May 08, 2013

What I Love Wednesday - Our New Car

Several weeks ago I mentioned that we needed to get a bigger car to accommodate our growing family.  You guys were really helpful and shared what you knew about the cars we were looking into.  Thanks again!  Here's what went down and how it all ended.

After reading everything you said, I wanted to look into the Acadia more and I also wanted to push the minivan issue with my husband a bit.  After quite a bit of disagreeing a lovely discussion, he okayed the minivan idea.  So I looked into both a minivan and the Acadia.

Now I know a lot of you say that you get way more bang for your buck with a minivan, but that's not at all what I found.  In the neighborhood we live in, AWD is a must.  I could hardly find any used vans with AWD and when I did the price was crazy high.  When I priced out a new minivan with AWD and leather (not a necessity, but a bonus) it started at $45,000!  Yikes.  Bye, bye minivan.

So there were two dealerships fairly close that had both received 15 Acadias.  They were all a year old with 10,000 - 25,000 miles on them.  We figured with them having that many on the lot and by coming in at the end of the month that we could get a great deal.  We were pretty set on this car.  We test drove it and liked it, but when we went in to negotiate we were really turned off by the guy there.  They had a huge extra hidden fee and they weren't very personable.  Out we went.

Then my mom kept mentioning that she had a couple of friends who loved Hyundai cars and one that had a Santa Fe.  I went back through all the comments and saw that one of you had also pointed out the the Hyundai Santa Fe was now available with three rows.  We figured it was worth looking into.  I don't think it's an option most people are aware of, since the 3 row thing is new this year.  Hyundai has also come a long way in the last few years.

My husband and I looked online and were really surprised by the pricing.  For a little more than what we would have spent on a year-old Acadia, we could get a brand new Santa Fe WITH a 5 year warranty.  I love a good warranty.  We originally hadn't planned on buying a brand new vehicle, but the price on this made it doable.

So we headed to our nearest Hyundai dealership (Ken Garff Hyundai in Salt Lake) and checked it out. We were really happy with it and extremely happy with how we were treated there.  (Ask for Jordan there if you need a car.  He was awesome.)  And we ended up buying a brand new Santa Fe that looks just like this, but black.


I am in love with this car.  We actually got the nicer package, which included a back-up camera and the biggest sunroof I've ever seen.  It goes all the way to the back so it feels like we're in a convertible.  This picture doesn't do it justice.


The back has an automatic open and close.


It sits a little lower than my jeep, so the boys can get in and out of it easily.  It has two captain chairs, just like we wanted.  Rex will sit in the way back and we'll keep half of that seat down for more space for groceries and what not.  It's a lot longer than my jeep, but it doesn't feel huge at all.


And it has a lot more get-up-and-go than the Acadia.  It drives so nicely and has a lot of cool features.


And best of all, we now have room for the baby.  I can't leave her home, you know :)

So if you're looking into a new car, I highly recommend giving the Santa Fe a test drive.  I'm not being paid or incentivized in any way.  I just really, really love this car.

Thanks again for your help.  And thanks for reading.

21 comments:

  1. Cute cute cute! We have a minivan right now, but I have been seeing the Santa Fe on the road and I'll admit I've dreamt about it :) But we are 3 months away from paying off the minivan and not having a car payment snaps me out of that dream! Haha! Happy Driving :)

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  2. Very nice Cheri. :)
    And you get that new car smell!!

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  3. I'm glad you found something that works for you! Enjoy. I got to upgrade in December, and it has been so fun to have something I love. I hope it ends up being great for you guys!

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  4. I had a Hyundai Tucson several years ago that I absolutely loved. I know you will get many years of driving enjoyment out of your new Santa Fe!

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  5. I have driven my Santa Fe for 4 years and I still love it! I am excited to know they have the third row seating option. We only have one little one right now, but it's nice to know we can upgrade to a car we already love when we need to. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Glad you found the right car!!

    I hate car shopping... i like having a good car, but shopping for it is stressful! I drive a nissan frontier and my hubs wanted to start driving it more so he told me that we could trade his mazda sports car in for something that I liked.... I spent weeks looking at the Honda Civic but the Willey Honda people were so deceptive! We ended up back at the mazda dealership to test drive a used Civic... for the same amount as the used civics we ended up in a brand new Mazda3 with double the MPG of the sports car... Like you, we really werent planning on going new, but lately it seems as though the cost of a used car is so close that with new car incentives and new fuel efficent technology that new cars arent much more...

    Again, glad it worked out! Enjoy your new car!

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  7. I have a Hyundai Sonata and I LOVE it! Had it for several years and NEVER had any mechanical problems. Great cars, great brand. :)

    Enjoy your new car!

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  8. Ah, I'm jealous! I love my 2010 Santa Fe, but I'm drooling over the automatic trunk feature and the captain seats/3rd row. We also looked around and did a lot of research, and the Santa Fe was hands down the best bang for our buck. Congrats on your new ride!!

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  9. Ah, I'm jealous! I love my 2010 Santa Fe, but I'm drooling over the automatic trunk feature and the captain seats/3rd row. We also looked around and did a lot of research, and the Santa Fe was hands down the best bang for our buck. Congrats on your new ride!!

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  10. The Sante Fe having third row seating isn't new, they had it back in 2007. Maybe it's standard now, rather than an option? I was sooo close to buying one, but went with a Pilot instead. I don't think I would have been disappointed either way. I know a few people with the Sante Fe, who have had them for years, and there's not a single bad thing to say about them. Congrats on the new buy, I think you'll really love it!

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  11. Good Choice! Hyundai's are good looking cars with a lower price tag then other comparable cars.

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  12. We have had a Hyundai Sonata since 2006. Hyundai's are great cars and the warranties are awesome.

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  13. We looked into that car and the Kia sorrento. Both have the 3rd row option which we love. we ended up going with the Kia and love it! Glad you found a car that you love!!!

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  14. Oh, hooray! I have been drooling over the Santa Fe since Consumer Reports wrote about the new 3rd-row option, and I'm so glad to read your review. We only have two kids, but I'd love to a.) leave the option open for #3; and b.) have the grandparents ride WITH us when we want to go places!

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  15. I am currently driving a 2004 Santa Fe and am still just as in love with it as ever! The biggest thing we have had to do was replace the A/C but being about 10 years old thats not too bad. We also have the leather seats and the inside still looks almost new. The outside paint is finally starting to show it's age but it has always been kept outside and we spent many a year in salt covered CT roads and are now in the blazing HI sun.

    When we move back to the mainland we will be getting a different car and I am excited to find out that the Santa Fe now comes in 3 rows! I will definitely be looking into it as an option. It really has been an amazing car and we have gotten 9 years out of it so far without major incident.

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  16. I have a Hyundai Santa Fe also... its not as nice as your and is older so it doesn't have the third row seat but I LOVE IT! Congrats on the new car!

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  17. I love the SUV with captians chairs and at third row. Brilliant with kids

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  18. I didn't throw my 2 sense in but that's what I have and I love it! I've had one for 3 years now. I haven't had one problem with it. My salesman keeps calling asking me if I'm ready to sell because they have a high demand for used ones too, I keep telling him, no I'm very happy with it!

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  19. I'm not sure I've ever commented on your blog before, even though I've been a long-time reader. Anyway, I'm glad to read your review. We're considering getting a bigger car sooner rather than later, and I hadn't even looked at the Santa Fe. Now, though, I'll definitely give it a good look. Thanks!

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  20. We just got the same SUV!! We are a hyundai family and I have the sonata and my husband has the santa fe. Isn't the 3rd row seating so easy to put down when you need the back? I hope you remain happy with it because I really think you made a great choice. :)

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  21. I am so jealous! I wanted a santé fe so badly but when I tried to get my stroller in the back it wouldn't fit:( that went out the window fast. If only they had just a little more room in the back. They are such nice cars!

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