Last post on Aug 02, 2007 at 7:58 AM
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Hyundai Santa Fe, SUV
#13 of 19 Re: Veracruz and Santa Fe [davesuv]
Mar 28, 2007 (1:17 pm)
Having driven a Santa Fe and Veracruz, I'd say the biggest difference is room in the 1st and 2nd rows and refinement. There is much more room there. Seating 3 across the middle row is actually fairly comfortable. The 2nd row also slides forward and back, and the 3rd row can be entered from either side. The 3 row has 2 recline settings. The Veracruz is much quieter and more powerful. The transmission is far better at finding the right gear and is smoother overall. Body roll is much less pronounced, the suspension is better at soaking up rough pavement.
#14 of 19 There is no Family Resemblance
Jul 10, 2007 (12:59 am)
I recently purchased a Santa Fe SE. It was the near luxury feel of the Santa FE and the luxury appearance that really sold me on it. Not to mention the firm (but not harsh) ride, the quietness, and the absolute beauty of the vehicle.
To me at least the two cars do not have an ounce of family resemblance. To me the Santa Fe actually resembles the new Buick Enclave more than it resembles the Veracruz.
Now that you think of it, the Tucson, Santa Fe and Veracruz don't look alike either. Kinda makes you wonder if Hyundai is doing this on purpose in order to appeal to different people with their three SUVs. The Veracruz appeals to people who were cross shopping the RX 350, or Acura MDX, but so does the Santa Fe Limited.
Maybe Hyunda is smarter than I thought...only time will tell.
#15 of 19 Family Resemblance
Jul 16, 2007 (1:27 pm)
I actually think not having a family resemblance is a good thing. The Tucson is marketed as an economical alternative to Honda and Toyota. With a surprise benefit of being somewhat capable in moderate off-road use. The design of the Tucson is more masculine.
The Santa Fe is the same idea. A more masculine, more main-stream (vs the previous generation) style. Economy with a surprising moderate off-road capability.
I have seen the Veracruz but have not considered it. The Santa Fe is all I need/want. If I needed 3 rows of seating I would not be looking at an SUV. I would swallow my pride and get a mini-van.
I think that makers having all of their SUVs (or other lines) look exactly alike hurts them. To appeal to evryone something has to compromise. The buyer of the Ford Excursion is not the same as the buyer for the Escape. So the Escape has to have a more conservative design to keep it "all in the family." The only resemblance should be somthing small, like a grill treatment ala Saturn. The Outlook and the (new) VUE look nothing alike, but have the same grille treatment that tie them to the Saturn family along with the Aura.
Just my 2 cents. I'm not looking for any change!
#16 of 19 Re: Family Resemblance [tpfilm1]
Jul 16, 2007 (8:33 pm)
I think you make a lot of sense.
In the long run I suppose Hyundai will sell more of their SUVs because each of their SUVs look so different.
For example, someone who is really sold on buying a Buick Enclave might not consider a Veracruz because they don't like it's looks, even though it is in the same class as the Enclave.
However that same person might buy a Santa Fe because it looks like a smaller Enclave, and almost matches it in Luxury appointments, and costs much less!
Right now dealers can't keep the Buick Enclave on their lots, so Hyundai might be able to siphon off some of Buicks leftovers.
Wow, it is amazing to be talking about an American Vehicle that is so hot!
P.S. By the way the Enclave's interior is laid out very similar to a minivan. I probably would have considered getting one for my wife instead of our loaded 2006 Toyota Sienna XLE had it been available when I bought it in December.
#17 of 19 VC vs SF=Sonata vs Azera
Jul 30, 2007 (9:18 pm)
Having driven all 4 vehicles recently and currently own a '06 Sonata GLS V6 I must say the Veracruz is a much quieter, tighter and more refined vehicle than the SantaFe. I am in no way bashing the SF, it's a great buy for the money and compared to other similar sized and equally equipped vehicles it still is IMO, a class leader (much like the Sonata in the family sedan class). The Azera is a larger, much quieter, more refined vehicle than the Sonata, and the Veracruz compares equally to the Azera in it's refinement and overall high-quality luxury feel. For anyone considering a Lexus RX, or Acura MDX, I think the Veracruz deserves your attention too, it will compare very favoreably IMO.
#18 of 19 Re: Family Resemblance [sduff68]
Jul 31, 2007 (5:08 am)
Huh? You think the Santa Fe looks like a Buick Enclave? I guess I don't see it. The comparison I hear a lot is from people who say the new Santa Fes look like 7/8 scale Touaregs or Cayennes. I definitely see the resemblance there.
The Veracruz definitely looks like the Lexus RX350, and that's no accident. Hyundai intentionally designed it to look and feel like the Lexus, but undercut the Lexus on price. Current TV ads for the Veracruz even feature a Lexus and a Veracruz parked side by side, and the Lexus owner getting into the Veracruz my mistake.
#19 of 19 Re: Family Resemblance [sduff68]
Aug 02, 2007 (7:58 am)
Actually should be the other way around, Enclave looks like the Santa Fe (Santa Fe did come out well before the Enclave debuted but I don't believe any copying were done on GM's part since the design had already finalized before the Santa Fe came out.
It's just concidence I think the Enclave, espeically towards the back end, share some resemblence with the Santa Fe but again both are fantastic CUVs.