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By Cars.com Staff
September 12, 2008
Vehicle Overview The Santa Fe competes with other midsize SUVs, including the Toyota Highlander and Subaru Tribeca. It can seat five or seven passengers. Trim levels include the base GLS, midlevel SE and top-of-the-line Limited.
New for 2009 The Santa Fe gets a new audio system and USB/iPod auxiliary inputs as standard equipment; there are some additions to equipment packages.
Exterior The Santa Fe is 184.1 inches long, 74.4 inches wide and 67.9 inches tall. Compared to its competitors, the Santa Fe is the shortest in overall length. Both its width and height fall in between those of the Highlander and Tribeca.
16-inch wheels on GLS; 18-inch wheels on SE and Limited
Chrome accent grille and exterior door handles on Limited
Roof-rack crossbars standard on SE and Limited
Interior Seven seats are available on various trim levels. Total cargo volume is 78.2 cubic feet. The base GLS comes standard with a 120-watt AM/FM/XM Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 six-speaker audio system. Limited models upgrade to a 605-watt Infinity Logic 7 CD changer audio system with 10 speakers. The optional Touring Package on the SE adds a power driver's seat, HomeLink and third-row auxiliary climate control.
Standard USB/iPod auxiliary inputs
Available navigation system on Limited
Third-row seat splits 50/50 and folds flat
Optional DVD player for third row on Limited models
Standard moonroof on Limited
Standard leather seats and heated front seats in Limited
Under the Hood Hyundai offers two V-6 engines in the Santa Fe: The 3.3-liter engine mates with a five-speed automatic transmission and the 2.7-liter comes with a standard five-speed manual or an optional four-speed automatic. The Trailer Prep Package, standard on the SE and Limited, adds a transmission cooler, upgraded radiator and fans, and trailer wiring.
185-horsepower, 2.7-liter V-6 with 183 pounds-feet of torque
242-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 with 226 pounds-feet of torque
Front- or all-wheel drive available
Can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped
Safety Standard features on all models include:
Six airbags, including side curtain airbags for all three rows of seating
Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
Electronic stability control
Active front head restraints
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