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Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-7, Ford Edge, Honda CR-V, SUV
#539 of 811 Re: Santa Fe best of the bunch, right now [jasdmw]
Feb 28, 2007 (8:31 pm)
"Was at the Toronto Auto Show last night. Shopping for something to replace the 01 Sienna. Have a relative at the Oakville plant and was hoping to take advantage of the A plan. Not likely! The Edge and MKX were extremely disappointing. Fit finish and overall quality feel was sub par. Edge had no less than 3 colours of plastic on the dash. Lines and joints everywhere; pieces didn't fit or align and these were show cars!!!!!!. That rod to lift the tailgate in the MKX; what a joke! No comparison with the Lexus or Acura. And the GM products (Acadia, etc) are in the same boat as the Fords. Looks like all that cost cutting is working; the parts fit, finish and quality is way down.
On the other hand, the Santa Fe was totally impressive. Nice materials, good design; nice quality feel. If I had to buy today, that would likely be the winner."
I don't know if it's really safe to the Sante Fe the best of the bunch and based on your post it appears that your claim is based on your observations at a trade show, unless you hae driven them but necglected to mention it. I wouldn't recommend buying any of these vehicles without driving them.
I have driven most of them but not the Edge. It was't available when I was shopping but I had no interest in that vehicle. I parked next to an Edge the other day and it just didn't look like something I would want. Just my opinion but they did a lousy enough job on the exterior eccents that I wouldn't even bother looking inside.
I drove a CRV and based on appearance it was nice. It rode decent but the 4 cylander was just too wimpy. Let's face it... it's a Civic. The other problem is that the luxury options are very dismal. I had to rule it out. I tried to stay Honda after owning a 2000 Accord and Odyssey so I then looked at a Pilot. Nice ride, solid and not tinny like the CRV, but the steeringwas sloppy and let's face it the Pilot is a Box. Plenty of power but plenty of weight so it was like driving a boat.
RDX is a real improvemen but in my book it's an expensive Civic and if I were going that high I would go MDX.
Murano was very nice but too much money for what it is and I just couldn't go with that it because of that funky transmission.
The Sante Fe is an improvemnet over the 2005 and prior designs. It looked decent and I could have lived with it's appearance though not sporty enough for me. I just couldn't deal with the bumpy ride but I think most of it was because of the seat design. I really tried to like this car and it is a great value with a great warranty, but I just couldn't pukk the trigger. I also found there colors boring though that would not have stopped me.
I also looked at the Suzuki line because they have a great warranty. I originally was interested in the Grand Vitara last year since the larger XL7 was too much like a truck. The good news is that the 2007 XL7 is redesigned but the bad news it is based on the Equinox. It drove nice but it rttled a bit too much over the bumps. The Suzukis are a great value and it I ha really considered it because the dealer is convenient and I bought my Jetta there but the XL7 just didn't win me over. I really would have lked a VW Toureg, but 40,000 is wa
the GrandVitara was a bit smally more than I am ready to part with on a second car. That also leaves out the upscaled Audi version for 50,000. I have to admit, the German cars are really well put together driving machines despite the reliabilty ratings. I don't keep a car much past the warranty anyway so though reliabilty is important it is not my main criteria for a new vehicle
Ultimately I had to go with the CX7. It has most of what I wanted in a car. It is by know means perfect, but it had the looks, feel, performance and options I wanted. I got the most expensive model loaded and the MSRP was about 33,000. I paid invoice at about 30,000 and the only thing it doesn't have which I might consider adding on my next car is remote start. Everyone who sees it or rides in it loves it. A buddy of mine got in it the other day and asked me if it was an MDX. I guess he missed the big Mazda logo on the steering wheel. LOL
I the end they are all decent cars and there is no wrong choice. To put it blunty a we used to say when I worked in a car dealership... "There's an ass for every seat"
#540 of 811 Mazda Comparisions
Mar 22, 2007 (4:03 am)
From several online reviews of the EDGE I've read, it's now apparent that women gravitate towards the CX-Series Mazdas over the EDGE. Edmund's own review proves this:
Donna really disses the EDGE in comparison.
Would anyone else agree that the Mazdas should now be considered the "girlie" Cabriolet of Crossovers?
#541 of 811 Re: Mazda Comparisions [suttons]
Mar 22, 2007 (4:44 am)
Not sure about that. My wife prefers the MKX over both the Edge and CX-7/9 but she definitely preferred the Edge over the Mazdas. She dismissed the Mazdas entirely but I managed to get it back on the short list for a test drive later this year.
We also like the Saturn Outlook. First GM product I've considered owning in many, many years.
#542 of 811 Over inflated tires cause for bumpy ride?
Mar 22, 2007 (8:15 am)
I think that when people test drive a vehicle they need to consider things like over inflated tires as a partial cause for the bumpy ride feel. I recently bought a Santa Fe and the tires were over inflated 8-10 lbs. Since I lowered the psi, the ride is somewhat smoother.
#543 of 811 Re: Over inflated tires cause for bumpy ride? [colonel717]
Mar 22, 2007 (10:38 am)
They do this for shipping to keep the tires from flatspotting. The dealers are supposed to put them back to the proper pressure but often don't.
Mar 23, 2007 (7:58 am)
I can't believe how people are going on and on about the quality of this Korean manufacturer. I have ridden in several new Hyundai's and they just squeak, moan, and flex like no one would believe. I couldn't believe it when I rode in my secretary's new Minivan that had 10,000 miles on it. Absolutely miserable, however, she didn't seem to notice it, I am wondering if this group of people who purchase Korean made cars expect less out of their vehicles, giving the vehicles higher marks than they deserve. My wife and I bought a Mazda 6 in 2003, and have had only one minor problem, now at 65,000 miles no squeaks or rattles. And I will tell you this, if any of my vehicles had a rattle or squeak it would drive me and my wife nuts.
I can deal with computer failures, battery failures, turbo failures, these things can be diagnosed and fixed, but when it comes to a car squeaking and flexing, there doesn't seem to be a technician good enough in the world to fix these kinds of problems.
#545 of 811 Re: Hyundai [parker4551]
Mar 23, 2007 (8:49 am)
You must've had the bad luck to ride in one of Hyundai's earliest models, circa 90's. I had a 2004 Santa Fe and have nothing but praise for it. I put 65K miles on it before buying the CX-7. Rock-solid vehicle...couldn't rave enough about it! Only reason I sold it, cuz I got bored with it.
#546 of 811 Re: Hyundai [vbbuilt]
Mar 23, 2007 (10:30 am)
Hi...had my 2007 Santa Fe for about 6 months now. No creaks or noises at all. The only thing I hear is the grandkids babyseat making a noise when I go over bumps. Otherwise, noise free. Love my new car. Gord
#547 of 811 I like me Hyundai quality
Mar 23, 2007 (11:08 am)
I have bought 4 vehicle new. 89 Integra, 98 Accord, 2002 Santa Fe and recently 2007 Santa Fe. I have high quality expectaitons. My experience with Hyundai is just as good or better than that of the other 2.
Mar 23, 2007 (11:24 am)
Possibly, their vans and cars are not as good as the Santa Fe. I have been in a 2007 Entourage van, with 10,000 miles on it, and it was awful, also was in a recent model Sonata with 32,000 miles on, also made a lot of noise.
Perhaps, it is a differenc in model.