Hyundai Santa Fe 2011Posted: September 3rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: 2011 New Car Models, Hyundai | Leave a comment »
The Hyundai Santa Fe is a mid-size crossover SUV based on the Hyundai Sonata platform. Named after city of Santa Fe, New Mexico it was introduced for the 2001 model year as Hyundai’s first SUV, released at the same time as the Ford Escape, Mazda Tribute and Pontiac Aztek. The Santa Fe quickly became Hyundai’s best seller and contributed to Hyundai’s success in the United States. As of 2007, the mid-size crossover SUV Santa Fe falls between the compact SUV Tucson and the related luxury crossover SUV Veracruz (which was preceded by the Terracan).
The 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe is a midsize crossover SUV that competes with models like Nissan Murano and Toyota Highlander. The 2011 Santa Fe comes in GLS (starting at $21.845 MSRP), SE (starting at $26.145 MSRP) and Limited (starting at $27.195 MSRP) trims.
Standard equipment on the base GLS includes 17-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, roof side rails, heated mirrors, keyless entry, cruise control, air-conditioning, rear-seats air vents, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth and six-speaker sound system with a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and iPod/USB audio interface.
The 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SE gets 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, foglights, a windshield wiper de-icer, roof rack cross rails, an eight-way power driver seat with adjustable lumbar, leather/cloth upholstery and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Premium package adds a sunroof, a rearview camera, a touchscreen navigation system and an upgraded audio system.
The 2011 Santa Fe Limited adds a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats and 10-speaker surround audio system.
For 2011, the Santa Fe adds new exterior colors: Moonstone Silver, Frost White Pearl, Sonoran Red, Mineral Gray and Espresso Brown.
The 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS and Limited comes standard with Hyundai’s second generation Theta four-cylinder engine. This engine delivers an estimated 20 mpg city/ 28 mpg highway fuel economy rating with front wheel drive and six-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic. A six-speed manual transmission is standard. This 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder, all-aluminium, 16-valve engine with CVVT ( Continuously Variable Valve Timing) is rated at 175 horsepower and 169 lb-ft of torque.
The 2011 Santa Fe SE comes standard with the Lambda II 3.5 – liter V6 engine that produces 276 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque ( this engine is optional on Limited). To maximize the power spread, the engine utilizes CVVT on intake and exhaust camshafts and a three-step VIS (Variable Intake System) that helps cylinders breathe efficiently at low and high RPM. Mileage figure estimated for V6-powered 2011 Santa Fes are 20 mpg city/ 26 mpg highway (front wheel drive with automatic transmission).
Every 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe comes standard with four-wheel antilock disc brakes, brake assist, traction and stability control, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. A rearview camera is optional.
The Edmunds says about 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe:
An affordable price tag, a long list of standard comfort and safety features and two impressive engines make the 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe a commendable midsize crossover SUV choice.