Hyundai Santa Fe
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Make: Hyundai
Model: Santa Fe
Hyundai Santa Fe

Worldwide, to give some comparison, the Hyundai Santa Fe competes with the Toyota RAV4, the Honda CR-V and the Mitsubishi Outlander. In the United States on the other hand, it would compete with the Chevrolet Equinox, the Ford Escape and the Ford Edge. Further, in the United States, the Santa Fe was offered in base GL trim, mid-line GLS and a luxurious LX trim. As of 2007, the Hyundai Santa Fe falls between the Tucson and the related Veracruz, formerly known as the Terracan. The Hyundai Santa Fe is a mid-size crossover SUV based on the Hyundai Sonata platform. It was introduced for the 2001 model year as Hyundai's first Sport Utility Vehicle and was released at the same time as the Ford Escape. It was a major milestone in the company's restructuring program of the late 1990s. The Hyundai Santa Fe, despite being condemned by journalists for its obscure looks, was a hit with the American buyers. Hyundai dealers were having a hard time keeping them in stock, let alone keeping up with demand. The Santa Fe quickly became Hyundai's bestseller and was a major factor in keeping the company afloat in the United States. However, in other countries such as Australia, where SUVs have gained enormous popularity in the past 10 years as well, the Santa Fe has proved unsuccessful. In that market it is outsold by the class-leading Toyota RAV4 by a factor of nearly 7 to 1, and is one of Hyundai's least successful models. In its first year in production, the Santa Fe was offered with one of two engine and transmission combinations. In North America, a fuel-efficient (but not efficient enough) and underpowered 2.4 L four cylinder engine was standard equipment and could be mated with either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic.

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