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You'll Like The 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe If...

If getting the most for your money matters, the 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe might be the SUV for you. The Korean manufacturers have improved quality over the years but still have to entice buyers with good value and an excellent warranty – the Santa Fe has both.

You May Not Like The 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe If...

Many people remember the cheap economy cars Hyundai sold in America starting in 1986. If you are looking to buy an SUV with the resale values of the Japanese brands, the Hyundai Santa Fe may not be for you.

What's New

For 2010, the Santa Fe sees a number of changes. In addition to added in-cabin amenities and some exterior styling tweaks, the car also gets new powertrains - a four-cylinder and a more powerful V6, both of which are paired with six-speed transmissions and offer better fuel economy than their predecessors.

Interior Features

The 2010 Santa Fe's interior conveys a feeling of quality thanks to sturdy plastics and low-gloss surfaces. The instrumentation is neatly laid out, easy to operate and at night glows with pleasant blue backlighting. Behind the second-row seat is 34.2 cubic feet of cargo space, which should be ample room for luggage for five passengers.

Exterior Features

Hyundai showed good taste in moving away from the overly busy appearance of the first-generation Santa Fe. The newest version features a much simpler approach, with design elements that are tasteful and purposeful. Body cladding is gone, replaced by smooth sheetmetal flowing into color-keyed bumpers. With its wide track, the Santa Fe has a much stronger stance.

Driving Impressions

The Santa Fe rides smoothly and inspires confidence while cornering thanks to its responsive steering and well controlled body lean. Standard Electronic Stability Control helps during evasive maneuvers and is especially reassuring when driving in slippery conditions. Also standard is a tilt and telescoping steering wheel which makes it easy to find the perfect driving position. With the exception of some wind noise in the front and road noise from the rear, the cabin remains fairly quiet at freeway speeds. The Shiftronic automatic transmission responds quickly to manual gear selections, making driving on curvy roads an almost sporty experience.

Pricing Notes

The 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of around $22,500, while all-wheel drive and an automatic transmission bump that closer to $25,500. The SE model starts at about $26,500, and a fully loaded Limited tops out around $33,000. Before you buy, be sure to check the Santa Fe's Fair Purchase Price on kbb.com to see what the Santa Fe is typically selling for in your area. While pricing is close to that of a Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V, the Santa Fe's resale values fall far below its Japanese competitors. The Santa Fe does, however, hold stronger resale values than the Suzuki Grand Vitara and Mitsubishi Outlander.

Notable Equipment

The 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe offers high value, as reflected by its standard equipment list which includes air conditioning, cruise control, a roof rack, dual exhaust, power windows, power door locks, heated power side mirrors, steering-wheel audio controls, a six-speaker MP3-compatible CD player and Bluetooth. To enhance safety, all trim levels include four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), electronic stability control (ESP), traction control, front and side airbags for the driver and front passenger, side-curtain airbags that protect all three rows and active front head restraints.

Notable Options

Most popular options can be grouped together in packages that vary depending upon trim level. All-wheel-drive is available for all Santa Fe models. Other options include heated front seats, a power outlet in the cargo area, a power sunroof and a navigation system with a 6.5-inch screen and rearview camera.

Favorite Features

3.5-liter V6 Engine

Not only does the V6 deliver more than 100 horsepower more than the four-cylinder engine, it also has roughly similar EPA fuel economy ratings.

LG Navigation

Available on SE and Limited models, this navigation system's voice guidance feature makes map reading a thing of the past.

Under the Hood

Hyundai offers new two engines for the 2010 Santa Fe: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder or a 3.5-liter V6. The four-cylinder is standard on the GLS and Limited models, while the V6 is standard on the SE. Both engines are paired to new six-speed transmissions. The Santa Fe also sees significant improvements in its fuel economy, garnering a 15 percent increase overall.

2.4-liter in-line four

175 horsepower @ 6000 rpm

169 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3750 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26 (2WD, manual), , 20/28 (2WD, automatic), 21/27 (AWD, automatic)

3.5-liter V6

276 horsepower @ 6300 rpm

248 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/26

Editors' Notes

The Hyundai Santa Fe is a unibody SUV made for tackling the urban jungle, not the rain-forest jungle. Since its introduction in 2000, almost half a million have been sold. The Santa Fe is right at home running the kids to soccer practice, hauling groceries from the supermarket or heading to the mountains for the weekend. Combining attributes like a higher seating position, roomy interior, rugged good looks, a long list of standard equipment, a good warranty (10-year/100,000-mile powertrain) and a reasonable price, the 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe provides good value in the mid-size SUV category.

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The most interesting thing about this car is the large size and fair gas mileage.

2010 Hyundai Santa Fe

I have been driving this car on and off for about 5 years now, and I have not had any big problems with the car! I have driven this car both locally and on small (2-3 hour trips). The tires are the only things that I have needed to get replaced within this past year. I have really loved driving this car. I have found this car to be very good on gas (for an SUV), safe (high above the ground) and good for highway/city/off-road driving. This car is also very comfortable as it has leather interior, front seats that go back a good ways and back seats that fold down to make a lot of extra room. After driving this car, I do not think I will ever go back to anything smaller!

- Abigail D

Hyundai Santa Fe, a vehicle that will last as long as the memories do.

2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS

The Hyundai Santa Fe is a very reliable vehicle. Almost 100,000 miles and there have been no major problems in the entire time that I have owned the vehicle. This vehicle seems like it is going to last me for a few years at least. And I cannot wait to roll it over to 100,000 miles. The ride will be very comfortable. The care is very comfortable to ride in, and it is very comfortable to drive. The vehicle accelerates very well, and the optional manual transmission really helps with speed control when you are going down a steep downhill road. It is a car that I am really looking forward to owning and driving for many years to come.

- Collin H

Tried and true tried since 2010 and consistently been true to my needs.

2010 Hyundai Santa Fe

My 2010 Santa fe has never let me down in mechanical, safety, or comfort. I know it is getting time to think about trading in for a newer model (maybe past time) with less mileage, but I have sat in newer vehicles and the comfort is no way comparable to mine. When I decide to go on a trip I always have my oil changed and everything checked over. My mechanic has never found any troubling issues that would postpone my plans. If and when I do decide to go for a newer vehicle I will look at the Santa Fe first. If not to my liking I will look into the same make of vehicle.

- Marty R

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