New Hyundai Ratings
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2002 Hyundai Santa Fe - GLS FWD
Pros: The whole package!
Cons: filling the gas tank
Advice: Hyundai's built a great SUV - go for it!I love the Santa Fe, it's a great SUV. I got it in August and it has been trouble free for 8500 miles so far. There are only a couple of little things to complain about - the engine could be slightly more powerful and filling the gas tank is an annoying process, depending on the pumps at different gas stations. I have to really work to fill the tank completely. Everything else is great - comfortable, great features for the price. A great value. Ignore the bad press about engine problems - that was old news about a problem that's already been fixed in the first few months of production.
2002 Hyundai Elantra - (M5) Sedan
Pros: CD player
Advice: This car is a great deal all around! Get a lot of bang for your buck!Smooth handling and power make this car a great one to drive. Power steering and cruise control are two features I didn't have in my previous car, and I'm growing to love them!
2002 Hyundai Sonata - Base (M5)
Pros: The V6 and the Shiftronic Transmission
Cons: Front seat backs are a little stiff for me (just a nit)
Advice: Go and drive the SonataI have owned this new Sonata for about a month now and have driven it 1800 miles. This car is a great vehicle, very quite, many features, the V6 has plenty of power for me. My wife saw the Sonata after driving the Elantra and fell in love with it. The styling is great, all the body panels fit nicely, the rear seat room is great, and the interior is attractive. Great sound system. The front seat backs seemed a little stiff at first but either I am getting use to them or they are softening up some. The engine compartment is layed out very well, all the fluid containers are clear so fluid levels can be inspected without cap removal. The 'Shiftronic' transmission feature is also a lot of fun! The quality of this Hyundai appear to be outstanding. No problems so far just fun! This car drives very nice! With the great warranty that Hyundai offers, that helped me put some faith in the 'new' Hyundai Motor Company.
2003 Hyundai Tiburon - GT V6 (M5)
Pros: The looks
Cons: No ABS without a sunroof on the automatic
Advice: Make sure you don't need room for more than one adult or teenager. Back seats are for small packages and pets only.Sharp looks! I get lots of second looks and every kid in a tuner wants to race me, it seems. I haven't given in to the urge to compete....yet. But this car will surprise many people. It is fun to drive and very responsive. I keep reading where testers think the car is slow or underpowered. I beg to differ. It is a bit heavy for it's size, (over 3000 lbs curb weight), but compare it's low end torque and sophisticated engine to any American sports car and you'll be pleasantly surprised. No,it won't blow the doors off a Mustang or Camaro V8, but it will certainly hold it's own against stock Celicas, Probes, Civics, Eclipses and Acura RSX types. I like the spartan interior. It reminds me of German styling and I find it refreshingly simple. It doesn't flaunt it'as style like so many similar car interiors, which I find overdone and plastic. The one professional review here complains about the hatch being hard to close. If he'd looked closer, there's a recessed grip at the lower right of the inside panel, that makes grabbing the spoiler unnecessary. This car's handling is very tight, although it does exhibit a fair amount of understeer (easily compensated for once you get a feel for it) due to the heavier V6. Torque steer is also evident at lower speeds in lower gears, but is manageable. Overall, I love to drive this car. Plenty of punch in it's stock form, above average handling, and the stare factor is very cool!
2002 Hyundai Santa Fe - LX AWD
Pros: Smooth ride: luxury carlike, comfortable seats and roomy interior :)
Cons: No auto on/off lights and little more powerponies for acceleration :(
Advice: Excellent value and warranties w/loads of features. Best small 4x4 :)Excellent on/off road ride,quiet interior and comfortable seating also heated front seats :)
2002 Hyundai Santa Fe - Base (M5) FWD
Pros: COMFORT AND STYLISH
Cons: I DIDN'T GET THE FOG LIGHTS
Advice: TEST DRIVE IT AND YOU WILL SEE A LOT MORE THAN ITS BEAUTY.I FINALLY BOUGHT THE SANTA FE AFTER LONG HOURS OF RESEARCH AND MUCH PATIENCE.THE TEST DRIVE IS WHAT SOLD ME I ALREADY APPRECIATED THE LOOK OF A DIFFERENT STYLE SUV AND THE WARRANTY BUT WHEN I SAT DOWN AND DROVE THIS I WAS HOOKED.THE COMFORT INSIDE THE CABIN IS MORE THAN MOST SUV'S SHE HANDLED AS EASILY AS A SEDAN.I ALMOST FELT AS IF I WAS IN A TALL FAMILY STATION WAGON.IT ALSO RECEIVED A VERY GOOD 40 MPH CRASH TEST REVIEW.
2002 Hyundai Santa Fe - GLS FWD
Pros: The very well detailed rear cargo area
Cons: cruise control on/off button location
Advice: do your research on line and decide what price you should payI did a ton of research before I bought my Santa Fe. Dollar for Dollar you get so much more! On the GLS model so much is standard: Tinted windows, V-6, auto, air, two-tone paint & more! Rides great! Gas mileage 19 mpg city. The warranty cant be beat! I love it! Only con is where the cruise control on/off button is on steering wheel. I keep accidently turning it on.