2010 Hyundai Santa Fe

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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe — Flash Drive

By Staff of MSN Autos

The Hyundai Santa Fe is an SUV dressed up like a Lexus at a masquerade party. Hyundai has transformed this small utility vehicle over the past few years with improved power, a smoother ride and styling that even resembles a Lexus RX350. The Santa Fe also provides great value, reliability and warranty coverage. However, it is lacking certain luxury items. I achieved lower-than-expected fuel economy: 22 mpg in mixed driving with the 4-cylinder engine. Other faults were blind spots at the A-frame and rear corner, which prevented full driving visibility. Nevertheless, the Santa Fe is a great SUV for the money. –Joe Chulick

The Santa Fe stands out as the only real disappointment in Hyundai's impressive 2010 lineup. First, it doesn't look that good. Second, the suspension is weak, allowing the small utility vehicle to wallow and wobble through corners where competitors feel taut and stable. Finally, the transmission can't handle full throttle from a stop; the engine revs to high heaven but the acceleration simply isn't there. You can find a better SUV for less money. –Paul Hagger

The Santa Fe feels dated when you look at the rest of the Hyundai lineup. Even so, it is still a worthwhile option in the crowded midsize-crossover market. Its ride is quiet and smooth, rear-seat passengers have loads of room, and cargo space is plentiful — the rear seats easily fold flat for even more capacity. There is even additional space hidden under the cargo floor. Power is reasonable, but not spectacular; the engine revs pretty high when pushed even a little hard. I expected to see better fuel economy; I received 19 mpg in combined city/highway driving. Overall, the Santa Fe is a good crossover choice, but based on the other new Hyundai models, this one is in need of a refresh. –Perry Stern

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