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Pros: Factory sound system is excellent.
Advice: Test the rest and save some serious cash with the Santa FeI drove so many SUV's in this class before I very comfortably came back to the Santa Fe. Quality, Price, Ergonomics, Manuufaturer/Dealer positive attitude, all are a real plus ompared to the competition. I do not need 4WD so the 2WD has worked out very well. Milaege is much better if you do not have a heavy foot. The design features and sound system really are in a class of their own especially at this price point. Sure, I loved the Toyota Highlander but at 8K more? No way. Hyundai has really made a turnaround since the days of pajama style interior seats.
Pros: driver seat comfort and exterior color (blue)
Cons: arm rest not functional as an arm rest. Should call it a storage unit. High gas usage.
Advice: Be prepared for the actual gas usage vs: the advertised usage.Handles easily. Having trouble understanding the 4wd lock. When in this mode backing up and parking are difficult becomes stiff and difficult to maneuver. Turned motor off while in 4wd lock and vehicle lurched forward. I will follow up on this with the service dept. very soon. Gas mileage is terrible; approx. 13 to 16 miles per gal. Previous car was a 1989 Cavalier which is still running and getting approx. 20-25 miles per gal. and a useful armrest. The seats are very comfortable, especially on a long drive.
Pros: Performance, Performance Performance. Safety though being able to get out of the way - fast!
Cons: The automatic heating/ac system is funky, I always revert to manual.
Advice: Get the salesman lost! lolHad an 2003 Forester X, liked it a lot, appreciated the AWD, elevated visibilty, and that it was compact enough to park in Boston's Chinatown. Wasn't as wowed by the creature comforts and performance, which was competent but nothing beyond. When I went looking for a new one on lease-end, I tried an extended test-drive (got the salesman lost, so he had to phone the dealership for directions home! ;-) of the XT Premium. Big SMILE! Yes, I am paying a price in slightly lower gas mileage, and dishing out for premium, but after nearly 10K miles, I'm happpy everyday. From the power leather seats, stadium sunroof, stability control, great acceleration and hyper-adequate sound system, I'm always happy looking out over the turbo scoop.
Pros: Looks and interior room
Cons: Needs more cargo space
Advice: get the cruise control and the arm restMy wife has wanted this car for the longest time. She had to have a black one. We love all the room. The performance is good, the only thing that I didn't like is traveling through the mountains. You have to drive with the overdrive off and rpms get a little high. Get the optional cruise control. I love that is backed with a name like toyota. I purchased toyota's platium extended warranty. All in all, we love the attention that we get when we are out in it. People have told me that it is the weirdest car they have ever seen. All my co-workers call it a shoebox with wheels. I plan on istalling cold air intake and a dvd system (for the kids.) Great gas mileage and will perform on the freeway.
Pros: The Price
Cons: They way it drove
Advice: Test drive it first, then go to other dealerships and test drive their vehicles....You'll see a differenceAfter a week of research on the web I decided I would test drive SUV's tonight. My first stop was the Ford Dealership that was close to my house. On paper and the reviews I decided I had to test drive the Escape...OOps big MISTAKE. The Escape was comfortable until I started driving. When I first got out of the lot I really was disappointed. It didn't get any better as I drove you because yuo could feel every bump in the road. From a performance standpoint Stay away.
Pros: Red night time lighting
Cons: seat belt warning system even in park with door open
Advice: Buy it!Love it! Power and luxury combined....great features and design
Pros: Fold down seats and 6CD changer
Cons: placement of the cruise control and no standard floor mats
Advice: consider opting for the 100,000 mile bumper to bumper and road side assistance.Bought this car new for my wife and fell in love with it myself. It is still hard for me to believe they can load a SUV down the way they have this one for the price they want. Almost makes you feel guilty for trying to bargain with the salesman. Considered other vehicles on the market with similar features but I couldn't find one that comes close to the Tucson for the money and you can't beat the warranty. I love the way it handles. It reminds me of the Toyota Tacoma's handling but without any of the harsh ride. Feels rock solid and gets a five star safety rating. I've looked from top to bottom to try and see where they cut corners to save money and for the life of me, I haven't been able to find any. Have always been a Chevy man but if Hyundai built a pickup truck I would sure be tempted to buy one.