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2006 Hyundai Santa Fe Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 7 reviews
Though listed as a compact SUV, the 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe benefits from sharing its platform with the mid-sized Sonata, thereby capable of offering a bit more passenger and cargo room than comparable compact SUVs. The biggest change this year is the replacement of the LX luxury trim with the Limited. The base GLS remains the same, but gets new auto-dimming mirrors. The Limited, like the LX, offers heated leather seats, a power driver's seat, 6-CD changer, trip computer, and automatic climate control. Both trims score well on safety, with standard ABS brakes, traction control, and dual front and side curtain airbags.
Though not built for off-roading, the 2006 Santa Fe is available as either a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. A fold-down second row of seats expands the cargo area from 30 to 78 cubic feet, and a roof rack is standard. The LX comes only with a 3.5-liter, 200-hp V6 and 5-speed manual, which is offered as an option on the GLS. Standard on the GLS is a 2.7-liter, 170-hp V6 and 4-speed automatic with manual mode.
Last year's interior and exterior updates have made the Santa Fe more stylish, and the Limited is available in an all-black model for ultimate urban intimidation -- insofar as a compact SUV can be intimidating, that is. Acceleration, overall power, and gas mileage (in the teens with the 3.5 V6) are major complaints of owners, but they like the interior space and cargo capacity, the sound system, and the standard features.
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Hyundai Santa Fe Questions
2006 Santa Fe Occasionally Won't Start
My 2006 Santa Fe sometimes won't start sometimes will start all day long. When it won't start there is a single click coming from engine compartment. I have replaced the battery and as soon as I put j...
Why Would 2006 Hyundai Santa Shimmy At 80 Mph On Freeway.
2006 Hyundai Santa Fe V-6 front end shimmies at 80 mph. Tires are new. Just replaced them about 3 months ago. Doesn't do this unless I get up to that speed. If I stay under 80 it's fine.
Stuck In 3rd Gear
2006 Hynudai Santa Fe Cooling Fan Comes On And Stays On. Won't Shut Off.
replaced radiator and when engine heats up, fan kicks in but does not turn off. Help!