Been looking at the Hyundai SUVs-- the Santa Fe and the Tuscon. I've come to the conclusion that my Elantra is not good for winter, these last two being particularly brutal. Hopefully the used ones won't kill me price-wise.
If JoshEEE reads this he'll be off on his SUV-hating tangent again.
If you're looking for an endorsement of a smaller SUV, try out the Ford Escape. That's what my wife usually drives (even though it's registered in my name
), and we both absolutely love it.
The AWD is really incredible in all weather conditions and the 200HP V6 is very responsive. On the highway at 100clicks (60mph), it'll drop all the way into 1st gear if you want it to when passing traffic. Despite that, the mileage is very decent. As well, it's got lots of room for hauling people and cargo (of course, not as much as the full size SUVs, but it does the job for our shopping trips to the city
Pricewise, it was likely in the middle of the road. We bought the Limited Edition, so we ended up paying for luxuries like leather seats (very handy for cleaning up spilled milk in the back seat
). This domestic vehicle is actually shared with the Mazda tribute platform, so it has the benefits of longer term resale value that the imports often have.
Would I buy one again? Absolutely.