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Selected Style FWD 4-Door Premium
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Premium 17 24 $24,571 $25,595
FWD 4-Door Luxury 17 24 $26,091 $27,179
AWD 4-Door Premium 16 23 $26,155 $27,245
FWD 4-Door Limited w/Navigation 17 24 $26,908 $28,030
FWD 4-Door Limited w/Navigation & DVD 17 24 $27,196 $28,330
AWD 4-Door Luxury 16 23 $27,675 $28,829
AWD 4-Door Limited w/Navigation 16 23 $28,492 $29,680
AWD 4-Door Limited w/Navigation & DVD 16 23 $28,780 $29,980
FWD 4-Door Manual GLS
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Manual GLS 17 24 $20,671 $21,495
FWD 4-Door Automatic GLS 18 24 $21,906 $22,795
AWD 4-Door Manual GLS 17 23 $22,286 $23,195
AWD 4-Door Automatic GLS 17 23 $23,521 $24,495
FWD 4-Door Automatic SE 17 24 $23,276 $24,495
AWD 4-Door Automatic SE 17 24 $24,874 $26,195
FWD 4-Door Automatic Limited 17 24 $26,704 $28,445
AWD 4-Door Automatic Limited 17 24 $28,285 $30,145
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,571
$20,671
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,595
$21,495
Monthly Payment Estimate
$427 / month
$358 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line A major redesign in 2007 transformed the Suzuki XL7 into a modern mid-size crossover with available seven-passenger seating. For 2009 the XL7 gains a six-speed automatic transmission that helps deliver an almost 10 percent increase in fuel economy. Hyundai is no longer bargain-basement-priced, but the hard-to-fault 2008 Santa Fe has all the refinement of comparable rivals with a little more flair.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 17 mpg 17 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 24 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Third Hip Room (in) 38.2 -
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.3 58.6
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 42.6
Third Head Room (in) 38.8 -
Front Hip Room (in) 52.2 55.8
Passenger Volume (ft³) 146.1 108.3
Third Shoulder Room (in) 50.0 -
Second Leg Room (in) 38.8 36.8
Front Head Room (in) 41.3 40.2
Second Hip Room (in) 53.1 55.0
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.6 59.5
Passenger Capacity 7 5
Third Leg Room (in) 30.9 -
Second Head Room (in) 40.0 39.6
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 61.6 63.6
Min Ground Clearance (in) 7.9 8.1
Length, Overall (in) 197.2 184.1
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 68.9 67.9
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.8 63.8
Wheelbase (in) 112.4 106.3
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.2 74.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 95.2 78.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) - TBD - NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) 14.0 NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 49.4 34.2
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.6 19.8
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 41.8 35.8
Steering Type Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.7 3.24
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 17.1 16.5
Tires
Spare Tire Size - TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P235/60R17 P235/70R16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P235/60R17 P235/70R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3500 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 350 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 3500 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3500 - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4030 3727
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.4 8.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 130
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 600
Engine
Fuel System MPFI MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 243 @ 2300 183 @ 4000
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.6L/217 2.7L/164
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 252 @ 6400 185 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 19 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 24 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 17
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - TBD - 5.07
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) - TBD - 1.28
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - TBD - NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) - TBD - 3.62
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) - TBD - 1.70
Trans Type 6 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - TBD - 1.03
Trans Description Cont. Again Manumatic NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) - TBD - 3.59
Second Gear Ratio (:1) - TBD - 1.93
Trans Order Code NA NA
Summary
Body Style 4-Door 4 Door Sport Utility
Vehicle Name Suzuki XL7 Hyundai Santa Fe
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear Multilink Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Self-leveling Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA 0.59
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Nivomat MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) NA 1.02
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 -
 
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