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This kind of funny as I emailed Hyundai Consumer Care inquiring as to if or when the all-weather mats would be available. Below is their response. Not exactly confidence inspiring, just total bs, at least it just mats. I’m moving on to after market mats either 3D Maxpider or RubberTite.

“Based upon the information you provided, we recommend you speak with the parts department of your local Hyundai dealership to discuss the availability of rubber mats.”

“ We apologize for the inconvenience, however, Hyundai Customer Care Center is unable to provide part and accessory information over the phone or through email. Our dealerships are also the best-trained and most-qualified to service and maintain your Hyundai vehicle.”
Yes, it’s shameful that winter mats are still not available. They were included free in my purchase deal, so I’m doubly annoyed. Fortunately, we have had only one snowfall here in the Richmond, VA area this winter.
 

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Yes, it’s shameful that winter mats are still not available. They were included free in my purchase deal, so I’m doubly annoyed. Fortunately, we have had only one snowfall here in the Richmond, VA area this winter.
If their anything like the Hyundai winter mats I had in my Azera...your better off getting the Weather Tech mats------they are light years better :=)
 

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If their anything like the Hyundai winter mats I had in my Azera...your better off getting the Weather Tech mats------they are light years better :=)
I have Hyundai brand winter mats in my Genesis and also had them in my ‘14 Santa Fe. They are fine.
 

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Easy mod to back storage area

Nubie here - purchased 2019 SF Ultimate 2.0T AWD blue/gray late Feb 2019. Rejoined the SUV crowd after selling my 2018 Audi S4. Last mid-size SUV was 2005 Acura MDX. Current stable consists of 2011 Forester, 2015 Kia Sedona, 2018 Hyundai Kona and now 2019 SF (have six kids, four are driving now).

After a week, I reconfigured the back to help store more grocery bags, not sure if this mod was already posted - easy peasy....see pix.
 

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spaying the "chrome" tan runners a metallic black or matte black.

Going for that neutered look, I see. <img src="http://www.hyundai-forums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />


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if you only knew thats how i keep my dark beauty thinking its beautiful everyday by not having offsprings !!! 😂🤷‍♂️
 

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HEADLIGHTS - learned something new

I use Auto Headlights 99% of the time but today after icy snowy Saturday night & foggy morning, I put the lights ON driving into town since just having DRL LEDs didn't seem bright enough.
Walked my wife in from church parking lot on solid ice, whoops forgot to turn off lights (but didn't hear the SF beeping at me like our Camry does if you leave headlights on?).
Walked part way back to car and lights were off, hmmm? Well walked back to wife and checked MyHyundai app but it doesn't have a headlight indicator.

Hours later back in car the light switch was ON, wow, better read manual! Hyundai's different then the Camry or other Jeep's I've owned, good I guess, from manual:

Headlamp delay function: If the key is removed from the ignition switch or placed in the ACC position or the LOCK/OFF position with the headlamps ON, the headlamps(and/or parking lamps) remain on for about 5 minutes. However, if the driver's door is opened and closed, the headlights are turned off after 15 seconds. Also, with the engine off if the driver's door is opened and closed, the headlamps (and/or parking lamps) are turned off after 15 seconds. The headlamps (and/or parking lamps) can be turned off by pressing the lock button on the remote key or smart key twice or turning the head-lamp switch to the OFF or AUTO position. ... and if you want them to stay on just switch them on holding drivers door open. SMART, just needed to read manual.
 

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I went to the Minneapolis St Paul auto show yesterday, had not been there for at least 7 years. Hyundai had a huge presence there including lots of ads in the skyways into the stadium (had told my son we had to turn left at the Santa Fe sign to our parking ramp, then saw two more Santa Fe signs ... whoops).

When I bought my 2.4 AWD Limited last October I'd driven Outback, Cherokee, CX-5 and the 2018 RAV4. Skipped CRV due to oil/gas mix major problems in turbos.
The Santa Fe was a hands down winner. So while at the auto show I sat in the :
- new Honda Passport, was a stripped down model @ $36,000 but what a loser. Tiny screen, no center console armrest. Really felt cheap vs SF.
- new Chevy Blazer. Interesting but pricey. My first car was a Chevy 50 years ago but have been messed by the lack of GM quality in the 90s, no more for me.
- some high end models like Audi Q5, Caddy CT5. They were all smaller than the SF inside for $20,000 more and of course much higher cost of ownership.
- a friend told me I blew it looking at Jeep Cherokee, the Compass was much better. But to me Compass is much smaller inside, no comparison (and Cherokee much smaller than SF but I do like their Pentastar V6).
- I had heard I shuda driven a Subie Forester vs the Outback. Maybe I blew it, the Forester seemed very roomy like a Santa Fe. Still need to deal with the CVT, but a great AWD system in Forester. However no problems with SF AWD and used AWD-LOCK multiple times this winter on snowy icey county roads just fine.
- Kia Sorento. Interior was 90% the same as a Santa Fe, only the center console & info screen seemed different. The high end model was $48,000, about $10k more than the Santa Fe. Seemed to be mainly for the V6 & a 3rd row seat. I liked it but not for that much more money, might have liked the V6 but not a 3rd row.
- RAV4. There were three 2019 models at the show. I thought if I'd been able to wait a few more months I might have bought one: I own a Camry and Toyota's jacked up their reliable 2.5L engine to 200 hp in RAV4. But the SUV really felt small to me vs the Santa Fe. No regrets at this point w/SF, we'll see in 8 years.

Bottom line: I got in my Santa Fe to drive home. The new car smell is mostly gone but I'm still very satisfied with this purchase vs competition I didn't even compare last Fall.
 

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I traded in a 2019 Forester Sport for the Santa Fe. I didn’t like the vibration through the floorboards it made. All of the 19s I tested had the vibration. Also, I will never consider a car (again) that has a CVT. Dealbreaker. Also the fit and finish of Subaru in general doesn’t hold a candle to Hyundai.
 

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I traded in a 2019 Forester Sport for the Santa Fe. I didn’t like the vibration through the floorboards it made. All of the 19s I tested had the vibration. Also, I will never consider a car (again) that has a CVT. Dealbreaker. Also the fit and finish of Subaru in general doesn’t hold a candle to Hyundai.
That’s good to learn. The 1980’s Subaru styling also leaves much to be desired. Their new SUV looks like dung.
 

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I traded in a 2019 Forester Sport for the Santa Fe. I didn’t like the vibration through the floorboards it made. All of the 19s I tested had the vibration. Also, I will never consider a car (again) that has a CVT. Dealbreaker. Also the fit and finish of Subaru in general doesn’t hold a candle to Hyundai.
Yes good reference point as in my post a few days ago I mentioned sitting in the new Forester at the auto show they seemed very roomy, more so than the Outback. CVT must have been a major problem if you traded for the Santa Fe that fast. Subie's have a great AWD system but I never had a problem using the SF AWD-lock option under 40 mph on snowy roads in our worst winter since 1997.

As for the CVT, I didn't notice that problem in 20 mi test driving 3 Outbacks last October but have sure heard complaints from others in our family who also swear by NO CVTs. Two friends have Outbacks and love them but admit using the paddle shifters a lot (I wonder if that's a lack of power problem, I also drove the 6 cyl Outback). The dealer thought I'd fit Outbacks more than a 2018 Forester so I never even drove the Forester, but my wife didn't "like" the Outback as much as the Santa Fe, looked cheaper, plus the seat heaters didn't get hot. Our SF heaters are HOT within a mile, I turn mine off soon after but she loves it. Subie hi pricing and lower warranty helped convince me to buy the Santa Fe too.
 

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- a friend told me I blew it looking at Jeep Cherokee, the Compass was much better. But to me Compass is much smaller inside, no comparison (and Cherokee much smaller than SF but I do like their Pentastar V6).
- I had heard I shuda driven a Subie Forester vs the Outback. Maybe I blew it, the Forester seemed very roomy like a Santa Fe. Still need to deal with the CVT, but a great AWD system in Forester. However no problems with SF AWD and used AWD-LOCK multiple times this winter on snowy icey county roads just fine.
- Kia Sorento. Interior was 90% the same as a Santa Fe, only the center console & info screen seemed different. The high end model was $48,000, about $10k more than the Santa Fe. Seemed to be mainly for the V6 & a 3rd row seat. I liked it but not for that much more money, might have liked the V6 but not a 3rd row.
- RAV4. There were three 2019 models at the show. I thought if I'd been able to wait a few more months I might have bought one: I own a Camry and Toyota's jacked up their reliable 2.5L engine to 200 hp in RAV4. But the SUV really felt small to me vs the Santa Fe. No regrets at this point w/SF, we'll see in 8 years.

Bottom line: I got in my Santa Fe to drive home. The new car smell is mostly gone but I'm still very satisfied with this purchase vs competition I didn't even compare last Fall.
The Subaru Forester was my top choice after internet research. We drove it back to back with the Santa Fe; both top end trims. All the online reviews said the Subie was quiet and had a good ride. Maybe compared to last version. but we did not like it. Very slow and the CVT induced engine whine was annoying. Like stepping on the gas and having a blender start but still move slowly. I thought it was OK for city errands. I asked my wife if she would take it for trips longer than an hour. She said no, I agreed.

The RAV4 is a good vehicle, but we thought it pricey, less refined and lacking in some content. Mileage is better and no turbo lag, but the lack of discounting made the Santa Fe a better value.

Sorrento's have big discounts right now, especially with the Telluride coming. Good vehicle and not much bigger than Santa Fe

I don't agree with your friend, The Compass is a budget Cherokee. Our current family hauler is a Dodge Durango Citadel. At the time, we traded in an Acura MDX to get captains chairs in the second row to carry skis. It was one of the few SUVs with captain's chairs available. The 3.6 Pentastar is a good engine, especially paired with the Chrysler licensed ZF 8 speed tranny. The 5.7L hemi V8, even better. Rear wheel drive vehicle with massive tow capacity. However, software is a bit buggy.
 
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