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Best Value For the Cost
By spbinmb on
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
We purchased a new Santa Fe late in September paying 31.5k all in no financing.
The owner of the dealership is also the manager, and offered to trade it in at the same value in two years.
We've put about 2500 km on, about half winter driving with icy roads - the traction control and AWD is excellent.
The defrost takes about 5 minutes to clear the windshield, same for rear and mirrors.
Heated seats take less, and are wonderful when coming out of -30c.
Road noise is minimal, visibility is good.
No mechanical issues to date - when we took possession of the vehicle the turn signal was a little sticky; it didn't pop back into position automatically.
After a week of use that cleared up
Good space - we got an 8' ft tall Xmas tree in the back no problem without resorting to leaving the back open and using bungie cords.
Smooth ride - even in winter with hard tires and cold suspension, it is an extremely smooth ride, which says a lot considering the road quality in Winnipeg.
Heated seats, mirrors are a must have in Manitoba, and we were hard pressed to find another vehicle with similar features for a similar price.
Visibility is excellent all around, the previous model's blind spot has been reduced significantly and rear visibility is good, even with passengers and cargo.
Brakes are very sensitive, and the ABS is not overly-sensitive.
Mileage is average to less than advertised in winter especially, when using the heated seats and the defrosts.
Not really avoidable, but not ideal.
Some people might fault a vehicle with 276HP for not having better pickup - these aren't zippy at all, they really make you commit to accelerating before you feel it really pick up.
Not that I mind terribly, I would just like a more responsive accelerator pedal.
Spare tire location is a little inconvenient, but it saves trunk space for cargo.
It was assembled in the USA, downside for me as a Canadian in light of the "Buy America" policy/nonsense going on.
Assemble them in Ontario.