I bought my first HY back in July of 2009. For $12K I got 2006 HY SF GLS 2.7 V6 2WD with 25K miles. Since then I have put 10K miles on it. This car has so far exceeded my expectations. As a guy, I have never fallen in love with exterior of the old style SF, but my wife did and since the car was mainly for her I relented. Gas Mileage is better than the Tahoe and even my current 2003 V6 Ford F150. To be honest, I tried very much to rationally to find a valid reason to upgrade to a newer vehicle with all the recent deals, but for what we paid for and how surprisingly functional it has been and how much the wife likes it, I cant justify letting it go. I have grown to respect it.
Rear Seat and cargo area size, rear windshield hatch, standard alloys and standard alloy spare.
A little bit more driver leg room and driver seat space as we tend to be the biggest person in the car. Arm rests.
We switched from Ford in 2002 and bought our first Santa Fe. Since then we have owned three and have loved every one. Only expenses have been regular maintenance and tires. Warranty has never been a problem with our dealer and all work has been done in a timely manner. I have also owned an Accent and now have an Elantra and would recommend any of them. Fuel economy on the Santa fe is 24 to 27 on the road at freeway speeds. We have 67000 miles on it and never had any problems.
Driving comfort is great,AWD is fantastic in Wyoming winters.
2006 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
I just purchased a used Hyundai Santa Fe limited with 4WD and the 3.5 V^. It is fully loaded from leather seats to heated seats and moon roof and 6 disc changer. So far I love the ride even though it is used still drives like a new vehicle.
Leather, heated seats, comfort and everything else besides the gas mileage.
Should have higher gas mileage but other then that nothing so far.
I bought my first Hyundai 2006 Santa Fe in 8/05. I bought the car because everything I read was talking about how good the cars were & how great the warranty was. I have put roughly 27,000 miles on my car since then. I have had several minor, but irritating, issues with the car lately. (1) a piece luggage rack flew off- I never used it (2) drivers seat seam has come apart, the stitching came undone-clearly a defect (3) another obvious defect is the back windows (that dont open) and the back windshield leak. All of my issues are fairly minor and should not be hard to fix. I guess that is why I dont understand why I am having so much trouble getting them fixed under warranty.
I like the car, I am just very disappointed with the service and warranty.
Better service and actually have a good warranty, not just say it.
Rotors warp continuously. Warranted item but no easy fix. The red tape process for getting approval to replace a warranted item will have you eating blood pressure medication at age 30. Hyundai claims they have a "Bumper to Bumper" warranty for 5 years 60,000 miles. Good luck getting them to honor it. Not to mention the replacement of the wheel bearings and seals at about 15000 miles! Of course it took another 3000 miles for them to replicate the sound! Recently took a service manager for a spin and he heard it every turn but the service tech couldn't replicate, hmmm sounds familiar. Overall Hyundai promises you the best warranty but hardly delivers! Still trying to get the rotors replaced.
Better gas mileage. A Warranty that is supported. Better Customer Service.