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Old 11-14-2012, 04:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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buying our Santa Fe's? I have not had any real issues with mine. I am pretty happy with it even though I think it is still expensive but not compared to the competition. I am still ok with the mpg since I am getting 22 calculated City and do not plan much hwy travel. My old truck was getting about 12 mpg.

Just starting to feel bad since this whole site has pretty muched turned to Hyundai bashing since the mpg thing came out.

My first Hyundai and now second guessing it but not much I can do about it now.

Need more threads on how much they like the Santa Fe...guess I need to start one....huh!
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I wouldn't feel bad about your purchase. I have been checking on the 2013 Pathfinder twin (the Infiniti jx35) and people are saying they are getting as low as 12 in the city with the CVT (when fwd is rated at 20 city). As well as numerous problems posted here like bad fuel gauges, drivetrain noises, being in the shop for 3+ weeks, etc...
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If it meets your needs and expectations then why 2nd guess the decision. In my particular case I researched a number of competing products - all with V6 engines and would have opted for a vehicle with a V6 as the highway rerated AWD turbo 4 at 24 mpg puts in the range of several competitors utilizing V6 engine. So I feel that had the mpg been more accurately stated I would have made a different buying decision and I have made my feelings known to Hyundai USA.

I've driven turbo 4 cylinders for 25 yrs but in fwd sedans. I agree with some of the reviews mentioning the shortcomings of the Hyundai 2.0 - and a V6 engine tends to be smoother and usually better suited for things like towing.

Not sure if you bought the 2.0L - it will be interesting to see how the engine holds up long term .
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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We've had our SF AWD 2.0T for 3.5 weeks now, and we absolutely love it regardless of the MPG misstatement. The fact is, I still get reasonably good gas mileage and I find the engine, tranny and steering to be awesome. Plus, the car is compact, has great interior space, very well laid out dash, panoramic roof is amazing, super quiet inside, and looks awesome inside and out.

I test drove a dozen other cars and SUVs before buying this one. Show me another one that's overall better at the same price...I just didn't see it.
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:41 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Even with the problems I have had, I still think this is the best combination of MPG, size, performance, and reliability. Yes some manufacturers CUVs do some things better than the Santa Fe, but overall I am happy with the purchase. My beef is with the service work being done and not the vehicle. To be honest I have never been very happy with stealership service performed on my vehicles. Guess you could call me picky.
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buying our Santa Fe's? I have not had any real issues with mine. I am pretty happy with it even though I think it is still expensive but not compared to the competition. I am still ok with the mpg since I am getting 22 calculated City and do not plan much hwy travel. My old truck was getting about 12 mpg.

Just starting to feel bad since this whole site has pretty muched turned to Hyundai bashing since the mpg thing came out.

My first Hyundai and now second guessing it but not much I can do about it now.

Need more threads on how much they like the Santa Fe...guess I need to start one....huh!
You have to remember that for every owner that takes the time to indicate that they are not happy with their purchase there are 30 that have nothing but positive things to say about their SF. Never mind what others say as long as you are happy with your choice.
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:07 PM   #8 (permalink)
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We absolutely love our SF. We just completed a 1400km road trip and I've never owned a vehicle that was more comfortable as a cruiser. We averaged 26.73mpg. That was going between 90-100km/hr due to the weather.

We experienced a complete white out blizzard, freezing rain followed by black ice and extremely slippery conditions. We saw many accidents from vehicles leaving the road but we never once felt at risk ourselves. Of course defensive driving and general awareness of the traction limits helped us but overall this machine was fantastic in adverse weather.

I traded off my 265hp 2010 Subaru WRX for our SF. Don't regret it for one second... Ok - maybe I miss the quick reflexes of that car but I sure don't miss the harsh ride, terrible fuel economy (on premium) and speeding tickets. Ok the last one is my fault but you get my point ha!

When we can afford another vehicle my girlfriend will make the SF her daily driver and I won't have one worry about her comfort or safety when she's driving.
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:28 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Don't second guess your decision. You like your new vehicle so enjoy it. The same thing is going on in other forum sections and as an early owner of the new Elantra I seen them all come thru here, complain about bit then disappear. The way I look at things if mpg was as important as people claim they would have done more research or bought a Prius.

We also have an 09 Pathfinder and get 19 mixed and 24 highway and I think that's great for that size vehicle. You guys are in a similar sized vehicle and getting even better than that. We got a SUV because we enjoy having a large vehicle capable of hauling both people and gear. The SUV also makes my wife feel safe and happy. That alone is certainly worth an extra $20 a week on gas.
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Enjoy your new vehicle. You made a great decision! This is my first Hyundai and has turned out to be the best vehicle with the least issues, (just gas cap issue once) I have bought. Normally purchased honda, toyota, nissan. 2013 Santa Fe has the best combination of size, NVH, content, and economy of any SUV's I tested before buying.

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