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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Review

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As it enters its third generation, the Hyundai Santa Fe has been split into two distinct variants: the compact 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and a new, mid-size Hyundai Santa Fe (reviewed separately). Improved in virtually every area over the Santa Fe it replaces, the 5-passenger Santa Fe Sport embodies a new sense of style and offers more sophisticated features than its predecessor along with enhanced performance and commendable fuel economy that give it an even higher profile in the SUV segment. Available with naturally aspirated (Santa Fe Sport) and turbocharged (Santa Fe Sport 2.0T) 4-cylinder engines and the choice of front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), the new Santa Fe Sport and 2.0T will be formidable rivals to competitors like the Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Edge, Kia Sorento and Toyota RAV4.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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 alternatives, including its corporate cousin the Kia Sorento or its 3-row sibling, the Hyundai Santa Fe.

What's New for 2013

The complete recasting of this compact SUV brings a bolder appearance, impressively enhanced features and a serious dash of performance coupled with a gain in fuel economy to the Santa Fe Sport side of the family. The mid-size 2013 Santa Fe (reviewed separately) replaces the existing Veracruz in the Hyundai lineup.

Driving the Santa Fe Sport
Driving Impressions


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 available Active Cornering Control AWD system further improves that experience regardless of road surface or traction conditions. Although the turbocharged 2.0T variant stands out as the enthusiast's choice for pure fun, all iterations of the 2013 Santa Fe Sport benefit from major noise-abatement efforts that make Hyundai's newest hauler one of quietest and most-refined players in the compact SUV class.

DRIVER SELECTABLE STEERING MODE (DSSM)
Standard on all Santa Fe Sport models and accessed via a button on the steering wheel, DSSM offers three different power-steering assist programs. The baseline "Normal" effort is reduced by 10 percent when the city-oriented "Comfort" mode is selected and increased by 10 percent in the "Sport" setting, which provides a more positive feel when negotiating twisty roads or during high-speed freeway cruising.

ACTIVE CORNERING CONTROL ALL-WHEEL DRIVE
Optional on the Santa Fe Sport and Sport 2.0T, this "intelligent" AWD system integrates with the Vehicle Stability Management system and the antilock brakes. It actively monitors surface conditions and then distributes engine and braking forces to any wheel/wheels to improve cornering as well as fuel economy.

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Details
2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport photo Interior

Although its scale remains virtually unchanged, the Santa Fe Sport's well-finished, user-friendly cabin design has a more contemporary look and feel that shares many cues with other current Hyundai products. User-friendly control layouts are complemented by lots of convenient storage areas and the standard seat trim – easy-care Yes Essentials stain/odor-resistant fabric – can be upgraded to leather in either model. Comfortable, well-bolstered front bucket seats team with an adult-capable 40/20/40 rear bench that allows 5.2-inches of fore/aft travel plus a recline function as part of an option package. Dropping the aft seatbacks creates a near-flat floor and expands cargo volume from 35.4 to 71.5 cubic feet.

Exterior
2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport photo

Introducing the latest chapter in Hyundai's "Fluidic Precision" design language, the 2013 Santa Fe Sport boasts more evocative bodywork than its predecessor as well as class-leading aerodynamics that are further assisted by unseen but highly-effective underbody fairings. The visible transition is most clearly evidenced in the vehicle's dynamic contours and character lines set off by a dramatic greenhouse treatment and well-integrated details highlighted by a bright-finish grille and door handles, LED-enhanced headlights/taillights and a functional rear spoiler. Where the Santa Fe Sport rides on 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 235/65 tires, the Sport 2.0T matches 19-inch alloys with lower-profile 235/55 rubber.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

All Santa Fe Sports net a bounty of power assists, air conditioning, cruise control, a multifunction steering wheel on a tilt/telescoping column, remote keyless entry, AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3/HD audio, iPod/USB/aux inputs, Bluetooth, and Blue Link telematics. The 2.0T adds the Popular Equipment Package (roof rails, fog lights, automatic headlight control, heated mirrors, windshield wiper de-icer, power driver seat, heated front seats, and leather accents), proximity key entry/push button start, electroluminescent instrument cluster, trip computer, and more). Comprehensive safety features include Vehicle Stability Management and Traction Control Systems, Hillstart Assist Control/Downhill Brake Control, 4-wheel antilock discs with Electronic Brake-force Distribution/Brake Assist, and seven airbags.

Optional Equipment

Stackable bundling is the rule when it comes to upgrading this new Hyundai crossover SUV. Beyond the Popular Equipment Package outlined above that's available on the Santa Fe Sport and standard on the Sport 2.0T, both offer Active Cornering Control AWD plus a Leather & Premium Equipment Package (leather upholstery, heated front/rear seats, power passenger seat, dual-zone climate control, sliding/reclining second-row seat, rearview camera, 4.3-inch touchscreen color audio display, and more) that can be further enhanced with the Technology Package (a dual-pane Panoramic sunroof, 550-watt/12-speaker Infinity Logic 7 Surround Sound audio, navigation system with 8.0-inch LCD touch screen, heated steering wheel, and manual rear-side window sunshades).

Under the Hood

The new Santa Fe Sport offers a pair of Hyundai's Theta II GDI inline-4 engines that also are found in the Sonata sedan. Both direct-injected fours feature continuously variable valve timing to further enhance operating efficiency. The base engine is a 190-horsepower 2.4-liter while the Sport 2.0T carries a 264-horsepower version of the turbocharged 2.0-liter. The sole transmission is a smooth, responsive 6-speed automatic with a Shiftronic manual-style gate. The impressive weight-reduction program imparts a new measure of quickness across the board, along with improved fuel economy.

2.4-liter inline-4
190 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
181lb-ft of torque @ 4,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/29 mpg (FWD ), 20/26 mpg (AWD)

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
264 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
269 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750-3,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/27 mpg (FWD ), 19/24 mpg (AWD)

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 117 Ratings for the 2013 - 2017 models.

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  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Best vehicle

By on Friday, June 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "very comfortable and reliable drive"

Cons: "I cannot think of anything for the price / model"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I own this for a year now and never had any problem. This is first review ever! On any product! I have only done regular oil changes so far.. I own sport 2.4 model and seems to deliver descent power. Handling is very comfortable. I have driven 1500 miles in one go (took breaks in between) and I never had problem. Driven through some of extreme climate on that trip. 200 miles of hottest death valley, 300 miles of drive in Oregon rain and 50 miles in snow storm (I failed to check weather before trip). With this given experience, I strongly recommend it."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Follow-up to a Very nice vehicle

By on Sunday, May 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Now with 13000kms this is indeed a very nice vehicle! We are very pleased with our purchase! After the engine break-in period we're averaging 10L/100k hwy/city varying on my heavy foot. This is an excellent choice for those looking for style comfort value & performance. Our only regret is not getting the Limited Edition..but that might happen sooner than later.."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Love this car, except for one minor omission.

By on Saturday, April 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Comfortable, stylish and a great ride"

Cons: "No back up camera."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"New, 2016 Santa Fe Sport, base model. Love the car and the ride. Very smooth and quiet. Economy mode does work and saves on gas, however, there is noticeable shifting on highways. So we take off the Eco mode for lengthy trips and the smooth power is there whenever needed. Hyundai made great use of the cargo space. Other cars in this class have wheel wells that come in and take up space. Not so here. Also, there are hidden compartments under the cargo floor which comes in handy for all kinds of usage! Blind spot mirror on driver's side is a good addition. Only complaint is the lack of a back up camera/monitor. We were led to believe it was included, it was not. Most cars have back up monitors as standard these days, this is an inexcusable omission on a 2016 vehicle. Otherwise, this is a perfect crossover vehicle."

21 people out of 25 found this review helpful

Very good vehicle.

By on Thursday, April 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "REALIBLE."

Cons: "Depreciation of vallue, TO FAST ,TO SOON."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"GREAT CONFORTABLE CARGO CAPACITY. VERY GOOD ENGINE POWER. CONFORTABLE BUCKET SEATS. GOOD BLUETOOTH. EXCELENT BREAKING SISTEM."

2 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Great Vehicle

By on Monday, April 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,800

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfy & fun to drive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought last May and love it. 2015 SFS XL. 2 road trips through the Rockies..very comfortable.lotsa power..Pano roof is awesome."

3 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Turbo is a "must"

By on Saturday, April 2, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Easy to drive, good handling, comfortable"

Cons: "Quite a few glitches for a new car....."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Purchased the 2.0 L Turbo Sport version in February 2015. Runs well and quietly, sporty even in Eco-mode, good road handling. Storage space is fine, seating is comfortable with plenty of legroom even for tall people. Gas mileage is pretty good (usually around 22 mpg city and 25/27 on highways. Gripes: (1) Tank could be bigger. With full tank, range is estimated at about 400 m, which usually turns out a bit less in reality. (2) Blind Spot Detection System: This has been a nightmare. Malfunction light triggered at odd times, even when vehicle stationary. After 4 dealer calls and checks, eventually turned out that wiring in one of the side mirrors was defective, and was replaced under warranty. (3) Paint: Bought touch up paint (matched to VIN number), which is a shade darker. Also, new mirror (see 2 above) is a shade darker. Dealer suggests that paint has faded after 1 year. Could believe that if I lived in AZ, TX, or NM, but in PA?????? (4) Lost oil cap after 14,000. Entire engine compartment splashed with oil. Cap was obviously not screwed down properly by mechanic (at dealership) after last oil change. Cleaned free of charge. (5) Automatic rear door opener is somewhat temperamental. At times, you can stand right next to the car and nothing happens. The next time, you just walk past, and it starts bleeping already. (6) Price: Hyundai clearly has jacked up prices substantially, and I am not sure that one really gets the best deal. (7) Seat Adjustments: Would prefer for seat to move to lower position. Overall: Quite well built, good to drive, comfortable, but quite a few glitches as well. A lot of money for the car though."

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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