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The Hyundai Santa Fe (Korean: 현대 싼타페) is a mid-size crossover SUV based on the Hyundai Sonata platform. Named after the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, it was introduced for the 2001 model year as Hyundai's first SUV, released at the same time as the Ford Escape/Mazda Tribute and Pontiac Aztek. The Santa Fe was a milestone in the company's restructuring program of the late 1990s because, despite receiving criticism from journalists for its obscure looks,[clarification needed] the SUV was a hit with the American buyers. The SUV was so popular that at times, Hyundai had trouble supplying the demand. The Santa Fe quickly became Hyundai's best seller and contributed to Hyundai's success in the United States. As of 2007, the mid-size crossover SUV Santa Fe falls between the compact SUV Tucson and the related luxury crossover SUV Veracruz (which was preceded by the Terracan).

The 2nd Gen Hyundai Santa Fe was awarded 2008 Consumer Reports "top pick" and was among the top 10 vehicles for 2008 unveiled in the magazine's issue. The magazine's annual ratings, based on road tests and predicted safety and reliability, are considered highly influential among consumers.[1]

The 2nd Gen Hyundai Santa Fe topped the “20 least expensive 2009 vehicles to insure” list by According to research, the Santa Fe is the least expensive vehicle to insure. Low rates tend to reflect a vehicle’s safety.[2][3]

Second generation (2007-2012)[]

Second Generation (CM)
Also called Inokom Santa Fe (Malaysia)
Production April 2006–2012
Model years 2007–2012
Assembly Asan, KoreaMontgomery, Alabama, United States

West Point, Georgia, United States Kulim, Malaysia İzmit, Turkey (Hyundai Assan)

Engine 2.4L Theta II 174 hp (130 kW) I4petrol2.7L MuV6 185 hp (138 kW)petrol

3.3L LambdaV6 242 hp (180 kW)petrol 3.5L Lambda IIV6 276 hp (206 kW) petrol 2.2L CRDIVGT 150 hp (110 kW)I4diesel 2.2L CRDIVGT 155 hp (116 kW)I4diesel 2.2L CRDIVGTR-Line 200 hp (150 kW) I4diesel

Transmission 4-speed automatic

5-speed manual 5-speed automatic 6-speed automatic (2010 model)

Wheelbase 106.3 in (2,700 mm)
Length 184.1 in (4,676 mm)
Width 74.4 in (1,890 mm)
Height 67.9 in (1,725 mm)
Related Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai Veracruz/ix55 Hyundai Grandeur/Azera Kia Optima/Magentis/Lotze Kia Carens/Rondo Kia Sorento


The next-generation 2007 Santa Fe debuted at the 2006 North American International Auto Show. The first production Santa Fe rolled off Hyundai'sMontgomery, Alabama assembly line on April 18, 2006. It shares this assembly line with the current generation Hyundai Sonata. The new generation sheds the old style's quirky design in favor of a more contemporary look.

[2][3]2006-2007 Hyundai Santa Fe Elite (Australia)[4][5]2006–2009 Hyundai Santa Fe (Germany)

In the United States, the new generation is offered in GLS, SE, and Limited versions.[9] The new Santa Fe sees the return of a manual transmission, but only when mated with the 2,656 cc (2.656 L; 162.1 cu in) V6. The 3,342 cc (3.342 L; 203.9 cu in)[10] V6 (a retuned version of the same engine found in the Sonata) is standard on the SE and Limited and comes only with a 5-speed automatic. Both 2WD and AWD models with a 3.3 L have a fuel economy of 19 mpg-US (12 L/100 km; 23 mpg-imp) city and 24 mpg-US (9.8 L/100 km; 29 mpg-imp) highway.[10] The 2.2l diesel engine(not available in the US) with 186 hp (139 kW) has mixed cycle of 7.2l and a city cycle of 8.0l. The 4WD is a Borg-Warner Torque Management device, which diverts power to the wheels with best grip according to the amount of slip. If the front wheels spin slightly, 10% of the torque will transfer to the rear axle. If the front wheels start to slip a lot, 50% of the torque will transfer to the rear axle. Body lean in turns, a problem with the previous generation, has been reduced in the new Santa Fe. Both road and wind noise have also been reduced.

Newly standard on the latest iteration of the Santa Fe are all the safety features the previous model lacked or charged as extra. Electronic Stability Control (ESC), side-curtain airbags for all seating rows, a tire pressure monitor, active front head restraints, and anti-lock brakes are all standard.[9] A heated windshield wiper grid located in the front wipers' 'park' position helps to thaw ice buildup on the blades in colder climates. Some features like the tailgate flip glass and the lower body cladding were not integrated into the new model.

The interior has been upgraded as well with blue-lit dashboard controls (unlike the green color used in other Hyundai models), a gated shifter pattern, illuminated cup holders, and higher quality leather on Limited models. The rear seat head restraints caused visibility problems in the previous model due to their size. The new style features 'shingled' head rests that when lowered completely, sit flush with the top of the seat, helping to maximize rear visibility. The middle rear seating position now comes with its own head restraint and a three-point seat belt built in. LATCH child seat anchors are also standard, and an optional 50/50 third row seat allows Santa Fe to seat seven passengers.

Pricing remained competitive despite the upward move in size and feature content.

In Malaysia, Hyundai Santa Fe is available as a Complete knock down model rebadged as Inokom Santa Fe. The Inokom Santa Fe is only available in CRDi 2.2-liter I4 Diesel and 2.7-liter V6.


For 2008, only minor changes were applied to the Santa Fe. A navigation system made by LG was offered and the Infinity sound system and the power glass sunroof were made standard on Limited models.[11] The non-metallic white paint trim was dropped, leaving the pearl white as the only white color available on the Santa Fe.


2009 saw only minor changes for the Santa Fe. The 16" wheels on the base GLS model (USA specification) were dropped and replaced with black steel wheels and plastic covers. Additionally, the GLS received black plastic mirrors as opposed to the body-colored mirrors of the higher-tier SE and Limited models. This cut in equipment was rumored to be a countermeasure to offset the price increase of offering an iPod plug-in for the stereo system. Because of the black mirrors and wheel covers, the additional cost of the iPod adapter was negated, leaving the base price of the vehicle unchanged.


[6][7]2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS (US)

A mid-cycle refresh designed in Germany for the Santa Fe was implemented for the 2010 model year. The grille now includes horizontal and vertical gridded bars as opposed to the horizontal two-bar grille on previous models, and grilles are now body-colored instead of black. New rear taillights include all-red taillight covers with extensive chrome outlay, and new 5 split-spoke alloy wheels have replaced the previous 5- and 6-spoke wheels. All Santa Fe's now include standard Bluetoothhands-free phone connectivity and steering wheel audio controls, new darker wood trim, and metallic steering wheel inlay. Gauges have been designed with a new lettering and numbering 'font' and backlight design. A new touch-screen navigation system with rear back-up camera was now available. Finally, for the US market, the optional third row seat has been discontinued, leaving the larger Veracruz the only currently sold Hyundai in the United States to seat more than five persons.[12]

Powertrain changes included a choice of the standard six-speed manual transmission or the optional six-speed automatic transmission. Engine choices include a 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a 3.5-liter V6. The latter engine is also used in the Kia Sorento. Both engines generate greater power while obtaining greater fuel economy than previous engine models. Sales began in early January 2010.


Only minor changes were applied to the Santa Fe for 2011. The 605-watt Infinity sound system became standard on Limited trim whereas it had only been previously bundled with the optional navigation system. Five new colors were added, as well, including Moonstone Silver, Frost White Pearl, Sonoran Red, Mineral Gray, and Espresso Brown.

On September 1, 2010, North American production of the Santa Fe shifted to Kia's new West Point, Georgia assembly plant for the 2011 model year. This was done to free up production capacity at theAlabama plant for the new Sonata and new Elantra. The Santa Fe fills the void left for a Kia-built Hyundai sold in the United States & Canada after Kia ended production of the Hyundai Entourage minivan in 2009. Kia, however, is 49.2% owned by Hyundai.


The Santa Fe only received minor changes for 2012: The all-body colored grille (in North American markets) was straightened and received chrome accents while the textured strip below the headlights was changed from amber to clear. The interior received a new shift knob and downhill brake assist was added. The 2012 model will be discontinued by the end of the year, successfully ending prod

Third generation (2013-present)[]

Hyundai launched a redesign of the Santa Fe on February 14, 2012, and it could go on sale on June 10, 2012 as a 2013 model. Expected to be unveiled at the 2012 new york auto show later in April[13], the third generation Santa Fe will feature many substantial changes to its design, starting with the new "Storm Edge" unibody crossover platform, akin to most of today's SUVs. A new, extended version will also be offered in the US, most likely to replace the current Hyundai Veracruz, and will feature seven-seat configuration along with a redesigned 300 hp 3.5 L V6 engine. Both manual and automatic transmissions will be offered.uction for the second generation.