2005 Hyundai Santa Fe
News about the 2005 Santa Fe is pretty sparse and is being eclipsed by the new Tuscon. So far, I've seen only two details: BorgWarner will supply the AWD system and the Santa Fe may be designated the Santa Fe CM (although the latter may not be for domestic consumption). Has anyone come across any details for the 2005 model? Will the styling change? Will the engine output remain the same? Will the warranty be changed? Any tidbits will be thoroughly chewed.
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But then again, it may just be wishful thinking. I really think that concept Santa Fe Mountaineer is absolutely hideous.
I think that Hyundai ought to either go monochromatic or replace the lower body cladding color with something much more interesting than gray.
I hope Hyundai will reconsider.
Historically, when have the new Hyundai models been released?
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That grill looks like a slightly modified grill from the Kia Amanti. The stacked headlights are toned down versions of those found on the concept Hyundai Santa Fe Mountaineer.
But overall, I think the Santa Fe is going after Toyota Highlander territory, which means upgrading everything on the vehicle.
Here's a drawing and a photo of the Mountaineer...
I've been reading the Santa Fe messages concerning the new 2005 model. I just purchased one last week, actually the day they arrived on the dealers lot. It is very similar to the 2004 model except for minor changes. The front grill is no longer the "fish" mouth but now has another bar across the opening which looks much better. Up here in Canada we haven't even heard of the "Mountaineer" model. I've driven the new Tucson and it's quite a bit smaller, especially behind the rear seats. I researched all the same class SUV's extensivley before deceiding on the Santa Fe and I am very pleased with my choice. It is built better and far more solid than the Escape. If nothing else would entice you to buy the Santa Fe, the warranty alone is enough to make the choice a no-brainer. Thanks for letting me rant, and I hope this info helps prospective buyers. Bye for now, Hutch.
Glad to get a response. The overall appearance is very similar to the 2004. It may be a little bigger, but gives the impression of being "tighter or firmer?"...hope you know what I mean. On the road I found I felt more in control and the vehicle was much more responsive and quick feeling. The interior was set up much the same as the '04 but the materials were nicer and the color scheme (light & dark grey) is very easy to live with. The price is very much the same as the 2004 model. We got a brand new 2005 with the 4 cylinder engine mated to a 5 speed manual transmission for the same price as a 2004 base model 6 cylinder automatic without any bells or whistles. We wanted the 5 speed as we have always had standard transmissions and we are very happy with the vehicle. We are geting more than adequate power from the 138 hp engine and good gas mileage. So far, no complaints. We are going on an extended journey in the new year and will up-date our experiences when we return. Overall...very happy, Hutch.