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Hyundai Santa Fe Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 200 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/22 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe

  • The Santa Fe offers a consumer-friendly blend of space, comfort, features, performance and value that make it a compact SUV worth considering.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Reasonable price, strong warranty, roomy interior, long list of standard features, solid construction, good crash test scores.

  • Cons

    Thirsty at the pump for a small car-based SUV, soft suspension limits handling ability.

  • What's New for 2005

    The base trim level has been dropped. The 2.7-liter V6 is now standard (the LX still gets the 3.5-liter V6), as is an automatic transmission. Also newly standard this year are four-wheel antilock brakes and traction control. Exterior changes include a new grille surround, side cladding, taillamps, tailgate handle, rear bumper design and alloy wheels. Inside, there is new seat fabric, an upgraded two-tone color scheme and a revised instrument cluster. A power driver seat is now standard on the LX, and a compass is included with the optional sunroof.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
/
  • 22
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Great suv with one major

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Vehicle: 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS Fwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

This is my first SUV which I bought used and absolutely love. It runs great, is comfortable and gets pretty good gas mileage. I've had it for 2 years now and have just now run into a snag. My Crank sensor went out on me without any warning. I was driving to work and everything was fine and all of a sudden it started jerking, all my warning lights came on and then it just died on me. I had to have it towed to the dealership & unfortunately my warranty ran out 6 weeks ago so now I'm looking at around $500. Other then this it has been a great first SUV & I would definitely purchase another one.




Loved my santa fe

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Vehicle: 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS Fwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

My Santa Fe was the best driving vehicle I've owned. It got fair gas mileage for an SUV (19-23 MPG). The car was totaled in an accident (neither our or the cars fault) but my husband and I both walked away without a scratch. My husband is 6' tall and didn't like to drive it because even with the seat all the way back, his knees were still in the dash. It would've been better with an MP3 player.




My lil' kim

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Vehicle: 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS Fwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

I bought the Fwd 6 cylinder, and it definitely has the get-up-and-go. It has the power when you need it, such as having to enter on the highway with little room to accelerate. I find it to be the perfect size for all my needs. Way to go Hyundai!




Santa fe experience

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Vehicle: 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS Fwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

I purchased this vehicle because I loved the way it looked and drove and especially the comfort I felt sitting behind the wheel. I had no reluctance because I had purchased other new styles of vehicles that were new to the auto market in the 70's and although I had bad luck with them I felt like I was doing the right thing in purchasing this Santa Fe as my first New Vehicle since 1976. I had in the past 23 years since I traded my last vehicle I bought brand new in 1976 purchased used vehicles because I figured they had all the bad things happened to them already if they had new car flaws. After driving the Santa Fe for 10 weeks, I think I made a Good choice.




Fun to drive

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Vehicle: 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS Fwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

I love thge warranty but after the purchase I don't have to think about it because everything works great. This vehicle is very fun to drive and has alot of get up and go with the 3.5 v6.The heated seats are a plus in the cold weather months and the leather cleans up easy when my kids make a mess. The only down side is not having power seats. That one option would make my Sante Fe perfect.




Great suv

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Vehicle: 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS Fwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

This is a pretty good vehicle,we been avg.20 to 22 mph in city, it will proberly be more when the engine is broken in. Haven't had it on the rode yet but I assume it will be better than the city. The santa fe is a great addition to our family. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.



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Full 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe Review

What's New for 2005

The base trim level has been dropped. The 2.7-liter V6 is now standard (the LX still gets the 3.5-liter V6), as is an automatic transmission. Also newly standard this year are four-wheel antilock brakes and traction control. Exterior changes include a new grille surround, side cladding, taillamps, tailgate handle, rear bumper design and alloy wheels. Inside, there is new seat fabric, an upgraded two-tone color scheme and a revised instrument cluster. A power driver seat is now standard on the LX, and a compass is included with the optional sunroof.

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Talk About The 2005 Santa Fe

2005 Hyundai Santa Fe Discussions See all Started By

jvenezia
jvenezia
03-27-2004
News about the 2005 Santa Fe is pretty sparse and is being eclipsed by the new Tuscon. So far, I've seen only two details: BorgWarner will supply the AWD system and the Santa Fe may be designated the ...


kuruczmom
kuruczmom
04-30-2014
My check engine light continues to come on at 200 trip miles. I have had it in the shop several times, a have been told that it is a vapor leak. I replaced the gas cap, and am getting a good seal, ?...


tcjeff
tcjeff
12-16-2009
I have a 2005 santa fe AWD with the 3.5L engine and 5 speed auto transmission - my mechanic tells me that the vibration I feel is from a bad u-joint and that the entire driveshaft must be replaced, th...



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