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Annapolis Sunday Capital (Newspaper) - June 13, 2010, Annapolis, Maryland Ölapital B16 SATURDAY June 12,2010 Automotive ñmmspmlis CARS^ WWW.HOMETOWNANNAPOLIS.COM Hyundai Santa Fe is a good value for the money My, how times have changed. In the late 1980s, when it first started selling cars here. "Hyundai" was not a good word. Early Hyundais were among the most inexpensive four-wheeled vehicles available, but "quality" was a concept seemingly absent. DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD By Carey Russ That was a long time ago. Today, Hyundais are as good as any car made, and better than most. How'd the company change? By correcting its mistakes and building a better product. And then an even better one. From humble beginnings, the Hyundai line now encompasses niches from the subcompact Elantra to the luxury-orrented Genesis in sedans, the sports-oriented Genesis Coupe, and a full range of crossovers from compact Tucson, mid-sized Santa Fe, and larger Veracruz. Coming soon is the Equus, aimed squarely at premium luxury cars like the Lexus LS and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Still, the Hyundai lineup is primarily affordable middle class. The Santa Fe is a fine example. It offers a convenient not-too-big, not-too-small size, a choice of four-cylinder or V6 power, with front- or all-wheel drive. And it has some significant revisions for 2010 -- a mild restyling on the outside is nothing unusual for a mid-product cycle vehicle, but new engines are. And both offerings — a 175-horsepower 2.4-liter inline four and a 276-hp V6 — are new, and matched to six-speed automatic transmissions with "Shiftronic" manual-mode. The "base model" GLS, four-cylinder only, can be had with a six-speed manual. The fancier SE comes with the V6, and the ability to tow up to 3,500 pounds. The Limited is available with either engine, and adds leather seating and other upscale accoutrements to the SE's equipment level. A touchscreen interface navigation system with integrated backup camera is offered for all models. I recently spent a week with a Santa Fe that was a four-cylinder automatic front-wheel drive GLS. No complaints — it was and is an honest, affordable workhorse family wagon. Power was never lacking, even in fast highway merges or on steep hills, and the four-wheel antilock disc brakes worked very well. Strong winds were ignored, not always the case 2010 HYUNDAI GLS FWD BASE PRICE: $22,995 PRICE AS TESTED: $23,120 ENGINE TYPE: Aluminum alloy dohc inline 4-cylinder with continuously-variable cam phasing on both cams HORSEPOWER: 175 @ 6,000 rpm TORQUE (Ib-ft): 169 @ 3,750 rpm FUEL CAPACITY: 19.8 gallons TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic with manual-shift mode FUEL ECONOMY (mpg): 20 city, 28 highway, 23 observed Courtecy photo with crossovers. The high seating position offers a good view of the road. The interior has everything you need for comfort and convenience, even a good audio system with XM satellite radio and USB and minijack ports for external audio player — all box-stock, standard, no expensive option package necessary. It's not merely an indifferent piece frosted with "features"; the Hyundai Santa Fe is, even in "base model" trim, a very good vehicle — that just happens to be built in the USA, near Montgomery, Ala. And Hyundai's improving position in the automotive world has not given the company any attitude — the price is still low, but low price is not the main reason to be interested. APPEARANCE: The Santa Fe's 2010 styling refresh changes details but not the overall look of the vehicle. Which is "contemporary crossover," a medium-sized rounded two-box design with more height and ground clearance than a wagon. At the front, the grille and bumper are ever so slightly changed, most apparently around the foglamps. At the rear, the bumper has been re-shaped and the taillights revised. COMFORT: Inside, the Santa Fe is pleasant, honest and, even at GLS level, more stylish than might be expected. Materials are all synthetic, but of high quality and assembled to close tolerances. Remote keyless entry (with a real key), power windows and mirrors, and air conditioning are standard fare, as is woodgrain trim with matte-finished binding — a nice upscale touch, and better-looking than most plastic "wood" trim. CONCLUSIONS: The Hyundai Santa Fe GLS is a solid, comfortable value in the mid-sized crossover field. 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