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Mazda CX-7, Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Santa Fe, SUV
#4 of 154 Thankfully Hyundai didn't win
Aug 29, 2006 (11:49 am)
at least we won't have to hear the Toyota loyalists demand recounts and talk about hanging chads like when the Sonata managed to beat out the Camry.
#5 of 154 Re: Article Comments: [vbbuilt]
Aug 29, 2006 (12:58 pm)
I prefer the 2007 Santa Fe - so much so, that I bought one!
Aug 29, 2006 (1:58 pm)
I actually suggested a comparison test involving these SUVs and more on Karl's blog a few days ago, when he commented on the RDX. I'm glad the CX-7 took the gold, although I'm honestly suprised the Santa Fe didn't take 2nd. Guess the Toyota V6 was it's trump card.
Anyway my comparison test idea included those 3 plus more SUVs like the Ford Edge, Mitsubishi Outlander, Suzuki XL7, Saturn Outlook, all to be tested with the 3rd row and V6 engines. I like bigger comparison tests as the results are less predictable...more suspense awaits. I hope Edmunds can carry this out soon.
#7 of 154 Santa Fe may have lost in the "mature" category..
Aug 29, 2006 (3:33 pm)
...but the thought of having to drive a frumpy looking minivan(CX-7) or paying near $30k(I know what these really come to at the dealer) for what is supposed to be a cuteute (rav4), kinda makes me doubt these recommendations....
#8 of 154 Re: Santa Fe may have lost in the "mature" category.. [ednardes]
Aug 29, 2006 (6:26 pm)
Doubt all you want, but if the RAV4 was "supposed to be a cute ute," I doubt Toyota would have gone to the trouble of increasing its size so much and giving it the more truck-like schnoz.
And beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but calling the CX-7 a "frumpy looking minivan" is not going to gather too many supporters outside of the "Hyundai Santa Fe Fan Club."
#9 of 154 Re: Thankfully Hyundai didn't win [danf1]
Aug 30, 2006 (2:01 am)
Relax my friend, the Sonata was matched against 2 end of production cars with 4 cyl. In a re-match with the new Camry it's a different story. To boot have you seen the 07 Camry sales, no contest here at all. The Sonata is now lagging behind, even more so when the beautiful Altima comes out soon, ditto for the Accord.
#10 of 154 Re: Santa Fe may have lost in the "mature" category.. [ednardes]
Aug 30, 2006 (4:02 am)
"...frumpy looking minivan..."
This from a guy who obviously likes driving a rolling brick!
Aug 30, 2006 (6:32 am)
Just hope all the guys in here arguing about looks and sizes of the CX-7 vs. * enter ute here * know that the CX-7 is a chick car, it's like getting all worked up about the VW Cabriolet vs. Miata!!! When Mazda 1st started advertising this vehicle they had a commercial where 2 guys are checking it out and one of them says: This guy is THE MAN!!! And then this tall skinny woman smiles at them and drives off. What a marketing blunder that was, totally turned me off to that car, and seeing how I haven't seen it since, it looks like the Mazda marketing folks got that one off the air VERY quickly. But the visual damage was done, this vehicle is the SUV equivalent to the VW Jetta. So when more of these vehicles start hitting the road, pay close attention to who's behind the wheel, doubt they'll be a lot of "testosterone" zipping around .
#12 of 154 Re: Cute Utes [tinycadon]
Aug 30, 2006 (7:29 am)
At 6'3" and a Marine Corps Veteran, I'm hardly lacking testoterone.
If your intellect tells you not to buy a car simply because a TV commercial shows a woman driving, my guess is you're driving a Model T!
In the real adult world the only "chick" car is the one she went to the dealership and picked out and purchased for herself!
My wife would rather drive her Expedition than my CX-7!
As for me, I still enjoy my football, baseball, basketball but not soccer, I work in a refinery, and all of my bro's are impressed with the "zoom-zoom" my car has!
#13 of 154 Re: Cute Utes [tinycadon]
Aug 30, 2006 (7:34 am)
In your case, that advertising worked. Because of that commercial, you're convinced that the CX7 is a chick car - your masculinity is threatened. That's as bad as my son's conviction that the 2006 Mustang is a chick car. Sheesh!
So, if Hummer started advertising that showed a blond fox driving an H3, you're going to call that a chick car, too?
If you really like a car, stop worrying about what other people think. If you're friends start ribbing you about a chick car, maybe it's time to re-evaluate those friends.
Masculinity starts with standing by your convictions - not being swayed by other people's opinions.