A new electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system available with the 3. The Santa Fe drives well on and off paved roads with decent handling and good brakes. At least plastic doesn't rust. The front seats are comfortable, though flat, without much side-bolster support. The system appears to do a good job of sending the torque where it's needed, especially with the traction control standard. The 2005 Santa Fe gets new exterior styling to its grille, taillights, oversized bumpers, and body cladding.
I tried to start the car, it will turn over, and I have power going to the coil packs, but no power going to the spark plugs. My next vehicle will be another Santa Fe. The all-wheel-drive system provides extra traction on slippery surfaces rather than serious offroad capabilities. You don't have to climb up to get in or climb down to get out. Plenty of room for our family of five and all our luggage.
They say you get what you pay for, but with the Hyundai Santa Fe it seems like you get a little more. It relies on a series of wet clutches mounted just ahead of the rear axle. The shift knob is big. Exterior Built on a 103. Gets thru snow in winter very well.
Internally, the dash has been reworked. The climate controls are big and easy to operate, though they look and feel like plastic. The restraining loops for rear seat-belt buckles don't appear to be very durable but that isn't a safety item. Plus I love the way it looks as I have received many compliments on the interior and exterior. Over 100,000 miles and not a single problem with it. I have yet to take it on a long trip, but highway miles are supposed to be around 23, but I have my doubts. The outboard shoulder-belt anchor loops are fixed, not adjustable though we sometimes wonder whether anyone actually adjusts the adjustable kind.
Side-impact air bags are standard. It's the oldest state capital. We purchased it used, as a clean one-owner 32K model from the local Hyundai dealer. So if a front wheel starts to spin, torque is immediately re-directed to the rear, and vice versa. Driving Impressions The Hyundai Santa Fe offers good handling, particularly in the two-wheel-drive version.
Frank asked a 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe 2. Styling changes include a new grille and taillights, refined bodyside cladding, a redesigned tailgate handle and restyled 16-inch alloy wheels. A sunroof is optional on both trims. The design suggests sufficient robustness for off-road capability. It offers lots of throttle response once it's going. When driving through curves, the 3. This is a simple, purely mechanical system that's been around for decades, and it works very well with no attention whatever from the driver.
Suspension, f: independent, MacPherson struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar Suspension, r: independent, multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar Ground clearance: 8. It's one of the best investments I've ever made. I don't go off road so I can't comment on that, but it did nicely in snow deepest I encountered was 8 inches. Cargo volume behind the rear seat is 30. Seat comfort on long trips is disappointing. Nevertheless, contrasting body cladding, bumpers, and restyled front grille give the 2005 Santa Fe a no-nonsense appearance of being able to cope with underbrush and tree limbs out on the trail.
This entry level ride is just that, but has suited our needs. My abs and tcs lights are on at the same time causing me to have very little grab on the brakes when the pedle is pushed lightly but when I pushed hard they didn't. Unfortunately, we purchased the V-6 3. Rear seats fold down to expand the 30 cubic-foot cargo area to 78 cubic feet, but owners complain that the rear seats do not fold flat and it is cumbersome to remove the headrests before folding. The car is very user-friendly with a great interior layout and lots of room while also being small enough to easily maneuver.
Summary The Hyundai Santa Fe is fun to drive, particularly the V6 front-wheel-drive models. We found the mechanical full-time four-wheel-drive system that's available with the 2. Both transmissions have Shiftronic manual-shift capability. The driver's cup holder is conveniently located, making this a good vehicle for that morning cappuccino. The all-wheel-drive system available with the 3. You can also expect an appealing ride.