The 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe is a mid-size crossover SUV. Previous models have been popular with consumers because of its performance, safety, classy appearance and price. This year’s model retained its name for these very reasons with some additional improvements. The base model for the 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe is the same engine that was rolled out in 2010; the 2.4-liter direct injection 4-cylinder engine that performs at 175 horsepower. Fuel economy is at 20/26 mpg. For more power punch, there is the 3.5-liter V6 engine that goes up to 20/28. Both engines are available with a 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC wherein you can change gears manually when driving on inclined or winding roads.
Users have the option between two-wheel or all-wheel drive. The all-drive is handy when you encounter worse weather and road conditions because Santa Fe has the ability to lock the power at 50/50. The standard hill-descent brake control and low rolling-resistance tires are improvements for this year’s models.
Some may remark that Santa Fe’s exterior is not too exciting or flashy like the other models in its class while others may find the timeless design is more of a classic and will not go out of style. The entry level has 17-inch alloy wheels, leather/cloth seats, roof rails, heated mirrors, fog lights and rear spoiler with LED brake lights among other features.
Mid-range model sports 18-inch alloy wheels, windshield wiper de-icer, 8-way power driver seat with adjustable lumbar and auto-dimming rearview mirror. The top of the line includes a sunroof, rearview camera, touch screen navigation and upgraded sound system.
Santa Fe’s interior has sensible controls and can seat up to 5 passengers. It boasts of 78 cubic feet of cargo with additional storage under the floor. The limited V6 has 115-volt outlet. Safety is a Hyundai asset that is also applied on the Santa Fe.