The Hyundai Santa Fe offers a practical size, roomy interior, many worthwhile features, a combination of responsive performance and commendable fuel economy, an attractive price, and a terrific warranty. It's a good choice for dealing with urban and suburban traffic, taking the family on a vacation, or hauling random stuff from one spot to another.
The 2010 Santa Fe gets fresh styling, new engines, and the latest navigation technology.
The Santa Fe is what is known as a crossover utility vehicle (CUV), meaning it is built with unibody construction, instead of having the body-on-frame structure of a traditional truck or larger SUV. Compared to a truck-based SUV, a crossover is generally lighter, smoother riding, more responsive, and delivers better fuel economy.
The Santa Fe is an attractive vehicle with a sleek shape to its roomy configuration. It has four doors, a rear liftgate, and offers a lot of versatility for carrying people or cargo. It is available with front-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive for those who might need more traction.
There are significant enhancements to the Santa Fe for 2010. A new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine replaces the previous 2.7-liter base V6, and delivers both better fuel economy and quicker acceleration. The former up-level 3.3-liter V6 has been replaced by a new 3.5-liter V6 that weighs less, develops a lot more power, is smoother, and returns better fuel economy. In addition, the automatic transmission for each engine has six speeds, which contributes to the improved fuel economy numbers.
Other changes for 2010 include exterior and appearance upgrades to the wheels, taillights and foglamps, bumpers and body-side moldings, and the grille. Inside, there have been refinements to the leather and cloth seating surfaces, an Eco Indicator (which lights up to indicate efficient driving habits) is standard on automatic-transmission models, there is touch-screen navigation with rear-view camera and XM NavTraffic, the side-curtain airbags have roll-over sensors, the Limited trim level has a standard CleanAir ionizer, and Bluetooth and steering-wheel audio controls are standard on all models.
The Santa Fe also delivers on safety, with six airbags and standard anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, Electronic Stability Control, and traction control.
Hyundai vehicles are proving to have commendable levels of reliability and quality, and the Santa Fe is a viable alternative to crossover utility vehicles from other manufacturers. Finally, it's manufactured in Montgomery, Alabama.