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73 of 77 (94%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Overview
Hyundai redesigned the Santa Fe for 2013 and now offers two versions of the midsize crossover: the seven-passenger, three-row Santa Fe and the five-passenger, two-row Santa Fe Sport.
The Santa Fe’s redesign gives it new styling which aligns the crossover more closely with the rest of Hyundai’s lineup. It’s “fluidic sculpture” concept is recognizable now; a hexagonal grille sits up front, flanked by prominent head and fog light fixtures. Though the Santa Fe and the Sport sit on the same platform, the Santa Fe is longer by 8.5-inches which adds some extra interior room needed to fit that extra third row of seats.
The two are also separated by their powertrain options. The larger Santa Fe offers a standard 290-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 shared with the Azera sedan, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It also offers an Active Eco system which promotes more fuel efficient driving, and driver-selectable steering which allows drivers to tailor the steering weight and feel to their whim. The smaller Santa Fe Sport opts for a pair of four-cylinder engine options. A 190-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder is standard, while Turbo models get a 264-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Both engines come with a six-speed automatic. Optional on both Santa Fe and Sport models is an all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring, which improves handling.
Hyundai was smart in splitting up the Santa Fe; there are plenty of crossovers that try to cram three-rows into a vehicle that was clearly built for two-rows, but by splitting the Santa Fe they let each of the models fulfill their own purpose. The new Santa Fe pushes interior volume to 146.6 cubic feet, which bests much of the competition. Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system with three months' service is standard (a subscription is required thereafter); so is keyless access with push-button start. The adjustable second row includes 40/20/40-split folding sections with releases in the cargo area.
Seven airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are standard. A blind spot warning system is optional.