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Anyone seeking a comfortable, capable, feature-rich 5-passenger crossover with commendable fuel economy, distinctive style and strong value will find plenty to like in the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.
Buyers with more conventional styling preferences or who require the absolute maximum in cargo or passenger space – including available 3-row seating – will have to look to Santa Fe Sport
With a new body structure that uses 30 percent more high-strength steel to significantly increase the platform robustness and rigidity while shedding 266 pounds of curb weight, the 2013 Santa Fe Sport delivers a far more engaging driving experience regardless of engine or driveline configuration. Well-measured revisions to the suspension tuning, driver-selectable steering effort and upgraded stopping power coupled with a superior power-to-weight ratio combine to endow this new Hyundai offering with greater confidence and better control. The
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By Paski (GA) on Thursday, May 02, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Technology package, comfort, cargo, price."
Cons: "None so far."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Before deciding on the Santa Fe, I did extensive research including, price comparison, test drives, on-board technology, interior and exterior design for SUV's in the 30k - 50k price range. I also spent considerable time online reading professional and owner reviews of 2013 model year SUV's. My wife was not inclined to buy an SUV because of concerns she had about vehicle size, handling, visibility, etc. She reluctantly agreed to consider a SUV because of our cargo needs because we transport a lot of "stuff" to and from family and friends. After test driving the Santa Fe she resolved her size concerns and agreed it was a great ride. Since we bought the car, she loves the Santa Fe and it has become her vehicle of choice. I now get to drive what used to be "her" car. Bottom line, we decided to buy the Santa Fe Sport with the premium interior and technology packages because, in our opinion, it offered the best value considering the price, appearance, vehicle design, cargo space, quality, technology features, and passenger comfort, as compared to competing SUV's on the market. We bought the Santa Fe on October 31, 2012 and have since driven more than 13,000(mostly highway) miles, without a single negative experience. I rate the overall quality and performance of the vehicle as outstanding, and we are more than satisfied that we made a good decision selecting the Santa Fe Sport and highly recommend it. Check it out, it is definitely worth your consideration. I might also note that friends and family that have been passengers comment on the quiet, comfortable ride, and particularly appreciate the heated seats in winter."
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By None (NC) on Saturday, April 20, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,500overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Quality build. Sharp styling. Spacious. Wow factor"
Cons: "Slight hesitation in gears on Turbo."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I purchased a Santa Sport, with both option packages and the 2.0T FWD on October 31st, 2012. Lucky for me the gas rebate due to some flawed tests ended the day after I bought the vehicle. Hyundai stands behind their products. I negotiated $2900 off the sticker. The vehicle has performed exemplary in every respect. My MPG is around 25-27, consistently. I use the sport suspension feature (you can choose between three). If I dis-engage the traction control, I find the car response to be great - better than with it engaged. Try it, if the pavement is dry. I find that my wife and I use many of the features, and I recommend that you get both options packages if you can afford them. I purchased the 100,000 mile warranty, as with all the "stuff" on a loaded SF Sport I though it was worth the price. I would have passed on a basic model with no options. The interior is well designed and comfortable. The adjustable and reclining rear seats are a great feature. Climate control is exceptional. The cabin with temperature on auto, combined with the Hyundai air filtration system is wonderful, especially if you have allergies or don't like to breathe exhaust or other smells from the great outdoors. The leather, full panorama roof, sound system, logical and easy to engage auxiliary control systems and the "feel" on the road is exceptional - it is better in so many ways than other crossovers I looked at and drove before I bought the Sport. Under the hood and underneath, the Turbo has a slight hesitation, then...wow. Great pickup and go. I don't find the hesitation annoying or a problem, but it does exist. The suspension is much better than earlier Hyundai models I have encountered. This company knows how to improve their vehicles every year, for sure. I recommend you tour the Hyundai plant in Montgomery, AL and see first hand the commitment to excellence.Hyundai sends us detailed surveys every few months to track our vehicle satisfaction, and I also receive e-mails every so often stating that my car was checked and everything is fine (our car sends data to Hyundai regularly so they can monitor the vehicle performance) I could not be more pleased with my Murano Red/Beige leather SF Sport. It is a great car to drive. And it turns heads with the styling. This car is a winner in ever respect. I have had no problems so far."
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