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knicks125
12-05-2006, 07:13 PM
<A HREF="http://www.autobytel.com/content/shared/articles/templates/index.cfm/article_id_int/2305" TARGET="_blank">Full Awardees</A><p><b>Car of the Year</b>: BMW 3 Series Coupe<p><IMG SRC="http://a904.g.akamai.net/7/904/506/v0011/www.autobytel.com/images/2007/BMW/335i_Staff/400/07_BMW_335i_17.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><b>SUV of the Year</b>: Hyundai Santa Fe (unanimous selection)<p><IMG SRC="http://a904.g.akamai.net/7/904/506/v0011/www.autobytel.com/images/2007/Hyundai/Santa_Fe/400/07_Hyundai_SantaFe_15.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><b>Truck of the Year</b>: Toyota Tundra<p><IMG SRC="http://a904.g.akamai.net/7/904/506/v0011/www.autobytel.com/images/2007/Toyota/Tundra/400/07_Toyota_Tundra_03.jpg" BORDER="0">

Nurburgring
12-06-2006, 07:06 PM
Very nice selections overall. The Santa Fe is a definite deserving win.

Excellerator
12-08-2006, 07:04 PM
Is it just me, or does the Tundra look extremely awkward in that picture? Like the proportions are way off or something.

Nurburgring
12-08-2006, 07:37 PM
Not surprisingly, it looks odd from every angle.

megadethmartyr
12-09-2006, 11:03 AM
Good to see the Santa Fe get the acknowledgement it deserves.

acura.007
12-12-2006, 03:20 PM
The sante fe really deserved that win!! IM so happy...i love that car!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/ylsuper.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beerchug.gif" BORDER="0">

Superfresa
12-12-2006, 10:45 PM
I fail to see why the Santafe is such a significant vehicle. I mean, its not bad - Its rather good, actually, but I just fail to see why it deserves more than a passing look.... can anyone enlighten me?

Swallow Doretti
12-19-2006, 02:57 PM
The Sante Fe does everything well, and does it well for a good price. There's nothing about it that stands out, but there's no real compromises about it, either--it simply does it's business every day, and does it well.

Nurburgring
12-19-2006, 03:37 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Superfresa</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I fail to see why the Santafe is such a significant vehicle. I mean, its not bad - Its rather good, actually, but I just fail to see why it deserves more than a passing look.... can anyone enlighten me?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Same opinion goes to me for the Territory. We're even now. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0">

acura.007
12-19-2006, 06:56 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Superfresa</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I fail to see why the Santafe is such a significant vehicle. I mean, its not bad - Its rather good, actually, but I just fail to see why it deserves more than a passing look.... can anyone enlighten me?</TD></TR></TABLE> <p>the Sante Fe is a nice vehicle and it includes most of MY needs. Another thing is that the price is reasonable for the packages. It might be aliitle basic but IMO it provides my needs. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beerchug.gif" BORDER="0">

Nurburgring
12-19-2006, 07:11 PM
I think some of us have to get over the fact that the Koreans aren't what they used to be. Recently, they were ranked 3rd for JD Power Reliability Survey beating major automakers like Toyota and Honda when many still believe Hyundais are unrealiable and therefore does not deserve the attention it's getting. The JD Power Survey is just one accomplishment out of many that showcase Hyundai's ever-improving status and position in the market. Hyundai doesnt aim for 'putting many features in a low price' anymore, they're thinking strategically and aiming high. Designs might not represent what I stated but Hyundai is definitely in sight on Toyota's rearview mirror. All we can and have to do is wait.

Superfresa
12-20-2006, 12:35 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Swallow Doretti</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The Sante Fe does everything well, and does it well for a good price. There's nothing about it that stands out, but there's no real compromises about it, either--it simply does it's business every day, and does it well. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I can see that it's pretty good looking, fairly versatile and practical too, but there's been a LOT of hype about it. I mean, why the Santafe and not - say - an Outlander? Or a Rav4? Or a (Insert any Korean or Japanese soft 7 seat SUV name here)? I mean, what's so special about the Santafe? I'm not trying to take any credit off from hyundai, I just dont know what the hype is about....

acura.007
12-20-2006, 02:46 PM
LEts's just say its improved ALOT from the last one.

Superfresa
12-20-2006, 05:19 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mercedes007</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">LEts's just say its improved ALOT from the last one.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Well, considering that thats why manufacturers update their models, that's no surprise that its better....<p>I really wanted to hear why its such a great vehicle. Its a pity that people praise a car but when you ask why that particular car is so significant, they just say it's better and a good all rounder. Well, thats what softroaders are meant to be, yes, good allrounders. But I'm asking why THIS one in particular....<p>But whatever, I guess I just wont be able to catch on to the hype about the Santafe now that those who like it can't put the words down to why they think its great....

knicks125
12-20-2006, 07:01 PM
I tend to agree with Swallow Doretti. I should also mention the SF is quite capable off-road - of course, it's nothing like those true off-roaders, but ain't too shabby. Overall, I think its best attribute, among many other excellent qualities, the combination of elegance and value (and others mentioned by the editorial team), at an affordable price. It works and it deserves its recognition <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>IIRC, the first generation Santa Fe received a lot of buzz as well, which produced good sales results, glad to hear the trend continues... <p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Hyundai Santa Fe - 2007 SUV of the Year: Our unanimous choice for midsize SUV was also our run-away winner for SUV of the Year, and it makes clear sense: it's not often when a vehicle comes around that's almost flawless. From the grown up new design to the near-luxury interior with room for seven - and the cool blue-lit cupholders - the Santa Fe is an excellent purchase. On the road, its character is smooth, nimble, efficient and powerful. Sure, you can find SUVs that tow more. Or climb bigger rocks. The 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe does best what today's SUVs need to do most: haul people, their stuff and do it all with a superbly efficient style.<p>Finalists:<br>Hyundai Santa Fe, unanimous selection</TD></TR></TABLE><p><IMG SRC="http://a904.g.akamai.net/7/904/506/v0011/www.autobytel.com/images/2007/Hyundai/SantaFe_Staff/400/07_Hyundai_SantaFe_26.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> Hyundai Santa Fe  Best New Midsize SUV: Not only is Hyundais redesigned Santa Fe better than the competition, its leagues beyond the model it replaces. Behind the sleek, sporty styling is an extremely comfortable cabin with room for up to seven passengers, airbags aplenty, features on a wide range of trims for all budgets, and a driving character wont having you curse the necessity of an SUV. This ones firing on all cylinders.<p>Finalists:<br>Hyundai Santa Fe, unanimous selection</TD></TR></TABLE>

Superfresa
12-20-2006, 08:03 PM
I see where you're coming from now. However, as much as this will make many shake their head in disaproval, I'd say it's the whole segment that is stepping up, not just the Santafe. Dont get me wrong, the SantaFe is a great vehicle, but It just escapes me why it's so much better than - say - an Outlander, Mazda CX7, Rav4...<p>Local mags have always said Hyundai's handling is competent on good roads but turns sour on carrugations, so I cant wait to see what they say about the Santafe. If it handles spectacularly, I can see the point. Also I have to check out that interior more carefully. I think it may be quite good.<p>I'm skeptical about Hyundai's V6's as the Sonata (same engine) returned higher fuel consumption and less refinement than both Holden's alloytech V6 (Bigger engine) and Ford's I6 Barra 192 (4 Liter) on RWD sedans (Sonata is FWD). So I dont know that the Santafe would match the Terri... On the nice side, the 2.2 Diesel is apparently a gem, so can't wait for that! But.... Territory is receiving PAG's 2.7 CG Turbodiesel, so then again I'm skeptical about what Hyundai can match it up with.<p>Maybe price, If it hits at arround AU$30K....<p>Anyway, at least I'm seing the hype about it now....

FRDesign
12-20-2006, 09:49 PM
Santa-Fe, Car based, FWD.....<p>Sorry, But has no chance off road compared to the Wrangler, FJ, Xterra..

Player4
12-20-2006, 09:56 PM
Well fresa, alot comes from the fact that the car is very well priced, its very nice looking inside and out, it is very competitive as far as features and engines, and also if you have had the chance to sit in it you will see the high attention to deatail Hyundai put on this as well as effort and top quality everywhere you touch with very ncie materials. All this adds up and makes it stand. I sat in a new Outlander and its a very nice vehicle, dont get me wrong but that 3r row is misserable and as soon as you pull the door handle from the outside you can feel as if the door was hollow, and materils inside and hard and too much plastic. RAV4 styling is not very practical and also it can get pricey, interior is not very well thought out. CX-7 is a either hate it or love it styling and the turbo is not appealing to all.<p>The new Santa Fe deserves this award and i am proud that they are actually giving it the attention it deserves and hopefuly more will start seeing this.

Superfresa
12-21-2006, 05:26 PM
Thanks for the explanation, Player4! Now I am getting the Santafe Vibes. It looks like I better go and sit in one....<p>On the other hand, I pulled out January 07's fresh issue of wheels and they didn't think much of Santafe's handling and dynamics, as expected, but I'm deffinitely seing the goodness in it now <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beerchug.gif" BORDER="0">