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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2010 North American Auto Show in Detroit.
Hyundai Santa Fe
What is it? Like the redesigned Tucson that debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the midsized Santa Fe gets redesigned engines for 2010. One is a new 2.4-liter four-cylinder with variable valve timing that produces 175-hp and gets 15 percent better combined EPA fuel economy than the 2.7-liter V6 it replaces. Hyundai claims it also accelerates faster from 0-60 mph.

A new 3.5-liter V6 engine replaces the old 3.3-liter V6. The new engine puts out 34 more horsepower than the old one for a total of 276 hp and 248 pound feet of torque. Again, Hyundai claims a 15 percent mpg improvement on the EPA combined cycle.

Both new engines are mated to a new six-speed automatic transmission or, in the case of the four-cylinder, an optional six-speed manual.

What is new or notable? The 2010 Santa Fe also comes standard with Bluetooth integration and a rollover sensing system that keeps airbags inflated in the vehicle is in a rollover crash. A touch-screen navigation system with a back-up camera and XM traffic is also available.

CR's take: Hyundai has been on a tear this year, improving the refinement, features, and fuel economy of its already competitive models. The freshened Santa Fe is a good example. The new engines, and safety and convenience systems are likely to improve this already a very competitive midsized SUV.

When will it be available? This month

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