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Honda Civic vs. Hyundai Santa Fe Reliability

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Results are for year ending March 31, 2016. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2015 Honda Civic 0
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  37 Civics, 8.6 months of data per Civic, average 8300 miles
2015 Hyundai Santa Fe 4
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  30 Santa Fes, 9.5 months of data per Santa Fe, average 8300 miles

 

2014 Honda Civic 15
12.8571428571% 12.8571428571% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  31 Civics, 10.2 months of data per Civic, average 12700 miles
2014 Hyundai Santa Fe 19
22% 22% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  41 Santa Fes, 9.3 months of data per Santa Fe, average 18000 miles

 

2013 Honda Civic 4
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  63 Civics, 8.7 months of data per Civic, average 25900 miles
2013 Hyundai Santa Fe 34
43.3333333333% 43.3333333333% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  41 Santa Fes, 8.7 months of data per Santa Fe, average 31900 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Most of the sample is Santa Fe Sports.

 

2012 Honda Civic 18
10.7142857143% 10.7142857143% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  68 Civics, 8.9 months of data per Civic, average 46400 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2012 Hyundai Santa Fe   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 Santa Fes, 9.1 months of data per Santa Fe, average 44500 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2011 Honda Civic 17
6.32653061224% 6.32653061224% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Civics, 10.0 months of data per Civic, average 53700 miles
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 68
89.5918367347% 89.5918367347% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Santa Fes, 9.5 months of data per Santa Fe, average 56100 miles

 

2010 Honda Civic 21
8.57142857143% 8.57142857143% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  41 Civics, 9.7 months of data per Civic, average 67500 miles
2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 64
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Santa Fes, 8.0 months of data per Santa Fe, average 57300 miles

 

2009 Honda Civic 28
9.34065934066% 9.34065934066% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  64 Civics, 9.3 months of data per Civic, average 78800 miles
2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 66
51.0989010989% 51.0989010989% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  36 Santa Fes, 11.2 months of data per Santa Fe, average 72500 miles

 

2008 Honda Civic 37
19.2307692308% 19.2307692308% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  66 Civics, 9.7 months of data per Civic, average 93600 miles
2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 66
51.0989010989% 51.0989010989% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 Santa Fes, 10.1 months of data per Santa Fe, average 73800 miles

 

2007 Honda Civic 34
13.8961038961% 13.8961038961% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  64 Civics, 8.4 months of data per Civic, average 111800 miles
2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 96
78.3116883117% 78.3116883117% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Santa Fes, 10.6 months of data per Santa Fe, average 102400 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Wheel bearing replacements seem very common.

 

2006 Honda Civic 43
20.9359605911% 20.9359605911% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  71 Civics, 8.2 months of data per Civic, average 125500 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

 

2005 Honda Civic 63
34.8214285714% 34.8214285714% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  38 Civics, 8.5 months of data per Civic, average 129700 miles

 

2004 Honda Civic 64
32.3529411765% 32.3529411765% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  49 Civics, 8.4 months of data per Civic, average 142800 miles
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Santa Fes, 9.6 months of data per Santa Fe, average 100900 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2003 Honda Civic 74
32.7838827839% 32.7838827839% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 Civics, 10.1 months of data per Civic, average 140100 miles

 

2002 Honda Civic 56
19.5970695971% 19.5970695971% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  40 Civics, 9.1 months of data per Civic, average 126500 miles

 

2001 Honda Civic 97
49.6336996337% 49.6336996337% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Civics, 9.4 months of data per Civic, average 160400 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

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Honda Civic vs. Hyundai Santa Fe Reliability Comparisons

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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 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
no problems
2011 4dr Sedan 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
This is my fourth Civic and they have proven reliability.
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
excellent
2009 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Reliable car.
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.
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".
2008 4dr Sedan 110-horsepower 1.3L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
does what it is supposed to do
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 110-horsepower 1.3L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
Built well and appears to be solid at 10000 miles.
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
So far the car has had only minor issues all covered under the 5 year warranty.
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
No shop visits required in two years
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
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
Good reviews, great warrantee
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.