Thanks to DriveShop for the test drive opportunity.
Writing on this blog has given me a platform to share with you about ways to save- time, money and sanity. A new twist on this is the opportunity to test drive some great vehicles. I hope my “mom’s take” on these cars will be helpful information if you are looking to purchase a new ride.
When one of your “jobs” is running kiddos around town and hitting the grocery store- you obviously spend a lot of time in the car. And if you have to spend that much time in a vehicle, a fully loaded option has some nice perks.
I recently had the opportunity to drive a Hyundai Santa Fe LTD – and let me tell you I loved it!
Right before we got married hubs bought me a car. I would be commuting to grad school after we got married but I didn’t have a car to bring the table. So he kindly and with much forethought, bought me a used Hyundai Scoupe. I loved that little 2 door car. Just right for my size- even if I had to teach myself to drive stick shift pronto!
Wow has Hyundai come a long way! The Santa Fe is Full of Features and really makes running errands and kids more fun. Here are my fave options on this model:
- Full Roof Window and Sunroof
- Heated and cooled driver and passenger leather seats
- Rear Side Window Sunshades (kids loved this)
- Bluetooth Hands Free Phone System
- 8 in touch Screen
- iPod/iPhone sync
- 2nd row Captain’s chairs and 3rd row 50/50 split folding bench
- Turn Signal indicators for Blind Spot detection and Lane Change Assist (a light on the mirror and sound alerts you to someone in your blind spot!)
And probably my very favorite feature- memory seat positions! Hubs says I always need to include the “6 foot 6 factor” in these reviews and this feature fits the bill. With a touch of a button, you can set two different seat positions for the drivers. This is so awesome for a couple with such a great height difference. Whenever I get in my van after Andy has driven it, I have to completely rearrange everything- seat, steering wheel, mirrors and seat belt. The Santa Fe memory seat function takes a step out of this process and just plain makes life easier!
Once again, I love the 3rd row seat option. I really appreciated that in the Santa Fe the 2nd row is actually “captains” chairs. It made it so much easier for the kiddos to get into the 3rd row. And flip down half of that 3rd row and you have versatility for storage too.
Little road trip in the Santa Fe today. #drivehyundai #applepicking #testdrive #driveshop @hyundaiusa #fallinohio #ohio #lyndfruitfarm #roadtrip #client A photo posted by Mary Hoover (@amissiontosave) on
Here are a few accolades to note on the Hyundai Santa Fe:
- 2015 Best 3-Row SUV for the Money by U.S. News
- America’s Best Warranty: 10 years/10,000 miles Powertrain Limited Warranty
- 7 Airbags
Looking forward to my next DriveShop test drive and review. All opinions are mine, of course!