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2005 Hyundai Santa Fe

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2005 Hyundai Santa Fe Review

A good all-round SUV for the price.

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Overview

The 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe is a good all around SUV. It gets a few new features this year and comes with plenty of interior and exterior features to please. The power and performance is good on this vehicle while the safety and fuel economy are average. This is a well-priced vehicle and a good choice for a low-end SUV.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 2.7-liter V-6, 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed automatic
Models: Hyundai Santa Fe GLS, Hyundai Santa Fe LX

What's New

The 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV gets new standard equipment including, four-wheel anti-lock brakes and traction control. For the exterior, the Santa Fe gets a new grille, side cladding, tail lamps, tailgate handle, rear bumper design, and alloy wheels. The interior gets new seat fabric, a two-tone color scheme, and a revised instrument cluster. The LX gets a standard power driver seat, and the optional sunroof includes a compass.

Exterior

The 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV comes in eight colors. The exterior features include black roof side rails, accent color front and rear bumpers, lower body side cladding and grille surround, crystal lens headlamp with multi-parabolic reflectors, fog lamps, power heated body color exterior mirrors, privacy glass, tinted glass with sunshade band, two-speed variable intermittent wipers with washer, two-speed fixed intermittent rear window wiper with washer, and body color door and lift gate handles. The 16-inch five-spoke aluminum wheels include all-season tires. An underbody-mounted full-size spare tire with an aluminum wheel is also included. The LX is upgraded with chrome door handles and hood sound insulation.

Interior

The 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe includes many interior features including a deluxe full cloth seat trim, front bucket seats with eight-way driver and four-way passenger manual adjustments and adjustable headrest with driver lumbar support, reclining 60/40 split-folding rear seatback with fold-flat feature and adjustable outboard headrests, rear folding center armrest, front center console with dual level storage and armrest, deluxe cut-pile carpeting, carpeted floor mats with retention, leather-wrapped four-spoke tilt steering wheel, dark titanium faced instrumentation with tachometer, coolant temperature, odometer and dual digital trip odometer, power windows with illuminated switches and driver auto-down feature, power door locks with driver inside lock override, remote keyless entry system with an alarm, cruise control, remote hood and fuel door releases, anti-theft system, air-conditioning, rear window defroster with a timer, digital clock, lockable glove-box, two front center console cup holders, two rear center armrest cup holders, lower back of center console cup holders, 12-volt power accessory outlets, door trim with simulated leather inserts, large door map pockets, overhead console with sunglass storage, driver and front passenger sun visors with illuminated visor vanity mirrors and driver ticket holder, three-passenger assist grips, leather-wrapped shift lever, coat hanger, cargo net, and retractable cargo cover. The six-speaker 218-watt Monsoon audio system is an AM/FM/CD/Cassette player with a roof-mounted micro antenna. The LX upgrades with leather-seating, heated bucket seats, power adjustable chairs, HomeLink integrated transceiver, and brushed stainless steel door scuff plates. The audio system on the LX is upgraded with a six-disc CD changer.

Performance & Handling

The 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV comes with a 2.7-liter V-6, rated at 170 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, the 3.5-liter, V-6, gas engine is rated at 200 horsepower, which provides for 219 lb-ft of torque. The Santa Fe comes with a four-speed automatic or a five-speed automatic. Both are Shiftronic with overdrive and transmission shift interlock. The Santa Fe includes traction control, mechanical fulltime four-wheel or front-wheel drive, a 110-amp alternator, plastic underbody skid plate, independent MacPherson strut front suspension and independent multi-link rear suspension, front stabilizer bar, power rack and pinion steering and ventilated front, and solid rear disc brakes.

Safety

The 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV earned five out of five stars in driver and passenger side impact ratings and passenger front impact rating and four stars in driver front-impact ratings and three stars in its rollover crash test rating. The Santa Fe includes driver and passenger airbags with passenger side airbag activation indicator and front seat-mounted side-impact airbags. The standard four-wheel anti-lock brake system is in place. The rear doors have child safety locks. The Santa Fe includes a three-point seatbelt for all positions. The LX models upgraded with rear seat child tether anchors, outboard rear LATCH child seat anchors, energy-absorbing steering wheel, body side reinforcements, front and rear crumple zones, hood-buckling creases and safety stops, and a first aid kit.

EPA Fuel Economy

Hyundai Santa Fe GLS: 17/23 mpg city/highway
Hyundai Santa Fe LX: 16/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Price
  • Interior room
  • Features Safety

You Won't Like

  • Fuel Economy

Sum Up

A good all-round SUV for the price.

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