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Hyundai Santa Fe (2006 and earlier)

coupe2001coupe2001 Posts: 100
Things just keep getting spicer in the SUV market.
I must admit, Hyundai is delivering what I have
wished for. Lexus did it first, but at a much
higher cost. I love the utility that a SUV brings,
but I can't stand their trucklike ride. Honda
Toyota, and Subaru have tried to fill that void,
but to me those offering's are toys.The Forrester
is just plain dopey looking. I simply won't ever
drive a 4 cylinder again. Back to the Santa Fe,
this thing has style. Hyundai isn't skimping on
features either with 170 HP DOHC V6, 4-speed auto
w/manual sport shift control, 4-wheel disc
brakes,16" alloy wheels, power everything, and AWD
system that should prove to be far better than
playing that "should I put it in 4WD or not game".
You also get that sweet 10 year/100,000 powertrain
and 5 year/60,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty.
All this for less than the cost of a CRV.
Unbelievable! I only drive about 8,000 miles a
year, so if this puppy lives up to my
she'll see 10 years before 100,000. That's awsome.
The warranty ran out on my Taurus before I even
broke it in. Check out this beast out at,

Ladyblue, please do not freeze this topic as their
is no other discussion on this vehicle. Geez give
it some time!


  • tomsrtomsr Posts: 325
    I don"t consider the Santa Fe a poor man's car.
    If a rich man uses his money foolishly he becomes a poor man soon.So the Hyndai won't have the image
    of a Beemer if it has the enjoyment and durability
    why not save yourself 25 grand and get the Hyundai.I test drove a Sonata and I felt it was as good as anything else on the road for under
    20 grand plus the warranty is the best.Just wander
    how much they will undercut the Ford Escapes price.If equal most people will go with Ford.
  • coupe2001coupe2001 Posts: 100
    i agree the Santa Fe is not a poor mans car. I feel that it is a good substitute for someone who cannot afford a Lexus RX. That would be me! I think this vehicle will be directed at folks that dream of owning a RX. I built a new 3 BR. house last year for 90k. I'm not about to fork over half of that for a vehicle, unless I win the 10 Million on tax day.
  • ladyblueladyblue Posts: 326
    Yep, you're right. This is the only Santa Fe topic now. There was another one a while back, but it must have been deleted. Carry on!

    Community Leader/SUV Conference
  • mike_542mike_542 Posts: 128
    About 2 months ago, I went to the Los Angeles Auto Show and I saw the Santa Fe. It looks so nice, especially in the metallic orange paint. The person from Hyundai says it would come with either a 2.4L 149 hp I4 or a 2.7L V6. Horsepower is expected to be 185 instead of the Sonatas 170. The price should be from $18,000 to $25,000 Also, the wheels don't look like the one at
    It has 5 spokes. I believe the Santa Fe would be a really good selling SUV. Worried about reliability? It comes with America's best warranty- The Hyundai Advantage.
  • tigerskintigerskin Posts: 10
    The Santa Fe is really nice. I also saw it at the auto show. A PERFECT alternative who wants to break away from the Toyota/Honda Mold. More power than both of them, and probably more room. I had a Hyundai Elantra when they 1st came out as a commuter car. In 1.5 years, I put 100K miles on it and only maintenance was all the money I shelled out for it. It is reliable.
  • hok1hok1 Posts: 8
    interesting you have any other data to support the Santa Fe's reliability? It sounds like an interesting SUV>
  • tomsrtomsr Posts: 325
    You put 100k on it in 1.5 yrs.When did you sleep?
    Sounds like a taxi cab.
  • coupe2001coupe2001 Posts: 100
    My uncle does that in company owned Mercury Sables, he gets a new one every 2 years. Question for guys that seen the Santa Fe at the Auto show. How big is it? I have the mini brochure from Hyundai, and it looks significantly bigger than the Grand Vitara. (Mike 542) Did someone tell you that the 18" Chrome wheels were not going to be an option, or are you just getting that from the brochure?
  • tigerskintigerskin Posts: 10
    well, the name comes from my initals, 3 horizontal scars on my back, and the trips and activities I take to the jungles.
    100K in 18 months, yes. We commuted a lot, and I drove three times up and down the east coast. We wanted to keep our more expensive leased cars with less miles.
    I saw it. it is about as tall as the grand vitara, but significantly longer, wider, and looks heavier overall. Could not sit in it, but I saw the interior inside. Much more room than Toyota and Suzuki. Dash looks laid out well.
    I cannot tell you about reliability, because they are not out. I can tell you that is is based off of the Sonata, and borrowed some styling cues from the Tiburon.
  • jjayjjjayj Posts: 7
    Here is a good web site for some photos and specs.

    My wife has a Tiburon and it is a fun, fast little car. I own a Forester and am very interested in the Santa Fe.
  • coupe2001coupe2001 Posts: 100
    Initial reports were that the Santa Fe was getting a 185HP to 190HP version of the Sonata engine. My Hyundai brochure says that it will only have 170hp which is only 7 HP more than Sonata. Question, Why would they go through the trouble of transforming a 2.5L to a 2.7L V6 for only 7 HP gain. I think 7 HP would easily be gained by retuning the exhaust. I don't wanna blast through the hills in this thing, but I don't wanna be stuck in second gear when this thing is loaded with A/C going tracking up a grade either. Edmunds gave poor reviews of the Sonata 4 cyl. and V6. Adding 500 lbs. and AWD to this powertrain doesn't look promising.
  • coupe2001coupe2001 Posts: 100
    I guess the 18" wheels is a bad idea, when im crying for performance, huh..
  • tomsrtomsr Posts: 325
    I just saw information on the Ford Escape and
    loaded it is $25K,not cheap.It is due outin June.
    When is the Santa Fe due and how much?I drove a
    Sonata and think it is as refined as any car,but
    then my normal ride is an Explorer.
  • boltguyboltguy Posts: 94
    Here is a link that will give you a better look at the Santa Fe. You also have a chance of winning one.

  • coupe2001coupe2001 Posts: 100
    I was told by a hyundai sales manager that they will hit the lots in July. The sante fe pricing is listed in their brochure between 17K and 21K. I expect the difference between dealer invoice and MSRP will be at least $2000 like the Sonata. So, you should be able to purchase a fully loaded one for 19,500 easily. The dealership that I worked at for a couple years now sells Hyundai's and I am able to purchase anything on the lot for $100 over invoice. My only concern is the powertrain. I remember going on test drives with customers in the old 160hp explorer's, and the transmission was constantly shifting to maintain speed on inclines. In addition, the vehicle couldn't get out of it own way, and the ferocious roar from the engine bay was unbearable. The fact that Hyundai is offering a 4 cyl. as standard motor, wants to make me believe that the V6 will be quick. Lets hope so!

    boltguy, thanks for the link, wonder what our chances of winning are?
  • tomsrtomsr Posts: 325
    I am comparing both vehicles but found out FORD
    is having trouble with the automatic transmission
    for it's V6.Is there any way to find out any teething problems for the Hyundai Santa Fe.Any
    Hyundai owners care to comment on their dealers
    service centers positive,or negative?
  • mike_542mike_542 Posts: 128
    The Hyundai person on the autoshow said those 18" chrome alloys won't reach production. Also coupe2001, the Sonata has 170 horsepower and if you add 7 will be 177hp. I emailed Hyundai and they told me the Santa Fe will have 185hp in California, and 190hp in other states. I guess it is because of emission requirements. No fair!!!
  • mike_542mike_542 Posts: 128
    I used to own a 1999 Hyundai Sonata GLS. It had over 50,000 MILES and no problems. But... it was in a severe car crash. When I was driving up a hill this 4 ton garbage truck on the other side of the road lost control, crashed through the center divider and crashed OVER my Sonata. Luckily, I wasn't hurt except for a seatbelt scratch.
  • coupe2001coupe2001 Posts: 100
    Hyundai, must have printed the wrong HP in the brochure's their sending out, or upped the figure during design changes. I must say 190 HP is promissing providing that new transmission handles it well. (tomsr)Ford seems to have great difficulty developing new auto transmissions. My 96 taurus debuted a new transmission and all the critics slammed the transmission. The cars shift points are not predictable when try to make a manuever in traffic. Sometimes you get this huge rush of power, and sometimes you get nothing, almost as if you shifted from 1st to 4th in a manual transmission. It's easier once you have owned the vehicle for some time, but you never get used to it. In the 1997 Taurus Ford made changes to the transmission to correct the problem. I really like the Hyundai because of its all wheel drive system. There is alot more to go wrong with a push button 4wd system like ford's than Hyundai's simple AWD approach.
  • Can't wait to see one in person! I am waiting on delivery on my 2000 Tiburon but I am thinking about an SUV to replace my beloved Escort in a few years and this one takes the cake so far. Does anyone know anything about gas mileage on the Santa Fe?
  • mike_542mike_542 Posts: 128

    I cannot find where it tells the hp in the Santa Fe brochure. The guy at Hyundai says ABOUT 190 hp, though. And, the Santa Fe's gas mileage should be just a bit worse than a Sonata. The 4 cylinder is less expensive and uses less gas. But, then of course...a V6 is much more powerful.
  • DastoDasto Posts: 14
    Try this new Santa Fe link.
    Click on the image and a new frame comes up.
    Pics, virtual tour, etc.
  • jjayjjjayj Posts: 7
    Has anyone seen the specs on how high the Santa Fe is? I am wondering how well it will do off-road. I had a Geo Tracker that I took everywhere even on Jeep trails. Then I sold that for a Subaru Forester. The Forester is lower and I am afraid to take it too far off-road.
  • coupe2001coupe2001 Posts: 100
    I haven't seen the Santa FE in person, but I would estimate by its photo that it is comparable to the Grand Vitara in ground clearance. Hyundai has commented that they want to outperform the competition at a lower price, so I can't see it sitting any lower than its competitors. The biggest worry for Jeep trails is that the Santa FE will have an AWD system, and no low 4wd gear. If you love off roading, I would suggest raising your Forester.
  • jjayjjjayj Posts: 7
    Has anyone been able to obtain a Santa Fe brochure? I have asked for one via the Hyundai Web site, via the URL in the above message and also asked for one at a dealership. So far no luck.
  • gillyard1gillyard1 Posts: 1
    I happened to stumble upon the Santa Fe over the Memorial Day weekend, and as far as the brochures goes, I have requested one from the Hyundai Web site. I hope that it arrives before the vehicle arrives at the dealership. From all the phone calls that I have placed in the last couple of days, I good guess is that they will arrive at the end of June. If anyone knows more, pleeeeeeeeeeeeease fill me in!!!
  • tomsrtomsr Posts: 325
    I got a full color brochure at the LA auto show.
    The vehicle was there too and looked very nice.
    My neighbor works for Hyundai in the trailer
    manufacturing division in Mexico.He seems to be
    very familiar with the auto division since they fly him to the Orient for his job.He said it will
    be available in September and loaded it will
    MSRP for $22k,and unless it is overwhelmingly
    popular it will be discounted.
  • I requested a brochure from the link up on post #22 and received it in the mail less then a week later. It isn't too extensive but there is a prepaid postcard on it to send back should you want to get more information on them when they arrive at dealerships.
  • 5greyhounds5greyhounds Posts: 338
    I like the looks and ordered a brochure and it looks good on paper. have to see what it is like in the "Flesh", so to speak. However, no V-6 and it is about the size of a CRV. If you go to Carsdirect you can compare all the stats side by side with the others in this class. However, as far as looks go it is a "Looker" and has a the 5/60k warrenty.
  • drimpledrimple Posts: 47
    The base Santa Fe is a 4-cylinder, but the Santa Fe will be available with a V-6. It is bigger than a CRV, as it is based on the Sonata platform. I talked to a salesman at the dealership I bought my Sonata from, and he has actually seen a Santa Fe in person. He says the size is comparable to the Lexus LS400 SUV and that it is a really nice SUV. So far, only 10 have been allocated to the Midwest, and none of those to the dealership in my town. They are hoping to get one or two by the end of the month.
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