(4.3) 21 reviews
MSRP: $1,386$6,594
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 19-23
Engine: 149-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Seats: 5
2003 Hyundai Santa Fe

Our Take on the 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe

Our Take

Posted on 11/27/02For its third year on the market, Hyundai’s sport utility vehicle gets several enhancements. Standard side-impact airbags are one of those significant changes. A Monsoon sound system with a six-CD changer joins the options list, and a HomeLink remote control unit is built ... Read Full Report


Our Expert Reviews

Despite the recent public backlash against sport-utility vehicles, you can still buy one legally in California. And if you want to feel good about your purchase, you might want to look at a Hyundai Santa Fe -- the no-guilt SUV. My test Santa Fe was the 2003 GLS, a $20,099 front-wheel driver only a small step above the base GL, which starts at $17,549. In a world chock-full of $30,000-and-up... Read full review for the 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe

Consumer Reviews


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great for a teenager's first car

by sicemdawg from North Carolina on January 31, 2010

I bought this for my daughter's first vehicle - it's a good size and weight, and the 2003 had the full complement of airbags as well - important to me for a first time driver. It has good pickup and e... Read Full Review

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When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

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