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Pros: I thought it would ride like a smooth sedan and not like a truck..
Cons: loud sound from passenger's sidestepping on gas pedal, when excelerating makes a loud grinding sound and steering wheel fibrates. Does not drive smoothly at all.The lumbar seats are very unfortable and can not be adjusted properly.
Advice: I would not buy a Santa Fe. They spend more time on advertising 100,000 warrenty then they do on their engineering.I test drove this car before purchasing and it drove fairly smoothly. That is why we purchased the car. We were pressured in making a choice immediately. We are VERY DISAPPOINTED in the performance in many ways. From the noise from the passenger side window, the exceleration witrh it's loud grinding noise and the vibration in the steering wheel. The radio works very poorly. Hard to see out of back rear view mirror, etc. I will never buy a Hyundai car again. First and last time. Have brought it to my dealer and they recognized the sounds and problems and they informed me it is a ENGINEERING problem and can not be fixed by them!!!!!
Pros: Lots of power, leg room, GREAT stereo
Cons: Wish that the handles above the passenger windows weren't so loose.
Advice: Check this car out before you buy a Corolla or Civic, better bang for the buck.I have owned three Toyotas, 2 of them, a Corolla. The Elantra GT is a fast, quiet car. This has a lot more leg room than any compact car I have been in. The quality in the Elantra GT is top noch, very clean looking. Super stereo system, way better than I expected. I drive freeway most of the time, I get 33 mpg with this car, which averages 400 or so miles to a tank of gas. I have 12,000 miles on my car already, and it has been just fantastic. A very fun car
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.
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!
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.
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 :)