Need opinions please - Tucson vs Santa

Discussion in 'Hyundai Tucson' started by cheg, Dec 12, 2005.

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    cheg Guest

    Hi people

    Ok. I'm this close to buying one of the above mentioned vehicles. I
    presently own a 2001 Accent GSI which I love to drive but now that we
    have a toddler and having to bend my back everytime I have to put the
    30lb sack of potatoes in his car seat, I need something more practical.
    With Hyundai having its 0% four year financing, 5 year bumper to bumper
    and roadside assistance, and a free portable DVD player...hehe (in
    Canada anyway), it would be crazy for me not to buy one of their cars.

    The dilemma is this: The Tucson, however newer and better equiped, has
    almost the same type of mpg as it's older sister. The older has more
    cargo space and a solid frame (don't care so much for the extra
    passenger seating space with my average 8.5' frame and toddler legs
    only go so far)

    Please, O Hyundai Gurus, tell me which path I should take! This
    purchase should be happening this week and I want to make a good


    cheg, Dec 12, 2005
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    cheg Guest

    Please, O Hyundai Gurus, tell me which path I should take! This
    Sorry, I should have added that I was considering the 4 cyl. standard

    cheg, Dec 12, 2005
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    Pete & Cindy Guest

    just got an 06 Santa Fe. LOVE IT!!!!! but fer the lil bit extra I would go
    with the V6 rather than the 4 cyl.. gas mileage difference is minimal and
    you have the extra power if ya need it..

    Pete & Cindy, Dec 12, 2005
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    cheg Guest

    just got an 06 Santa Fe. LOVE IT!!!!! but fer the lil bit extra I would go
    Hi Pete

    Yeah, I'd like to get the V6 as well if Hyundai hadn't taken upon
    themselves to decide V6 drivers didn't deserve to drive stick...poor
    decision IMO and shiftronic or whatever it's called just doesn't cut it
    for me! I like to drive...

    cheg, Dec 12, 2005
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    hyundaitech Guest

    I think you primary decision needs to focus on whether you'd like the
    additional space or the lower cost and better fuel economy.

    I'd also make sure you test drive the Tucson in all versions you're
    considering (2.0 man and whatever else) as well as the 2.7 Santa Fe. If
    you're not going to be towing anything, I think the 3.5 in the Santa Fe
    hyundaitech, Dec 12, 2005
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    Jody Guest

    the Tuscon has scored 5 stars for side and front which is actually better
    than the santa fe i think, ive read some where the tuscon has more passenger
    space, but a lil less cargo space.
    the tuscon has standard stability controll and traction controll.. something
    the santa fe doesnt have.
    but if i were you, i'd also look at the kia sportage, same vehicle just
    different trims...
    The sportage has standard side and head air bags something which you only
    get in the tuscon if you buy the highest end model......
    portable dvd players are cheap, so that wouldnt really sway me to buy a
    certain vehicle over another that has more standard saftey gear...
    149.00 for a portable player at canadian tire..
    Jody, Dec 12, 2005
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    katrinaxx Guest

    Your toddler is getting bigger every day. His "toys" are getting bigger
    with him.

    I was seriously looking to purchase a Nissan Maxima. Then reality set
    in. I live in the Arizona desert. My home is on a dirt road and all the
    roads that lead to it are dirt and they get washed out during Monsoon
    season. I like landscaping and home improvements. I have two LARGE dogs.
    I am a large format photographer and amateur astronomer. My husband is
    a carpenter. We also like bike riding.

    I bought a Santa Fe, 3.5L, 4WD.
    katrinaxx, Dec 12, 2005
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    Jody Guest

    id go for the kia, u also can get allwheel drive in the 4cyl tuson/kia,
    which u cannot in the santa fe
    Jody, Dec 12, 2005
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    hyundaitech Guest

    I believe you're wrong on the air bags. I believe all are standard on the
    Tucson and I don't believe it's optional to add any more than are present.
    hyundaitech, Dec 12, 2005
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    Zeppo Guest

    All models of the Tuscon and Santa Fe are available with 4WD.

    Zeppo, Dec 13, 2005
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    Jody Guest

    the santa fe in canada does not have 4wd with the 4 cyl engine
    Jody, Dec 13, 2005
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    Jody Guest

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    John Horner Guest

    Three cheers for those of us who LIKE manual transmissions. You should
    have seen how puzzled the sales dude was back in 1986 when I insisted
    that I wanted my Taurus with a manual transmission (yes, Ford offered
    them in the Taurus for several years). I never regretted that decision
    as the manual made the Taurus much more fun to drive and helped make the
    anemic 4 cylinder Ford had back then useable. I later gave that car to
    my sister when it had about 90,000 miles on it and she put that much
    more on it without ever having a transmission problem. I'm pretty sure
    that none of Ford's crummy automatics from that era made it that far!

    Long live manual transmission.

    Hip, Hip, Hooray!

    John Horner, Dec 13, 2005
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    John Horner Guest

    Wow, someone who actually needs an SUV. Sounds like you made a good
    choice. Now as for those urban cowboys who think off-road includes
    driving onto the neighbor's lawn ......

    John Horner, Dec 13, 2005
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    Zeppo Guest

    Zeppo, Dec 13, 2005
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    Jody Guest

    im glad our accents 5 spd, very handy on the highway i can keep up with the
    big boys pretty good even on hills, keep them revs up...
    Jody, Dec 13, 2005
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    Pete & Cindy Guest

    all I have driven in the past were standards as well.. but I enjoy the
    automatic.(must be getting old.;-)) previous had an 04 Elantra GT 5speed and
    a 2000 Elantra Wagon 5speed.. both great cars....

    Pete & Cindy, Dec 14, 2005
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    Jody Guest

    i wish we could afford a new tuscon/sport/new santa fe, tired of getting
    hung up on the snow ;P
    Jody, Dec 14, 2005
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    Peter Guest

    I bought a Santa Fe, 3.5L, 4WD.
    Driving onto neighbour's lawn can be fairly dangerous... don't underestimate

    Peter, Dec 14, 2005
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    Mike Marlow Guest

    Yeah - one could easily cut down a tire on one of those beer cans hidden in
    the tall bluegrass, or even hit the '62 Chevy that's hidden in it. Not for
    faint of heart, to be sure.
    Mike Marlow, Dec 14, 2005
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