Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Bay Area, California
2013 Santa Fe GLS AWD Leath+Techn, Red.
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Two friend of mine have one... I never had a chance to drive a CX-9...
Have you had a chance to go online? You can learn a lot
about the two cars there. The web sites have pictures of exteriors, interiors, colors, dimensions, weights, engines, mpg, features/options, trim lines, warrantys, etc. about each car for you to compare.
The CX-9 gets 17/19/24. Not what I would call stellar MPG. I looked at it too but went with the Enclave which only has a 1 MPG worse rating but I felt the ride/fit/finish/interior room was better than the CX-9. I do like the exterior styling of the CX-9.
I don't quite understand the hangup about driving performance on a crossover. Who slings these things around corners? Maybe a Porsche Panamera would fit the bill.
Oh...and again today I saw a CX-5 driving down the road. As I looked down at it from my truck I heard two words screaming at me as it went by..... "Econo Box". You couldn't give me a CX-5 (well acutally you could but I would drive it over to the Hyundai dealer and trade it for a SF
Nothing against your choices Angelo...I'm just ranting a little in general here
Well, I , for one, love to " sling these things around corners ". I've been doing it for years in various modified Subaru Foresters. I drive this particular style of vehicle for very specific reasons. That doesn't mean that I have to forego crisp handling and a little excitement along the way.
As you might imagine, the parts and pieces to improve on the Sante Fe are pretty scarace now. I expect that situation will loosen up some...there are more folks like me out there than you might realize.
At the very least, I'll replace the anti-sway bars, put on some serious high-performance all-weather tires ( maybe different wheels, as well ) and, quite possibly, more capable shock/strut assemblies. There's no doubt that I'll increase turbo boost and go for some engine-management computer re-mapping. The boost controllers are available now and one big outfit is currently working on the re-mapping unit.
I'm not out to create a race car.....I've already got that. But I'm darn sure going to take this vehicle to a much higher level of overall performance....which in my case translates into a vehicle that is much more satisfying to drive.
I certainly realize that the average guy has no interest in doing what I will do. But perhaps they don't enjoy blasting through the mountain back roads like I do.
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