The main difference between the GLS and LX trim levels is that the LX comes standard with a larger engine. The first-generation Hyundai Santa Fe is available in three trim levels, the GL, GLS and LX, and was sold from 2001 until 2006. Beginning in 2006, the LX trim was discontinued and replaced with the SE and Limited trim options.
The last year the Hyundai Santa Fe LX was produced was 2005. The two trim levels in the 2005 Santa Fe both included an automatic transmission, anti-lock brakes, alloy wheels, a roof rack and traction control. Each trim level was available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
The GLS has a standard 2.7-liter V6 engine, and the LX has standard a 3.5-liter V6 engine. The GLS offered the larger engine as an upgrade. The 2.7-liter engine offers 170 horsepower, while the 3.5-liter engine has 200 horsepower, but they both have the same towing capacity of 3,000 pounds. The smaller engine has only slightly better fuel economy. The LX has a power-operated driver's seat, heated front seats, a leather interior and a universal garage door opener, while the GLS does not have these features. Both trim levels offer the same stereo equipment and safety features.