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Hyundai Santa Fe 2007+

My wife had said she was finding the headrest to be a bit too forward for her comfort. I asked her if this was something recent or did it bother her from day one of our purchase. She said it was just recently. I went out to check and sure enough the kids must have been roughing it up in the back seat and accidently pushed against her headrest. I explained to my wife that the Santa Fe headrests are adjustable. She was not aware of this. You have four available settings. Pushing them beyond the fourth setting will allow them to retract and reset.
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  • navigator89navigator89 Posts: 1,080
    Hyundai's new Santa Fe will be moving up in size, and it will now have 3 rows of seating. The Tucson is now Hyundai's small SUV. The SUV will be built at the Alabama plant.

    Anyone know anything else about the Santa Fe? Any additional pictures?

    Here's the Edmunds link.

    http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Features/articleId=106454
  • mike_belknapmike_belknap Posts: 378
    Here's another Edmunds.com thread with some good information. The following are shots from CarSpyShots.net showing an uncovered right-hand-drive (taken in Australia) pre-production unit; the first interior shot below goes with the exterior images (it's brand new - just posted today) and the second photo is left-hand-drive (taken in Korea). Enjoy!

    Front-end
    Rear 3/4
    Interior1
    Interior2

    Mike
  • sandpapersandpaper Posts: 60
    I am glad they are keeping the back door lifter. It's a great little feature.
  • mike_belknapmike_belknap Posts: 378
    Yeah, definitely. I've been glad on many an occasion that my Santa Fe's rear handle is so big and easy to use. It's great to see that they've decided to keep it.

    Mike
  • mike_belknapmike_belknap Posts: 378
    The leather-wrapped hand-brake and rubber cup-grips for the front-seat beverage retainers are out -- a foot pedal-type parking brake and spring-loaded cupholders are in.

    Mike
  • bohemusbohemus Posts: 1
    Any word on when and how much? Those unmasked shots look great! Hyundai really has it going on!
  • mike_belknapmike_belknap Posts: 378
    Availability: Earliest - late February 2006, latest - May 2006, most likely - March 2006

    Cost: nothing yet (official pricing probably won't be released until at least February), but I figure from $24,000-$27,000, depending on trim level and options. We'll see....

    Mike
  • danf1danf1 Posts: 935
    I agree with your availability estimate, but I think your pricing is low. My guess would be up to $30,000 max. But again, its all speculation.
  • mike_belknapmike_belknap Posts: 378
    Well, this is the way I figured it: its lowest-priced true competitor will likely be the Mitsubishi Endeavor, which starts at $25,699. Its most expensive competitor will likely be the Subaru B9 Tribeca at $31,320. Since Hyundai generally undercuts the competition by $1,000-$3,000, I figured a $24K-$27K range would be about right. Now, if the navigation system and Dynamic Toe Control do indeed make their way to the options sheet, a $30,000 price tag (or even a touch more) on a loaded LX AWD could be very realistic - especially since that current trim can cost up to $26K. At this point it is unclear whether the 3rd-row seat will be standard or not.

    So I guess I'll go ahead and revise my estimates to between $24,499 (assuming a GL 3.3-liter 5-seater as the base model) and $29,999 (for an LX AWD NAVI with a Premium Sports Package).

    Mike
  • Comments released by Hyundai Motor America today seem to indicate that the 3rd-row seats will be standard on the '07 Santa Fe: "Later in 2006, Hyundai will introduce a completely redesigned Santa Fe SUV, which will also lead its segment in standard safety features including Electronic Stability Control, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags for all three rows and active front head restraints."
    [Source.]

    Mike
  • I can't see why Hyundai wouldn't offer 3 rows standard, unless they want to undercut the competition by a wide amount in the GL trim. From my knowledge, doesn't the Pilot have it standard?
  • "...doesn't the Pilot have it standard?"

    Yes -- as do the Mazda CX-7, Nissan Pathfinder, Mitsubishi Montero, and Suzuki XL-7. On the other hand, the Toyota Highlander, Subaru B9 Tribeca, Buick Rendezvous, and Ford Explorer don't; while the Mitsubishi Endeavor, Nissan Murano, Pontiac Aztek, Chevrolet Equinox|Saturn Vue V6|Pontiac Torrent, and regular-length Chevrolet TrailBlazer do not offer 3rd rows at all. Because of this and undercutting factor (as you pointed out), there was some ambiguity concerning how the Santa Fe would be equipped.

    Mike
  • vrmvrm Posts: 303
    The all new 2007 Santa Fe is going to be an exciting vehicle. Top notch fit and finish with a standard safety package which will put the great Toyota to shame.

    Toyota is scrambling to respond to this safety standardization initiative from Hyundai and Honda. The racked their brains and viola - "the Star safety system" is their new marketing slogan.

    Where was this "Star" system two years ago? Toyota had the audacity to bundle safety features in "packages". Want side air-bags? Buy package # 5.

    If you are in the market for a SUV, I suggest you wait till the 2007 Santa Fe goes on sale. You will not be disappointed. And yes, dont insult your intelligence by falling for the "Star" marketing system.
  • guyfguyf Posts: 456
    As far as we can see from the pictures, the third row occupants have the back of their head inches from the rear window. Could be nasty in a rear end collision.

    The rest of the vehicle looks light years ahead of the current Santa-Fe however.
  • jshinjshin Posts: 7
    Here are another spy shots,

    1. compare with current Santa Fe (dress-up bumper and grille, hood scoop for turbo diesel(korean version))
    http://kr.img.dc.yahoo.com/b4/data/car/1123819720.jpg

    2. compare with Kia Sedona
    http://kr.img.dc.yahoo.com/b4/data/car/special1091672159.jpg

    I think the size of new Santa Fe might be similar to that of Honda Pilot or Nissan Murano. :)
  • Yeah, it's definitely larger. The only preliminary measurement I have is a width of 76.6", and I'm not sure if that's accurate or not (though it seems to be). For comparison, consider the following measurements:

    Saturn Vue V6: 71.5
    Toyota Highlander: 71.9
    Ford Explorer: 72.1
    Lexus RX330: 72.6
    Hyundai Santa Fe (SM): 72.7
    Kia Sorento: 73.3
    Buick Rendezvous: 73.6
    Mitsubishi Endeavor: 73.6
    BMW X5: 73.7
    Subaru B9 Tribeca: 73.9
    Nissan Murano: 74.0
    Ford Freestyle: 74.4
    Chevrolet TrailBlazer: 74.7
    Volkswagen Touareg: 75.9
    Dodge Durango: 76.0
    Hyundai Santa Fe (CM): 76.6
    Acura MDX: 77.0
    Honda Pilot: 77.3
    Chrysler Pacifica: 79.3

    The length, wheelbase, track, height, curb weight, payload and towing capacities will all see increases as well. Overall, I think it will be closest to the Acura MDX inside and out.

    Mike
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,676
    off topic, but I do believe it is relevant...a friend of mine, who does not like Japanese cars, but is enthralled with American and Korean cars, states the following to me:

    Japanese cars use thinner weaker steel for their body parts, so they practically self-destruct in a collision, whereas American and Korean cars use thicker steel and their cars/trucks are sturdier in a collision.

    I know this is BS, but I have no source to document...while I believe Korean cars are sturdy, I also believe the same about Japanese cars...any sources out there to prove him wrong, aside from my personal opinion???
  • Absolutely - check out the crash test results on this site. Below are some stats that I've calculated for you:
    Automobiles rated "Good" in the category of Structure/Safety Cage after the 40-mph offset crash test:

    American Brand-base - 65 tested; 54% rated "Good"
    Buick: 4/7
    Cadillac: 3/3
    Chevrolet: 5/12
    Chrysler: 1/4
    Dodge: 2/6
    Ford: 6/9
    GMC: 1/4
    Jeep: 1/2
    Lincoln: 3/3
    Mercury: 4/5
    Pontiac: 3/6
    Saturn: 2/4

    British Brand-base - 3 tested; 100% rated "Good"
    Jaguar: 1/1
    Land Rover: 1/1
    Mini: 1/1

    German Brand-base - 13 tested; 85% rated "Good"
    Audi: 2/2
    BMW: 3/3
    Mercedes-Benz: 3/3
    Volkswagen: 3/5

    Japanese Brand-base - 56 tested; 88% rated "Good"
    Acura: 4/4
    Honda: 5/6
    Infiniti: 4/4
    Isuzu: 0/1
    Lexus: 6/6
    Mazda: 2/5
    Mitsubishi: 5/5
    Nissan: 6/7
    Subaru: 3/3
    Suzuki: 5/6
    Toyota: 9/9

    South Korean Brand-base - 9 tested; 44% rated "Good"
    Hyundai: 2/4
    Kia: 2/5

    Swedish Brand-base - 6 tested; 100% rated "Good"
    Saab: 2/2
    Volvo: 4/4

    Automobiles rated "Good" in the category of Structure/Safety Cage after the 31-mph side-impact crash test:

    American Brand-base - 13 tested; 8% rated "Good"
    Chevrolet: 0/3
    Chrysler: 0/1
    Dodge: 0/2
    Ford: 0/2
    Jeep: 1/1
    Mercury: 0/1
    Saturn: 0/3

    British Brand-base - 2 tested; 0% rated "Good"
    Jaguar: 0/1
    Land Rover: 0/1

    German Brand-base - 5 tested; 40% rated "Good"
    Audi: 1/2
    Mercedes-Benz: 0/1
    Volkswagen: 1/2

    Japanese Brand-base - 24 tested; 4% rated "Good"
    Acura: 0/1
    Honda: 0/3
    Infiniti: 0/1
    Lexus: 0/1
    Mazda: 0/3
    Mitsubishi: 1/3
    Nissan: 0/3
    Subaru: 0/2
    Suzuki: 0/4
    Toyota: 0/3

    South Korean Brand-base - 5 tested; 0% rated "Good"
    Hyundai: 0/3
    Kia: 0/2

    Swedish Brand-base - 4 tested; 0% rated "Good"
    Saab: 0/2
    Volvo: 0/2

    Mike
  • As for those vehicles rated "Good" overall in the offset test:

    American Brand-base - 65 tested; 54% rated "Good" overall
    Buick: 4/7
    Cadillac: 3/3
    Chevrolet: 5/12
    Chrysler: 2/4
    Dodge: 2/6
    Ford: 7/9
    GMC: 1/4
    Jeep: 0/2
    Lincoln: 3/3
    Mercury: 5/5
    Pontiac: 3/6
    Saturn: 2/4

    British Brand-base - 3 tested; 67% rated "Good" overall
    Jaguar: 1/1
    Land Rover: 0/1
    Mini: 1/1

    German Brand-base - 13 tested; 100% rated "Good" overall
    Audi: 2/2
    BMW: 3/3
    Mercedes-Benz: 3/3
    Volkswagen: 5/5

    Japanese Brand-base - 56 tested; 82% rated "Good" overall
    Acura: 4/4
    Honda: 6/6
    Infiniti: 4/4
    Isuzu: 0/1
    Lexus: 6/6
    Mazda: 2/5
    Mitsubishi: 4/5
    Nissan: 6/7
    Subaru: 3/3
    Suzuki: 2/6
    Toyota: 9/9

    South Korean Brand-base - 9 tested; 44% rated "Good" overall
    Hyundai: 3/4
    Kia: 1/5

    Swedish Brand-base - 6 tested; 100% rated "Good" overall
    Saab: 2/2
    Volvo: 4/4

    Automobiles rated "Good" overall in the side-impact crash test:

    American Brand-base - 13 tested; 23% rated "Good" overall
    Chevrolet: 1/3
    Chrysler: 0/1
    Dodge: 0/2
    Ford: 1/2
    Jeep: 0/1
    Mercury: 1/1
    Saturn: 0/3

    British Brand-base - 2 tested; 0% rated "Good" overall
    Jaguar: 0/1
    Land Rover: 0/1

    German Brand-base - 5 tested; 60% rated "Good" overall
    Audi: 2/2
    Mercedes-Benz: 0/1
    Volkswagen: 1/2

    Japanese Brand-base - 24 tested; 42% rated "Good" overall
    Acura: 1/1
    Honda: 2/3
    Infiniti: 1/1
    Lexus: 1/1
    Mazda: 1/3
    Mitsubishi: 1/3
    Nissan: 0/3
    Subaru: 1/2
    Suzuki: 0/4
    Toyota: 2/3

    South Korean Brand-base - 5 tested; 0% rated "Good" overall
    Hyundai: 0/3
    Kia: 0/2

    Swedish Brand-base - 4 tested; 25% rated "Good" overall
    Saab: 1/2
    Volvo: 0/2

    Mike
  • Here are some new photos:
    #1
    #2
    #3
    #4
    Of note, #4 is the first image to show the base temperature controls and leather-wrapped steering wheel (standard for North America). In the US, we very probably won't be getting a manual transmission or hand-brake lever. The color is Powder White Pearl, though it may be called something more "truck-like" when the vehicle arrives next year.
    Enjoy!

    Mike
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    I'd be surprised if the stick shift made it to the states.
  • The 07 Santa Fe looks very promising. I'm looking for something:
    Mid-size
    AWD
    Affordable (but with lots of extras, like leather, navigation, good audio)
    Respectable mpg
    Hey, mike belknap, you sure seem to possess a wealth of information about the possible features on the new Santa Fe. Is your stuff pretty reliable?
    What about auxiliary audio input for ipod or other mp3 players?
  • "Hey, mike belknap, you sure seem to possess a wealth of information about the possible features on the new Santa Fe. Is your stuff pretty reliable?"

    It varies: some of it's confirmed (e.g., standard XM Satellite Radio & 3rd-row seats), some rumored (e.g., the 3.8-liter 263-horse V6), and some is just a logical progression from their current/near-future line-up (e.g., fold-flat rear seats).

    "What about auxiliary audio input for ipod or other mp3 players?"

    Well, all of the available stereos will play mp3-encoded discs, but I'm not sure if there will be an iPod "plug-in." I know that the home-market vehicles will probably have this -- but it's just one of those things that has a 50/50-chance of making it to other markets. If it doesn't, you may want to consider getting the XtremeMac AirPlay. Granted, it might not be quite as convenient, but I figure that it could be an option. A friend of mine has one, and it works well.
    If there's anything else in particular you'd like me to find out, I'd be happy to try and get some answers for you -- I have some pretty decent resources. ;)

    Mike
  • Thanks mike. Another suv I'm interested in is the Acura RDX, due early next year. I've been checking forums for info on it, but there isn't a lot. Do you have any scoop on it?

    I know it will be more expensive than the Santa Fe, but it'll probably have more bells and whistles (except for the third seat in the Santa Fe).
  • "Another suv I'm interested in is the Acura RDX.... Do you have any scoop on it?"

    Probably not anything that you don't already know. As with the '07 CR-V, the RDX will be based on a modified TSX platform, but unlike the Honda, the Acura version will sport standard SH-AWD and either a 260-horsepower 2.2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder or a J-series V6 (from what I'm reading now, the former is the most likely). A 6-speed manual transmission will be available. Exterior styling will resemble the latest RD-X concept (obviously!), but this and this are the only spy shots that I know of. The options list is said to be very impressive, so expect prices to start out in the very upper $20K range, but quickly rise to well over $30K with some of the cooler packages.

    Anyway, that's about all I know - AHMC is keeping a tight lid on any information regarding this vehicle.

    Mike
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,676
    I hope they keep the hand brake in #4...I really miss hand brakes, they are just so neat to me...
  • Well, I suppose they could -- hand brakes are definitely more convenient, IMO. Hopefully they're thinking the same, eh? :)

    Mike
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,676
    Don't Jeeps and Jags still have hand brakes???...what other vehicles still do???
  • Most still do, actually. Amongst the more mainstream brands, certain...

    Acuras, Audis, Bimmers, Benz', Caddys, Chevys, Chryslers, Dodge', Fords, Hondas, Hyundais, Infinitis, Jags, Jeeps, Kias, Landys, Lexus', Lotus', Mazdas, Mercs, Minis, Mitsu's, Nissans, Pontiacs, Porsches, Saabs, Saturns, Scions, Subies, Suzukis, Toyotas, VWs, and Volvos.

    Did I miss any? It really just depends on which model you pick in a given brand's line-up, but hand brakes are still very commonplace - much more even than, say, manual transmissions. The current Santa Fe (SM) has one, actually - as do all other available Hyundai models, except for the XG350, I believe (the XG's replacement, the Azera, will not have a hand brake either).

    Mike
  • guyfguyf Posts: 456
    My Volvo XC90 do not have a had brake. ;)
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