I have the 2.7 litre engine in my SantaFe, and will be towing an
8x12' enclosed trailer that weighs 700 lbs empty , plus about 2,000
lbs cargo weight , with Driver and one adult passenger. My trip will
be in some mountainous terrain in hot temperatures . Im wondering how
your SantaFe handles the load , what the driving characteristics are
at 65 mph with this much weight, and if any overheating of the engine/
transmission has occured in hot weather ? Thanks.
I have the 2.7L V6 Tucson and tow either a trailer (loaded) [did a self-
move] for 1600kms] or a single axle 600kg (1350lb) caravan which when
loaded probably weighs 850kg (1900lb). No problem maintaining 100km/hr
(60mph) but the fuel consumption goes up rapidly. I ease the foot off
the gas pedal, sit on about 85km/hr (about 50mph) and the fuel
consumption is about 12l/100km (which is somewhere near 19miles/US
Gallon); compared with
Normal consumption with wife and me in vehicle at 60mph is 23 mpg. Never
had overheating or transmission problems and all my driving is in hill
country - we don't have roads like your interstates here in Australia -
our main highways are more like County Roads!!!!
I have the 3.5 liter 4WD so it's not the best comparison, but I tow my popup
trailer several times a year with my 2005 Santa Fe L. It probably weighs in
about the same as your setup's gross weight as the trailer loaded is lighter
but we usually have 2 other adults with us.
One thing I would be concerned with is brakes. If the trailer has its own
brakes then it's not a problem. If not, you need to be very cautious in
descending hills at speed.
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