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2001 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Utility Crossover

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2001 Hyundai Santa Fe

Source: The Car Connection

Putting the CR-V and RAV4 on notice.

by Jill Amadio

What does it take to get some respect in the American automotive marketplace? Hyundai says it finally figured that out last year, and is throwing in an extra model this year to ensure sales continue to spiral upward. That extra model sends Hyundai leaping feet first into the sport-utility market with a brand new model called Santa Fe.

Focusing its marketing efforts on a message that conveys high-value, quality, style, and competence, Hyundai is placing its new sport ute into the XUV category - crossover utility vehicle, a combination of car, wagon and truck. The newest of the new generation of car-based crossovers, the Santa Fe appears to have all the benefits of an SUV and a station wagon.

Built on the company's largest sedan platform, the Sonata, to take advantage of carlike driveability, steering, ride, handling and braking, the Santa Fe has trucklike command seating and the traction of full-time four-wheel drive. For on-roaders, that means comfort, visibility and a feeling of safety on the highway, and for off-roaders, enough grip to get you up, down and over high-grade dusty dirt roads without claiming to be a hardcore off-roader.

Styled by a team of designers from California, Korea and Germany, the elegant front has a strong, European look with nicely balanced projector headlights and foglamps. Bodyside contours are less traditionally SUV-angular and more like a passenger car, while the eight-inch ground clearance and large tires let you know this is indeed built for trucking along rivers and setting up camp.

A mini-ute challenge?

The Santa Fe is Hyundai's first product designed specifically for the tastes and needs of American customers. "We saw that this SUV market was defined by chunky, truck-platformed models such as the Cherokee, Xterra, Wrangler, Explorer, 4Runner and the Blazer," said Hyundai's U.S. president Finnbar O'Neil, "and even though these vehicles sell well, we found they have a high level of dissatisfaction with certain characteristics that relate to their frame design."

Is the Santa Fe taking on the CR-V and the RAV4? Definitely not. As for the Escape and Tribute, some of the Hyundai XUV's dimensions are larger than both, with a best-in-class cargo volume and better ground clearance, though the wheelbases are competitive. Luxury hybrid SUVs were studied, too, but Hyundai is not in the luxury-class segment, so they sought a solution somewhere in the middle that they believe shares the strengths of both SUVs and passenger cars. The result: an affordable luxury version of hybrids with size, power, cargo capacity, fuel economy, comfort, feature availability and all-weather traction.

Hyundai's target market is a practical buyer with limited means, 60 percent male, who places a high priority on hardware and appearance and who can't afford the premium brands but likes to make a statement, as they say in GQ and Vogue.

Two engines are available, the standard 2.4-liter, in-line four-cylinder with 150 horsepower and the 2.7-liter V-6 with 185 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission is standard with the base engine, and the V-6 is teamed with a Shiftronic automatic that has a manual shift overdrive. The 4WD system has a viscous coupling transfer case. Power steering is standard.

The Santa Fe has a MacPherson strut front suspension with coil springs, gas-filled chicks absorbers and an anti-roll bar. The rear suspension is a fully independent trailing arm with multi-links, coil springs, and gas-filled shock absorbers.

The cornerstone of Hyundai's XUV strategy is pricing, from $18,000 for the 2WD to $23,000 for full-time 4WD. The top price includes just under $5000 in options, many of them styling bits and pieces, if you want the full Monty. But with a well-equipped interior and standard features that include tinted glass, roof rack side rails, skid plate in the 4WD version and an in-glass radio antenna, there's not much more to buy. Fuel economy is expected to be around 23 city/28 highway with the smaller engine and manual transmission. And don't forget Hyundai's best-in-the-industry bumper-to-bumper coverage for five years/60,000 and 10 years/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.

The Santa Fe will be in dealer showrooms around August. Stay tuned for a full driving report in the coming weeks.


Price: $18,000
Engine: 2.4-liter in-line four-cylinder, 150 hp; 2.7-liter V-6, 185 hp
Transmission: five-speed manual
Wheelbase: 103.1 in
Length: 177.2 in
Width: 71.7 in
Height: 65.9 in
Weight: 3455 lb
Fuel economy: 23 city / 28 hwy
Major standard features:
Air conditioning
AM/FM/CD player
Power windows
Alloy wheels
Storage trays

© 2000 The Car Connection

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Drivetrain 10 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 5 Years/Unlimited Miles

Hyundai Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

120-months/100,000-mile Powertrain warranty from original in-service date.
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model Years 2012-2016 with less than 60,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 150
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Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 10-Year/Unlimited Mileage from In-Service Date
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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