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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