Vehicle Overview

The Santa Fe is a midsize crossover SUV that competes with models like the Nissan Murano and the Toyota Highlander. For 2011, the Santa Fe receives modest content upgrades.

The Santa Fe comes in GLS, SE and Limited trims.

New For 2011

There are no significant changes.


Roof rails are standard, but the crossbars come standard on the higher trim levels. The Santa Fe got a new grille, and bumpers, fog lights and bodyside moldings when Hyundai refreshed the car last year. For 2011, the only major changes to the exterior are five new exterior colors.

Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch wheels
  • Optional 18-inch wheels
  • Optional body-colored rear spoiler
  • Optional chrome-accented door handles


All Santa Fe models have an iPod/USB input and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Cloth interior is standard, and leather is optional.

Interior features include:

  • Standard rear privacy glass
  • Optional dual-zone climate control
  • Optional navigation system

Under the Hood

Mechanical features include:

  • Standard 175-horsepower four-cylinder engine
  • Optional 276-hp V-6
  • Standard six-speed manual transmission
  • Optional six-speed automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive available with automatic transmission


The Santa Fe's airbag complement includes the required frontal and side-impact airbags for the front seats, as well as curtain airbags that cover the side windows along the front and rear seats.

Standard safety features include:

  • Standard electronic stability system with traction control
  • Standard active head restraints for the front seats