Guide: 5=Perfect; 3=Good; 1=Poor
Pros: What do you like about your 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe?
Very comfortable to drive,
Excellent handling in traffic, braking very positive,
ESC saved the vehicle and me this past winter when traction was lost on a hill and curve in bad conditions,
Excellent Audio entertainment system, I like the touch screen.
Heated Seats very good,
Select shift used regularly, quality materials used on interior,
Outstanding fit and finish,
Tight body without squeaks or rattles,
Good visibility, except directly behind and below (a camera would solve this)
The quality for the money unsurpassed,
Good acceleration when needed,
Highway MPG at 24,
Headlight coverage good,
Smooth ride not fatiguing,
Audio and Cruise controls on Steering wheel easy to use,
I love the blue instrument and dash lighting, and as an aviator; it is better for your eyes.
Cons: How would you improve your 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe?
The GPS is inferior to other products in other automobiles.
Night lighting of GPS is unusable. Green and brown on Blue is horrible. Needs more detail and control. Note: I have had several discussions with
Relocate fog, ESC and 4WD switch to make it visible from drivers seat, Steering wheel gets in the way of vision.
Place lights in the outside rear view mirror controls on drivers armrest.
Offer the cooler machinery in the counsel that is offered in the Asian and European models. Die cut is already there below mat insert.
Have turn indicators in outside mirrors.
Seat position memory would be a nice addition.
Offer trailer hitch package without third seat.
Six or seven speed transmission,
Rear View Camera is a real need.
Power rear hatch option would be nice.
Offer 110 outlet without touring option.
2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Review:
I test drove, the Honda CRV, Acura RDX, Mazda CX7, Nissan Murano, Toyota Rav4 and Highlander, Saturn Vue, Ford Escape, PT Cruiser, Chevrolet HHR, Subaru Tribeca, Buick Enclave and the Hyundai Santa Fe.
Lb for lb and dollar for dollar I found the Santa Fe to be the SUV of choice for me. Some of the vehicles I tested were too small, (CRV, HHR, PT Cruiser). The Enclave and Toyota Hightlander were too large.
I liked the Mazda CX7 but at the time I was looking it required premium fuel. The Toyota Rav4 drove out the smoothest of all but the front seat bottom was way too short for a 6' male. The fit and finish along with lack of features made it no competition for the Hyundai. The Acura RDX with the electronic package ran about 6-8 thousand more in cost. It did have the most comfortable cockpit to me. I liked the electronics and the position of the wheel. The turbo charger really gave this vehicle the best performance. However, the sports like suspension transmitted every road bump and hole righ up my back. As a spine surgery patient, I could not tolorate that. It also required premium fuel. I delayed my purchase a long time because, I was leaning toward the RDX. The Mazda was very impressive, particularly since they redesigned the nose after the 2007 boondoggle.
It might have been close if I had the dealer compete for the sale.
The Ford escape really disappointed me. When I was test driving it, the temperatures were in the 90's and the sun was beating down. Naturally, I had the air conditioner on. I noted that the engine did not quit at stop signs. Then I learned that Ford uses an engine driven compressor and therefore the engine must be running whenever you use the airconditoner. So much for high mpg and the advantage of a hybrid. The Escape also had no assist straps anywhere in the vehicle and I had the top trim line. The interiro did not come close to the Santa Fe. It was less roomy and there was alot of road noise. Also the Atkins gas engine was geared very low so there was engine whine at highway speed.
I have owned my Santa Fe for a year now. I have grown to apprecitate it more each time I drive it.
I would recommend it to anyone. The critique list I provided is not something to take litely. I have compiled it over the past year of owning a Santa Fe.
Here is one really important ownership tip. The Paint used by Hyundai is from PPG.
I had the unfortunate experience of having my rear tailgate keyed when it only had 300 miles on it.
I took it to the best body shop I could find. They used Glaserit paint which is used by Mercedes and Porche. Unfortunately, as hard as they tried they could not match my Deepwater (Midnight*) blue.
Unhappy with the result they agreed with me to use PPG paint to do it over. I told them to wait until I got back to them.
I contacted Hyundai and they were very helpful. I ended up getting the PPG formula from the factory and it matched perfectly. Here is the answer to so what? The painter at the shop asked me where I got my formula because it matched perfectly yet the formula he got from PPG for my car did not match. So, word to the wise. Use a Hyundai provided formula if you cant in the event you need to have your Hyundai painted.
* Midnight Blue wa used instead of Deepwater Blue by the Hyundai Plant.
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