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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.
Pros: THe exterior styling
Cons: The sound of the horn needs to be altered to a big car sound
Advice: Just drive and then you'll knowHave owned my 2002 Sonata approx. 5 months and am utterly overwhelmed and impressed with the quality, comfort, style, and affordability of this auto. I was struck the day these were delivered to the dealership and proceeded out the door with the first one a day and a half later. There is nothing unpleasant or displeasing about this automobile. Three cheers to it's concept and development and to those involved with it's creation. The warrantee is just the icing on the cake and I have to commend Bill Bryan Hyundai of Winter Park for their professionalism and fortitude to make this ownership possible. You've got a winner with this one and the new merchandising concept is a sure thing for you continued success.
Pros: Probably the looks ! It's beautiful, looks like a Mercedes or Jag.
Cons: Very few problems - in 20 degree winters the CD won't change until warmed up
Advice: Drive it only if you're prepared to be impressed and buy it !I looked at the larger XG300 (2001) and was VERY impressed with it. We could have afforded it (add'l $8500) but with a son in college, we decided to look at the less expensive Sonata, base model, with optional V6 and rear disc brakes. Wow ! That's what we bought - our local dealer took off several hundred, and it cost us $16,400. Three years ago we got a new Neon for $14,400 and it is 1/2 the car (not to mention having the head gasket go). Also had head gaskets go on another new Neon, also 1999, a 1992 Dodge Spirit, a Taurus and a Buick - in 8 years. So I was very attracted to the 10 year powertrain warrantee on the Sonata, since US carmakers obviously can't build cars any more.