- 276 hp horsepower
- 3.5 L liter V6 DOHC engine with variable valve timing
- 4 Doors
- 4-wheel ABS brakes
- 4WD Type - Automatic full-time
- All-wheel drive
- Audio controls on steering wheel
- Automatic Transmission
- Center Console - Full with covered storage
- Clock - In-dash
- Cruise control
- External temperature display
- Front seat type - Bucket
- Fuel economy EPA highway (mpg): 26 and EPA city (mpg): 20
- Head airbags - Curtain 1st and 2nd row
- Interior air filtration
- Intermittent window wipers
- Overhead console - Mini with storage
- Passenger Airbag
- Power heated mirrors
- Power steering
- Power windows with 1 one-touch
- Privacy/tinted glass
- Rear defogger
- Rear wiper
- Reclining rear seats
- Remote power door locks
- Split-bench rear seats
- Stability control
- Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
- Traction control - ABS and driveline
- Trip computer
The 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe comes in value-priced GLS, sportier SE, or luxurious Limited trims. GLS models come with a 175-horsepower, 2.4L 4-cylinder engine and SE models step up to a 276-hp, 3.5L V6; Limited models can be had with either engine.
Both the engines offered on the Santa Fe are new-design powerplants that put out more power while returning better fuel efficiency than the engines they replaced last year. Both engines feature continuously variable valve timing and a variable intake system. The so-called Theta II 4-cylinder makes 175 hp and gives the Santa Fe respectable acceleration, while it returns an EPA-rated 20 mpg city, 28 highway. The V6 is nearly as fuel-efficient, at 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway with front-wheel drive, while making 276 horsepower; it gives the Santa Fe a different character, with strong performance either front a standing start, when passing, or with a heavy load. In either case, an in-dash ECO light helps with fuel-efficient driving.
A responsive 6-speed automatic transmission is offered with either engine; all V6s get that automatic while a 6-speed manual gearbox comes standard with the 4-cylinder. An electronically controlled all-wheel drive system helps put the power to the pavement. The system normally sends torque toward the wheels with the best traction but can be locked with a switch to a 50/50 split for some conditions like snow or mud.
The 2011 Santa Fe has a stiff body structure, matched with a carlike suspension layout, with MacPherson struts in front and a multi-link rear setup with stabilizer bars front and rear, to provide crisp handling and a firm but composed ride.
The Santa Fe has a comfortable interior good for four adults on a long trip--or five in a pinch--and there are plenty of cubbies and cupholders, as well as recently upgraded materials and trims. As with most vehicles of this type, the back seats can be folded forward to expand cargo space.
GLS models certainly don't feel stripped-down-- they include keyless entry, air conditioning, roof-rack rails, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, iPod and USB inputs and a 120-watt, 6-speaker sound system with XM satellite radio capability. Bluetooth hands-free calling connectivity is also included on all models. The Santa FE SE includes 18-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, fog lamps, leather-and-cloth upholstery, roof cross rails and body-color mirrors. The top Limited model gets leather seats, heated front seats, a dual-zone climate control system and a HomeLink garage-door opener. A navigation system with XM NavTraffic live traffic updates is available on the Limited. Included on the Limited, but optional on other models is a new Infinity 650-watt Logic 7 Surround Sound system with ten speakers and a subwoofer. V6 models also include a 115-volt AC outlet, and trailer-tow package on V6 models allows a capability of 3,500 pounds.
The Santa Fe also includes, in all models, a very strong set of safety features, including standard side air-curtain bags and side airbags, plus front-seat active head restraints, electronic stability control, and anti-lock brakes with brake assist.
After getting a mid-cycle refresh for 2010 highlighted by all-new more powerful and more fuel-efficient engines, the Hyundai Santa Fe carries over to 2011 with only a few minor changes to the features list. A 605-watt Infinity Logic 7 Surround Sound system with ten speakers, a CD changer and external amp is now standard on Limited models. All models have solar glass standard for 2011. Also, Moonstone Silver, Frost White Peal, Sonoran Red, Mineral Gray and Espresso Brown join the roster of exterior colors for 2011.