2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS Fwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
When I mentioned Hyundai to some guys I get the rolling eyes and the standard remarks, cheap, non performing, low ratings etc. I bought my Santa Fe new after much fighting with my hubby who wanted me to buy anything but that. Well, my car has a 155,000 miles and other than regular oil changes and scheduled maintenance (which I performed faithfully at the dealership), the only out of warranty repair I had was a new battery at 101,000 miles and a broken power steering container at 107,000 miles. It's a perfect vehicle for busy families. It's comfortable in the front and back and the back holds plenty of luggage and supplies. The money I saved was used on vacations with my family!
Size, gas mileage, easy handling, comfortable driving, lots of space front and back. Heated seats (for those PMS days), cargo room when seats folded down fits full size plywood sheet flat, low insurance (good safety rating).