Hyundai recently announced a major milestone for its Santa Fe crossover SUV – the automotive brand just sold its 1 millionth model in the U.S. Since it first appeared on the market in late 2000, the Santa Fe has been a popular choice for people who needed a reliable ride with more space.
The launch of this model, the second crossover SUV to hit the streets following the Toyota RAV4, helped to reinvent Hyundai's image as a brand that produces reliable rides that were innovative and affordable. This was the first model that deviated from the compact cars previously offered by Hyundai, and it continues to be a strong contender in the crossover SUV market.
"The Santa Fe played a significant role in Hyundai's success and growth in the United States," said John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motors America. "For many loyal Hyundai owners today, it was their entry point to the brand."
The first model came standard with a V6 engine that got up to 26 miles per gallon on the highway, according to Edmunds, which is an impressive number 13 years later. Drivers in the market for a used SUV may want to check out earlier models, as all three trim levels of the 2001 version can be found for under $5,000, and other early model years are comparably affordable.
The vehicle is currently in its third generation, and newer models seat up to seven passengers, while the earlier models were built to house up to five passengers. Whether drivers want to check out newer or older Santa Fe models, they can head to New Jersey Auto Auction to explore the selection. The dealership carries a variety of makes and models, and every vehicle on the lot is Carfax certified, providing added assurance that car buyers will be getting behind the wheel of reliable rides.