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Hyundai Santa Fe vs. GMC Acadia 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    
2016 GMC Acadia   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Acadias, 3.3 months of data per Acadia, average 3300 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2015 GMC Acadia 20
28.2608695652% 28.2608695652% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  44 Acadias, 9.6 months of data per Acadia, average 10200 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 GMC Acadia 41
72.2857142857% 72.2857142857% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  45 Acadias, 10.5 months of data per Acadia, average 23900 miles

Common problem with rear A/C leaks in the 2013 also somewhat common in the 2014.
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 GMC Acadia 66
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  36 Acadias, 9.1 months of data per Acadia, average 39600 miles

Refreshed for 2013. Common problem with rear A/C leaks.
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 GMC Acadia 36
42.8571428571% 42.8571428571% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  51 Acadias, 9.7 months of data per Acadia, average 53900 miles
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 GMC Acadia 85
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  70 Acadias, 9.0 months of data per Acadia, average 63200 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 GMC Acadia 89
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  51 Acadias, 8.2 months of data per Acadia, average 72100 miles
2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 63
70.8791208791% 70.8791208791% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Santa Fes, 7.7 months of data per Santa Fe, average 57600 miles

 

2009 GMC Acadia 91
78.5714285714% 78.5714285714% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  67 Acadias, 9.0 months of data per Acadia, average 77800 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 GMC Acadia 88
75.2747252747% 75.2747252747% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  91 Acadias, 9.0 months of data per Acadia, average 93800 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 GMC Acadia 60
40.9090909091% 40.9090909091% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  35 Acadias, 9.2 months of data per Acadia, average 118400 miles

First model year.
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.

 

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.

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Hyundai Santa Fe vs. GMC Acadia Reliability Comparisons

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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! see full Hyundai Santa Fe review
2009 4dr SUV 185-horsepower 2.7L V6
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
time will tell it is is durable see full Hyundai Santa Fe review
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 see full Hyundai Santa Fe review
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 see full Hyundai Santa Fe review
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. see full Hyundai Santa Fe review
2007 4dr SUV 242-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Good reviews, great warrantee see full Hyundai Santa Fe review
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. see full Hyundai Santa Fe review
2007 4dr SUV turbocharged 148hp 2.2L I4 Diesel
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Never left me on the road, warranty covers almost everything see full Hyundai Santa Fe review
2007 4dr SUV 242-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
No shop visits required in two years see full Hyundai Santa Fe review
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. see full Hyundai Santa Fe review
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. see full Hyundai Santa Fe review
2008 4dr SUV 242-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Lower mileage warranty, at least here in Canada. see full Hyundai Santa Fe review
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. see full Hyundai Santa Fe review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the GMC Acadia

GMC Acadia Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr SUV 288-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Seats 8 people. I test drove a leather with DVD used vehicle prior to purchasing and it was decent. I purchased this in March 2011 with 5500 miles from Bob Moore in OKC. Seats were a little uncomfortable but not unbearable. at 30000 miles the rear strut had issues on the liftgate, noisy (really noisy at low speeds) power steering, tires wearing out, and gas tank showed half full when I ran out of gas. Today I found out there is a leak in the discharge hose of the Ac and possibly more issues because I have no ac at 90,800 miles. Seats are garbage, gas mileage never averaged over 21, wont tow much of a load, and small inside. I would never recommend a GMC, anything from Bob Moore or the Acadia. I have owned over 50 vehicles and this is the most problems for a new vehicle I have ever had. see full GMC Acadia review
2008 4dr SUV 275-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
GMC Has been good to me in the past see full GMC Acadia review
2007 4dr SUV 275-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Exceptional drivetrain. see full GMC Acadia review
GMC Acadia Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr SUV 288-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Seemed to have lots of issues with their engine, amoung other litte things at low mileage. see full GMC Acadia review
2011 4dr SUV 288-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Mileage, choices of tires that fit this vehicle, reliability, lack of interior space, lack of towing ability, comfortability, the list is quite long. For $32,000 MSRP, there are many vehicles that beat this car in every category. see full GMC Acadia review
2008 4dr SUV 275-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Our battery has died at least 5 time and GM has had to replace it twice. The 2nd sunroof has also leaked water. see full GMC Acadia review
2008 4dr SUV 275-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Lots of problems requiring unscheduled sercive see full GMC Acadia review
2008 4dr SUV 275-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Water leaks, so many the Dealer has a hard time repairing. Power steering pump wines so loud you can hear it in the interior. Dash rattles. Cruse control is useless due to the trans calibration, continuously down shifts the trans on hills and in a wind. see full GMC Acadia review
2007 4dr SUV 275-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Lots of problem with leaky sun roof see full GMC Acadia review
2007 4dr SUV 275-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
It is NOT reliable. It never has been. The transmission in our car was fully replaced before 6 months. see full GMC Acadia review
2007 4dr SUV 275-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
whenever it rains hard, it makes weird noise from the tire/brakes, and the steering wheel gets locked up. one time, water was leaking/dripping under dash onto my foot(driver side) as well as the passenger side. see full GMC Acadia review