Hyundai made the decision several years back to try to lead in fuel economy in the segments it competes in – a plan that is now emerging in production just as fuel economy and emissions reduction have become the hot topics in the business.
Enter the freshened Sante Fe with newly competitive powertrains with six-speed transmissions, which improve both fuel economy and vehicle performance. The 2010 Santa Fe is available at Hyundai dealers now.
The 2010 Santa Fe debuts Hyundai’s second-generation Theta four-cylinder engine. The Theta II 2.4-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder engine delivers quicker zero-to-60 miles-per-hour acceleration than the Santa Fe with the old V6 engine, while also improving fuel economy ratings by 17%.
The four-cylinder is now rated at 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway with front-wheel drive and the new six-speed automatic transmission. The Theta II is rated at 175 horsepower and 169 lb.-ft. of torque. This high-tech, all-aluminum, 16-valve engine features Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) on both camshafts and a Variable Intake System (VIS) for better engine breathing.
Santa Fe’s old 3.3-liter V6 engine has also been replaced by a Lambda II 3.5-liter V6 engine. The Lambda II 3.5-liter V6 engine makes an estimated 34 more horsepower and 22 more pound-feet of torque (276 horsepower and 248 lb.-ft. of torque).