Hyundai Santa Fe Information
Based on the Sonata platform by Hyundai, the Santa Fe is a mid-size crossover, which was the South Korean manufacturerâs first venture into the SUV market, which was generally well received. The first generation ran until 2006 and, compared with more traditional American market manufacturers such as Ford and Chevrolet, the Santa Fe was notable for its pleasing ride and space for passengers.
When it arrived on the market in 2001, the Santa Fe was offered with two engine options and three finishes. There was a 2.4L four-cylinder generating 149hp and a 177hp 2.7L V6 for when more power was needed. The three finishes (GL, GLS and LX) all came with the choice of front- or four-wheel drive.
In 2003, Hyundai took note of the need for increased acceleration and introduced a 3.5L V6 with 195hp. It improved the speed of the car but therefore made the vehicle less fuel efficient. By the end of the first-genâs cycle it had undergone a facelift and had antilock brakes and climate control introduced.
The second generation of the Santa Fe is generally regarded to be the better option on the used market as Hyundai implemented improvements learned from their first version and added a more modern look. The vehicle won Consumer Reportsâ "top pick" car in 2008.
A third-generation Santa Fe was released in 2013 with an extended version as well as the standard one. Its engines are all four cylinders with six speed transmission, and range from 2.0L diesel with 148hp to a torque-packed 3.3L V6 with nearly double the output of the standard engine. As a recent model, there are not many current-gen Santa Feâs on the used market, so at the moment attentions should be focused on the second-gen.
There are 12,199 used Hyundai Santa Fes in our used car listings, including the Hyundai Sonata, Hyundai Elantra and Hyundai Accent. 52% of these vehicles have only one previous owner and 87% have no accident history.