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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.
Pros: Sunroof, leather interior
Cons: gas tank and gas mileage
Advice: Fun to drive but not for long tripsWe love this Jeep Liberty Limited very much. The engine is very responsive with lots of room to accelerate on the open road if desired. This vehicle is loaded so we have no complaints about the fun and comfort level. The only thing is to caution about is the gas mileage and size of fuel tank. Seems like the gas tank is too small for a vehicle this thirsty. We live in a town of 130,000, so traffic is not bad, but we find ourselvses filling up frequently. Another thing is seating comfort. On long trips the seats seem to become unbearable. Good thing the beast has good heating/AC function and adequate stereo. Good vehicle but beware.
Pros: Power moonroof and cargo nets.
Cons: Getting use to the wiper control and cruise control locations.
Advice: To ask about the optional accessories.The Forrester handles great on wet pavement. I noticed that it is harder to handle in high wind, but we don't have to deal with that too often in the south. Go ahead and get the extras like an armrest and cargo nets instead of waiting later like I did. The gas miliage isn't too good with the turbo, but still isn't too bad. Overall I am quite pleased with the Forrester.
Pros: Dash Layout and the turn signals in the side-mirrors.
Cons: I think the auto-dimming mirror with compass should have come standard on the Limited.
Advice: If you have a growing family - and demand a great AWD system - this is the one!!This is my 4-year-old's Tribeca. I am lucky enough to be his 'chauffer.' This is my 3rd Subie and our family's 6th. I LOVE the 'Manu-Matic'! The engine can be as responsive as you like: velvety-smooth in automatic, more aggressive in Sport, or you control it directly. It firmly grips the road; handles and brakes with confidence. It is comfortable and quiet! And I know it will make the hairpin turn and 35 degree incline for my driveway in any kind of weather! I feel very secure driving my growing family in it. Also, the step-in height is just perfect for each member of the family.
Pros: turbo/huge sunroof
Cons: driver seat is not automatic
Advice: you will not be sorry to own this vehicleTurbo is awesome. Sunroof is awesome. Dealership was excellent and very helpful.