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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by bwigen

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Reviewed: 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe

4dr SUV 185-horsepower 2.7L V6 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Why the 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe?

Exterior styling

Borrows the best designs of other SUVs while bringing a unique Hyundai touch

Safety & braking

5 star rating; multiple airbags

Reliability & durability

Hyundai warranty; Motor Trend and Customer Reports recommendation; built in Alabama (USA facility); built at same factory as Sonata; great word of mouth about Hyundai and catching up to Japanese companies; continues to impress with new cars like Genesis

Ride smoothness

V6 engine (wish 3.3 was standard though); rides like car; handles like car though still aggressive

Why Not the 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe?

Dealer practices

Bait and Switch; lots of cutthrought techniques used to get someone to buy car; poor follow-up once customer buys car

Insurance cost

I use to own a F-150 and expected my insurance to go down when purchasing smaller newer vehicle, but was just the opposite; Hyundai depreciation goes down significantly at 4th year; still has poor reputation in the general public

Brand reputation & image

Quick depreciation; still known as a "Korean" company that is behind Japan, Europe and USA in quality though reputation and word of mouth improving in past few years and part of the reasons why I purchased the Santa Fe

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