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7.0
/ 10
On Performance
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$20,861
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$21,695
On Performance
The 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe lacks off-road competency but provides excellent on-road manners.
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slow to build speed and loses steam going up moderate grades
ConsumerGuide

larger V-6 engine is smooth and has plenty of power”
Edmunds

you'll have no complaints about the Santa Fe's handling
MyRide.com



Reviewers almost across the board criticize the 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe's off-road ability while commending its on-road performance.

TheCarConnection.com editors praise the Santa Fe for having a sporty look and excellent road performance. MyRide.com reinforces that, saying, "as long as you don't fling it around corners as if you're in a sports sedan, you'll have no complaints about the Santa Fe's handling." The torquey 3.3-liter engine and Shiftronic five-speed automatic in the upscale Limited and SE models is no drag racer, but shows refinement a class above the 2.7-liter engine and four-speed automatic in the GLS. The Santa Fe's driving feel is surprisingly capable and somewhat sporty compared to other crossovers, with a ride that's well controlled, if also on the firm side.

According to Car and Driver, the Santa Fe comes "standard with V-6 power ... [a] 185-hp, 2.7-liter mill," and you can upgrade to a "3.3-liter V-6 that produces a more impressive 242 horsepower," with "Front- or all-wheel drive ... available." ConsumerGuideAuto further clarifies that the all-wheel drive "allows locking in a 50/50 front/rear power split."

ConsumerGuide gripes that it is "slow to build speed and loses steam going up moderate grades." Edmunds refutes that, stating the "larger V-6 engine is smooth and has plenty of power," and in the Santa Fe, Hyundai has a "solid-performing and practical SUV for city driving."

"Don't count on doing any serious off-road driving. The all-wheel-drive system does not have low-range gearing," says Car and Driver.

Conclusion

The 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe lacks off-road competency but provides excellent on-road manners.

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