Fuel efficiency is a very big problems in our days, and engines like the V8 or the V6 are not the best in this area. This is why, starting 2010, when the redesigned Santa Fe will be launched, it will also be offered with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder power plant.

The DOHC inline-4 engine, code-named Theta, debuted this year in the 2009 Hyundai Sonata sedan, where it makes 175 hp and 168 lbs-ft of torque.

The engine is will be available with a six-speed automatic transmission. In a Sonata with an automatic transmission, the new engine returns 22 mpg city and 32 mpg highway.

Also, starting 2010 or 2011 the Tucson will also be offered with four-cylinder engines.


Source: Inside Line

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  (133) posted on 07.12.2008

but in my country, the tucson is already equipped with an inline 4 2.0 or a 4 cyl tubo diesel of the same size. the santa fe is only offered in the 2.2 crdi. but if the smaller engine size will reduce costs..well fine. the 2.0 tucsons sell like i dont know what here though. everybody has one of these things

  (1024) posted on 07.11.2008

Not really. In real off road conditions, you will be driving slowly so the extra hp won’t even be used. The 168 torque is not bad.

  (520) posted on 07.10.2008

those smaller engines on a SUV improve fuel consumption but they hurt the off road abilities

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