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Honda Civic vs. Hyundai Santa Fe Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Honda Civic or Hyundai Santa Fe reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Honda Civic and the Hyundai Santa Fe truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Honda Civic and Hyundai Santa Fe reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Honda Civic and the Hyundai Santa Fe were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Honda Civic and the Hyundai Santa Fe have been recently.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 Hyundai Santa Fe   14 Santa Fes, 4.8 months of data per Santa Fe, average 6000 miles

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2013 Honda Civic 47 Civics, 9.3 months of data per Civic, average 7000 miles14
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe 52 Santa Fes, 9.5 months of data per Santa Fe, average 13600 miles

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32
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Honda Civic 87 Civics, 9.8 months of data per Civic, average 26500 miles

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13
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe   22 Santa Fes, 9.2 months of data per Santa Fe, average 24100 miles

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2011 Honda Civic   23 Civics, 10.7 months of data per Civic, average 32900 miles

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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 30 Santa Fes, 10.1 months of data per Santa Fe, average 36800 miles20
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Honda Civic 43 Civics, 9.3 months of data per Civic, average 44600 miles12
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 30 Santa Fes, 9.0 months of data per Santa Fe, average 37800 miles27
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Honda Civic 65 Civics, 9.2 months of data per Civic, average 55700 miles10
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 43 Santa Fes, 9.8 months of data per Santa Fe, average 49500 miles29
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Honda Civic 89 Civics, 8.9 months of data per Civic, average 77300 miles30
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 34 Santa Fes, 10.1 months of data per Santa Fe, average 55100 miles53
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Honda Civic 73 Civics, 9.7 months of data per Civic, average 88200 miles39
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 40 Santa Fes, 10.0 months of data per Santa Fe, average 77400 miles

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60
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Honda Civic 70 Civics, 8.9 months of data per Civic, average 110100 miles

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44
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Honda Civic 29 Civics, 8.7 months of data per Civic, average 102200 miles33
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Honda Civic 43 Civics, 8.9 months of data per Civic, average 133400 miles44
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe   17 Santa Fes, 8.5 months of data per Santa Fe, average 108100 miles

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2003 Honda Civic 44 Civics, 7.4 months of data per Civic, average 126300 miles52
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe   11 Santa Fes, 9.1 months of data per Santa Fe, average 111400 miles

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2002 Honda Civic 50 Civics, 8.6 months of data per Civic, average 140100 miles64
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 Honda Civic 33 Civics, 9.4 months of data per Civic, average 159600 miles

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20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 Honda Civic 28 Civics, 8.9 months of data per Civic, average 136700 miles48
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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1999 Honda Civic 25 Civics, 7.9 months of data per Civic, average 163200 miles55
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Honda Civic

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Honda Civic

Honda Civic Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr Sedan 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
This is my fourth Civic and they have proven reliability.
2011 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
no problems
2010 2dr Coupe 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
bulletproof reliability
2009 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Remains to be seen. Bought on basis of good reputation for this car.
2009 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
excellent
2008 4dr Sedan 110-horsepower 1.3L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
Built well and appears to be solid at 10000 miles.
2008 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
There are many good cars in this regard, but Honda is again one of the leaders, as well as having the least expensive parts for maintenance and repair, according to a CAA Survey a couple of years ago.
2008 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
I have put over 33,000 miles on it in the last 15 months, no maintenance beyond oil/filter changes & a set of new tires.
2008 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
They have a well-deserved excellent reputation. I had one several years ago and it just kept going. Sold it with 134k with the original clutch. Replaced the water pump, a dash switch, and the horn in eleven years.
2008 4dr Sedan 110-horsepower 1.3L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
does what it is supposed to do
Honda Civic Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
clutch should not go out in 9k miles
2007 2dr Coupe 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Came off the lot with many rattles and squeaks. Had to have both rear bearings replaced and had a third gear issue. Had to have transmission rebuilt to repair 3rd gear.
2007 4dr Sedan 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
little things go wrong
2007 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Had an oil leak at 27,000 miles that required warranty work. It was a known problem. On returning home I found the engine grounding strap had not been reattached.
2006 2dr Coupe 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Major rear suspension problems that Honda refused to correct under Warranty. Definately my last Honda. I had to replace the rear control arms out of my own pocket
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr SUV 175-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Car feels well put together, and everything works!
2009 4dr SUV 185-horsepower 2.7L V6
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
time will tell it is is durable
2008 4dr SUV 242-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
seems to run ok so far! has gotten many great reviews, consumer report best buy for 2008 for a midsize SUV
2008 4dr SUV 185-horsepower 2.7L V6
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Hyundai warranty; Motor Trend and Customer Reports recommendation; built in Alabama (USA facility); built at same factory as Sonata; great word of mouth about Hyundai and catching up to Japanese companies; continues to impress with new cars like Genesis
2007 4dr SUV 242-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Hyundai has been constantly improving and the quality we found in the Santa Fe, after having driven all of the competition vehicles, by far surpassed the others.
2007 4dr SUV 242-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
So far the car has had only minor issues all covered under the 5 year warranty.
2007 4dr SUV 242-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
From past experience with the Hyundai products, I felt that if this vehicle came close to the previous one, I would be very happy. All professional auto critics praise the Santa Fe.
2007 4dr SUV 242-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
No shop visits required in two years
2007 4dr SUV 242-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Good reviews, great warrantee
2007 4dr SUV turbocharged 148hp 2.2L I4 Diesel
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Never left me on the road, warranty covers almost everything
Hyundai Santa Fe Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr SUV 175-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
We purchased this vehicle new and paid over 26k for it - until this week, we have been generally OK with the purchase (not excited, just OK). Well, it didn't start early this week, stranding my wife at night, in a vacant parking lot. No fun - we eventually got her, and left the Santa Fe. We called to have it towed to the local Hyundai dealership (North Park in Covington) - after all it only has 62k highway miles it and has been greatly taken care of, and it does have the 100k warranty, right? They led me to believe the warranty would cover repairs, but then they said the Starter was bad (we had owned many vehicles in 50 or so years - never a starter failure). Anyway, 100k coverage should take care of their (they said 580 bucks for a Starter - can you believe it) repair on this vehicle. We had it towed to the dealer specifically because of the warranty coverage. Well, the starter is now NOT part of a powertrain (have you ever seen a powertrain operate without a STARTER)? DISGUSTING to say the least - Our family has purchased multiple new Hyundai's from THIS exact dealer, and they cannot cover the STARTER? This sucks. Then later that day I found a TSB from Hyundai on a "cheap" fix for these Starter issues (less than 10 bucks for the part), but OF COURSE this doesn't apply to our repair - we need a NEW one. THEN, they don't have any starters in stock - WOW - NONE, and wanted me to pay extra to ship it faster, or I'd have to wait all week. THEN, I called Hyundai National Customer Service, and they did NOTHING for me. HYUNDAI, you SUCK.
2008 4dr SUV 242-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Lower mileage warranty, at least here in Canada.
2007 4dr SUV 242-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
So far not impress, no major problems, but several issues that seem to take a long time to be fix, but dealerships.