• Aug 29, 2005

That's the question many people looking at Hyundai's two SUVs are asking themselves. When comparing the size of the two vehicles Ward's reports that there is virtually no difference in either front or rear cabin room between the two vehicles; only the size of the rear cargo area differentiates them. The Tucson has taken off for Hyundai having nearly reached its projected annual sales already. Production is being bumped up to 60,000 units from 40,000 to cope with the demand. Meanwhile Sante Fe sales have slumped 28.7% since last year. What's more impressive is that the Tucson is selling with very little incentives, while up to $3K cash back is being offered with the Sante Fe.



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      • 9 Years Ago
      We have a Tuscon as a work vehicle at my job. It's a great car. A tad underpowered compared to the Ford Escape and Explorer that we also have, but it's also much better quality. When you slam the doors it feels and sounds like a BMW, and the interior is really nice. It handles quite well too. Unfortunately, it has much less cargo space than the Explorer or even the Escape.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Well, md, I'm sure glad we've got you to tell us what's suitable for most people. Can't have them making their own buying decisions, can we?
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'm with Mal. crossovers generally don't offer anything in terms of offroad capability, and they lack in towing and carrying capacity. if you want more room, fine, there are plenty of wagons available and minivans, some even have AWD. i like hyundai's small cars, but crossovers really don't make sense for most people IMO.
      • 9 Years Ago
      #7, No, he's a self-professed Chrysler fan...one who has stated he has owned an early Chrysler mini-van and a K-car. Hyundai has done quite well for themselves during that time frame (mid 80's onward)...so I don't quite understand how anyone can bash them. Their products are very competitive with respect to features, quality, and price.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I wonder if the current strike over in Korea will cause a slowdown in Hyundai's plans to be one one of the top ten auto companies in the world: http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/biz/200508/kt2005082919574311910.htm
      • 9 Years Ago
      " if it was we would all be driving small diesel powered jeep-like vehicles." On flat, paved roads in urban areas??
      • 9 Years Ago
      You probably should be happy it isn't up to me. if it was we would all be driving small diesel powered jeep-like vehicles. that is just my opinion and i will express it if I wish to. crossovers are just image vehicles so that people can show off their "SUV" people don't buy them based on practicality, they would buy wagons if they did, they buy them to show off.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Early predictions are that 2007 will see the new Santa Fe but I think it will be sooner than that. They desperately need to get in on the bigger SUV market like the Kia Sorento and they can't keep giving big discounts off the Santa Fe like they are now, wthout loosing credibility. I mean if they can slash prices on the Santa FE, why not the Tucson? Customers are not stupid. I must say it was a bit premature for Hyundai to launch the Tuson so soon without having the bigger Santa Fe in place. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Screw Jeep, According to consumer reports this Tuscon or even ACCENT will outlast any Jeep so that holds no weight. For God's sake where are all the Honda goers when you need them Jeep?! They are like so discontinued, and I never respect another company that has to get bought out Jeep=Failure without Dodge and who wants a Dodge? Can I get a magnum, I think I slipped that on my dick last night actually.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The new Kia Sportage is closely related to the Tuscon. I wonder if Kia's sales are also increasing. But it seems Hyundai gets better quality ratings and publicity than Kia.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Yeah, it's a short-term thing (and maybe short-sighted on Hyundai's part) that the new Tucson is pretty close to the old Santa Fe. The Santa Fe, however, is much better equipped on the inside (the Tuscon is kind of cheap-feeling). But all that will change with the new 'Fe.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "Why Buy a Santa Fe When You Can Buy a Tucson?" asks the headline. Why Buy Either One? That's my question.
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