This has been a wonderful family SUV for us.
It's been reliable and with simple modifications to the intake and exhaust, it's been exceptionally speedy.
The 2.7 liter 24-valve V6 has been silky smooth and the manumatic transmission has been great for holding the gears along coast highway one.
The suspension exhibits a bit more body roll than what I would like, however the Santa Fe will fool you; it has more grip than you think.
It's 4x4 capabilities are wonderful on road in icy conditions and muddy situations.
It's not a serious off roadster due to its car chassis and suspension setup.
Interior is really nice. There is adequate space for all our family gear.
Great on long trips once you get used to the seats.
High ride height gives you a great view of the road. Decent ground clearance and low load height is great all around.
Only 1 cubic foot smaller than the more expensive Ford Escape/Mazda Tribute.