2012 Hyundai Santa Fe  RealSafeCars74Safety Rating

#41 of 2012 SUVs

#91 of all 2012 vehicles


Pictured: 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
The Santa Fe, a mainstay of Hyundai's lineup since 2001, is a midsize SUV with seating up to 5. It handles mud, snow, and sand with ease with optional all-wheel drive (AWD). The Santa Fe has offered Android Auto and Apple CarPlay since 2018. Exceeding the average MPG (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and the carbon footprint. Having more than average horsepower for its class, the Santa Fe packs some oomph. Hyundai offers a 5-year, 60,000-mile basic warranty, and a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe is below average compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe has a score of 74, implying a 0.05% chance of driver death (4.5% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0504% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 5.7602%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0504% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 5.7602% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe is 5% more likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe is 21% more likely to result in a fatal accident.


And it is about as safe as many comparable models.

8763Nissan RogueMitsubishi OutlanderChevrolet EquinoxSubaru ForesterToyota RAV4GMC TerrainToyota VenzaKia SorentoFord EdgeSubaru OutbackMazda CX-7Hyundai Santa FeComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 63 to 87. The 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe is safer than the 2012 Nissan Rogue, the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander, the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, and the 2012 Subaru Forester and less safe than the 2012 Subaru Outback, the 2012 Ford Edge, the 2012 Kia Sorento, and the 2012 Toyota Venza. It is about as safe as the 2012 Toyota RAV4, the 2012 GMC Terrain, and the 2012 Mazda CX-7.

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