Auto Review: 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe

Santa Fe is not just a city in New Mexico. It’s also a classy midsize SUV manufactured by Hyundai. The 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe will make you proud to be a driver in any city, or on country roads for that matter. The U.S. News & World Report ranks it #12 among midsize SUVs, a distinction to write home about.

2010 Hyundai Santa Fe

MSRP for the Santa Fe starts at $21,695. For fuel economy, its gets 19 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway. Not bad.

She stocks a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with an option for a 3.5-liter V6. The smaller engine puts out 175 horsepower while the V6 kicks out 276 horsepower. Along with that 4-cylinder you get a 6-speed transmission, choice of automatic or manual. The V6 comes with a 6-speed automatic as a standard.

The Santa Fe is comfortable on the road and handles well too.

As a midsize SUV, you don’t get three-row seating. The two rows do provide ample room for 4 passengers, however. If you opt for the upper trims, the SE and Limited, then you can have leather seats. But even the lowest trim level on the Santa Fe is comfortable inside and quite nice. You’ll be proud to sit in it.

Among the interior features are:

  • Steering wheel mounted controls
  • Blue ambient lighting
  • Tilt, telescopic steering wheel
  • On the SE trim you get leather-wrapped steering wheel and leather upholstery
  • Power driver’s seat (SE trim)
  • 34.2 cubic feet of cargo space, 78.2 cubic feet with rear seats folded down

Options include a navigation system, power sunroof and rearview camera.

One of the things you’ll notice about the 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe is, if you’re a long-time Santa Fe fan, the more conventional look of the exterior body. Earlier versions of the Santa Fe were a bit more quirky and unconventional.

For safety, the Hyundai Santa Fe rocks the charts. The U.S. government gives it five stars. Passenger protection, both for front and rear passengers, is excellent so no worries there. Standard safety features include:

  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Traction Control System
  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking
  • Advanced dual-front airbags
  • Roof-mounted side-curtain airbags with rollover sensors
  • Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist

The 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe is a great family vehicle with cargo carrying power. It’s practical, stylish and comfortable inside. Your family will love it.

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AC Jones
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