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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!
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 :)
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.
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.
Pros: The standard AM/FM/CD player with 6 speakers. Sounds awesome!
Cons: I needed a new transmission within the first month of owning the vehicle
Advice: DEFINATELY WORTH THE MONEY!! AMAZING CAR FOR PRICE!You see the new commercials on T.V. and the car catches your eye. The day I first test drove this vehicle, I knew I was going to buy one. It handles like a dream; smooth, quiet, and sleak. The techtronic shifting automatic transmission is a nice feature to have. The sound system is ten times better than the explorer I previously owned. This vehicle comes standard with keyless entry (an option that once you have, you'll never want to go without), power windows, locks, and mirrors. Basically, you buy the base model and it's already loaded with goodies, unlike most vehicles nowadays. And, on top of all that, you get the best warranty on the market. The only problem I have with the sonata is this: After owning the vehicle for only a week and a half, I took it in for a transmission fluid leak. They found a factory defect and deamed it necessary to replace the entire transmission. I strongly recommend this vehicle to anyone who wants a lot of car for a little money.
Pros: The comfort of its interior design (it's loaded!)
Cons: That I didn't buy one sooner!
Advice: Trust this skeptic, 'Driving IS believing!'I was in the market for a Honda Accord or a Toyota Camry but was so impressed with performance and overall comfort of the Sonata GLS V6. It features everything I'd ever look for in a car (CD, AM/FM Radio, Cassette, Power Moonroof, Power Locks/Windows, SHIFTRONIC gear shift design (like a Ferrari!), and more) for about $10,000 less than a Honda which offers the same!
Pros: Leather Interior/Outside Styling/Comfort/Handling
Cons: The sound system needs improvement
Advice: Great Vehicle, Great ValueI had been shopping for an SUV and decided to check out the Hyundai Santa Fe, which I liked, however I noticed the 2002 Sonata LX on my dealer's lot and was very impressed. After checking out the price and driving it I was sold! The Hyundai Warranty is the best and I would recommend (and have recommended) this vehicle to anyone who is looking at the Camry, Altima or any other mid-sized vehicle. I have been stopped numerous times by people who are impressed by this vehicle.