2005 Hyundai Santa Fe Overview

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2005 Hyundai Santa Fe Overview

It's the oldest state capital. No, it's an SUV. A state capital! An SUV! Relax, Santa Fe is both a state capital and an SUV. The 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe is a compact SUV that seats five in two rows, but offers surprising roominess for its size. Wider than the CR-V, the 2005 Santa Fe tosses its base trim and 4-cylinder engine this year in favor of the GLS and LX. Both trims come in either front-wheel or AWD, but without low-range gearing.

The 2005 Santa Fe gets new exterior styling to its grille, taillights, oversized bumpers, and body cladding. Internally, the dash has been reworked. The GLS is powered either by a 2.7-liter, 170-hp V6 and 4-speed auto tran or an optional 3.5-liter, 200-hp V6 with 5-speed automatic, which is standard in the LX. The LX is obviously the more luxury-oriented of the two, with heated leather seats, a CD changer, and a new power driver's seat this year. A sunroof is optional on both trims. The 2005 Santa Fe excels in crash test, earning four and five stars. It comes standard with dual front and side airbags, and this year ABS brakes and traction control have been added.

Rear seats fold down to expand the 30 cubic-foot cargo area to 78 cubic feet, but owners complain that the rear seats do not fold flat and it is cumbersome to remove the headrests before folding. A roof rack is also standard, for more cargo flexibility. Though a compact SUV, the 2005 Santa Fe gets so-so fuel economy, and drivers wish it had more power and more legroom. Seat comfort on long trips is disappointing. On the upside, the Santa Fe is stylish, roomy, and handles easily like a car. Owners also like the safety and reliability of the SUV.


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    Car Won't Turn Over At All

    Car seems to have good voltage but when trying to start it does nothing no click no nothing.

    31 views with 2 answers (last answer 4 weeks ago)
    Jerry Williams

    Where Is The Emergence Shut Off Valve On My 05 Santa Fa Hyundai

    Changed fuel pump now won't start

    13 views with 1 answer (last answer about a month ago)

    I Recently Changed The Spark Plugs And Wires In My 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe An...

    I was really careful about not mixing up the wires and plugging in all the hoses and electrical clips. I hear a little buzz from the engine once I've stopped trying to start the car. I can get the eng...

    20 views with 2 answers (last answer 2 months ago)

    Car Won't Idle

    Replaced broken timing belt and did valve job, now car will start but will not stay running.

    9 views with 4 answers (last answer 3 months ago)
    Cynthia Nash


    I just got the codes for a new key from Hyundai...it unlocks driver door only? This isn't right by any means. My lost key(singular here))) unlocked all doors AND turned my ignition. What gives

    33 views with 2 answers (last answer 4 months ago)