Now in its third generation, the Hyundai Santa Fe is a spacious and upmarket family SUV. It sits just above the slightly smaller and more compact Tucson in Hyundai’s range. Marrying SUV style and ride height with saloon-like luxury and all the ability of a rugged, dedicated 4×4, the Santa Fe also gets a practical advantage in the form of a seven-seater option. Facing off against premium rivals from the likes of BMW, Volkswagen and Land Rover, how does the Hyundai fare? Let’s take a look…
FUEL ECONOMY (CTY/HWY): 18/25 mpg TYPE: SUV TRANSMISSION: 6-speed Shiftable Automatic BASIC WARRANTY: 5 Yr./ 60000 Mi. BLUETOOTH: Yes HEATED SEATS: Yes ENGINE TYPE: Gas TOTAL SEATING: 7 CYLINDERS: V6 DRIVE TRAIN: Front Wheel Drive CONSUMER RATING: 5-Stars NAVIGATION: No
Just imagine…you’re stuck in traffic on a summer afternoon with sweat trickling down your face, your hands almost slipping of the steering wheel and the back of your shirt soaking wet. That’s certainly not how you want to get to your desired destination, be it work, a lunch, or in fact anywhere at all. You might have already noticed what’s missing from this situation we just imagined, which is what brings us to our topic of discussion.
I want to address a veryimportant maintenance item…timing belt replacement. It’s important because letting this one slide can lead to very expensive engine damage. Your timing belt choreographs the timing of your combustion process. Your pistons travel up and down in the cylinder. Intake valves open at the right time to let in air and fuel. They close at the right time to allow the fuel to burn, and then the exhaust valves open at the right time to let out the exhaust.