The Hyundai Santa Fe is a compact/mid-size crossover SUV based on the Hyundai Sonata platform.

The Hyundai Santa Fe is a compact/mid-size crossover SUV based on the Hyundai Sonata platform.

It was introduced for the 2001 model year as Hyundai’s first SUV, released at the same time as the Ford Escape/Mazda Tribute and Pontiac Aztek.

The Santa Fe was a milestone in the company’s restructuring program of the late 1990s because, despite receiving criticism from journalists for its obscure looks, the SUV was a hit with the American buyers.

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