The good and the not-so-good
By Denis on
2005 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
I enjoy my Santa Fe very much. The 3.5 engine has plenty of zip and the car handles very well. Biggest drawback is getting into car. The natural tendancy is to lean forward to clear the door with your head but the overly raked windshield makes this manuever ill-advised. The rear seats not only fold down (although not 100% flat), they also recline which make them much more comortable than the Subaru Forester which I considered. Standard safety features are outstanding such as side air bags & reinforced doors,ABS 4 wheel disc brakes, heated power mirrors. My Santa Fe came standard with AC, powerful CD/Cassette, AM/FM, Cruise, power everything except seats, remote entry w/alarm & much more
Excellent smooth, quiet 5 speed transmission. Acceleration is very good. Ride is smooth and quiet. The safety features are incredibly good including standard side airbags, reinforced door beams, 4 wheel disc ABS brakes. The Santa Fe has the highest rated crash results.
Ease of access is poor. Interior lighting is poor. The cruise control is not lighted & the map lights switches are not easy to find for the driver. The dome light cannot be turned on by the driver. During the day, the radio settings are hard to see when wearing sunglasses.