2005 Hyundai Santa Fe Consumer Review: Wonderful SUV, can't do better

2005 Hyundai Santa Fe - Consumer Review

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GLS 4dr SUV (3.5L V6 AWD 5-speed Automatic)

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Wonderful SUV, can't do better
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2005 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


We test drove a lot of small, mid SUVs. Had a Jeep Liberty nearly blow up on the road from a gas leak, loved the RAV-4 and CR-V. Finally went to Vermont to see the Santa Fe; wow this car beat all the others on the first drive. Has everything you want, front wheel drive, with all wheel drive sending power to rear wheels when needed, V6 to tow our boat, great styling and interior, KILLER stereo, THIS VEHICLE ROCKS. It has the best feature I've ever seen on an SUV, a shiftronic system to allow down or upshifting at any time (such as on a hill pulling a boat). Bought the car on the first test drive and I've never bought before without at least two trip to the dealer to haggle over price.

Best Features

All wheel drive, V6, Shiftronic system, styling, stereo system.

Worst Features

Could try to get better gas mileage but 21 HWY with enough V6 power for pulling a boat trailer is about the best you can get.
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