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Old 03-12-2012, 02:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently bought a used 2011 4 cyl. Santa Fe with no transmission cooler or tow package. I have a pop-up camper that weighs 2000 lbs. which I would like to tow. The instruction manual lists 2000 lbs. as the maximum towing capacity (with electric brakes). My camper lacks brakes. Can anyone with experience tell me if I can safely tow my camper 1) on flat roads and 2) over mountains? A V-6 would have been preferred but none were available in my price range.

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Old 03-12-2012, 04:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ask yourself the question:

What is the weight to power ratio on the 4 cyl?

What it will be with towing?
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If your camper weighs 2,000 pounds fully-loaded, you'll get by but it will be slow-going especially on hills. But if your camper is 2,000 pounds dry then you're looking at more like 2,200-2,600 pounds with propane, gear, water, etc. and that's definitely too much. (1) It'll be a huge strain on the 4-cylinder engine... my 3.3 V6 labours on hills with only 1800-1900 pounds (2) You're too far over the non-braked limit of 1647 pounds. The 'Fe has strong brakes, but it doesn't have enough mass to stay planted in a panic stop when you've got 2,000+ pound pushing from behind.
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Personally, a 4 cylinder santa fe is a joke of an engine in terms of getting out of it's own way even. I test drove one and the engine is too small with no power to barely get the santa fe alone moving down the road. I'd sell it and get a V6 for only about 2 grand more. There has to be plenty of v6 santa fe's in your area, keep looking. I know 2,000 lbs. in a V6 would be pushing it to be honest even though they think 3500 lbs. would work, I wouldn't chance over 2,000 lbs. even in a V6. The suspension is really not designed for heavy loads since is a mid-sized SUV at best, not full sized or a 1/2 ton pickup with V8.
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Personally, a 4 cylinder santa fe is a joke of an engine in terms of getting out of it's own way even. I test drove one and the engine is too small with no power to barely get the santa fe alone moving down the road. I'd sell it and get a V6 for only about 2 grand more. There has to be plenty of v6 santa fe's in your area, keep looking. I know 2,000 lbs. in a V6 would be pushing it to be honest even though they think 3500 lbs. would work, I wouldn't chance over 2,000 lbs. even in a V6. The suspension is really not designed for heavy loads since is a mid-sized SUV at best, not full sized or a 1/2 ton pickup with V8.
Actually I was going to suggest trading the camper for something a bit lighter. There are plenty of pop-ups that weigh in at around 1500 pounds dry, something which the four-banger and its six gears can handle.

By trading the camper instead of the vehicle, the OP would incur much less depreciation. He would also be able to save fuel on the 97% of occasions when he is not on a camping trip.
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cookiedough,

Second that!
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I agree. I don't think the Santa Fe should be sold with the 4. It would also make it easier to compare mileage numbers with others on the internet.
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Personally, a 4 cylinder santa fe is a joke of an engine in terms of getting out of it's own way even. I test drove one and the engine is too small with no power to barely get the santa fe alone moving down the road.

Lol the 4 cylinder santa fe's acceleration numbers are actually right on par with the old v6 it replaced... I can see not wanting to drive the 4 cyl if you drive like the tards I catch up to at the next stop light after they've passed me 30 seconds earlier each morning on my drive to work, or if you like paying for more gas at $1.30/L....


Back to the OP....

Towing 2000lbs with your santa fe would be a bad idea. As already mentioned you probably have alot of gear to put in the trailer on top of the 2000lb weight of the trailer.

I tow a small boat and trailer (800lbs) in the summer and snowmobile and trailer (750lbs) in the winter. My 4 cylinder handles what I need it to tow just fine even through pretty hilly terrain as long as its kept in 5th gear. However I honestly wouldn't want to tow more than 1000lbs regularily or for long distances.

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It appears that the SF-4 hp/weight ratio is 1/21.7 - same as for Corolla.
Ask yourself - what would you user your Corolla for?
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Lol the 4 cylinder santa fe's acceleration numbers are actually right on par with the old v6 it replaced... I can see not wanting to drive the 4 cyl if you drive like the tards I catch up to at the next stop light after they've passed me 30 seconds earlier each morning on my drive to work, or if you like paying for more gas at $1.30/L....
Well said. Hyundai's Theta four-banger makes more power than most V8s of 30 years ago. The problem is not the engine; the problem is today's overstimulated Car & Driver subscribers who think they must drag-race the fastest car on the highway to the end of the merge lane.

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It appears that the SF-4 hp/weight ratio is 1/21.7 - same as for Corolla.
Ask yourself - what would you user your Corolla for?
A Sherman M4 tank has 167 pounds per horsepower - the equivalent of a Corolla with about 16 hp- and it can tow several campers without breaking a sweat. It's all in the torque and the gearing.
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