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Pros: Warranty and safety features.
Cons: Overall Build quality
Advice: If you are conservative go to proven Santa Fe model.Well, be honest, you can not get fully optioned leather trimmed Mini SUV under $2500. Right? But New sporty look Tucson is under $2300 MSRP. Check the warranty and safety features. Check the design. I think Tucson looks way better than Honda CR-V or toy-looking Rav4. But remember, hyundai improved its quality dramatically but still is an underdog. I think this vehicles need 2% more effort on its final work.
Pros: The sunroof is a nice touch
Cons: Needs more room for taller people.
Advice: Good investment if unwilling to spend more.I just recently purchased a 2005 Santa Fe GLS with and added sunroof, auto temp control,6 disc cd changer and homelink auto dimming mirror. Overall, I think it is not a bad SUV, however if you are over 6 ft tall it could be a problem. I had it only for 600 miles before I had to have the rotors resurfaced and the cd player conked out on me. It lacks power, however the shiftronic does add some pickup, especially when passing. It is a very quiet ride, and very smooth. I also like the design for the 2005, which is slightly different from the other models, which gives it a sleeker look.
Pros: Airbags everywere
Cons: Center console under arm feels and sounds cheap
Advice: Get the V6I have been profesionally working on cars for almost 8 years now and after feeling how well the vehicle was put together this was an easy decision. My wife and I previously owned a 2003 Tiburon, let me tell you Hyundai has come a long, long way. I have owned and worked on so many vehicles I am absolutely amazed what we got when we puchased our Tuscon GLS V6. My other vehicle is a Dodge Durango but I always want to drive the Tuscon! Way to go Hyundai, keep it up.
Pros: We like it so well that we don't have a favorite
Cons: The doors do not lock automatically when the b9 moves. This an important security measure.
Advice: Look at the competition first to fully realize how good this b9 is.We drove it---We loved it--We bought it and love it. The only exception being the lack of door locks, please note below.
Pros: Rear glass lift
Cons: fake duel pipes , If real would have given it more power
Advice: buyer bewareNo power to pull out, after you turn engine off where all that heat coming from, Is that really A/C, bad gas mileage. We all bought the car really for the winter but I have a felling all its fancy gadgets are not going to work well or if all... Buy the way no resale value I tried to trade it in at 5 dealers they just don’t want it.
Pros: Performance - nice power/handling
Cons: Interior - overall poor finish/service
Advice: Make your own choicePerformance of the car is great. Nice acceleration, good handling. All those things that made me buy an Acura. The quality of the vehicle leaves something to be desired. Looks great at first pass, but drive it for a few miles and see and hear... Clunks from brakes, Squeeks and rattles from dash and console, Glove box rattles at every bump, Fit and finish of the interior very poor quality with sub standard material for a vehicle at this price point - compare quality to Lexus/BMW or Volvo - the differnce is obvious. One of the worst overall service experiences I have had with any product. Friendly up front, but unable to resolve any problems - very quick to throw up hands and say 'we can't fix, if you don't like go to arbitration' (and this is from the factory rep and customer service not dealership.
Pros: Safety, value, 'fun factor', little touches
Cons: gas mileage a little disappointing so far
Advice: If you're in the market for a small SUV, you'd be foolish not to consider the Tucson.I've had my Tucson a month and absolutely love it. I researched a lot of vehicles, and when you combine its safety, driveability, equipment, build quality, warranty, design, etc., I simply think the Tucson has no peers value-wise. Little touches like the in-door cup holders, top and side cargo area lights, flat-folding seats, and interior door panel light that's visible at night when the door is open show me a lot of thought went into this car. The great sounding 6-cd stereo and the sophisticated 4WD system also demonstrate Hyundai was determined to offer something that stood out from the small SUV crowd. Like others, I would like a little better mileage from the V6, but some reviewers have seen improvement as the vehicle breaks in. Overall though, I'm extremely happy and anxious to try it out in some Colorado snow!