If 2010 was the year of the major changes for Hyundai Santa Fe, during tests, the 2011 vehicle recorded a 0-to-60 time of 7.4 seconds and a quarter mile time of 15.7 seconds at 90.1 mph with the new 3.5-liter power engine.
The Santa Fe Limited with the 2.4-liter was predictably slower (10.6-second 0-to-60 and 17.7-second quarter mile). Both engines – each of which mated to a six-speed manual transmission – are solid in the mpg department, with combined ratings in the low 20s. The Santa Fe isn’t a great handler, but its overall ride is more than acceptable for a vehicle of this type.
The Santa Fe vehicle is comfortable on straight roads, good mileage, great price ($21,845 – $30,845) and plenty of power.
EPA Fuel Economy
2.4L: 21 mpg city/28 mpg highway
3.5L: 20 mpg city/26mpg highway
Extensive safety equipment is standard on the Santa Fe. Disc brakes with ABS with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, six airbags — including rollover sensors for the side curtains — and stability control.
Anyway, in the new Hyundai you’ll feel almost like in the previous year Hyundai. But if you don’t have a 2010 model, you can buy a 2011 vehicle because the car is fancy and loaded with value.