Hyundai Santa Fe Canada
The Hyundai Santa Fe is a mid-sized SUV manufactured by Hyundai Motors in Korea since 2000. The Santa Fe was Hyundai's first SUV geared at competing in the now competitive market. The Santa Fe arrived to Canada in 2001 and was an instant hit with Canadian buyers, offering a spacious and versatile interior at an affordable price. The Santa Fe broke sales records in the US and Canada, Hyundai had a hard time keeping up with production, the Hyundai Santa Fe was amongst the top three SUVs sold in China. Following Toyota's lead of using the Camry sedan platform with the Toyota Highlander crossover, Hyundai shared the Sonata platform with the Santa Fe which gives it a smoother ride and better performance.
The Santa Fe is slotted between the smaller Hyundai Tucson crossover and the full-sized Hyundai Veracruz. The Santa Fe in Canada is powered by a
2.4L 4-cilinder engine, with an optional V6 2.7L Delta engine with 174HP shared with the Hyundai Coupe, sold in Canada as the sporty Hyundai Tiburon (now replaced by the Hyundai Veloster). The V6 engine was only available with an automatic transmission with standard front wheel drive with an optional AWD package. Initiated by consumers feedback, in 2003 Hyundai added a V6 3.5L Sigma engine to the lineup adding more power to the SUV, the Sigma engine model also included a computer-controlled 4WD system. The fully loaded 2003 Santa Fe included sunroof and premium Monsoon audio system with 6-disc CD changer. In 2005 Hyundai started offering the V6 2.7L Delta engine as a standard model, while the base model trim was dropped making way for the launch of the first Hyundai Tucson that same year.
The second generation Santa Fe was unveiled at the 2006 North American Auto Show in Detroit, it was the first Santa Fe manufactured at Hyundai's new North American assembly plant in Montgomery, Alabama, the Santa Fe is now manufactured in the same assembly line as the Hyundai Elantra and Sonata, Hyundai also began manufacturing the new Theta engine used in the luxury Hyundai Genesis and the Lambda V6 engine shared by the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Equus. The new Santa Fe received a revolutionized design, growing significantly in size and allowing for a clear distinction between the smaller Tucson crossover and new 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. In Canada The Santa Fe is offered in three trims; GLS, SE (sport edition) and a fully loaded Santa Fe Limited trim. The V6 2.7L engine was carried over for the base model matted with a manual transmission or optional automatic transmission for the Santa Fe GLS, while the SE and Limited models receive a retuned V6 3.3L engine with 242HP, with an optional all-wheel drive package. The newly designed SUV received Electronic Stability Control, tire pressure monitoring system, side air bags and more safety features. The 2008-2009 Santa Fe received minor changes, upgrading the GPS navigation system, 16 inch rims and iPod connection, while the 2010 Santa Fe was redesigned by Hyundai's European design team in Germany, it received a touch screen navigation system, the third row of seats was discontinued, while interior received some new features it also received two new engines which can generate greater horsepower and torque while being more fuel efficient than previous models. The 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe in Canada is powered by a base 2.4L 4-cilider Theta engine with 174HP, with an optional V6 3.5L DOHC Lambda II engine with 276HP, coupled with a 6-speed automatic SHIFTRONIC transmission. All trim levels share Traction Control System (TCS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with brake assist and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD). While the fully loaded Santa Fe Limited edition includes heated leather seats, sunroof, rear spoiler and touch screen navigation system.
The 2011 and 2012 Santa Fe were named Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), making it one of the least expensive SUVs to insure due to their safety rankings. The third generation Santa Fe was unveiled at the 2012 North American Auto Show in New York, and arrived to Canadian dealer in June 2012 featuring a new unibody platform following Ford's lead with the new Ford Explorer design. A big change was the extended Santa Fe which features a third row seat and a larger V6 3.5L engine with 300HP. A Santa Fe hybrid model dubbed Hyundai Sante Fe Blue Hybrid is a concept version which isn't available in Canada yet.