I currently have a 2003 Santa Fe GLS. We're looking to trade it in and I'm
trying to decide between a 2007 Santa Fe GLS or Tucson SE. I'm looking for
the AWD with automatic transmission with the 2.7L engine. We'll be checking
them both out at a dealership, but I was curious what others in the group
thought of them.
After researching on Edmunds.com and other sites, it looks the Tucson is
pretty close to my current Santa Fe (slightly smaller cargo area), while the
new Santa Fe is a step up.
My wife likes the idea of a possible 3rd row seating on the Santa Fe, but
from the reviews I've seen they're not really that usable unless you have
kids. We have one child (16 year old), but we have lots of local family
(parents, aunts, uncles, etc.) and occasionally do the driving to different
functions, so the 3rd row might be a good thing to have.
I also use the car to haul items for home projects (lumber, mulch, etc.) so
having the extra room in the Santa Fe might be useful, but I'm not sure it
justifies the $4K price difference.
Any comments would be appreciated.