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2001 Hyundai Santafe

MPG: Up to 21 city / 28 highway

Curb weight: 3,494 to 3,752 lbs

Horsepower: 149 to 181 hp

Engine: 2.4 L 4-cylinder, 2.7 L V6


Vehicle Overview
Sales of sport utility vehicles continue to grow and so is the number of companies that sell them in the United States. Hyundai joins the sport utility craze this fall with the Santa Fe, a car-based vehicle designed to lure buyers away from the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and other car/SUV hybrids. Hyundai pegs base prices between $17,000 and $23,000.

Santa Fe is based on the front-drive Sonata platform, which also spawns the new XG300 sedan this year.

Hyundai was on the ropes in the United States just two years ago, but sales are booming for South Korea’s largest auto company, despite a lineup that until now included only cars.

Santa Fe is a four-door SUV with a rear liftgate, and bulging fenders mark its styling similar to that on the Hyundai Tiburon sports coupe. Wheelbase is 103 inches, overall length is 177 and the height is 66 inches — virtually the same as the CR-V. The new Ford Escape has the same wheelbase but is 4 inches shorter overall.

Sixteen-inch wheels and tires are standard.

Santa Fe is equipped with seats for five passengers, with a pair of front buckets and a three-place split rear bench seat that folds for additional cargo space. Hyundai lists cargo volume behind the rear seat as 29 cubic feet. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, a stereo with a CD player and power windows. Leather upholstery is optional.


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