Hyundai has been building a reputation for long-term value and reliability for quite some time. Staying true to this philosophy, the new 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe delivers a lower price tag, better fuel efficiency and longer warranty than nearly every other mid-size SUV on the road. Keep reading to learn the many advantages of the new 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe and determine if it is the right vehicle for your family.
2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Styling
With freshened exterior styling for the 2010 model year, the Hyundai Santa Fe looks a bit tamer than the previous model. This means that the exterior design will likely appeal to a broader range of drivers. However, those who feel the need to stand out from the crowd may be slightly disappointed by the conservative visual appeal offered by the Santa Fe.
Still, the Santa Fe is best known for its functionality. As such, if you want a bolder, more styled form, then you may be better served elsewhere. Otherwise, the Santa Fe is likely to be attractive enough to meet your needs.
2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior
Inside, the Hyundai Santa Fe looks like a much more upscale model than the bargain basement MSRP would have you believe ($21,695). Hyundai achieves this with a pastiche of faux metal and wood trim accents. As far as seating goes, the 2010 Santa Fe delivers solid comfort for everyday driving. However, packing three adults into the rear seat may be a little uncomfortable on longer trips.
Sadly, Hyundai has removed the availability of 3rd-row seating for the 2010 model. If you miss this option, then the larger Hyundai Veracruz may be a better option for you. Cargo capacity for the Hyundai SUV is superior to much of the competition, with a maximum of 78.2 cubic feet of space.
In terms of interior features, the Santa Fe starts out with cruise control, steering wheel controls, blue ambient lighting and a telescopic steering wheel. Upper-tier models add leather upholstery, heated front seats, sunroof, GPS navigation and rearview cameras.
2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Performance
Hyundai introduces two new engine options for the 2010 Santa Fe. The base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine delivers some of the best fuel efficiency in the mid-size SUV vehicle class. EPA estimates put the Santa Fe at 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway (22 mpg combined). With 175 horsepower, the Hyundai Santa Fe delivers adequate power. However, the vehicle could hardly be described as sporty.
Opting for the 276-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine nets a more exhilarating drive. However, there are a few other SUVs out there that deliver better acceleration and cornering without sacrificing fuel efficiency. These models include the 2010 Mazda CX-7 and 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander.
2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Safety
Standard safety features for the Santa Fe are extensive, and include six airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, brake assist, electronic stability control, traction control and brake-force distribution. In crash tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Santa Fe a top rating of "Good" in all categories.
2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Pricing
Base price for the new 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe is $21,695. A 10-year /100,000-mile drivetrain warranty also helps add value to the vehicle. Upgrading to the SE trim will cost you an extra $3,000, but may be worth it for the upgraded engine and added interior luxury. For similar price, practicality and interior volume, you might consider the 2010 Dodge Journey. If you're willing to sacrifice a bit of cargo room, then the Honda CR-V, Subaru Outback and Volkswagen Tiguan may also be worth a look.