2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS
There is a less expensive GLS version of the Santa Fe but it comes with an ancient and underpowered 2.7 liter V6 that makes more wheezing noises than your Uncle Phil with emphysema. So avoid that model if at all possible.
The Hyundai Santa Fe SE comes with a state of the art 3.3 liter V6 that is smoother than even the unit used in the Honda Pilot and Acura MDX. The Hyundai also comes with one of the smoothest shifting automatic transmissions in the segment. No, I am not kidding. The Santa Fe SE also comes pretty much loaded but you can option it up further with rear seat entertainment and even a third row of seats.
An added bonus is Hyundai's 10 year/100,000 mile warranty but keep this in mind if you are thinking of buying nearly newa used Hyundai sees its warranty knocked back to 6 years/50,000 miles. If you add in all the bargains Hyundai announces on a near daily basis it really does pay to buy your Santa Fe new.
Among the recent programs offered by Hyundai are a system where they will buy back your vehicle should you lose your car within the first year, countless rebates and even a program where they will guarantee your gas will only cost $1.49 a gallon. Apparently they will pay any cost over that amount.
Regardless of which "incentive" program comes with your brand new Hyundai Santa Fe you can take heart knowing that you have a high quality SUV that is pretty fuel efficient from a manufacturer that is so confident in their product that they will back it up for 10 years. You really can't do any better than that.