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#31 of 80 Re: Hyundai Santa Fe: Test Drive - what did you think? [stevecar]
Feb 01, 2007 (11:11 am)
I noticed that pickup was a little slow, but overall it's plenty fast for me. I think they could have done a little bit better with the gearing. I hope they switch to the Aisin 6-speed in upcoming years like the new Veracruz though. Aisin makes some pretty smooth transmissions.
#32 of 80 Re: Hyundai Santa Fe: Test Drive - what did you think? [pmg1704]
Feb 01, 2007 (5:41 pm)
Was the "crunching" the sound of the ABS? Did you stop suddenly enough to cause wheel slippage? Every car's ABS usually makes an awful sounding noise as it works against the pedal to keep the wheel from locking up.
Regarding engine pickup, I agree on the slow response but after driving my 07 for just over 2,000 miles, I don't have a problem from a standing stop. It's usually when I'm cruising in the top gear. When floored, it takes a few seconds before the transmission and engine get on the same page. However, it definitely goes once it realizes you are serious about wanting power. Even after it decides to go, when the RPM reaches the shifting point, up shifts are slow (smooth, but slow) and rob more performance. I have not tried moving the shifter to the right and using the manual shif feature. I have read that this at least gives the illusion of making the shifts more responsive. Perhaps after I put few thousand more miles on it, I'll try giving it a beating with the manual shifter.
But I wholeheartedly agree that it should be more responsive but I'm not sure it's the transmission or the engine. It seems like the computer control is involved because I don't think it delivers full throttle fuel to the engine until the transmission is finished shifting gears. It's a very odd few seconds. The cars indecisiveness is not unlike the Chevrolet Malibu I drove for two years. The Malibu had traction control and unless it was disabled, when floored in a corner the car lumbered along until the turn was finished. Any sign of wheel slippage and it would practically kill the engine in an effort to ensure the wheels did not spin. Very strange feeling especially when you expect the car to be responsive and it feels like it's out of gas!
If the computer is at least partially to blame, I wonder if an aftermarket BIOS upgrade would improve the situation. Of course such a move may void the warranty.
#33 of 80 Re: Hyundai Santa Fe: Test Drive - what did you think? [rradina]
Feb 01, 2007 (7:18 pm)
I have the 3.3 Limited AWD. Disable the ESC and traction control is gone. I can chirp the front tires with no problem. Now engage the sport shift and it becomes a beast if you know the sweet spot. ( 4000-4500rpm ). Very respectable for an SUV pushing 4000lbs+ and only 242hp. I agree on the delay issue. However, duration is under 2 seconds. Hyundai needs to work on this. The throttle is electronic. No cable. Many of the features within this truck are driven by a data network. Additional information can be found in the online shop manuals and tutorials on the Hyundai webtech site. Makes for some very interesting reading...
Feb 09, 2007 (12:08 am)
I am planning to but a SUV this Spring. I have sat in a lot of SUV's over the last 4 months and went to the Detroit Auto Show and sat in a bunch more. The one thing I notice about midsize SUV's are the front arm rests. I am 6'2 and 220lbs, the driver armrest in the SF is shared with the passenger. I have found this to be the most comfortable. Other cars like the VUE, highlander,CRV and others have their own armrest for driver and pasenger. I find my arm dangles over the armrest and is not comfortable. After all SUV's I've drove, I am liking the SF.
#35 of 80 Re: Hyundai Santa Fe: Test Drive - what did you think? [pelican19]
Feb 22, 2007 (6:11 pm)
When I test drove the AWD 07 Sante fe w/2.7 engine, I was not that taken. Perhaps it was that car, the tranny, or my mindset. A few days later I drove the 3.3 SE model and bought it. It was much quieter and more comfortable than the other brands I had driven, felt solid and generally had more bang for the buck IMHO.....Just took me a while to get used to the fact that I was buying a Hyundai...old reps die hard....
Mind you, I did not need the extra power of the 3.3 but from what I had read, it was a better engine with better technology and MPG....the SE had the towing pkg and perhaps a different suspension??? Anyway it felt better to me.
Normally I try to stay away from the "option pkgs" but I just did not want the 2.7...thus entered the SE model
#36 of 80 Test Drove GLS...Debating SE
Mar 24, 2007 (4:05 pm)
I test drove the SF FWD GLS today - and the CRV EX model. No comparison. The SF had lots of plusses....incredibly quiet (as compared to the CRV), much better pickup, and absolutely no comparison in the engine. Now I'm torn reading all your posts about the SE - and having seen someone else's post in this area about picking up an LTD for $24K (which is the sticker price with the option package I saw today).
I found a dealer in the suburbs who seems to have a ton in inventory - I think heading away from the city (Chicago) will net me a better deal...if I can get the SE, from the sounds of it, for what I was planning to pay, I think I'll go for it.
Other loves: big back window, nice seats and comfortable viewing angles...can reach the stereo and feel like the leg length works (I'm 5'8") and really dug the cargo area in the back (no third row for me).
Any thoughts on what I should expect to pay for an SE right about now???
#37 of 80 Re: Test Drove GLS...Debating SE [g8trgrl]
Mar 24, 2007 (6:39 pm)
It depends on which option packages you want. I saw a number of posts in which people got Santa Fes for over $5,000 off MSRP. I was able to get a 2007 Ltd with the touring package and floor mats for $22,800, plus tax, title and license.
By the way, we considered the CRV too, but we wanted the additional room of the Santa Fe. So far, so good.
#38 of 80 Re: Test Drove GLS...Debating SE [g8trgrl]
Mar 26, 2007 (4:29 am)
This past Saturday I test drove the GLS and SE. The GLS' engine seemed to be missing something with pickup and power, but that was put aside when I got behind the wheel of the SE. It felt GREAT.
I am going with a Slate Blue SE w/ premium, if dealer can find one. Good luck.
#39 of 80 Re: Hyundai Santa Fe: Test Drive - what did you think? [rradina]
Apr 10, 2007 (8:21 am)
The poster of #21 mentions "all wheels providing power". As I understand Hyundai's AWD system, it is actually only a 2WD system during normal traction situations. The rear wheels are driven only after the system detects loss of traction by the front wheels, or if you push the lock button and your are doing less than 25mhp. This seems to be a common system used on many cars, but not my audi, which actually does provide power to all four wheels all the time. It is useful to remember that as you are driving down the (dry) road in your AWD Santa Fe, only the front wheels get power. I would be happy to be corrected if my understanding is incorrect.
#40 of 80 Re: Hyundai Santa Fe: Test Drive - what did you think? [rwm2]
Apr 10, 2007 (6:44 pm)
You are correct. Thats why many people choose this type of system. Under normal driving conditions you dont need the traction. Its my understanding FULL time awd uses more gas.