$24,495 - $26,195
Kelly Blue Book® Fair Market Range

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Kelly Blue Book® Fair Market Range
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SE Key Features & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$24,495 - $26,195
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
17 City / 24 HWY

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Mechanical Features

  • 3.3L DOHC MPI V6 24-valve engine
  • 5-speed automatic transmission w/OD, Shiftronic, manual shift control
  • Shift interlock system
  • Lock up torque converter
  • Traction control system (TCS) w/electronic stability control (ESC)
  • Front wheel drive
  • All wheel drive
  • Independent MacPherson strut front suspension w/coil springs, gas shocks
  • Independent multi-link rear suspension w/coil springs, gas shocks
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars
  • P235/60R18 tires
  • 18" 6-spoke aluminum wheels
  • Compact spare tire
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Ventilated front/solid rear disc brakes
  • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) w/electronic brake force distribution (EBD), brake assist
  • Dual exhaust

Exterior Features

  • Roof rack side rails
  • Body-color bumpers w/dark grey lower inserts
  • Dark gray body-side moldings
  • Chrome accent grille
  • Auto on/off headlamps
  • Fog lamps
  • Body-color manual folding pwr heated mirrors
  • Tinted windshield & front windows
  • Rear privacy glass
  • 2-speed variable intermittent wipers
  • Intermittent rear window wiper w/washer
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Body-color door handles

Interior Features

  • Cloth seat trim
  • Multi-adjustable front bucket seats-inc: active head restraints w/tilt
  • 60/40 split-folding flat-fold rear seat
  • Full carpeting
  • Tilt/telescoping steering column
  • Leather wrapped 4-spoke steering wheel w/audio controls
  • Instrumentation-inc: tachometer, coolant temp, odometer, tire pressure monitor system, trip odometer, clock
  • Trip computer
  • Warning lights-inc: oil pressure, battery, door ajar, brake, check engine
  • Pwr windows w/driver auto-down & lockout
  • Pwr door locks
  • Remote keyless entry system w/security alarm
  • Cruise control
  • Remote hood/fuel door releases
  • AM/FM/XM audio system w/CD/MP3 player-inc: (6) speakers
  • Roof-mounted micro-style antennae
  • Air conditioning
  • Rear window defroster w/timer
  • Lockable glove box
  • Cupholders-inc: (2) front/(2) rear center console, (4) in doors
  • Pwr accessory outlets-inc: (2) front 12-volt, (1) rear, (1) cargo
  • Cloth door trim w/integrated armrest
  • Woodgrain trim
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror w/compass
  • Driver/front passenger sunvisors w/illuminated vanity mirrors
  • (3) assist grips
  • Lamps-inc: (2) front map, glove box, cargo area, front ashtray, overhead, dome, ignition, door courtesy
  • Leather wrapped shift knob
  • Rear coat hangers

Safety Features

  • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) w/electronic brake force distribution (EBD), brake assist
  • Driver & front passenger advanced airbags
  • Front seat-mounted side-impact airbags
  • Roof-mounted side-impact curtain airbags
  • Occupant classification system (OCS)
  • 3-point seatbelts for all positions
  • Front height adjustable seatbelts w/pretensioners & force limiters
  • 2nd row lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH) system
  • Traction control system (TCS) w/electronic stability control (ESC)
  • Shift interlock system
  • Energy-absorbing steering column
  • Body-side reinforcements
  • Front/rear crumple zones
  • Hood buckling creases/safety stops

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Reviews

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Mocha Santa Fe, a car that keeps going for years on end.

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE

My Hyundai, Santa Fe has been an incredible vehicle for getting me to where I need to go. Although there has been frequent issues with coolant leakage and the air conditioner breaking, there hasn't been many other problems. The car is sturdy, has good pick-up speed, and a lot of space in the back for storage. I am very much a function over beauty kind of person, though, when it comes to my car. So, if you want a car that effectively gets you to where you need to go, the Hyundai, Santa Fe is an incredible car for that.

- April S

Santa Fe SE 2008-Comfortable, good mileage for the size, no problems up to 110k

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE

My Santa Fe has been very reliable throughout my ownership. My only issue once it passed 110,000 miles was the front ball joints needed to be replaced, but this was after a used purchase and after several thousand miles of driving. Fuel economy is good for a car of the size with a decent sized tank. My only complaint is the gearbox sometimes shifts slowly, such as when trying to turn quickly at a light - the car very occasionally will roll slowly forward for a few seconds with the accelerator pedal fully pressed.

- Alex M

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe se's rock.

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE

My vehicle is and has always been extremely dependable. It is now 11 years old and I am the second owner, and I've only had to have the fuel level sensor replaced (caused my gas gauge to not work). This is a very common issue with this year and make, and the cost to repair was roughly $500 at the dealership. Other than that, I've kept regular oil changes and tire rotations and my car hasn't ever needed any other repairs. Hyundai makes a very dependable, comfortable vehicle for the price!

- Jamie M

It's a light blue Santa Fe standard model and has Sirius XM and towing.

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE

I've had this car since 2013. It was used and had 100,000 miles. Now, it's at almost 300,000 miles. No major (not driveable) issues. Only issues we've had was that the gas gauge constantly reads empty and when you put gas in the car, you have to rev it for a minute or so before you can actually go. Other than that, it's been a very reliable car that has never had A/C or transmission issues.

- Jennifer W

Hyundai Santa Fe bright gold.

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE

I have had my car for years and she has gotten me to and from work, school, events and just in general commute. I get decent miles per gallon and love her. One time I had to drive all across town looking for a friend because they were new in town and didn't know where they were. All in all I love my car and wouldn't change my choice.

- Jane L

Used 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe.

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE

It's a very sturdy SUV. I purchased it used with high mileage and no major issues, so far. Gas mileage is no great, but average for an SUV at 20 mpg. No running boards. Basic radio... no Bluetooth or aux port, but has XM Sirius. I assume it was the factory installed radio. Cruise control.

- Karen F

A great mid-sized car that keeps you safe.

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE

I have enjoyed my car for the past 6 years. It has had issues with an emissions code for some time. It is a non issue where I live to pass inspection. I also have had problems with fueling. It takes a while after putting gas for it to start. It has not caused any other problems besides this.

- Erica G

Great and spacious family vehicle

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE

It is a very smooth ride and good miles per gallon. It is very spacious and it is a great family car. The back seats fold down for bigger storage space. It drives well in the snow and rocky climates. It has good Drivability and the interior lighting at night is very soothing and helpful

- Mackenzie O

It has lots of space in between seats. Big trunk

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE

it is very fast to speed up. It handles bumps with ease. It has very comfortable seats. It has a large trunk space. It fits a car seat nicely. It has lots of space in the back seat. It has enough space in the front seat also where two people can sit comfortably without touching arms.

- Jessica L

when the dealer call and say we finally found something for you!

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE

I have a wonderful truck nicely detailed and manufactured. I feel as though it was made just for me! It has great capabilities and road power. Its roomy, very spacious and the mileage is very good as well. Keeping the maintenance up so far is also very good as well.

- Tiffany S

Ride good; pickup needs improvement.

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE

Like the size and interior of the SUV; one of the biggest pitfalls is the pickup. It does take a little bit to get speed going in this car. Maintenance has been limited. Happy with the overall amount of money I have had to put into car. Would buy a newer version.

- Steph W

Hyundai Santa Fe primary features

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE

I love my Hyundai Santa Fe. My favorite feature is that it tells me which tire has low pressure. It also tells me how many miles I have till I'm empty and averagely, I pay $33 in gas. The only thing I wish it had was an aux cord but I enjoy the sun roof more.

- Heather M

All in all it's a very good car & I would get another one when this one goes.

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE

It drives well, good gas mileage on trips, easy maintenance. Seats are very comfortable. Fold down seats make it easy to pack for vacation. The only problem I have is the headlights burn out at least once a month & are not very bright for low beams.

- Kim G

10 years and still going strong!

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE

I inherited this vehicle from a family member who owned it for 10 years. No issues in all that time and it still runs like new. The only replacement has been the tires. It remains reliable and fuel efficient. I am very happy with its performance.

- April T

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