Well, I thought I would look into possibly replacing my Enclave with a smaller crossover of some sort, so I have been researching and driving a few vehicles over the last week. I spent way too much time watching YouTube videos of various CUVs.
One of the crossovers that seems to get good reviews is the Hyndai Santa Fe. For 2019, the Santa Fe is a new replacement for last year's Santa Fe Sport and the longer, three row model is now the Santa Fe XL. I drove both of them. The Santa Fe XL has a 290 hp 3.3L V6 engine, so it will scoot right along, but it seems to generate its power at pretty high rpm, so it has a bit of a herky jerky aspect to it as it aggressively downshifts to get into the power band whenever you want to accelerate briskly. It is not as isolated from the road as the Enclave and has nowhere near the interior space.
The new for 2019 Santa Fe, in the Ultimate trim level that I drove, is unbelievably loaded with tech and features. It is actually a very nice two row crossover that is between compact and mid size. The one I drove sported the 2.0L turbo engine. With 230 hp, it will move the car fairly well, but there is a fair amount of turbo lag. Still, with the Santa Fe weighing in at around 4,000 pounds, 230 hp just left me a bit wanting. The ride was, again, decent and it was pretty quiet, but doesn't offer the isolation of my Enclave.
So, I'm back to looking at Enclave and GMC Acadia. I today looked at some Certified Used and dealer demo 2019 and 2018 Enclaves and Acadias, which are very nice. Their V6 engines are way smoother and more isolated from the cabin than in the Hyundais. But they are priced from $38k to $43k.
My dealer has a 2015 Enclave I want to look at. Yes, it's out of warranty, but I can purchase an extended service contract that will cover me for about 60k miles. I just need to get out my current Enclave as it needs thousands of dollars of repairs and is under no warranty coverage.
Any other suggestions for crossovers? Thanks.
2016 Enclave Premium
2012 LaCrosse w/ Head up Display, DVD-Audio/Video Player, Audio Hard Drive
2012 Hyundai Genesis 4.6