2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Electrical & fuel system issues are among the top complaints reported from vehicle owners

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

It’s fun to drive with every member of the family on a long trip, which is where the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe hopes to fit in. The automaker claims it is the “adventurous family SUV,” but the adventure that’s been concocted is more than what most people are prepared for. From a glitchy electrical system to the dangerous fuel system and horrible suspension, customers continue to overwhelm the internet with complaints.

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Problems with the Electrical System

As a newer SUV model, this Hyundai should be prepared to handle all of the latest technologies and equipment, but it shows up to the party unprepared.

One Edmunds complaint states, “Infotainment screen is super slow all the time. Sometimes it takes a couple of seconds to show something as simple as a temperature change in the climate control. Steering wheel buttons for voice assistant are absolutely terrible. I hit the end call button to dismiss Google Assistant (using Android Auto) and it took 5 or 6 whole seconds to dismiss it. My 2018 Kia Sportage did it instantly. Drive modes are extreme. I’m either being out accelerated by a Honda Fit or I’m coming off the line like I’m trying to race. There is no in-between.”

Sadly, there’s no communication coming from the automaker to address these concerns. For now, the company is hiding from owners, hoping not to pay out any more damages in the next few years.

Problems with the Fuel System

The fuel system provides the gas to the engine, so it keeps running. When this system fails, it can lead to a lot of trouble.

One NHTSA complaint shows what can happen. “New vehicle purchased 10/15/21 from [dealer] in Toms River NJ. After two weeks and 1100 miles car started leaking gasoline on garage floor, street and driveway at rate of approx one drop every two seconds. Called closest Hyundai dealer, both dealerships said appointments were three weeks out, scheduled on 12/1 with Burns. Stated this was a hazardous waste spill and extreme safety hazard but dealers made no other offer of help. Before filing complaint called Hyundai Corp and they told me they would escalate but would take 7 days to get back to me (Hyundai complaint #189991007). No one has called me. In last effort LM with president of Lester Glenn 11/18 at 3:20pm asking to call back and resolve so I would not have to file complaint, nobody called me as of 11/19 at 1pm. Leaking appears to be coming from a white plastic block at the rear of the gas tank.”

There is an important recall to consider. NHTSA Campaign Number 21V524000 discusses how some Santa Fe engines have a fuel leak at a pipe between the rail and fuel pump. If fuel is leaking, there is a chance of suffering from a car fire. Of course, this is nothing new from Hyundai. In May, the company was required to pay $1.3 billion in a settlement to customers because of fire concerns from defective engines. Owners of the 2022 Santa Fe might soon find themselves earning some compensation too, as long as they aren’t involved in a deadly vehicle fire first.

Problems with the Suspension

The suspension is responsible for creating a smooth, enjoyable ride. However, Santa Fe owners say that there’s nothing smooth about the ride.

A final Edmunds review reads, “The slower you go, the worse the suspension gets. Going through a parking lot at 5mph feels like gravel road no matter how well kept the parking lot feels. Firm ride usually means better handling. Not with this car. It’s neither smooth nor fun to drive.”

Another aspect that creates a smooth ride is the powertrain, but that seems to be causing problems as well. Service Bulletin #21-AT-009H points out that there has been a known defect with the push-button shifter. So, yes! This could be an “adventurous family SUV” if the idea of an adventure is avoiding car fires, feeling every bump in the road and dealing with annoying electrical issues.

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Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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  • joseph T

    not sure if this is a legal problem. bought a 2022 santa fe xrt..
    the cabin noise on roads or hyways are loud, annoying Getting into the driver seat is a hassle. I hit my head on the fram numerous times, and I am only 5″9. It is bothering my lower back.

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