The 3.3-liter V-6 produces 242 horsepower and 226 pound-feet of torque. With its displacement, we would expect it to be fairly economical, but our average fuel economy hovered around 16 mpg. A 2.7-liter V-6 comes in the low trim level GLS.
The Santa Fe can be had in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations. The all-wheel-drive system includes a locking differential, which keeps torque distributed 50-50 percent between the front and back wheels.
We like the design of the climate controls. The navigation and entertainment unit aren't well-integrated with the car, though. The unit is fitted into a double-DIN hole in the center stack, something that could easily be done with an aftermarket unit.
The Santa Fe Limited includes an impressive Infinity audio system, with 650 watts of amplification and 10 speakers, including a centerfill and subwoofer. The sound quality is very good, although we did hear significant rattle with heavy bass tracks.