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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe LimitedA good effort by Hyundai, but the tech's not quite there yet.
>> Hyundai used to make the ugliest cars in the business. They don't really do that anymore, thankfully. But how else do you set yourself apart when you're playing in the Compact Crossover game? A lot of competition. Let's find out what the Santa Fe Limited does to earn our attention. ^M00:00:16 [ Music ] ^M00:00:20 [ Background Music ] >> Now, as I pull up here to this gas station and gaze out at the price board, at 4.61 a gallon for super, I'm thinking mileage. This vehicle does okay but not great at 17/24 is your city/highway number. That's not gonna make anybody go, "Ooh! Super green, super lean." But it may not break the bunk ear. So, it's a wobbler. The power comes from a 3.3 liter, dual-overhead cam V-6. Horse power is around 240 on the horses and 220 somewhat on the torque which is a pretty good number for a car that is almost exactly 2 tons. Getting the power up to the wheels is a one choice only affair. Five speed automatic, they call it Sportomatic or some nonsense. That just means you've got a gate over here for influencing the shifts. But all of that brings us to what's really novel on this vehicle which is a whole variety of technology that is in many cases good and in some cases head scratching. First of all, I like this navigation unit quite a bit. It's an Alacarte option even on this high trim Santa Fe. It's an LG unit and I believe it's the firs time I've encountered it. Let me show you some features that I like. First of all, it's one of these tilt up affairs which hides the disk drive behind there. That's a multi-disk changer for not just CDs but also video DVDs. So, you can watch movies on this guy when you're parked and come to a full stop. That's kind of a nice feature in an inexpensive car. It's a touch screen, very easy to use. Reminds me a little bit of the Ford units with their large, square easy to get to buttons on the screen to set a destination real simple and by the way, I can do it while I'm driving. Thank you for treating me like an adult Hyundai. Address search is real simple and clean. We've been through all these before and when it calculates the route, check it out. I get three choices here on the left, three different ways to get there. Now, I calculated a very short route so they're all the same and if you're curious what each one does, you can select, hit the Preview and press Play, and look at this. An animated flyover of the route it's about to take you on. That's pretty cool. Now, the audio system also built into here is Infinity brand that you just see on top of that center channel, seven speakers so that's six with a center as I have that, 605 watts they say. In all, this is perhaps the worst sounding Infinity audio system I've encountered. It's not defectively bad but it's not impressively good. I can't seem to get any clear, realistic sound out of it. It always sounds like the MIDs are kinda bumped up. I'm not crazy about it at all. Now, in terms of audio sources, the basic stuff, AM/FM/XM. Now the oddities. No iPod adapter available. No aux jack on this car. Huh? High end system, no aux? That's weird. No USB jock which is off on guard anyway. So, we have some strangeness going on with this system that we can't quite figure out. I suspect to get the aux jack, you have to go for the optional Rear-Seat Entertainment System which puts an 8-inch LCD shared in the back. Also gives you a 110 volt outlet back there. So, it's got a voltage inverter built in so you can bring various portables in. I suspect that's the only way to get an auxiliary input. [ Music ] >> All right. Let's price our little ugly boy with the great nav system. Hyundai Santa Fe all-wheel drive in the limited trim about 30,600, then you've really got two tech options to choose. You can get the nav system at 1,750 and/or the Rear-Seat Entertainment 1,750. Very simple. [ Music ]