Hyundai Santa Fe* Wins AutoPacific 2006 Ideal Vehicle Award for Standard Mid-Size Sport Utility Vehicles:
Even though the Santa Fe is due to be replaced in summer 2006 following its myriad of awards, it’s not going out quietly. It was a knock-down, drag-out fight in the Mid-Size SUV segment, but owners of the Hyundai Santa Fe marked it as the Ideal Mid-Size SUV among some heavy hitters; the Nissan Xterra, Ford Escape, Mercury Mariner, Chevrolet Equinox, and Jeep Liberty. Losing a few rounds to a few competitors in comfort, the Santa Fe still came out ahead with solid numbers across the board. If you thought Santa Fe won it’s accolades because of price and warranty alone, you would be wrong (Value is not an IVA component). According to owners, the Santa Fe excels in many areas and can hold it’s own against the competition. *Santa Fe has won AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Award five of the six years it has been on the market.