The Hyundai Santa Fe

While the overall style of the Hyundai Santa Fe’s body may not be particularly appealing, this vehicle does a have a few good qualities. The Santa Fe lineup consists of three vehicles: the GLS, the SE, and the Limited. The GLS has a 2.4 liter 4 cylinder engine that gives an impressive 20 miles per gallon in the city and 28 when driving on the highway. The 3.5 liter V6 SE version delivers a decent 20/26 mileage, especially considering the whopping 276 horsepower. The Limited version comes with a new audio system. Prices range from $21,845 to a little over $30,000.

The exterior
The Santa Fe is a crossover SUV that looks like a tastefully safe family car. There is nothing sporty or dramatic here, just practical, useful and sensible. The appeal is somewhere between that of a minivan and a station wagon.

The interior
Both Bluetooth and USB come standard on all flavors of the Hyundai Santa Fe. The Bluetooth hands-free is integrated into the steering wheel as in higher end vehicles. This is definitely worth a look for the tech-fans who are in the market for a crossover utility vehicle but are on a budget. The instrument panel has a cool blue lighting as an accent that give it a luxurious high-tech feel. The Santa Fe has lots of cargo space since it has no third row. It has roughly 34 cubic feet of room for luggage. Fold down the second row and that cargo space goes up to roughly 78 cubic feet. The rear seat is moderately spacious and should be able to seat five. Leather is standard in the SE and Limited.

Safety features
In addition to the six standard airbags, the Santa Fe comes with side-curtain airbags and electronic brake force distribution which helps drivers keep control in situations where braking is difficult.

Warranty
The power-train comes with a 10 year, 100,000 mile limited warranty. The new vehicle limited warranty is 5 years/60,000 miles.

Driving
The GLS is less than powerful and may not be very useful for towing anything. The relatively powerful SE is a distinct improvement in this respect. The steering is responsive and it does not sway too much when cornering. Overall, other than slightly long braking distances, there is nothing notable, either good or bad, about the Santa Fe.

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Category: SUVs