• Jan 11, 2010
2010 Hyundai Santa Fe – click above for high-res image gallery

The 2010 edition of the Hyundai Santa Fe isn't getting a full redesign, but a visual refresh does provide a few hints of the "fluidic sculpture" design language that debuted last month on the new Tucson and Sonata. The new hood features a pair of ridges extending back from the grille to the A-pillars as well as sculpted bars in the grille similar to the Sonata. The lower front fascia also gets some new forms that evoke a similar look to the Tucson.

However, the most important upgrades to the Santa Fe are under the hood and will no doubt help Hyundai maintain and advance its lead in the CAFE race. The old 2.7-liter and 3.3-liter V6 engines have been sent off to the scrap heap in favor a pair of engines that provide better performance and efficiency. The base setup is the same 175 horsepower 2.4-liter inline-four found in the new Tucson while the optional engine is a re-vamped 3.5-liter Lambda V6 now with 276 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are mated up exclusively with six-speed transmissions but only the four gets a manual option.

The four bumps the EPA numbers from the 18/24 mpg of the old 2.7-liter to 20/28 while the 3.5 improves on the 17/24 mpg values of the 3.3 to 20/26 mpg.




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2010 SANTA FE UNWRAPPED WITH A PAIR OF NEW ENGINES

Fountain Valley, Calif. – As competition in the mid-size crossover segment surge, Hyundai is introducing its refreshed Santa Fe. The 2010 Santa Fe features a revised exterior and new powertrains with six-speed transmissions which improve both fuel economy and vehicle performance. The 2010 Santa Fe is available at Hyundai dealers now.


The 2010 Santa Fe has a newly refined design, proven dependability, versatility and an extensive list of standard features to increase its appeal to a broad range of customers. Combine these attributes with a choice of two new fuel-efficient engines mated to six-speed transmissions and the 2010 American-made Santa Fe is the smartest choice in the competitive mid-size crossover segment.

Santa Fe also delivers on the safety front, earning the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) top five-star crash test rating for front impacts. Plus the Hyundai Santa Fe crossover continues to win critical acclaim topping Insure.com's list as the least expensive 2009 model year vehicle to insure.

CHOICE OF TWO MORE POWERFUL AND FUEL-EFFICIENT POWERTRAINS

2009 Santa Fe Powertrains vs. 2010 Santa Fe Powertrains (Automatic Transmission FWD)

Engine Fuel Economy (mpg) Percent Increase
City Highway
Mu 2.7L V6 ('09) vs.

Theta II 2.4L I4 ('10)

18 20
24 28
17 percent in city, 17 percent on hwy.
Lambda 3.3L V6 ('09) vs. Lambda II 3.5L V6 ('10)
17 20

24 26
18 percent in city, 8 percent on hwy.


The 2010 Santa Fe debuts Hyundai's second-generation Theta four-cylinder engine. The Theta II 2.4-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder engine delivers quicker zero-to-60 miles-per-hour acceleration than the Santa Fe with the Mu 2.7-liter V6 engine, while also improving fuel economy. The Santa Fe four-cylinder delivers an impressive 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway fuel economy rating with front wheel drive and the new six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC®. A six-speed manual transmission is standard. The Theta II is rated at an 175 horsepower and 169 lb.-ft. of torque. This high-tech, all-aluminum, 16-valve engine features Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) on both camshafts and a Variable Intake System (VIS) for better engine breathing.

Theta II 2.4-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder engine

Santa Fe's 2009 model year Lambda 3.3-liter V6 engine has also been replaced by the Lambda II 3.5-liter V6 engine for more performance and efficiency. The Lambda II 3.5-liter V6 engine pumps out an estimated 34 more horsepower and 22 more pound-feet of torque (276 horsepower and 248 lb.-ft. of torque).

This newly refined powerplant features aluminum construction, dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder and weighs less than the 3.3-liter V6 it replaces. To maximize the power spread, the engine utilizes Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) on intake and exhaust camshafts and a new three-step Variable Intake System (VIS) that helps cylinders breathe efficiently at low and high RPM. The better breathing results in outstanding off-the-line acceleration and passing performance, and remarkable fuel efficiency. New mileage figures for V6-powered Santa Fes are 20 mpg city/26 mpg highway (FWD/AT), which represents competitive V6 fuel economy in the mid-size crossover segment.

All Santa Fes now offer Hyundai's first six-speed SHIFTRONIC automatic transmission, which features an overdrive lock-up torque converter for improved highway fuel economy. The Santa Fe four cylinder comes with a standard six-speed manual transmission. Meanwhile, Santa Fe's available electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system automatically routes power to the wheels with the best traction. A driver-selectable AWD lock provides a fixed 50/50 torque split between front and rear wheels, which can improve performance in slippery or off-road conditions.

To help Santa Fe drivers get the most out of their vehicles, for 2010, Hyundai has added a fuel economy indicator. The "Eco Indicator" on automatic transmission models displays a green light to indicate when driving habits are contributing to good fuel economy.

INDUSTRY-LEADING SAFETY TECHNOLOGY

The Santa Fe also features six standard airbags, including side air curtain airbags. The combination of side and curtain airbags, which help protect the head and body during side impacts, can reduce fatalities by more than 52 percent, according to the IIHS. To make the 2010 Santa Fe even safer, Hyundai has added rollover sensors to the side curtain airbags. Rollover sensors are designed to measure the lateral and vertical acceleration, vehicle speed and roll rate to predict an impending rollover. When the sensors detect a potential rollover, the control module triggers the head-curtain side air bags and safety belt pre-tensioners to help protect passengers against serious injury.

All Santa Fe trim levels come standard with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), one of the industry's most effective life-saving technologies. ESC compares the driver's intended course with the vehicle's actual response. It then brakes individual front or rear wheels and/or reduces engine power as needed in certain driving circumstances to help correct understeer or oversteer. NHTSA studies show SUVs equipped with ESC experience 63 percent fewer fatalities in single-vehicle crashes.

Front and rear disc brakes are standard and are coupled with a four-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) that includes Brake Assist, a technology providing maximum braking force when a panic stop is detected. The system also uses Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), which automatically equalizes the braking force to the front and rear axles, based on the vehicle loading conditions.

All seating positions feature three-point seatbelts and adjustable head restraints. Front-seat active head restraints help prevent whiplash by automatically reducing the space between a front occupant's head and the head restraint during a rear collision. The new auto-fold style rear- seat head restraints on outboard seats also improve overall visibility, while providing easier rear-seat fold-down capabilities.

Santa Fe also features a standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), which alerts drivers if one or more tires are under inflated. An illuminated indicator light on the dash lets drivers know if a tire needs inflation so corrective action can be taken.

NEW MODERN, AERODYNAMIC DESIGN THAT'S DISTINCTIVELY HYUNDAI

The design team added a more refined touch to Santa Fe's exterior design, with new bumper fascias, foglights, bodyside moldings, wheels and grille creating a more stylish, dynamic and taut stance. Its wide track remains, providing improved handling and increased interior room. Sleek styling makes the Santa Fe aerodynamic, providing a drag coefficient of 0.38. Standard roof rack side rails help define its clean side profile, while adding SUV functionality. Cross bars are standard on SE and Limited models.

New colors for 2010 include Phantom Black Metallic, Iridescent Sliver Blue Pearl, Pacific Blue Pearl, Harbor Gray Metallic and Indigo Blue Pearl.

STYLISH, QUIET AND EFFICIENT INTERIOR PACKAGE

By popular demand, Hyundai's factory-installed navigation system featuring a high-resolution touch-screen and voice command technology is now available on all Santa Fe models. This new touch screen navigation system also offers a rearview camera and XM NavTraffic. The rearview camera enables the driver to confidently reverse under any circumstances. Be it day or night, a clear image of all objects and surroundings behind the vehicle are instantly displayed on the navigation screen. XM NavTraffic enhances the navigation system by showing real-time traffic data when it's needed most. In addition, Bluetooth, iPod®/USB auxiliary inputs and steering wheel audio and cruise controls are now standard in all models.

The 2010 Santa Fe is one of the most package-efficient crossovers on the market. Hyundai accomplished this through a platform that avoids the compromises inherent in typical mid-size car platform sharing. For example, although the Santa Fe is 3.7 inches shorter than the Chevrolet Equinox, its cargo volume exceeds it, with plenty of storage for items of different sizes.

By incorporating a stiff unibody architecture and a well-engineered triple-sealed door/body interface, Hyundai engineers have significantly reduced cabin noise.

Air conditioning is standard, while available dual-zone climate controls for the driver and front-seat passenger bring a touch of luxury to the Santa Fe Limited. Second-row passengers will enjoy a new level of comfort, thanks to B-pillar-mounted adjustable vents.

Demonstrating Hyundai's attention to detail, blue backlighting for interior gauges, switches and buttons highlight the vehicle's modern, integrated interior design. Front cupholders are also ringed with blue light for night time drives. Soft-touch, high-quality materials, low-gloss surfaces and zero-tolerance fits are used throughout the interior, as are color-keyed seat belt buckles and cupholder inserts to add more design harmony to the inside cabin. New darker interior colors and wood grain have been added.

Music lovers will continue to welcome the Santa Fe's inclusion of standard auxiliary input jacks (3.5 mm mini-jack and USB input) to accommodate and charge audio devices such as iPods®. When an iPod or flash drive is connected through the USB port, which is located at the front of the center console, not only does it play music through the vehicle's audio system, but it also charges the iPod and allows the driver to access tracks with the steering wheel audio controls. This system also allows both driver and passengers to easily view song/artist/title information and control the music from the audio head unit rather than only the iPod itself. Other thoughtful convenience features include an available power driver seat with power lumbar support, trip computer, heated side mirrors and a windshield wiper deicing system.

PURPOSE-BUILT PLATFORM

The Santa Fe rides on a purpose-built unibody crossover platform with a 106.3-inch wheelbase. This chassis delivers a wonderful ride, handling and balance that discerning crossover buyers are looking for, along with interior amenities just right for most families. This stiff body structure provides the basis for both a more refined ride and more agile handling. Thanks to the suspension geometry and wider track width that enables greater turn angles,

Santa Fe's turning circle is 35.4 feet – an advantage Santa Fe drivers will appreciate in their daily driving and parking.

Santa Fe's ride and handling were tuned in California and Michigan by Hyundai's U.S. team with the American consumer in mind. Santa Fe uses MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension systems. A reverse L-shaped lower arm provides superior steering feel with improved dynamic control. The caster angles are set to improve straight-line stability and overall dynamics. The rear trailing arms are located on the rear cross-member and help to reduce road noise. All four wheels are controlled by coil springs and fade-resistant gas-charged dampers, while front and rear stabilizer bars help keep the vehicle flat during cornering. Power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering also contributes to the Santa Fe's nimble and refined handling dynamics.

HYUNDAI'S COMMITMENT TO LOCAL PRODUCTION

The 2010 Santa Fe is assembled at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) in Montgomery, Ala. HMMA also produces the 2011 Hyundai Sonata (both vehicles share the same assembly line). This plant has also achieved certification to the International Automotive Task Force's (IATF) most rigid quality management standard, ISO/TS 16949, a set of Quality Management System requirements specific to the automotive industry and the highest automotive operating standard in the world. Currently, Hyundai manufactures about half of its total U.S. sales volume in the U.S.

MODEL LINEUP

The Hyundai Santa Fe comes in three distinct trim levels: The well-equipped GLS, sporty SE and luxurious Limited.

SANTA FE GLS – THE MID-SIZE CROSSOVER VALUE LEADER

The Santa Fe GLS comes well-equipped with a 175-horsepower, 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine, six-speed manual transmission, ESC, ABS, 17-inch alloy wheels, a powerful 120-watt AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers, iPod/USB auxiliary inputs, rocker panel moldings, power side mirrors, power windows, power door locks and remote keyless entry. Inside are active front head restraints, dual front airbags, front-seat side-impact airbags plus side curtain airbags with rollover protection. Other useful features include a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, air conditioning, steering wheel cruise controls, roof rack side rails, rear privacy glass, sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors and a tilt and telescopic steering wheel. New standard features for the 2010 model year are auto-fold second row outboard head restraints, Bluetooth, steering wheel audio and cruise controls, trip computer, heated mirrors and driver seat lumbar support. Optional equipment includes a six-speed SHIFTRONIC automatic transmission and a Premium Package, which includes power tilt-and-slide sunroof, touch-screen navigation with 6.5-inch screen, premium audio system with external amplifier and subwoofer, rearview camera, roof rack cross rails and automatic headlights.

SANTA FE SE – A SPORTIER SANTA FE WITH 3500 POUNDS OF TOWING CAPACITY

The SE features all the GLS standard equipment plus a new 276-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6, six-speed SHIFTRONIC automatic transmission and 18-inch alloy wheels. The vehicle also includes a bodycolor rear spoiler, power driver seat with lumbar support, combination leather and cloth seating surfaces, roof rack cross rails, bodycolor exterior mirrors, fog lights, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, windshield wiper deicer and automatic headlights. The Trailer Prep Package, which includes a transmission cooler, upgraded radiator, upgraded fans and trailer pre-wiring, enables the SE model to tow up to 3,500 pounds and is standard on SE and Limited V6 models.

An optional Premium Package includes power tilt-and-slide sunroof, touch-screen navigation with 6.5-inch screen, premium audio with external amplifier and subwoofer and rearview camera.

SANTA FE LIMITED – LUXURIOUS FEATURES, OUTSTANDING VALUE

Santa Fe Limited offers a choice of either the 2.4-liter Theta II engine or the 3.5-liter Lambda II engine. Its standard features include all of the equipment found on the SE, and adds leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, dual zone automatic temperature control with outside temperature display, metal scuff plates and auto dimming interior mirror with compass and HomeLink. Chrome accent exterior door handles further distinguish the Limited. A power tilt-and-slide glass sunroof is standard. The Navigation Package includes a 6.5-inch touch-screen navigation system developed exclusively for Hyundai, rearview camera and a premium audio system with external amplifier and subwoofer.

WARRANTY

The Hyundai Santa Fe lineup is protected by the Hyundai Advantage, America's Best Warranty™. Coverage includes five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper protection, 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, and seven-year/unlimited mileage anti-perforation coverage. In addition, Santa Fe buyers receive 24-hour roadside assistance coverage at no extra charge for five years (no mileage limit), which includes emergency towing, lockout service and limited coverage for trip-interruption expenses. There is no deductible on any of this coverage.

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 790 dealerships nationwide.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Customers are already gravitating to the 2010 vs the 2009 just for the fuel economy. Hyundai needs a bigger rebate than $2500 on the 2009s. Also, they added about $1000 in free stuff on the 2010 GLS, so the 2010 GLS actually stickers for less than the 2009!
      The Mole
      • 4 Years Ago
      The title of this article (Detroit 2010: 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe shows mild freshening, new engines) seems to be misleading. The latest Santa Fe is a 2010 model, not 2011. And that may explain why it only got the mild exterior freshening. If you check Motor Trend's March '10 edition, page 77, it says "For 2011, Hyundai will introduce new generations of the Accent, Elantra, and Santa Fe...".

      Since they (through Kia) just released the all new Sorrento, which the manufacturer calls a 2011 model, it appears more likely an all new 2011 Santa Fe will debut in mid-year.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Agreed, but at least they still offer a manual in both the Tuscon AND the Santa Fe. Many automakers don't offer any manual transmission suv's anymore.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is such a pleasure to drive an SUV with a manual transmission. But I am really sad that the 3.5 doesnt get an manual transmission.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks pretty cheap, compared to recent Hyundai designs. The grille looks like it belongs on the budget Accent, while the interior, while nice looking, is nowhere near as nice as the new (2011) Sonata and Tucson.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Meh.............. Blah.......... ZZzzzzzzzzz
        • 5 Years Ago
        My thoughts exactly
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's already on sale here and been appearing in ads.

      What's with you guys and being late on all CUV updates? The Outlander, now this? :
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, the official information WAS released earlier in Canada. Info was on the Canadian website before cars started arriving at most U.S. dealers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the previous grille on the Santa Fe (someone over at Hyundai is getting too preoccupied w/ overly busy grilles).

      Anyway, the real story isn't the mild refreshening of the front fascia (and not a successful one, imo), but rather the big improvement of what's under the hood.
      • 5 Years Ago
      hyundai was devastated and stunned that Joel Piaskowski left them. He really put hyundai's design movement towards a respectable status in the auto industry starting with the 2006 sonata, elantra and santa fe.

      But the new guy they have to be honest i'm not a big fan of his. He designed the new sonata which is strange looking to say the least , we will have to wait to pass judgement on the next elantra though the interior looks polarizing and new tucson is an exemption since pretty much they made it from their concept car designed by joel.

      This new santa fe redesign is a joke imo. The generation before was unique and classy looking while this one looks like an after market asian rice boy design. The grill , fog lights and back lights are stupid to say the least

      Hyundai will continue to do decently though because they have built a good rep in quality . (toyota make ugly cars but still sale)

        • 5 Years Ago
        Piaskowski designed the Sonata, numbnuts. Not the "new guy"!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dear, Sir!

        Although hurting your ego is not my intention, you must allow me to intervene your absurd wrath of thunder on the design world with very inaccurate knowledge.

        As you have read in Autoblog couple month ago, Joel did leave Hyundai to be the big honcho at Benz California Design. You are right on that, as you merely stated the fact in your own words. He did also have some influence on current gen Sonata, Elantra, and Santa Fe.

        However, that is where your AB knowledge stops, unfortunately. I must insist that you quietly withdraw your hands away from keyboard and focus more on reading/search! You see... the 'new guy' (I won't name him) replacing Joel had ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with YF Sonata and Tucson iX. You know why? From sketch to production, it usually takes minimum of 24 month to boot. That fancy Sonata was designed when Joel was still in charge at their California Design Studio. Then.. what about the new Tucson you ask.. well.. it turns out that that vehicle is a delicious fruit of their European design team, based in Russelheim, Germany, not Joel and his team. Hence, the 'new guy' is literally the 'new guy' and has nothing to do with Hyundai's recent unveiling. His talent is yet to be seen though.... We promise you though. We will all be there to be the judge.

        With all that said.. this Santa Fe is getting old quick compared to some other heavy hitters out there. and those tail lights do look so~~~ tacky and nasty! Yuk!!!! Way to go K-Team!
      • 5 Years Ago
      "re-vamped 3.5-liter Lambda V6 now with 276 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque."

      That V6 model sounds like it might actually be fun to drive. The 2009/2010 V6 model was ~ 3800 lbs and made 242 hp and 226 lb-ft of torque. I'd say it got a nice increase in power, hopefully, the weight went down.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess I am in the minority here, but I like the refresh. But more importantly, Hyundai is continuing to refine and improve the Santa Fe. My personal choice would be the manual/4 cylinder. Decent space, efficiency and reliability.
      • 5 Years Ago
      weird design on radiator grill.. not such a good looker
        • 5 Years Ago
        The 4-cyl Rav4 actually 4 more hp than the Santa Fe now. I forgot they changed that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed, hopefully a redesign in a few years will prove to hold better in the future. This thing is gonna sell like it normally does, decently.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Santa Fe is larger than the Rav4 but not by alot. It's 2" longer and almost 3" wider. The Rav4's not exactly compact, but having been in both, I can say that the Santa Fe is the roomier vehicle, especially if you opt for the 3rd row. The 4-cyl Santa Fe gets 2mpg less in the city than the Rav4 but the same on the highway. The V6 Santa Fe gets 1 mpg more in the city and 1 mpg less on the highway. Both engines are more powerful than those available in the Rav4.
        • 5 Years Ago
        RAV4 is a compact size, same class with Tucson.
        Santa Fe is a midsize.
        And new engine is much powerful and fuel efficient than RAV4 or Highlander(Kluger).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Rav4 is same size and gets much better mpg.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you go with AWD with the I4, the RAV4 gets about the same: 1 more MPG city, 1 less on the highway. With the V6, the RAV4 gets less: 1MPG less city, same highway. Also, there is no 3rd row seat for 2010. I hope this doesn't post twice. Stupid AB comment system.
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