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Hyundai Santa Fe Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 200 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/21 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

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We made a good purchase

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

We bought this Santa Fe about a month before making a 2000 mile trip back to Ohio. It was three years old when we bought it and had 32,000 miles. After driving it 6,000+ miles so far, I have to say it is the most comfortable vehicle I think I have driven to date (I'm 63, 5'7" 150#). The display for the air conditioning/heating is rather hard to see while driving, but functions well. We get about 16-18 around town, and the first time I checked it on our trip, we got 27mpg @ 75mph with the air on! I like the way it handles but it is a wee bit top heavy, but it has never been a problem. The only negative comment I have is the gas pedal; it seems sluggish, then suddenly leaps forward.




I love this suv!

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

This has been a fantastic vehicle for a commuter driving 90+ miles five days a week. The fuel economy isn't all that great, but I feel safe and I love the ride. I drive over quite a few mountains and steep hills, it handles perfectly in all kinds of precipitation including 10" of snow covered ice. Fan tends to blow in your face or off parts of the vehicle back into your face.




2005 hyndai

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

I am ver happy with my mid size suv except for the stereo system and the gas limeage. I am getting 18 miles/gallon at the best. The stereo system in not very clear.



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Santa fe vs. endeavor

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

I recently traded in my 2004 mitsubishi endeavor on a 2005 hyundai santa fe.I drove the santa fe home after I purchased it in the dark. The next day I was cleaning the windows on my new pre-owned santa fe and found chips in the windshield and hard water spots on all of the windows and mirrors that I could not remove even with a special hard water cleaner.In addition,the windshield looked as if it had been sand blasted when in the sunlight.The dealership tried to clean the windows and mirrors unsuccessfully and has only offered to "fill" the two chips in the windshield,not replace it.Never drive a pre-owned vehicle home in the dark!Seems to be poorly made glass!Look very closely!




Very satisfied

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

Drove from Denver to Dallas and averaged 23 MPG. Not bad for a AWD. I am 6'3", 300lbs and never felt uncomfortable behind the wheel. My friends found the back seat comfortable when reclined.




Lied to deceived

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

The dealer never informed me of the outrageous and extremely costly maintenance schedule. Didn't know I was buying a Jaguar!! Better think twice about buying!! Timing belt must be replaced at 60,000 at a cost of at least $600. If you don't replace, and something goes, you buy a new engine. If Hyundai is so confident of powertrain warranty. They should step up to plate and warranty timing belt to 100,000. Gas mileage a joke!



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

  • 15
  • cty
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  • 21
  • highway
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