Reviewers across the board appreciated the 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe's stylish looks and new lines.
The 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe returns in the larger, prettier form it adopted in 2007 with a major redesign. Cars.com indicates "the Santa Fe was upgraded to a midsize [crossover] model from its previous compact size" and that it has a "more-aggressive look that includes a new grille and headlights."
The 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe is considered a crossover "because of its unibody construction that combines the body and frame in one piece," says Cars.com, and that gives "the Santa Fe the ride and handling characteristics of a sedan rather than a truck."
Cars.com applauds the Santa Fe; Hyundai gets kudos for looking "more and more like refined machines and less like the plasticky econoboxes the company put out in the 1980s and '90s" and goes on to say that it has "lines that flow gracefully into each other."
While ConsumerGuideAuto claims the "styling slightly interferes with visibility to right rear and directly astern," MyRide.com notes that "it has more the profile of a sporty station wagon than that of a traditional body-on-frame SUV." Cars.com likes the latest body style since it is "more aerodynamic, with a lower coefficient of drag."
Overall, reviewers raved about the new look and the larger size of the 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe. MyRide.com states that "its styling is more refined and less truck-like." Auto123.com notes "this crossover still boasts go-anywhere styling which may not turn a lot of heads but will certainly make its owner proud."
Auto123.com sums it up by saying with the Santa Fe, Hyundai has built a "nice-looking vehicle that's relatively competent in every respect despite its limited off-road capability."