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Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Mitsubishi Lancer 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 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
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.
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
2008 Mitsubishi Lancer   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Lancers, 10.4 months of data per Lancer, average 79800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2011 Mitsubishi Lancer   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Lancers, 8.8 months of data per Lancer, average 40800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2010 Mitsubishi Lancer   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 Lancers, 11.0 months of data per Lancer, average 68700 miles

* Small sample, members only.
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.
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Lancers, 9.7 months of data per Lancer, average 82000 miles

* Small sample, members only.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.

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Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Mitsubishi Lancer 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!
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 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
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
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.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Mitsubishi Lancer

Mitsubishi Lancer Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr Sedan 148-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
Was sold on this feature. Seems to have a decent Module history. Not enough experience to rate directly at this time.
2010 4dr Sedan 168-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
More solid off the lot than the Civic SI. Car feels built very well. Very impressed with Mitsubishi and still amazed that this car is only 22k.
2010 4dr Sedan 168-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
This car has been a track and autocross beast from day 1 because hey, free car. It's seen many long trips, including an Austin to Seattle loop via as many scenic roads we could fit in. And it just doesn't break. Maintain it well and it will run like a charm.
2009 4dr Sedan 168-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
I have owned my lancer for almost three years now,it has 59k miles and I have had 0 issues, I am still using the same bulbs, brakes and rotors that came with the car. my friends 08 328i has already had his window motor go out at 65k amongst other things
2008 4dr Sedan 152-horsepower 2.0L I4
CVT FWD
10 year warranty and over 25 years of rally competitions, need I say more. To give that kind of warranty proves that Mitsubishi stands behind their vehicles.
2008 4dr Sedan 152-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
Has run flawlessly so far in the 15,000km of ownership. Servicing costs are minimal, 15,000km service interval. Use of timing chain, means no expensive timing belt changes.
2005 4dr Sedan 120-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
I have had the car for more than 5 years with 130,000 km on it and have never had to do any work to the car, other than routine maintenance every 12,000 km.
Mitsubishi Lancer Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr Sedan 168-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
Break Booster Recall SRS Sensor Recall 2 bearings and hubs 1 abs sensor 1 tire rod 1 rim. when i first got car it vibrated and tires had flat spot and sat so long oil was bad