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Base Key Features & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
20 City / 27 HWY

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Mechanical Features

  • 2.4L (143) DOHC MPFI 16-valve I4 engine
  • 4-speed Shiftronic automatic transmission w/OD
  • Transmission shift interlock
  • Front wheel drive
  • Independent MacPherson strut front suspension w/coil springs
  • Independent multi-link rear suspension w/coil springs
  • Front stabilizer bar
  • Front/rear gas-filled hydraulic shock absorbers
  • P225/70R16 all-season tires
  • 16" x 6.5" 5-spoke aluminum alloy wheels
  • Underbody full-size spare tire w/aluminum alloy wheel
  • Pwr engine speed-sensitive rack & pinion steering
  • 4-wheel disc brakes
  • 19.0 gallon fuel tank

Exterior Features

  • Roof rack side rails
  • Accent color front/rear bumpers
  • Rear in-bumper reflectors
  • Accent color lower body-side cladding
  • Body-color door handles
  • Crystal lens w/multi-parabolic reflector headlamps
  • Pwr heated body-color exterior mirrors
  • Black privacy glass
  • Flip up tailgate glass
  • Variable-intermittent wipers w/washer

Interior Features

  • Front bucket seats-inc: 8-way adjustable driver/4-way adjustable passenger seat, adjustable driver lumbar, head restraints
  • Reclining 60/40 double-folding split-folding rear seatback w/head restraints
  • Full cloth seat trim
  • Full cut pile carpeting-inc: cargo area floor
  • Front center console-inc: dual level storage, armrest
  • (2) front & (2) rear cup holders
  • Overhead console-inc: map lamps, sunglasses holder
  • Rear folding center armrest
  • Tilt steering column
  • Dark titanium finish instrument cluster
  • Gauges-inc: tachometer, trip odometer, coolant temperature
  • Warning lights-inc: door/liftgate ajar, low fuel indicator
  • Pwr windows w/auto-down feature
  • Pwr door locks
  • Remote hood/fuel door releases
  • Rear window defroster w/timer
  • Air conditioning
  • ETR AM/FM stereo-inc: CD player, (6) speakers
  • In glass radio antenna
  • Digital quartz clock
  • 12-volt pwr accessory outlets-in: (2) front, (1) cargo area
  • Lockable glove box
  • Full door trim w/armrests, map pockets, chrome interior door handles
  • Driver/front passenger visor vanity mirrors
  • (3) front/rear assist grips
  • Driver footrest
  • Lamps-inc: central overhead, cargo area
  • Under floor cargo storage
  • Cargo area storage pocket

Safety Features

  • Driver & front passenger airbags
  • Front side-impact airbags
  • Driver 3-point front ELR seatbelt
  • Front passenger 3-point ELR/ALR seatbelt
  • Front height adjustable seatbelt anchors w/pretensioners & force limiters
  • 3-point ELR/ALR rear outboard seat belts
  • Rear seat center lap belt
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • Rear seat child safety anchors
  • Transmission shift interlock
  • 2.5-mph bumpers
  • Side-impact door beams
  • Energy-absorbing front/rear crumple zones
  • Energy-absorbing collapsible steering wheel

2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Reviews

132 Reviews
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Great first time car, work vehicle, or family vehicle, comfortable.

2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base

The best part about the 2001 Toyota Camry would have to be the reliability and the cool a.c. when I couldn't afford to work on it and it had quite a few issues, it was bought use. It still ran me to and from work for 3 months until it had broke down and I got it fixed. It has over 300 thousand miles on it and it still runs great. If you get the issues fixed that need be, beforehand, it'll run PERFECT. The a.c is one thing I couldn't live without. It is so cool when it's tremendously hot outside, and it doesn't burn up my gas like it would any other vehicle. One of the downfalls I would have to say is, I had a friend just get in an accident in the same vehicle make/model and it was completely totaled. I would say that it is NOT completely safe. Let's just say she was lucky to be alive. I think there should be some added protection to the vehicle shell to make it safer for us Toyota lovers. A positive would be, the trunk is very large I've actually fit a medium sized dresser inside! And there's lots of space for people inside when you'd like to pick up family, friends, or whomever.

- Banana A

Great first car, reliable and few blind spots.

2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base

The only problems I have with my 2004 Asante are Hyundai is that there are cosmetic issues. By that I mean that the plastic lining the mirrors is falling off and the paint is chipping. Performance is great, only thing I would change is being able to speed up faster (would make merging on the highways easier). The reliability is a 10/10. I have never had an issue. Comfort is great, it has great heating and cooling. Only thing is the seats are a furry fabric (not leather), so on hot days it gets very hot. I personally added a radio system and a back up camera and an aux/charger port. Not that expensive and definitely worth it. Car came with a cassette player, which I had no use for.

- Emily B

The vehicle is a Hyundai Santa Fe. Black paint job grey inside

2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base

On a daily basis I use a Hyundai Santa Fe 2004 to get me from point A to point B. I love my car. It is four door, black with grey interior throughout the seats, floors, as well as the steering wheel. It is very comfortable. And it's just right for me. I have more than enough space for me and my children. My children also love the car as well. Right now I can honestly say I am very grateful for my Hyundai Santa Fe, and I couldn't ask for a better car for me.

- Diamond B

Pretty standard car, still going after 15 years.

2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base

Fairly reliable vehicle. Still driving after 15 some odd years. Several maintenance problems during that time, including a need to replace the engine because of oil sludge clogging it up. Have definitely put more money of maintenance into it than the cars value at this point. But it drives well, and it is still serving its purpose, so overall a good car. Base model, so no features to speak of. Only a CD drive, no navigation components.

- Emily N

Hidden problems Hyundai is not for me

2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base

I have bought my Hyundai Santa Fe from a car dealership that buys vehicles from auctions. I absolutely loved everything about my new Hyundai the first couple months. The 3rd month I had it is when all the issues started. I have had my vehicle in & out of the garage more times than I can count. It's one thing after another. The mileage is great, and it fits my family comfortably but I will never buy another Hyundai again

- Toni C

The perfect nuts-and-bolts car for a 20-something.

2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base

I really like my Hyundai. It. Has always been a reliable car. My mom drove it before handing it off to me. It got me through numerous 16 hour round trip drives from school and back as well as multiple road trips. It is spacious and easy to clean - which is nice considering how many spills there have been in that car. It is comfortable and perfect for my needs as a single young woman.

- Amanda M

It's a good winter vehicle.

2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base

It is an ok vehicle. However today I found out the belt jumped off the alternator my battery is junk and I need a new ac pump. Up until this point it has been an ok vehicle. Lots of interior space for hauling lots of cargo. Gas mileage is ok. Drivability is decent. Don't get stuck in the winters. Don't know that I would get another one though. Parts are expensive for it.

- Brandy C

Comfortable and reliable 4 wheel drive vehicle

2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base

It's a great 4 wheel drive vehicle. (It is 4 wheel drive all the time thought so it's a little heavy on the gas use but reliable) its roomy without being too large to maneuver the car. It's very comfortable to drive, the seats are kind of similar to captain chairs without the arms. Perfect amount of compartments.

- Crystal B

Good size, great for a small family, really good mileage.

2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base

Engine backfire and electronic issues like lights going on (check engine, abs) also electronic issues with door locks. Also steering might go out on you after a few years and the whole rack will need replacement. It also needs spark plugs frequently which is usually the reason for engine backfires.

- Brittany P

Best Small SUV Ever by Hyundai.

2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base

I love my Santa Fe. It gets excellent mileage and the heat and air conditioning work really well for a small engine. I love that the back window opens which is rare with an SUV. It also comes with a full size tire. I enjoy the tinted windows and the complimentary trim is very nice.

- Cathy R

The Santa Fe SUV is a great car. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base

There is a check engine light that comes on and we can't get it off other than that I love my car. We have had minor repairs but nothing major. I would absolutely purchase another one. I have two car seats in the back seat and I can still fit in the passenger seat uncomfortable.

- Colleen H

Loving my SUV. It's great for families or hauling. The back seats lay down flat.

2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base

My Santa Fe is a very comfortable car to drive. I am a short woman and the shape of the front end and windshield give a very clear view of the road. It has a rack on top for carrying stuff and a lot of cargo room in the back. Is in need of a tune up but otherwise it runs great..

- Michelle R

I love my Hyundai Santa Fe.

2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base

Maintenance is fairly easy, cheap, and affordable. Reliable, a lot of room to store almost anything. . I feel very safe in my SUV. This is my second Hyundai santa fe. It is comfortable. I have fallen asleep in the back of the car many times, and it is just fine.

- Kelley J

Not a bad car; would check seller information before purchase

2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base

Car was purchased used. Has moderate to low fuel efficiency, decent storage space, decent lift and ride comfort. Did have significant engine issues (had to have fan belt replaced along with other parts), and sometimes has issues with wipers/windshield cleaning.

- Sara P

2004 Hyundai Santa Fe: very reliable vehicle.

2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base

I own an older vehicle. It is a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe. The car runs really well and surprisingly has decent gas mileage. The acceleration is great but idles fairly high. The only problems so far is a bit of rust and a wheel bearing that is going bad.

- Ted K

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