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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 Yes

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.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (26 total reviews)  |  Write a Review

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Brake hog

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

This car is a money maker for the service department when it comes to the brakes. I have had to replace the brakes almost every 20,000-25,000 miles. I will not be buying another Hyundai again. Will be going back to a Ford or Chevy!



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Three and a half years

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

I bought my Santa Fe in July 05. This month (12/08), I had to take it to the dealership for the first problem I have had - it needed a new thermostat, which was covered under the warranty. My time is precious and I appreciate the reliability of this vehicle. Will buy another Hyundai if this one ever wears out!



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Hyundai santa fe 2005 se

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

I traded in a 2001 Nissan Exterra for my 2005 Santa Fe mainly for my Wife's daily driver. We both really like it rides/handles like a car. I've heard complaints of gas mileage here, but our 3.5 is averaging 21 mpg city/highway. On the highway it likes to run 80, so we let it. Highway mpg is a solid 24. For complaints: I wish the center console used better plastic. While driving, and using it as an arm rest, it creaks with any movement, plus the padded top needs more padding. I really don't like the way it accelerates from a standing stop. You crush the accelerator to get it moving, then it wants to blast off. I wish this was smoother. All around, I would purchase another




Nice appearance for a piece

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

I bought the most expensive Hyundai I had higher expectations due to false advertising. Lower gas mileage than advertised I get 16 miles a gallon highway. Dealership says it's the additives in the gas that only affects Santa Fe B.S. High cost for maintenance and the car runs worse with every service they do. The transfer case was just replaced and it's still making grinding noises and the gear shift needed to be replaced as well, frozen wipers won't move even my small economy car had good wipers. I could go on but there may not be enough space here...very dissatisfied. I wish I could get my money back!




Great until you break

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

The Santa Fe is a woderful vehicle until you want to break; mainly when it's raining, snowing or you're going down a hill. It keeps on going when you want to stop. I'm surprised I haven't gotten into an accident yet (knock on wood). When I told the mechanic at Sussman, he said that it was a safety feature and I shouldn't worry about it. How can I not worry about potentially running into another car is beyond me. Other than that, the SUV rides really well. I was skeptical because of their rep. in the past but they've made a believer out of me. Hyundai is a good vehicle that's great on gas. Thanks for listening.



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2005 santa fe

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

I've had this car for a year now and have taken several road trips, so now believe I can really eval. the car. No problems with relability, or driving so far. Inside however is a different story. some of the controls are confusing to operate, not real comfortable on long trips, and the fold down back seats get stuck everytime I need to use them. The worst problem is the dealership and service dept. At first I thought they were going to be great, as they bent over backwards to make me happy at purchasing, but getting service or support after the fact, forget it!



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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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
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  • 22
  • highway
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