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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 Honda Civic   21 Civics, 3.3 months of data per Civic, average 2600 miles

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2014 Hyundai Santa Fe   21 Santa Fes, 5.1 months of data per Santa Fe, average 5500 miles

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2013 Honda Civic 47 Civics, 9.9 months of data per Civic, average 8900 miles8
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe 50 Santa Fes, 9.9 months of data per Santa Fe, average 16200 miles

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50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Honda Civic 90 Civics, 9.2 months of data per Civic, average 29600 miles

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0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe   20 Santa Fes, 9.2 months of data per Santa Fe, average 26600 miles

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2011 Honda Civic   24 Civics, 9.7 months of data per Civic, average 34700 miles

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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 29 Santa Fes, 10.4 months of data per Santa Fe, average 39200 miles28
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Honda Civic 42 Civics, 9.3 months of data per Civic, average 48700 miles15
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 27 Santa Fes, 9.5 months of data per Santa Fe, average 41700 miles28
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Honda Civic 57 Civics, 9.5 months of data per Civic, average 58600 miles20
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 44 Santa Fes, 9.1 months of data per Santa Fe, average 51000 miles30
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Honda Civic 79 Civics, 8.8 months of data per Civic, average 80700 miles26
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 33 Santa Fes, 9.6 months of data per Santa Fe, average 56800 miles57
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Honda Civic 70 Civics, 8.7 months of data per Civic, average 89500 miles27
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 39 Santa Fes, 9.5 months of data per Santa Fe, average 79500 miles

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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Honda Civic 63 Civics, 9.2 months of data per Civic, average 114900 miles

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30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Honda Civic 28 Civics, 9.2 months of data per Civic, average 109300 miles33
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Honda Civic 40 Civics, 8.6 months of data per Civic, average 137300 miles49
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe   16 Santa Fes, 7.3 months of data per Santa Fe, average 107400 miles

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2003 Honda Civic 38 Civics, 7.9 months of data per Civic, average 128800 miles56
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe   10 Santa Fes, 8.8 months of data per Santa Fe, average 110500 miles

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2002 Honda Civic 47 Civics, 9.0 months of data per Civic, average 137200 miles57
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 Honda Civic 31 Civics, 10.0 months of data per Civic, average 160300 miles

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20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 Honda Civic 27 Civics, 8.0 months of data per Civic, average 135600 miles72
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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1999 Honda Civic   21 Civics, 7.1 months of data per Civic, average 162800 miles

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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 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
2008 2dr Coupe 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
It is a low maintenance, low cost to own, and long lasting small vehicle that can be driven "worry free".
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 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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.