2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Styling

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Styling
Relative to the newer vehicles in Hyundai's lineup, like the Sonata, Elantra, and even the Tucson, the 2011 Santa Fe just feels a little bit on the bland side in nearly every styling respect, inside and out.

Last year, as part of a mid-cycle refresh, the bumpers were smoothed over very slightly, and it got a new grille and a new lineup of wheels, but overall this crossover wagon hasn't changed substantially since 2007. The design is smooth and functional, if not overtly attractive, and it doesn't have the extremely high window sill that affects visibility in so many models.

Inside the Santa Fe makes a nice design statement that both breaks from Euro-worship and doesn't quite fit the mold with other Japanese-brand crossovers; every surface and seam is a little curved, and the instrument panel is flowing and gently contoured. Last year also brought an upgraded look to some of the materials, a new range of colors, and new features, including steering-wheel audio controls for all models.

The 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe is reasonably attractive, however it's not as fresh and voluptuous as some of the brand's other models.

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