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7.0
/ 10
On Performance
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$21,017
BASE MSRP
$21,845
On Performance
The 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe has plenty of passing power, but its performance isn't pulse-raising.
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PERFORMANCE | 7 out of 10

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The steering is vague off-center
Car and Driver

the transmission can't handle full throttle from a stop; the engine revs to high heaven but the acceleration simply isn't there
MSN Autos

The transmission is generally responsive, but it frequently needs to kick down for maximum power.
Consumer Guide

the six-speed automatic transmission is sometimes caught hunting around for the appropriate ratio
CNET


Last year, Hyundai rolled out all-new powertrains for the Santa Fe, and we're glad they didn't wait; these new engines and transmissions not only give the Santa Fe better responsiveness and acceleration but also improved fuel economy.

The 2.4-liter Theta II four-cylinder engine in the Santa Fe makes 175 horsepower, and it has enough power to move this tall wagon rapidly—albeit with a little indecision from the transmission. The 3.5-liter Lambda V-6 engine makes 276 horsepower feels strong and smooth, even if it isn't as sweet as Toyota's V-6 in the Highlander or even GM's in the Chevrolet Equinox. A new six-speed automatic transmission comes with either engine for the Santa Fe. Front-wheel drive is standard, with an optional electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system that can send power to whichever wheels have the best traction or locked 50/50 between front and rear wheels for light off-road conditions.

Handling in the Santa Fe is responsive but unremarkable in its class, precise but with a slightly rubbery feel.

Conclusion

The 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe has plenty of passing power, but its performance isn't pulse-raising.

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