• (3.9) 12 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,350–$5,770
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 21-24
  • Engine: 149-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 5
2001 Hyundai Santa Fe

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2001 Hyundai Santa Fe Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Sales of sport utility vehicles continue to grow and so is the number of companies that sell them in the United States. Hyundai joins the sport utility craze this fall with the Santa Fe, a car-based vehicle designed to lure buyers away from the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and other car/SUV hybrids. Hyundai pegs base prices between $17,000 and $23,000.

Santa Fe is based on the front-drive Sonata platform, which also spawns the new XG300 sedan this year.

Hyundai was on the ropes in the United States just two years ago, but sales are booming for South Korea’s largest auto company, despite a lineup that until now included only cars.

Santa Fe is a four-door SUV with a rear liftgate, and bulging fenders mark its styling similar to that on the Hyundai Tiburon sports coupe. Wheelbase is 103 inches, overall length is 177 and the height is 66 inches — virtually the same as the CR-V. The new Ford Escape has the same wheelbase but is 4 inches shorter overall.

Sixteen-inch wheels and tires are standard.

Santa Fe is equipped with seats for five passengers, with a pair of front buckets and a three-place split rear bench seat that folds for additional cargo space. Hyundai lists cargo volume behind the rear seat as 29 cubic feet. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, a stereo with a CD player and power windows. Leather upholstery is optional.

Under the Hood
Because it is based on the Sonata, the Santa Fe uses the same engines, though displacement on the V-6 grows from 2.5 liters to 2.7 — a change that will eventually apply to the Sonata. The V-6 generates 181 horsepower and comes with a four-speed automatic transmission. The four-cylinder has 150 hp and comes with a five-speed manual.

Santa Fe comes with front-wheel drive or permanently engaged all-wheel drive that Hyundai says is designed for extra on-road grip, not heavy-duty off-roading. The AWD sends 60 percent of the power to the front wheels and 40 percent to the rear.


Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews


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It really is the most reliable car I?ve ever owned

by Krcooper from Oregon City, OR on October 3, 2017

I bought this car 17 years ago, drove it 276000 miles, and it filled 99% of every need I had of a car. It was the first year the Santa Fe came out, so it was unique for a while. What surprised me was... Read Full Review

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2001 Hyundai Santa Fe Safety Ratings

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There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $5,000 per year.

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Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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