Hyundai Santa Fe balances style, practicality

Mike and Debra Alber of Las Vegas went looking for a car about four months ago and liked what they had been hearing about the Hyundai Santa Fe sport utility vehicle.

Not long after contemplating the idea, the Albers headed for Planet Hyundai at 7150 W. Sahara Ave., where the couple purchased the new vehicle.

“I read in the Review-Journal that one of the owners of Planet Hyundai had served in the military,” said Mike Alber, referring to co-owner Ron Coury. “We had looked online, and my wife found the Santa Fe to be the perfect fit.

“The Hyundai Santa Fe met our needs as it relates to being a vehicle with incredible fuel mileage, a great warranty and impressive style,” explained Mike Alber, who has lived in Southern Nevada for 33 years. “Debra wanted a full-size SUV, and she fell in love with the car as soon as she took it for a test drive.

“She is very happy with the vehicle. We wouldn’t buy any other car.”

The Hyundai brand has been lauded for having a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty. The warranty is the best of its kind in the business.

“We just don’t expect to have any problems with our car because we know it’s a well-made vehicle,” Mike Alber explained. “However, having the warranty is all the better. Also, the Santa Fe is assembled in Montgomery, Ala., and as a former Marine, that was an important decision in our decision to purchase the Santa Fe.

The couple has made a trip to San Diego in the Hyundai Santa Fe.

“The car is very smooth and it’s quiet,” Mike Alber said. “It has the acceleration you need passing or getting out of the way of others. It also has an excellent stereo system.”

The Hyundai Santa Fe, which has 3.5 liter V-6 power plant, achieves 25 miles per gallon on the highway and 19 in the city.

In addition, Mike Alber lauded his sales consultant Terry Mills, a veteran of the automobile industry.

“He was easy to get along with and very accommodating,” Mike Alber said. “There was no hard-sell, and he let us make our own decision. Everyone here was really great to work with. We have recommended Planet Hyundai to several of our friends.”

Mills said the Santa Fe was the pefect-sized SUV.

“The Santa Fe has a lot of features for the money,” said Mills, who has been in the car business for 13 years.

Planet Hyundai is owned by Coury and Don Tamburro. The pair purchased the dealership in March 2010.

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