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Hyundai Santa Fe Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.7 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 181 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/21 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe

  • An impressive combatant in the mini-SUV realm with more cabin room than competing models. Now, if we can only overlook its exuberantly, uh, different, sheetmetal.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Relatively inexpensive price, super warranty, roomy interior.

  • Cons

    Unproven reliability, unimpressive four-wheeling capability, underwhelming powertrain performance.

  • What's New for 2001

    For 2001, Hyundai comes to market with its very own sport-utility. The Santa Fe is based on a modified Sonata midsize car platform and is available with either front-wheel drive or full-time four-wheel drive with either a four-cylinder or V6 engine.

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Customer Reviews

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Saved my life

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Vehicle: 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe GL 4WD 4dr SUV (2.7L 6cyl 4A)

Although I cannot attest to the logevity of this vehicle (as I only had it for about 6 months) I can definetly say that it is extremely safe. I was in a head on collision on my way to work one morning, hit by a lifted '90-something Ford F-250 going about 60+ miles/hr. This Santa Fe did exactly what it was designed to do by crumpling the engine area, and other than the fact that the front end of the vehicle was smashed like an accordian, the rest of cabin area and the car was completely fine. I only walked away with a small break in my ankle, which was from me bracing myself as I tried to brake. I, as well as the paramedics on site, believe whole-heartedly that this vehicle saved my life.




My santa fe

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Vehicle: 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe GL 4WD 4dr SUV (2.7L 6cyl 4A)

I bought mine used in 2005, it was a 2001, it just needed a new catalytic converter... but after that, its perfect. I have 2 kids, I just LOVE it, its roomy, comfortable, it drives real nice and smooth, like a car just bigger and higher up! I'm so glad I was able to get this car. I hope they stay around for a while so I can get a new one in a few years!




Unrealiable

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Vehicle: 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe GL 4WD 4dr SUV (2.7L 6cyl 4A)

I bought this vehicle, in Apr 04, when it first came off lease; it had a total of 50K. In Dec I had the altinator replaced by my mechanic. I then had a problem with the vehicle stalling. It turned out that the coolant temperature sensor needed to be replaced, which ended up costing me $107 however, they did replace and reprogram two o2 sensors, since this problem was under recall. In Mar of 05, I again had a problem with the vehicle stalling. I had it towed to my mechanic for a price of $90. It turns out that the right wheel bearing needed replacing. The driver side wheel bearing has now been replaced 3 times. THere is also a burning rubber smell inside. Frustrated




Lots of miles = lots

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Vehicle: 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe GL 4WD 4dr SUV (2.7L 6cyl 4A)

My Hyundai was great .. for the first 60K miles or so. After that, replaced the fuel injector (twice), spark plugs (twice), and wheel bearings (in 3 wheels - twice in the left front wheel.) I now have 88K miles and it is in the shop for the 3rd time in 3 months. They're just not made for high mileage. What's worse is that the dealership does not stock a lot of parts, so many times they keep the truck for several days. Also, watch out for the warranty. The front wheel bearings are covered, but the back ones aren't. In the DC area, it's a $400 repair. Also, had 6sensors go out. None were covered by the warranty (after the bumper-to-bumper ends).




Sante fe

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Vehicle: 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe GL 4WD 4dr SUV (2.7L 6cyl 4A)

I was originally hesitant to buy a Korean car but the warranty was so appealing I thought it was worth the risk. After almost two years and 44,000 miles I've had zero problems and no warranty work whatsoever. Quality so far is incredible. Great fun and reliable.



Full 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe Review

What's New for 2001

For 2001, Hyundai comes to market with its very own sport-utility. The Santa Fe is based on a modified Sonata midsize car platform and is available with either front-wheel drive or full-time four-wheel drive with either a four-cylinder or V6 engine.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
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  • 21
  • highway
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