Last post on Feb 28, 2013 at 8:00 PM
You are in the Hyundai Santa Fe
What is this discussion about?
Hyundai Santa Fe, SUV
#2348 of 2993 Toung in cheek answer to (Smith 1)
Aug 14, 2007 (6:56 pm)
Yes indeed! You will confidently get to the airport and back in the company of four golfers. Furthermore none of them will suffer from whiplash due to excessive accelleration. Thank the Lord for this trait because the Santa Fe is a sensible family sport vehicle and was not intended for blazing speed. Now if we could only make the average sensible driver realize that we only need one half of the horse power that John Q public has forced Hyundai Motors to put into our vehicles, we could stop going to bed with OPEC. I still have an 2003 SantaFe with a four cylinder engine that has 138 HP. Because I have never used more than one half of the total HP I can't decide what to do with the remaining 69 HP.
#2349 of 2993 Re: 2008 Santa Fe Info [jack15]
Aug 16, 2007 (7:46 am)
As long as they don't have more than one suitcase, and that suitcase is not huge, yes, it can. Albeit, a bit crowded.
#2350 of 2993 Need Info:
Aug 16, 2007 (6:24 pm)
I am going to be purchasing a 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe. Can you'll tell me what the average gas mileage is if I drive mostly freeway like 30% city 70% highway.
I test drove a Honda CRV but I just think it as enough room. I love the way the Santa Fe looks and I like all the room it has. I will be going from a Jeep Cherokee so I know I will save money on gas. After you drive an SUV you cannot go to a car. I can't anyway. Any comments would be appreciate it.
ps. Tell me why I should buy one. Thanks.
#2351 of 2993 Re: Need Info: [mcq1]
Aug 16, 2007 (7:00 pm)
You will save money on gas. The SF is quieter and smoother. I've driven the Cherokee and I thought there was a lot of road noise. And I thought it felt and rode like a truck. That didn't cut it with me. I was driving an Intrepid and was ready for some quiet. Another plus, XM radio built in (at least in the Limited; I don't know about the SE or GLS). It looks similar to a Lexus, inside and out. You know those commercials for Mercedes-Benz where they say something like "No one loves their car as much as a Mercedes-Benz owner"? Baloney. I love my car so much I don't want my husband to drive it !
#2352 of 2993 Re: Need Info: [lv2drv]
Aug 16, 2007 (8:34 pm)
Yeah I know how you feel. The Santa Fe is that kind of car. I really like the new design. It is very sleek and sporty.
Thanks for the information. I will have a hard time keeping it away from the hubby since he drives a Ford truck.
I don't plan on getting the Navi but I do want the top stereo, leather etc. Did you get AWD? I wonder if is worth it. What do you think?
#2353 of 2993 Re: Need Info: [mcq1]
Aug 16, 2007 (11:17 pm)
Three months ago I had to turn in a 2-month-old LOADED Volvo XC90 AWD; it was a company car and I had to give it back when I left the company. (Figures!) Anyway, my wife and I had gotten used to having an SUV in our fleet since we'd had three different company-provided ones over the past 4 years. (My wife's daily driver is a 2006 Mazda 3 GT; my weekend toy is a 2005 Corvette.) Long story short, upon turning in the XC90 we decided to buy ourselves an SUV to add to the fleet.
I started off thinking "small and economical" and test drove a new Hyundai Tucson Limited AWD. The Tucson was a very sweet little SUV and it was surprisingly fun to drive. I was very surprised to find that it has amenities like HomeLink, an auto-dimming mirror, heated seats, illuminated vanity mirrors, and a pretty darned nice-sounding stereo. Part of me was ready to just buy the Tucson and be finished shopping; the wiser part of me figured, "Since we're here, we might as well look at the Santa Fe."
We took a Santa Fe Limited AWD for a drive and it was very impressive, even following the already-impressive Tucson. Both in an absolute sense and as compared with the Tucson, the Santa Fe was smooth, powerful, quiet, and luxurious. The overall feel of the car was superb in every regard. It was clear to me that Hyundai had come a long way!
We left the Hyundai dealership without buying since I knew that I wanted to check out more of the competition. Over the next couple of weeks I closely checked out a lot of stuff including the Chevy Equinox (nice looking, comfortable, available with navigation, but very boring to drive), Dodge Caliber (too spartan inside, under-powered, only engine is 4-cylinder, CVT transmission), Dodge Nitro (pretty nice, actually; auto transmission is only a 4-speed, interior is pretty stark, exterior styling rather polarizing), GMC Acadia (great vehicle but very expensive once you equip it properly), Honda CR-V (made the final cut since it's available with leather + navigation but test drive was disappointing - under-powered with only engine being a 4-cylinder and absolutely no fun to drive), Mitsubishi Outlander (excellent SUV, only one in this class with available xenons AND navigation, same excellent warranty as Hyundai; interior a little bland, brand's future seems shaky in the U.S.), Toyota Highlander (WAY more expensive), and the list goes on. After checking everything out both in person and on-line, the only other SUV we came close to buying was the Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. In truth, I liked it a lot given its standard V8, "manly" styling, very high equipment level, and available navigation. They're a lot more expensive than the top-end Santa Fe, but they're also being discounted much more heavily. After discounts and rebates I could have bought a new Grand Cherokee Limited AWD for around $33,000 (M.S.R.P. approx. $39,000). In the end, though, we went for the Santa Fe Limited AWD with Premium Package, carpeted mats, and first aid kit for $27,000. Besides costing $6000 less than the Jeep (and I still can't believe that I'm saying this), the Hyundai was more enjoyable to drive than the Jeep! The Jeep, with its macho styling, V8 engine (not the Hemi), and excellent off-road ability simply wasn't as much fun as the Hyundai. Add to that the Santa Fe's fresh styling, added rear seat room (vs. the Jeep), industry-leading warranty, stunning interior (complete with illuminated cup holders!), and 18" wheels (vs. the Jeep's 17") and the choice becomes even easier.
We've had our Santa Fe for 3 months now and we've driven it 3300 miles. (Even though it's our "third car" it is frequently our vehicle of choice; my Corvette often stays in the garage so I can drive the Hyundai!). I can't say enough good things about the Santa Fe. It's a genuine pleasure to drive; in fact, I like it every bit as much as I did the 2007 Volvo XC90 it replaced. Personally, I don't see how anyone looking for a small to mid-sized SUV could go wrong with the Santa Fe. I highly recommend it.
#2354 of 2993 Re: Need Info: [mcq1]
Aug 17, 2007 (5:28 am)
"Can you'll tell me what the average gas mileage is if I drive mostly freeway like 30% city 70% highway."
I have a 2007 Santa Fe Limited AWD that I bought new in May. It now has 4,000 miles on it. I'm getting about 19 mpg in mostly city driving. On the highway I get 22-23.
#2355 of 2993 Re: Need Info: [mcq1]
Aug 17, 2007 (7:53 am)
I have FWD. We live in SE Iowa and if it's icy, we stay home. FWD has always worked for me in the past and with ABS and other safety features, I thought I would save the money.
I don't have Navi, either. I have a good sense of direction and I stop and ask when I have a hard time finding my desination. I do love the stereo and XM. Some say the sound isn't the greatest, but I think it's fine. I love the leather. I have the beige interior and i have to clean it a bit more often, but it's worth it when it's so stinking hot. I also have the sun roof . It is such a great vehicle!
#2356 of 2993 Re: Need Info: [mpuzach]
Aug 17, 2007 (12:43 pm)
Wow thanks for the post. Lots of good information. helped I was already leaning heavily towards the Santa Fe but you more than convinced me about it. How is your mpg with the AWD? I want to get the limited with the top stereo but not the NAVI plus I don't want the 3rd row seating either.
I actually have a 1997 Jeep Laredo that I plan to replace with the Santa Fe. Overall it has been a good car for me but it is time for a change. We tend to keep our cars for a long time and that is the reason why I am looking at the Santa Fe. It has a superb warranty and hopefully it will hold as well as my Jeep. Thanks again for the reassurance.
#2357 of 2993 Re: Need Info
Aug 17, 2007 (1:04 pm)
I have the Limited AWD with ultimate package & XM, without the 3rd row seats. It was very hard to find this package without the 3rd row in slate blue! In town I only get 18 mpg, but on long trips I have broken 25 mpg.