All-wheel drive combines with a 200-hp, 3.5-liter V6 engine to produce a reliable, easy-to-drive compact SUV, the 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe LX AWD. Matched with a 5-speed automatic, the V6...
All-wheel drive combines with a 200-hp, 3.5-liter V6 engine to produce a reliable, easy-to-drive compact SUV, the 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe LX AWD. Matched with a 5-speed automatic, the V6 engine is capable of towing up to 3000 pounds, and the AWD comes with a limited slip differential. Standard this year are ABS brakes and traction control, in addition to redesigned 16-inch wheels and dual front and front-side airbags. With no low range gearing, the AWD is best suited for tricky road conditions rather than rough unpaved off-roads.
The 2005 Santa Fe LX AWD is also the luxury trim of the lineup, with full power features, wheel-mounted cruise control, heated leather seats and heated mirrors, a 6-CD changer, and a new power driver's seat. An auto-dimming rearview mirror, garage opener, and automatic climate control are also standard only on the LX. Options include wood interior trim, a trailer hitch, a sunroof, and, new for 2005, a compass. The cargo area holds 78 cubic feet with the rear seats down, and features a cover, tie-downs, and a cargo net. A roof rack adds extra space. Drivers like the exterior improvements, the interior space, the long list of features, cargo capacity, and the car-like handling. The major complaints focus on lousy gas mileage and somewhat labored acceleration,