issues. If it’s in your budget, a 2021 or newer unit is probably best for maximum peace of mind.

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2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Luxury Hybrid Photo by Stephanie Wallcraft

Tip 3: Check the wheels

Some owners of certain Santa Fe models of this generation have reported peeling paint or clearcoat on their factory-equipped wheels; most did not.

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During your test drive, check the finish of the wheels very carefully, looking for small to medium sized chips or chips in the paint.

Some owners have reported replacing the wheels, no questions asked. If you notice this problem, take action immediately. Many owners say the problem gets worse quickly, if present.

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2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Photo by Nadine Filion / Driving.ca

Tip 4: Checking engine oil

Before you begin your test drive of a used Santa Fe or turn on its engine, check the owner’s manual for specific instructions on how and when to check engine oil, and follow these steps.

There are specific steps that are important to follow when checking the engine oil in a used Hyundai Santa Fe. Otherwise, you risk getting an inaccurate reading.

When checking the engine oil for the used Santa Fe you are considering and following the owner’s manual instructions, note that an engine oil level above the “FULL” mark on the dipstick, accompanied by a strong smell of fuel, can be a sign of a rare but serious problem called oil dilution, which requires professional evaluation.

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Tip 5: Permanent guarantee

Many buyers are drawn to a lightly used Santa Fe of this generation for its generous warranty coverage. However, it is important to remember that a warranty is a two-way agreement and that owners have a role in the maintenance of the vehicle as outlined in the owner’s manual maintenance schedule.

Even one missed or prolonged oil change or inspection can jeopardize remaining warranty coverage, which could lead to unpleasant surprises if a repair is needed.

Take steps to ensure that the used Santa Fe you are considering has been properly serviced on a timely basis to ensure the maximum value of your remaining warranty coverage.

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2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Photo by Nadine Filion

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These tips are designed to help tester buyers more easily identify potential issues reported by some owners. A careful test drive and buying process focused on the above areas can help you find a first-class example of a used Hyundai Santa Fe.

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