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Old 11-27-2016, 06:29 PM
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These threads are probably getting irritating but I know yall have a lot of advice so here we are: My wife is now interested in a brand new vehicle. With the money from VW and some more out of our savings, we can buy a new vehicle straight out. I know their warranties are nice, 100,000/10 years on the powertrain. We looked at a few today and since the dealerships are closed we knew we wouldn't get stalked. Couldn't tell much about them and I know know nothing about them. Good/bad/ugly, let er rip. Thanks!
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Old 11-27-2016, 06:35 PM
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I've had a few as rentals recently, they got great gas mileage, but they have very cheap interiors. Seats are narrow as well.
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Old 11-27-2016, 09:24 PM
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I'd personally be looking at the Toyota and Honda options instead.
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Old 11-27-2016, 10:43 PM
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My grandma just got a 2016 Tucson. Its a good car with good fuel economy and reliable but the interior is so cheap and the road noise is pretty bad. Its a basic cheap car.

Id be looking at a Mazda CX5 for the same price
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Old 11-28-2016, 03:21 AM
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Had a previous gen Santa Fe. Was a wonderful vehicle until 10-12k miles when the cheap interior started making noise, hit a bump and it sounded like trim panels and pieces were popping off. When my wife notices, it's bad. Great value and nice otherwise but never again.

Have been shopping ourselves and CX5 and RDX at top of our list. Or used Lexus.
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Old 11-28-2016, 04:02 AM
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I don't know why it is but all of the Japanese vehicles I have ever driven have very hard seats. They are not comfortable for longer trips. I have rented a couple and my wife has a 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander and compared to my 2016 Ford Escape her seats are like sitting on a board. I prefer to drive mine rather than hers when we go places.

Other than the hard seats its a nice vehicle and the Mitsubishi is fairly quiet not much road noise and it does get good fuel economy.
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Santa Fe = POS
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Old 11-28-2016, 04:30 AM
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We have a 2014 Santa Fe. I couldn't be happier with the interior. Way nicer and roomier than the inlaws rav-4. Not sure of the older models so maybe they have stepped their game up. We leased it because like many we were unsure of hyundais new found quality but I see us buying the vehicle at the end of the lease
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We had an 07 Limited AWD and other than a couple minor easy to solve issues was more than pleased with it inside and out; with the V6 it towed our utility trailer well and handled the 18' pontoon too... Traded it in for a 15 Ultimate AWD Sport Turbo and while we like it a lot too the overall quality just doesn't quite match the 07 but it is a Hyundai and did indeed cost much less than other comparable brands...
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Old 11-28-2016, 05:17 AM
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My wife and I rented a Santa Fe in Vegas in October for 4 days. Put 500 miles on it. I though it was a great small SUV. It was a limited? with the V6 and leather interior. It got fantastic gas mileage.......31mpg. I didn't think the interior was cheap at all. It had about 18,000 miles on it when we rented it
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I've been driving my Hyundai Genesis for 5 years with no issues other than oil/filter changes, tires and brakes. It is the best car I've ever owned. When looking for a new car for my wife 2 years ago, we got her a Santa Fe. It is the larger one (not the sport) with Ultimate Platinum package. (mental note - never bring wife while car shopping)

The car has been reliable and she loves it. We may end up buying it after the lease ends. The only complaint that I have is that I don't care for the seats. I'm a wide guy and the seats don't "fit me well". Otherwise, it is a great vehicle. She loves the seats.

I don't know why people say that the interior is cheap. We have leather heated seats and heated captains chairs in the 2nd row. It even has a heated searing wheel. I guess any care with the base model might be lesser quality. If you want a nicer interior... all you have to do is pay for it.
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I don't know why people say that the interior is cheap. We have leather heated seats and heated captains chairs in the 2nd row. It even has a heated searing wheel. I guess any care with the base model might be lesser quality. If you want a nicer interior... all you have to do is pay for it.
I don't consider the interior cheap at all but I just felt it was lacking a little here and there compared to our older model as there were several items either missing and/or differently made that I just felt let down by. But to be truthful perhaps they are not missing in the larger model... As it was to be the wife's new got go I did not look at it as close as I should have and now she don't like the color she picked... I may yet trade it in for the longer version so that I have the V6 and 5K towing ability...
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I've been driving my Hyundai Genesis for 5 years with no issues other than oil/filter changes, tires and brakes. It is the best car I've ever owned. When looking for a new car for my wife 2 years ago, we got her a Santa Fe. It is the larger one (not the sport) with Ultimate Platinum package. (mental note - never bring wife while car shopping)

The car has been reliable and she loves it. We may end up buying it after the lease ends. The only complaint that I have is that I don't care for the seats. I'm a wide guy and the seats don't "fit me well". Otherwise, it is a great vehicle. She loves the seats.

I don't know why people say that the interior is cheap. We have leather heated seats and heated captains chairs in the 2nd row. It even has a heated searing wheel. I guess any care with the base model might be lesser quality. If you want a nicer interior... all you have to do is pay for it.
Hyundai uses cheaper materials on the interior, it has nothing to do with options, and more to do with the lower quality plastics they use. Hyundai has come a long way, but their interiors still need some help, and that goes to their Genesis line as well, they just aren't on par with their competition.
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Had a previous gen Santa Fe. Was a wonderful vehicle until 10-12k miles when the cheap interior started making noise, hit a bump and it sounded like trim panels and pieces were popping off. When my wife notices, it's bad. Great value and nice otherwise but never again.

Have been shopping ourselves and CX5 and RDX at top of our list. Or used Lexus.
Same thing with my wife's. We just traded hers on a Toyota 4-runner.
I was amazed at the difference in the 2 vehicles.
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Old 11-28-2016, 08:33 AM
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I rented a diesel Santa Fe when in Iceland a few months ago and it was awesome. I beat the crap out of it going 70 on gravel roads for a week and I was really surprised how tight it was. I have been in them here and i think the ones in Iceland must come off of a different assembly line or something because the ones here seem cheap where the one there was like a Cadillac.
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The retail SUV market is full of mid size units that are really good vehicles. That said, some of these fine looking units come from tier 2 manufacturers like Kia, Hyundai, Kia, Subaru and Mitsubishi.

You might let us know how much you're willing to spend on a new vehicle--and then better advise could be given. And how many people will you need to carry?

There are other SUV's in the marketplace that I'd rather have than Hyundai--depending on needs.

I haul a couple of grandkids around so we needed the third row seat--and settled on a Ford Explorer XLT with leather and navigation. I'm getting 25 mpg @ 75 mph, and it's just great for a $32K vehicle. You can get a 2 seat version for $27K with less trim--a real value.

The Ford Edge is another very popular 5 seat vehicle that has high quality seating and ride. If you're looking for a smaller SUV, I'm a Honda CRV or HRV fan--if you can find a dealer selling at a reasonable price.
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bought a santa fe new in 2014, never a problem and was a great suv. The only thing I didn't like was the ride was stiff.
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Old 11-28-2016, 01:51 PM
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Lots of Santa FE and Kias, around here,they are owned by many well healed retires so they must be good.
I have a 2012 Honda CRV, great vehicle but I will never buy another one because of the road noise, maybe the redesigned 2017 will be better. Mine is so noisy that I dropped the sat radio because I soul not hear it.
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Toyota Rav4 or Honda CRV. Both great cars and will be worth something 5 years later.
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It is funny, Hyundai has done such a great job with their cars (Elantra, Sonata, Genesis), which (like all cars) don't make a ton of money and hasn't done nearly as well with their cuv/suv lineup.
If you look at most of the mainstream (non-premium: Acura, Infinity & Lexus) Asian cuv's/suv's ( Toyota, Nissan, Kia, Hyundai, Honda & Mazda), they are seriously lacking in features, engine performance and interior quality compared to the comparable Jeep/Ford products.
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