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Hyundai Santa Fe, SUV
Jan 10, 2007 (11:28 pm)
I presently have a 2002 Toyota Highlander AWD V6 that I plan on replacing in the next couple of months.
Of all the new mid-size SUVís/CrossOvers, I particularly like the 07 Santa Fe. Size, drivability and cargo carrying capacity is quite similar to my present Highlander and I like the looks of both the exterior and interior. There is only one problem, the missing silver gauge rings on a $31,445.00 (CDN) vehicle.
Now I can understand that manufacturers want to differentiate both exterior and interior options between models but for Hyundai to actually remove the silver rings around the tachometer and the gas/engine temperature gauges and only leave the one on the speedometer both on the base and mid models is going a little to far in my books. Either its penny pinching or just complete stupidity on their part because it sure looks odd to only have the middle gauge with a silver ring and not the outer ones.
Now I donít know if this is only a Canadian feature or if itís the same in the US models. Anyone else notice this?
#1753 of 2993 Re: Gauges? [canucker]
Jan 11, 2007 (6:38 pm)
If you dont get the limited 3.3 with AWD then your missing the best part of this new design. What model are you talking about and with what package? 31.5k is steep even for the limited.
#1754 of 2993 Re: Gauges? [pelican19]
Jan 11, 2007 (9:24 pm)
Itís a Canadian 3.3 GL FWD Leather Pkg (5 pass). Our packages are different, the Limited is called GLS here.
#1755 of 2993 Re: Gauges? [canucker]
Jan 12, 2007 (5:48 am)
Pelican, I also live in Canada and if I buy the SF or other any SUV I'll never buy a FWD, unless you live in Vancouver where you don't (don't use to ) get much snow! why not go for the AWD?
#1756 of 2993 Re: Gauges? [carrito]
Jan 12, 2007 (9:54 am)
I cant imagine why some dont opt for AWD. Everyones perception is its used for snow. Not true. Its used for better hadling in all weather. Rain, mud rocky terrain. It does not cost THAT much more. I do quite a bit of traveling with the truck and frequently find myself in conditions I would not want to be without it. Camping, Off Road, hitting the slopes and the occasional climbing over the grassy hill highway dividers to avoid the traffic.
#1757 of 2993 Re: Gauges? [pelican19]
Jan 12, 2007 (9:56 am)
Skid plate would be a nice option -
#1758 of 2993 Re: Gauges? [pelican19]
Jan 12, 2007 (11:17 am)
I live in south western ontario, canada and just bought a black on black SF GL 3.3L V6 Premium with Leather package. You can't just say oh...you need AWD. It all depends on what you plan to use the vehicle for. I initially was looking at AWD, but when I really thought about it we really don't get a lot of snow anymore where I am and if it's that bad outside I wouldn't be driving even if I had an AWD anyway. I also don't go off the pavement much so again don't need the AWD. I took the extra 2K CDN I saved from the AWD and got the FWD with all the goodies I wanted. Just my $.02
#1759 of 2993 Re: Gauges? [doubleh]
Jan 12, 2007 (12:29 pm)
Agree with you. The only real difference betweeen FWD and AWD performance wise is acceleration from a dead stop on snow or ice. In those conditions, the AWD is more fun to drive for sure; but with stability control, the FWD is as safe as the AWD. I own a XC90 AWD and a Tucson FWD and I live in Quebec.
Jan 12, 2007 (6:16 pm)
I'm convinced that AWD makes a huge difference while driving in snow or heavy rain specially if you are going uphill in slippery conditions. Depending on the weather even 1/2 inch of snow or wet snow at freezing temperature can make driving conditions really challenging aka Black ice... Just last week we got black ice and you can't say "well I'll stay at home", it was raining which wasn't a big deal but then temperatures went down to freezing point and we got black ice, I saw 4 vehicles in the ditch while driving to work.
I have an AWD and will never look back to FWD; again, where I live we have 4 months of snow and I'm sure I use the AWD much more than any other safety feature (at least during winter).
here is a report from Consumer Reports about FWD, AWD and 4WD.
#1761 of 2993 Re: FWD or AWD [carrito]
by steve_ HOST
Jan 12, 2007 (6:27 pm)
I tend to agree more with Guyfr (it's the tires!). That said, we got an inch of snow the other day that played havoc with the morning commute and my wife turned the van around after a half mile and came back home and grabbed my Subaru.