There comes a time in every driver's life when you don't want to put any more money into the old wheels. This is certainly true about about the 2005 Uplander that I had for five years. Sure it looked good with a remote starter and a DVD player, but the reliability record left something to be desired. I wished I'd read a few comsumer reviews before I bought it.
I looked into other vehicles and I was impress by the 2010 Hyundai Santa's price, warranty (five years bumper to bumper) and reviews. While not at the top of its class, it did rate at 8.2 with Car Connection.
I was impressed by different things. To begin with, this new auto was $26.00 cheaper a month to insure than my old Chevy. The safety rating for the 2010 Santa Fe was and still is 9.9.
The heat and air conditioning was far superior than my Uplander. It heated up fast and cooled down fast.
The ride and ease of handling was definitely better than the Chev.
There's an MP3 player and USB port for an Ipod/Flashdrive with thousand of songs. That's a terrific upgrade over something in 2005.
The mileage is an improvement over the Uplander.
All dealerships should have a sweetheart deal for its customers beyond what is advertised. We got winter tires on rims with our package.
We're not going to set any speed records with this four cylinder vehicle, but we should enjoy the next five years worry free.