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#10264 of 10938 Re: Spottings... [ateixeira]
Feb 08, 2013 (11:29 am)
The old one was an odd size. Since most people compared them to Hondas too, it was sized in between a CRV and a Pilot.
#10265 of 10938 Re: Spottings... [boomchek]
Feb 08, 2013 (11:30 am)
Wasn't there a (tiny) 3rd row option?
Kinda silly to see them on such smallish crossovers. At least they came to their senses and only the LWB model seats 7 now.
#10266 of 10938 Re: Spottings... [ateixeira]
Feb 08, 2013 (11:32 am)
In Canada they offered the 3rd row only in 2008 iirc. Then it got discontinued.
They'll offer it on the longer SF now because the Veracruz is discontinued and I guess it's cheaper to make an extended SF rather than a completely new larger model.
#10267 of 10938 Re: Spottings... [boomchek]
Feb 08, 2013 (11:53 am)
Yeah, the Veracruz is being phased out. It was rather invisible anyway.
I sat in one a while back and it was really comfortable, but didn't stand out and the powertrain was dated. The LWB Sante Fe is getting a DI V6 and modern trans.
#10268 of 10938 Re: Spottings... [boomchek]
Feb 08, 2013 (12:13 pm)
That's how it works here too, bigger one isn't the sport. Haven't seen one of those yet, or maybe have and ignored it.
Soon these things will need side and front view cameras, too. And you know how I think, for 40K I'd rather buy a highline model with CPO or aftermarket warranty, and enjoy it.
#10269 of 10938 Re: Spottings... [fintail]
Feb 08, 2013 (12:19 pm)
Yeah well here for $40k you'll get a 4 year old X5 or ML, a new loaded VW Tiguan (they're very steeply priced) or a 2-3 year old bland Lexus RX.
What I like about the top Santa Fe is that it has a lot of premium features like rear sunshades built into the doors, rear heated seats, front cooled and heated seats, nav, backup camera, front and back parking sensors, pano roof, keyless go, driver selectable steering etc.... I might have missed a few. I don't mean to sound like a brochure but I am impressed with the level of equipment in these. But, and it's a big but, the 2.0L T although producing 280-something HP, I don't think it's as torquey or suitable for towing as the old V6 was, even though most people never towed anything.
#10270 of 10938 Re: Spottings... [boomchek]
Feb 08, 2013 (12:28 pm)
That RX is probably what the average buyer of one really wants, esp if they are a certain gender.
I built my own Santa Fe Sport - loaded was 35K, which is probably quite a value - although the US site didn't mention the shades, steering, sensors, etc. I too wonder about that displacement for something that size, it'll be working pretty hard even if it has raw hp.
#10271 of 10938 Re: Spottings... [ateixeira]
Feb 08, 2013 (12:38 pm)
In addition to wind and road noise, the V engine in load and coarse, too.
It felt like literally a 10 year old car with new technology transplanted into it.
It is roomy and pretty efficient, though.
Spotted a new Fiat 500 in the parking lot at work
#10272 of 10938 Re: Spottings... [fintail]
Feb 08, 2013 (12:45 pm)
The Limited Sport Tech Pkg adds those. I forgot that it has the heated steering wheel as well.
On a side note whenever I play around with US car websites and they require me to input a zip code I always do 90210 as I don't know of any other US zip code. I wonder when they check their site stats if they have a disproportionate number hits that they think are from Beverly Hills.
#10273 of 10938 Re: Spottings... [boomchek]
by steve_ HOST
Feb 08, 2013 (12:54 pm)
lol, could be. I do that a lot too.