I agree not really feeling the Hyundais lately. I was interested in the Elantra for a time, but I just read a recent comparison between the Elantra and Civic, and the Civic won hands down.Don't trust the reliability of Hyundai yet. They still got some work to do before they convince me.
Hyundais never have good steering feel.
Yup, the tables have turned, gone were the days where Hyundai was the most ignored brand around and now it's one of the better brands where you can get a quality built car and don't have to worry. I think even honda has more problems than Hyundai.Not sure what reliability issues you guys are referring to, the facts are quite the opposite from what I read. The main number one reason to buy a Hyundai is the reliablity and build quality. There is a night and day difference between Hyundai of today and that of 10 years ago, currently they are rivalling the top of the pack in terms of quality. As an example, the all-new 2013 Santa FE XL and Sport have no reports of early quality issues, considering these are two brand new models that is quite a good reflection on the brand as a whole - they're doing MUCH BETTER than Nissan, who we all know is having some terrible quality issues with the Pathdinfer. Apparently Hyundai knows how to properly test their products in the real-world, in-depth to the point where they KNOW the quality is there, unlike Nissan who obviously skipped a lot of this testing and refinement and rushed their vehicle to market with an obvious defect, and I mean OBVIOUS - how could they have missed this "judder" issue if they even remotely followed a reasonable testing and quality control program?? Small issues in the first model year, ok to be expected. But a major, obvious powertrain defect that even a child could notice within the first few thousand miles? Absolutely ridiculous, Nissan should be shamed for this, there's no excuse whatsoever.
And after pointing out all of these obvious points, I have to ask you guys, how can you criticize Hyundai reliability and say they "have some work to do"? Based on perceptions you have from last decade? You think Hyundai has work to do but ignore this fiasco that Nissan has with the Pathfinder?
I'm a little sensitive to the CVT issues, I experienced them in 2008 with the purchase of my first model year Rogue. They quickly resolved them within the year, but that was a tough year. After 2009 their critical CVT issues were supposed to be behind them, but here in 2013 they're being repeated with the Pathfinder - very disappointing to see 5 years later these problems keep coming up and Nissan obviously cut corners.
I just went over the Santa Fe XL in detail. Very nice vehicle, fit and finish is great, powertrain is amazing, very responsive. 3rd row access is ok, not as good as the Pathfinder. Also the Pathy has a more roomy cabin.