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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Compact SUV

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Hyundai's SUV exhibits ride and handling traits of a FWD car rather than a rear-wheel-drive truck. It conforms to the compact class with four doors and two rows of seats for five, draws from either a four-cylinder or V6 powertrain and brings the choice of all-wheel-drive (AWD) or FWD. The all-time AWD system employs a unique Dual Drive front differential with planetary gears plus viscous coupling and sends as much as 60 percent of the engine's muscle to front wheels and 40 percent to the rear. Despite the car-like attitude, the wagon looks tough like a sturdy wagon rigged for work yet it's also stylish with a bold face and shapely contours on the sides. The layout consists of bucket seats and center console in front of a bench seat for three and a bay in back measuring to 30 cubic feet for cargo and sports equipment. Issues of 2003 gain four-wheel disc brakes as standard equipment on all versions. New optional upgrades range from side air bags to a Monsoon CD changer for six discs. Three trim variations provide premium features standard like air conditioning, power controls for windows and door locks, and a stereo audio kit.