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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Review

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Vehicle Overview

The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV has been redesigned and is available as both a five-passenger and seven-passenger model. Hyundai has combined the Santa Fe and Veracruz under the same name for the new model year, hoping to increase its presence in the third-row SUV segment. The Santa Fe is available in four models, the Sport, Sport 2.0T, GLS, and Limited. Powered by either a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, or 3.3-liter V-6, the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe delivers 190-290 horsepower and an EPA-estimated 21/29 mpg city/highway for the Sport, 20/27 mpg city/highway for the Sport 2.0T, and 18/25 mpg city/highway for the GLS and Limited models.

In a recent test drive, the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe was stylish and surprisingly agile, with the three-row model hitting all the right marks. It delivered plenty of power, with a sporty and satisfying engine note. There was body roll when driving the Sport model, but with the standard Santa Fe model, it was non-existent. "With stiff competition such as the new Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, and Mazda CX-9, Hyundai needed an offering that could contend. The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe arrives to meet the challenge, and merits consideration from anyone shopping the three-row SUV segment."

Inside the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is one of the nicest interiors in the segment, thanks to quality materials and control placement. The touchscreen menus are intuitive and simple, front seats are comfortable, and it has 35.4 cubic feet of storage behind the second row seats. The three-row Santa Fe can hold up to 41 cubic feet of cargo. Seating for second row passengers is accommodating, with enough leg and headroom for taller passengers in both the Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport models.

New for 2013

The Hyundai Santa Fe has been completely redesigned for the 2013 model year, and features a five-passenger sport model and seven-passenger long-wheelbase model.

You'll Like:

  • Engine options
  • Spacious interior
  • Seating for up to seven passengers

You Won't Like:

  • Limited rear visibility
  • Base engine is weak
  • Low 4WD fuel economy

Key Competitors:

  • Honda Pilot
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Toyota Highlander

See the New 2014 Santa Fe.

Front & Driver Side View