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STYLING | 8 out of 10
does a pretty good job of looking expensive
ride and handling characteristics of a sedan rather than a truck
The 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe doesn't look that much different than the 2009 model. The bumpers are smoothed over very slightly, and there's a new grille and different wheel designs on the outside. Inside the Santa Fe has an upgraded look to some of the materials, a new range of colors, and some new features, including steering-wheel audio controls for all models.
The interior of the 2010 Hyundai 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 "flowing" would be the best word to describe the instrument-panel look. But that can't mask that the Santa Fe is just a little bit on the bland side in nearly every styling respect, inside and out; it's inoffensive, but not at all memorable.
Overall, Hyundai gets kudos for looking "more and more like refined machines and less like the plasticky econoboxes the company put out in the 1980s and '90s,” contends Cars.com, adding that it has "lines that flow gracefully into each other."
The 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe isn't downright anonymous, but there's nothing distinctive, new, or trendy here.