INTRO: After last year's refresh, the mid-size 5-passenger 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV keeps its feature-packed, value-priced, crossover identity intact.
FEATURES: Available in three trims, GLS, SE and Limited, Hyundai loads each with air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity and roof-rack side rails. The higher trims get 18-inch wheels while a 650-watt Logic 7 ten-speaker surround sound system and heated front seats are standard on the Limited.
PERFORMANCE: Base engine for the Santa Fe is a 2.4-liter inline-4, sending 175 horsepower to the front wheels through a 6-speed manual. A 6-speed automatic transmission is available with all wheel drive as an option. Also available is a 3.5-liter V6 directing 276 horsepower through a 6-speed automatic to the front wheels or all wheel drive.
FUEL ECONOMY: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
PRICING/WARRANTY: Base MSRP for the 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe is $21,695. A Limited model starts at $27,045. The Santa Fe is backed by Hyundai's industry-leading 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
CLOSING: Mostly unchanged for 2011, the Hyundai Santa Fe remains a value-minded crossover SUV packed with first-class features.