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Pros: Power hatches/doors
Cons: Minivan looks (though it is best of all choices)
Advice: Haggle--never pay MSRP, even for 'out the door' cost!The fit & finish of this vehicle is excellent, and ride & sound quality are first-rate. Lots of content for the price--no one comes close. As for reliability, we will see. But with free 7 year/100,000 mile warranty, at least it won't come out of my pocket!
Pros: Performance: Turning ratio and low road noise
Cons: Rear view
Advice: Shop priceand financeThe SUV is quiet, low amount of road noise. I had a 4Runner and it had wind and drive train noise that had me cranking up the radio. The Grand Cherokee's Steering wheel controls are slick. Plenty of grocery room aft without knocking down the rear seats. I have only one negative and that is rear view. The rear window is blocked out somewhat by the headrests. I will get used to the limited rear view, I have less in my Caddy, Northstar. By the way I compared this and test drove the Caddy, Escalade. The Grand Cherokee wins hands down, Caddy is too big and still a GMC truck, nothing 'sporty'. This exceeded my expectations in options, I have it loaded, even the 17' wheels. No buyers remorse, it is fun to drive. I can also flat tow it behind my Safari Motor Home
Pros: the engine
Cons: The fact that it was four door not two door
Advice: check out the red it looks that bestThe drive was cumforatble but yet starteling when i think of sporty imports i think of two door. but
Pros: The cumulative quality of the car
Cons: The in rear window antenna's lack of reception power
Advice: You MUST seriously consider this vehicle before you buy anything else in its class!I love the ride of this vehicle! I'm not a speed demon, but I love knowing I have all that horsepower and torque available whenever I feel the urge. I've seen and heard lots of reviews from car magazines, television auto programs and such, but I have gotten an extreme amount of complements about the looks of this car - even from people who were driving Lexus' and BMW's! Everything about this vehicle is choice! Resale value, maintenance costs, insurance costs - all these things are superior relative to other vehicles in its class Sure, you can find some faults with it (gas mileage isn't what was advertised, antenna placed in rear windshield lacks adequate reception power and the tires could/should definitely be wider) but overall, this is my first, and probably not my last, TL....P.S. and even not getting the Type S or Navi options doesn't diminish this vehicle in the least!
Pros: Overall handling and performance
Cons: No scan feature on the radio
Advice: Test drive itThis car offers it all! If you like performance, fuel economy, and handling, this is the vehicle. I read all of the reviews, and for the most part they were accurate about the pluses and minuses of the design. Looks aren't the greatest, but the more you drive it, the better it looks.
Pros: The GPS!! It works great, even when a accident blocks the road ahead, hit the detour button, and it gets you around it
Cons: The truck has the smallest coat hanger hook I have ever seen! You cannot even put a sportcoat on a nice hanger on it, plus it is in a terrible spot! The may have thought of everything else, but missed this one big time!
Advice: Get the cd changer and the sunroof for sure!I love the power of the vehicle and the feel on the road, wet or dry. The halogen lights are worth the money as they are so much brighter than any else you have driven. It would be nice if the steering wheel had some sound system controls on it though. Those buttons are somewhat small and a long reach.
Pros: Beautifully styled unibody construction.
Cons: A number of dashboard controls are confusing and unintuitive.
Advice: This is probably not your SUV if you intend to go bouncing around in swamps and and on pockmarked terrain.My Santa Fe LX has the Black Obsidian exterior, and it is a beauty to behold. For being in the 'sub-compact SUV' class, it projects a surprisingly massive appearance. Sitting in the driver's seat and looking out over the hood, one is struck with the feeling of driving a hybrid of the Batmobile and some vehicle you might expect to see in one of the Alien movies. The interior feels spacious and is very well-appointed with lots of luxurious touches one wouldn't expect in a 'value' brand like Hyundai - heated driver and passenger seats, leather seats all around, heated side mirrors, extra power outlets, power everything (with the exception of seats, which, oddly, are not even available as an option). The car drives very solidly. The 2.7 liter V6 provides good power and decent acceleration, though it does tend to hesitate for half a second and then kick into rocket mode when you accelerate hard. And though the standard automatic transmission (mine is the 2WD model, and not the 4WD) claims to have overdrive, it really doesn't *feel* like overdrive while driving the car; i.e., when you take your foot off the gas pedal at highway speeds, you feel some torqueing down and your speed seems to decrease more rapidly than with 'real' overdrive as I've experienced it in other cars. However, the overall driving experience is very good, even with the minor performance flaws. You feel as if you're driving a big, bad, but very stylish truck, even though the thing actually handles much more like a regular passenger vehicle. And no other direct competitor offers so many standard features for the price.