• (3.9) 29 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $1,850–$7,622
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 20-22
  • Engine: 170-hp, 2.7-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 5
2005 Hyundai Santa Fe

Our Take on the Latest Model 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe

What We Don't Like

  • Unproven reliability
  • Automatic-transmission behavior
  • Occasional sensation of top-heaviness

Notable Features

  • Choice of two V-6s
  • FWD or AWD
  • Standard side-impact airbags
  • Stylish exterior
  • Bulging fenders

2005 Hyundai Santa Fe Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Hyundai's compact sport utility vehicle returns for its fifth season on the U.S. market with a selection of refinements. Styling changes include a new grille and taillights, refined bodyside cladding, a redesigned tailgate handle and restyled 16-inch alloy wheels. A new instrument cluster goes inside, and the LX model adds a power driver's seat.

Based on the front-wheel-drive Sonata sedan's platform, the Santa Fe is offered in two trim levels: GLS and LX. Although the Santa Fe is roughly the same size as the Honda CR-V, Hyundai's SUV is wider. Front- and all-wheel-drive versions are available. The all-wheel-drive system provides extra traction on slippery surfaces rather than serious offroad capabilities.

Built on a 103.1-inch wheelbase, the Santa Fe is 177.2 inches long overall and close to 66 inches tall. Bulging front fenders are one of the Santa Fe's distinguishing characteristics. The four-door SUV is equipped with a rear liftgate, and five-spoke alloy wheels hold 16-inch tires. A full-size spare tire is included.

Each Santa Fe holds up to five occupants with front bucket seats and a split three-place rear bench that folds for additional cargo space. Cargo volume behind the rear seat is 30.5 cubic feet, but capacity grows to 77.7 cubic feet when the backseat is folded down. Both models have a Monsoon six-speaker cassette/CD audio system, but the LX adds a six-CD changer. Leather seating surfaces and automatic climate control also are included in the top-of-the-line LX.

Under the Hood
The Santa Fe can be equipped with one of two V-6s. The GLS comes standard with a 2.7-liter V-6 that produces 170 horsepower and teams with a four-speed-automatic transmission. The 3.5-liter V-6, which is standard in the LX and optional in the GLS, generates 200 hp and 219 pounds-feet of torque and drives a five-speed automatic. Both transmissions have Shiftronic manual-shift capability.

Side-impact airbags and antilock brakes are standard in all Santa Fe models.

Driving Impressions
Ranking as one of the easiest small SUVs to drive, the Santa Fe handles adeptly and performs admirably. Its bulging fenders, which are uncommon on SUVs, actually make a difference in judging the vehicle's position. This SUV is appropriately spacious, and it runs quietly. You can also expect an appealing ride.

Though it is clearly stronger, the 3.5-liter V-6 doesn't boost performance quite as much as expected, and its automatic transmission may occasionally shift with a jerk. When driving through curves, the 3.5-liter Santa Fe can exhibit a slightly top-heavy sensation.

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 29 reviews

Write a Review

90,000 easy miles

by Atp2007 from West chester, pa on November 9, 2017

Have now reached 90k and have had little in the way of problems with this easy to drive confortable vehicle. Replaced 2 batteries and an alternator. All other service appts were factory recalls. Had m... Read Full Review

Read All Consumer Reviews

6 Trims Available

Photo of undefined
Wondering which configuration is right for you?
Our 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe trim comparison will help you decide.

2005 Hyundai Santa Fe Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,800 per year.

Save on maintenance costs and do your own repairs.

Other Years