in 2010 Affordable Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $12,318 - $18,301
Original MSRP: $21,695 - $30,295
MPG: 19 City / 26 Hwy
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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior

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Many reviewers note that the 2010 Santa Fe's interior has a high-quality look and feel. However, if you’re looking for a third row, look elsewhere -- the 2010 Santa Fe no longer offers one.

  • "Interior design is among the best yet from Hyundai." -- Motor Week
  • "Belies price with a smart and upscale cabin. A few more soft-touch surfaces would be nice, but the faux metal and wood trim is convincing, and no plastics look cheap." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The interior, which we've praised in the past, goes mostly untouched, aside from the loss of the three-row option. A Hyundai spokesperson tells us the option garnered only a two-percent take rate and also reminds us that those looking for a three-row Hyundai can look instead to the Veracruz.” -- Car and Driver


Reviewers were generally happy with the Santa Fe's first two rows of seats. Leather seating surfaces are standard on SE and Limited models, while heated front seats were optional on the SE and standard on the Limited.

Buyers looking for a third row should note that the 2010 Santa Fe does not offer one. Look instead at the Hyundai Veracruz or Toyota Highlander. For a closer look at the Santa Fe's seats, be sure to take a look at our Santa Fe video.

  • "Pushing the front seats well back means adults behind front-seat passengers sit knees-up, but they're not cramped, and there's good underseat foot space. Headroom suits six-footers. Three grownups can fit, but only short trips are recommended." -- Consumer Guide
  • "One of our few complaints about the Santa Fe's interior involves the driving position: The seats are mounted too high up front, and short seat-bottom cushions provide minimal thigh support for taller adults." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Reviewers liked that you didn't have to upgrade to the highest trim level to get a high-quality feel inside the Santa Fe. It comes standard with luxury touches like wood-grain trim and blue ambient lighting.

The GLS base model is sparse on standard features. Those that stand out are steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls and a tilt and telescopic steering wheel. You’ll get a more powerful engine in the SE model, along with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power driver’s seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and leather upholstery. The premium package came with a power sunroof, a navigation system, a rearview camera and a premium audio system. More information about the Santa Fe's interior features can be found by watching our Santa Fe video.

  • "Take the Santa Fe for a drive a night and you'll be basked in a very trendy and hip looking blue glowing interior. Not only did Hyundai ensure every button, switch and display featured the same blue glow, it went as far to include blue lighting inside the front cup holders. Set a bottle of water inside and watch it glow an electric blue." -- Autobytel
  • "Audio and climate controls are large, simple, handy, and share blue night lighting with the easy-to-read gauges." -- Consumer Guide
  • "A green ‘Eco Indicator’ light has sprouted on the instrument panel, alerting drivers when they're achieving ‘good fuel economy.’ A touch-screen, voice-activated navigation system is now available on all trim levels and comes bundled with a rearview camera and the XM NavTraffic service." -- Car and Driver


Many reviewers were impressed with the Santa Fe’s cargo space, which is large for its class. It provides 34.2 cubic feet of space with all seats in use and 78.2 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. By contrast, the Mazda CX-7 provides much less -- 29.9 cubic feet of space, which can be expanded to 58.6 cubic feet with the rear seat folded down. To see how the Santa Fe handles cargo, be sure to check out our Santa Fe video.

  • "The liftgate lacks opening glass. Cabin storage is good but not exceptional by absolute standards." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Although the Santa Fe is one of the smallest midsize SUVs in exterior dimensions it is far from being the smallest inside, a tribute to its space efficient design." -- New Car Test Drive

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