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Cons: Power and Cargo space
Advice: Do not buy one!!!I test drove a white Tucson but wanted a blue one. The White one had pick up and drove nicely. I did not get a chance to drive the blue one before I purchased it. When I went to drive out of the parking lot It had no power. When I got it home I had a hard time getting it from Park to drive. It has had to have the transmision replaced. I purchased it in May and have only had it to drive for about 3 weeks. It is now July. It has spend multilple time in the shop already.
Pros: Too many
Cons: Console between the front seats
Advice: Expect it to feel closer to a truck than a car as an SUV should.My FEH is actually a 2006 and I just purchased it. So far, it is wonderful and lives up to its billing. Although you can hear the engine working on steep highway upgrades, the power is there and I've had no trouble getting up the grade. It also has plenty of power for getting onto the freeway and through traffic. My fuel efficiency is increasing, but there is definitely a break-in period. At 5'2' most vehicles don't fit me very well, this one is an exception; the seat is can move even closer than I need and it does not put me too close to the airbag. Plus, it has a sensor for my seat position and weight to regulate the force of the airbag. The back seats are roomy and comfortable, which seems unusual for a hybrid. The fuel economy is great for an SUV or truck, but not for a car so if you want look for the smaller hybrid cars.
Pros: The interior dash although very different is VERY easy to use
Cons: No memory seats or smart keys. 3 row seats are a waste
Advice: Wait for the rebates and good financing. That's what I intend to do.Drove both the 7-passenger ltd. and the 5-passenger ltd. The drive was smooth and acceleration was good, better than the RX330 or Murano SL. This is a vehicle that will come out of nowhere and create some nice competition amongst other vehicles in its class.
Pros: Warranty and safety features.
Cons: Overall Build quality
Advice: If you are conservative go to proven Santa Fe model.Well, be honest, you can not get fully optioned leather trimmed Mini SUV under $2500. Right? But New sporty look Tucson is under $2300 MSRP. Check the warranty and safety features. Check the design. I think Tucson looks way better than Honda CR-V or toy-looking Rav4. But remember, hyundai improved its quality dramatically but still is an underdog. I think this vehicles need 2% more effort on its final work.
Pros: The sunroof is a nice touch
Cons: Needs more room for taller people.
Advice: Good investment if unwilling to spend more.I just recently purchased a 2005 Santa Fe GLS with and added sunroof, auto temp control,6 disc cd changer and homelink auto dimming mirror. Overall, I think it is not a bad SUV, however if you are over 6 ft tall it could be a problem. I had it only for 600 miles before I had to have the rotors resurfaced and the cd player conked out on me. It lacks power, however the shiftronic does add some pickup, especially when passing. It is a very quiet ride, and very smooth. I also like the design for the 2005, which is slightly different from the other models, which gives it a sleeker look.
Pros: Airbags everywere
Cons: Center console under arm feels and sounds cheap
Advice: Get the V6I have been profesionally working on cars for almost 8 years now and after feeling how well the vehicle was put together this was an easy decision. My wife and I previously owned a 2003 Tiburon, let me tell you Hyundai has come a long, long way. I have owned and worked on so many vehicles I am absolutely amazed what we got when we puchased our Tuscon GLS V6. My other vehicle is a Dodge Durango but I always want to drive the Tuscon! Way to go Hyundai, keep it up.
Pros: We like it so well that we don't have a favorite
Cons: The doors do not lock automatically when the b9 moves. This an important security measure.
Advice: Look at the competition first to fully realize how good this b9 is.We drove it---We loved it--We bought it and love it. The only exception being the lack of door locks, please note below.