Many argue Hyundai’s turnaround in the U.S. began with its offer to buy a customer’s car back if they lost their job. Others attribute Hyundai’s robust sales increases to the company’s 10-year/100,000 mile warranty protection. Still others credit Hyundai’s pledge to guarantee the resale value of its cars after five years.
While it’s true all of those factors certainly contributed to the dynamic growth of Hyundai in the U.S., it can also be argued the company’s Santa Fe SUV is what made people start seriously considering a Hyundai in the first place. In fact, during the vehicle’s early years on the market, so popular was Santa Fe, Hyundai dealers had trouble keeping them in stock. That first generation Hyundai Santa Fe was the best selling Hyundai model for a number of years.
Classified as a mid-size crossover today, slotting beneath Hyundai’s Vera Cruz, and above its Tucson, the Hyundai Santa Fe is currently in its second generation.