The Hyundai Santa Fe is a practical-size vehicle for prowling the suburban savanna. It’s the larger of Hyundai’s two compact SUV’s, large enough for three-row seating, which the smaller Tucson is not.
Technically, both vehicles are crossovers, meaning they are built like cars, using unibody construction, instead of the body-on-frame technique of a traditional truck. That could prove to be a disadvantage in, say, the Paris-to-Dakar rally; or while outmaneuvering an unwanted military incursion. But in most ways it’s better for everyday driving. Compared to a truck-based SUV, a car-based crossover is generally lighter, smoother riding, and more responsive. Crossovers also tend to use less gas than truck-based SUVs. Still, with the right options, the Santa Fe can tow up to 3500 pounds.
The Limited comes with leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, power driver seat with power lumbar support, dual-zone automatic climate control with outside temperature display, and HomeLink. A chrome grille and exterior door handles, as well as a body-color hatch spoiler, distinguish the Limited. A power tilt-and-slide glass sunroof is now standard as well, along with a 605-watt Infinity Logic 7 audio system with CD changer and 10 speakers.
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