2010 Hyundai Santa Fe: Still Looking Good

10 Jun 2010 | 3,119 views | No Comment
2010 hyundai santa fe Lost--at least somewhat in all the hooplah about all the other new Hyundai models--is the heavily revised 2010 Santa Fe. For whatever reason, it seems that the Santa Fe’s modifications have been somewhat overlooked, and that’s a shame.  Hyundai has been careful and judicious with revisions on the new Santa Fe, and it was smart enough to keep the contemporary, upscale look that the current model has, with only  a few updates. The real news for the Santa Fe is the all-new four cylinder engine. It’s a 2.4 liter 175 horsepower four, and it gets 20/238 miles per gallon while costing a reasonable $1,696 a year in fuel expenses according to the federal government. The engine really moves the Santa Fe along at a pretty nice clip, and it was so energetic that we pulled over to see if we had the six cylinder engine instead.  We suggest you try the four before you splurge on the 276 horsepower, 3.3 liter V-6. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Other changes are the addition of Blue Tooth as standard equipment, and there’s also now a touch screen navigation system on the options list. Base price on the Limited model we tested  is $26,645 and the only option was the Navigation package, which came with a premium audio system and rearview camera. The bottom line on this car was $29,055. 2010 hyundai santa fe Standard equipment includes full power accessories, electronic stability and traction control, side curtain airbags with rollover sensors, chrome accents, leather, tilt and slide sunroof, and of course,, Hyundai’s well-known 10 year/100,000 mile warranty. By the way, Santa Fe’s earned a five star frontal and crash rating for driver and passenger from the federal government. There’s a four star rating in rollover accidents, too. Capable, quiet, and well-built, the Santa Fe makes  buying a luxury crossover a wasteful use of money. The Santa Fe can go head to head with almost any of them for driver comfort, smoothness of operation\, and fun to drive considerations. It feels much lighter and livelier than you might think, and handling is quite capable as well. Inside you will find plenty of room, and there’s an absolutely huge cargo area, with an equally large storage compartment under the floor of the cargo area. We loved the cool blue lighting for the gauges and the intuitiveness of the controls, and around back there are some new and classier looking taillight lenses too. The front end’s come in for some well-handled revisions, too. The only change we’d suggest--and it’s a small one, is to change from the side-mounted hatch handle around back to a more conventional handle centered on the door. It takes a little bit of time to get to the side-mounted arrangement. But that’s about it.  The Santa Fe continues to be an impressive product for Hyundai.

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