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Pros: Performance - nice power/handling
Cons: Interior - overall poor finish/service
Advice: Make your own choicePerformance of the car is great. Nice acceleration, good handling. All those things that made me buy an Acura. The quality of the vehicle leaves something to be desired. Looks great at first pass, but drive it for a few miles and see and hear... Clunks from brakes, Squeeks and rattles from dash and console, Glove box rattles at every bump, Fit and finish of the interior very poor quality with sub standard material for a vehicle at this price point - compare quality to Lexus/BMW or Volvo - the differnce is obvious. One of the worst overall service experiences I have had with any product. Friendly up front, but unable to resolve any problems - very quick to throw up hands and say 'we can't fix, if you don't like go to arbitration' (and this is from the factory rep and customer service not dealership.
Pros: Safety, value, 'fun factor', little touches
Cons: gas mileage a little disappointing so far
Advice: If you're in the market for a small SUV, you'd be foolish not to consider the Tucson.I've had my Tucson a month and absolutely love it. I researched a lot of vehicles, and when you combine its safety, driveability, equipment, build quality, warranty, design, etc., I simply think the Tucson has no peers value-wise. Little touches like the in-door cup holders, top and side cargo area lights, flat-folding seats, and interior door panel light that's visible at night when the door is open show me a lot of thought went into this car. The great sounding 6-cd stereo and the sophisticated 4WD system also demonstrate Hyundai was determined to offer something that stood out from the small SUV crowd. Like others, I would like a little better mileage from the V6, but some reviewers have seen improvement as the vehicle breaks in. Overall though, I'm extremely happy and anxious to try it out in some Colorado snow!
Pros: 4WD with 'lock' feature
Cons: Offer electric seats
Advice: If lookingDrove and handled great.....enough power with V6, pulls the mountains with ease but bigger engine would be an enhancement. Very solid fill and I thought the driving postion and comfort was superb. All controls are where you need them and easy to reach. I've owned Subaru's, Toyota Tocoma's, and other (4WD) vehicle's, and in the snow, this will out do any that I've mentioned. 6 Air Bag's, ESP/TC, 4WD SAFE SAFE SAFE.........
Pros: Ride comfort
Cons: Third row seating limitations
Advice: Test drive one, and you won't want to give it back!Pros: Upscale; quiet, smooth; responsive; leg/hip room; VDC, airbags standard; multiple seating configurations Cons: H6 3.0 struggles on long inclines; third row entry/exit OK for small kids This car fits my needs very nicely, with plenty of leg and lateral room in the first two rows, a quiet, smooth ride, unique looks, and all the amenities and options of a much more expensive SUV. The entry-exit is much lower and easier than comparably-sized vehicles, although you do sit up high enough to have a very good view of traffic. The driver controls are very user-friendly and easily accessible. The smoothly shifting and peppy H6 engine can supposedly do 0-60 in 8-something seconds, and does very well getting on the freeway and in passing. It could use a bit more power on steep inclines, however. Sport mode (extra 'oomph' for auto tranny) and manual shifting capabilities are a plus. VDC (vehicle dynamics control) and independent suspension also a bonus for driver and passengers alike. Subaru has done a very good job of designing a model that will compete well with anything in this size as well as any upscale mid-size SUV.
Pros: Curved dashboard.
Advice: Drive itMy first SUV and I love it. My 2 year old grandson calls it Grammy's ship. Space ship I think he means. Went to the dealers to buy a Forester and fell in love with the Tribeca. My husband liked it so well he bought one too.
Pros: Warranty, Stereo, lots of extras— traction control, fog lights, child seat anchors, etc
Cons: low resale value, exterior styling
Advice: check it out, you might be surprisedI rented a Santa Fe on a vacation recently and was quite surprised by its performance and functionality. Shopping recently, I looked hard at Mazda Tribute, Jeep Liberty and Chevy Equinox. When I found out I could get a similar Santa Fe for 2-3K less, I went for it. Plus, the dealership bent over backward to make the deal. I really like the car. It feels solid and well-engineered. Yes, the 3.5L V6 is a little jumpy from low idle. Doesn't handle real well in curves. Mileage is not great— not terrible either. The ashtray doesn't seem fitted properly when you open it. That's OK, I don't smoke. Other than that, I couldn't be happier. Lots of nice features throughout, ergonomics are good. Stereo is very nice. Bumper flares are a bit odd, but overall styling is clean and simple.
Pros: Comfortable seats, very nice aluminum trim, good warranty(it's necessary).
Cons: The loose fitting interior parts, reliability issues, bland interior
Advice: If you want a reliable vehicle, this vehicle is not for you. Look at Rav4 or CR-V for that.First, lets start off with the good things of this Hyundai. The seats are very comfortable, and the controls are placed in a very sensible place-the designers thought this cabin out very well, though it is a bit bland. The exterior stands out from the crowd, and is very well designed, especially compared to the ugly Santa Fe. The interior noise is very low, but at higher speeds there are some chirping wind noise from the window. Also the aluminum trim in the center counsle is very unique. Now the bad parts is that the V-6 doesnt perform as nearly as good as a V-6 should, and there isnt that much advantage of it over the competetors V-6. Forget the 4cylinder on the vehicle, it is the weakest engine in the class. Another unfortunate thing about this car is that the interior is cheaply put together. Ill fitting trim around the shifter and the steering wheel cover just rattle all the time and is normal, according to my Hyundai dealer. Since I only have a 1-year lease, I plan to end the lease and buy a Nissan Xterra. Overall though, this vehicle is livable, but there need to be some improvements made.