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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Long-Term Road Test

Edmunds.comEdmunds.com Posts: 10,059
edited September 2014 in Hyundai

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  • After reviewing Edmunds long term tests for a while I've concluded that the best vehicles for dependability and long term ownership are the most boring. If this is the only thing they can come up with for a Santa Fe entry then Hyundai has knocked another one out the park. It's dependable, comfortable and does everything you ask of it. No, it won't win any drag races and if you take it on your favorite twisty road you'll probably end up in a ditch. But if you want to buy a CUV and drive it until it can't go anymore then this looks like a good buy. I wish Edmunds would do the same. They had a Ford Flex that was surprisingly a very good CUV. No problems and easily hauled families or junk when needed and took numerous multi-state road trips. I wish they still had it since it would probably be well over 100,000 miles now and we could see how it holds up. It was an unloved in the market and they didn't sell many but turns out it was probably one of the best vehicles in Ford's lineup.
  • stovt001_stovt001_ Posts: 799
    Oh how I hate high curbs and steeply crowned roads. In my town our wettest month doesn't exceed 5 inches of rain, and yet my street has 10 inch high curbs and is crowned so severely the nose of our Ford C-Max, never mind my Miata, scrapes as I drive perpendicularly across it. If you street park with anything other than a lifted SUV curb-side doors are inoperable. Whoever designed our roads was severely mislead about our climate.
  • legacygtlegacygt Posts: 599
    I've experienced this same problem with my Mazda CX-9. Another downside I've noticed is that you drive in rainy conditions or otherwise wet roads, the splashing water hitting the lower part of the door really resonates up into the cabin. On a very wet highway, it gets very noisy in the CX-9.
  • hybrishybris Posts: 365
    Owning a truck with a 2 inch lift and 33" tires I have run into "curbs" in downtown KC that very lightly scrape the plastic air dam of the bumper when I pull in. Still at least I have enough sidewall not to destroy my wheels.
  • hybrishybris Posts: 365
    Owning a truck with a 2 inch lift and 33" tires I have run into "curbs" in downtown KC that very lightly scrape the plastic air dam of the bumper when I pull in. Still at least I have enough sidewall not to destroy my wheels.
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