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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.5

If you're going to enter an SUV race against heavy hitters like the Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer, or all-new blood like the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, you'd better be ready to run. The new-for-2013 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV is an extended version of the 2-row, 5-passenger Santa Fe Sport, offering more room, three rows of seating for six or seven, standard V6 power, and a competitive offering of standard comfort and optional equipment. Available in front-wheel-drive and optional all-wheel-drive configurations, the 2014 Santa Fe, offered in GLS (base) and Limited (upscale) trim levels, is priced – in classic Hyundai fashion – a few hundred-dollar notches below the competition while delivering a stylish exterior and a high-quality interior with plenty of huggable comfort and convenience.

You'll Like This Car If...

You say you were born and raised practical and now you're raising a practical family? The new Santa Fe should own a space on your SUV shopping list.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If your power-hungry side comes out on a regular basis and you want more warhorse (or warhorse-hauler) in your SUV, a Jeep Grand Cherokee with a V8 engine might be a better choice to get the job done.

What's New for 2013

The Hyundai Santa Fe is all-new for 2013.

Driving the Santa Fe

Driving Impressions While not the most dynamic driving tool in the shed, the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe does excel in its sheer talent for being easy to drive. The interior is quiet,...

the view out the front is expansive, and the brakes, 3-mode steering and smooth 6-speed automatic transmission steadfastly refuse to call attention to themselves. The ride is soft and compliant, but without a hint of marshmallowiness. The Santa Fe's 3.3-liter V6 engine offers 290 horsepower, but only 252 lb-ft of real hardworking torque, and it makes that torque at higher revs than the competition. Swift takeoffs and passes aren't an issue in the front-drive Santa Fe – especially since the 2013 Santa Fe is significantly lighter than its competition. When the all-wheel drive system is added, however, climbing hills and making mid-range passes (40-60 mph) feel more like work.

HYUNDAI BLUE LINK
Beyond the expected concierge services, SOS emergency assistance, news, weather, and turn-by-turn navigation help, Blue Link's 3-level telematics system includes a parent-centric app that sends you a text if your Santa Fe is driven over a preset speed, past a curfew time, or beyond a preset "geofence" perimeter.

PANORAMIC SUNROOF
A one-touch power tilt/slide sunroof is cool, but one with a sky-view that spans all three rows is triple cool.

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Details
2013 Hyundai Santa Fe photo Interior

There's plenty of room in the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe and the driver's view to the front is panoramic (the rearward view is less broad, but you're never reduced to driving purely with the mirrors). The base Santa Fe's stain-resistant cloth fabric feels good, plus the audio and climate-control knobs and buttons are glove-friendly big. All the materials are impressive right down to the rubber that lines the inside of the door pulls. The first two rows are completely livable for adults, while the third row is a decent kid's row. The Santa Fe does give up some cargo area compared to the competition, however.

Exterior
2013 Hyundai Santa Fe photo

Looking for all the world like what it is – an extended-wheelbase Santa Fe Sport without the sporty rear-side-window kick-up – the new Santa Fe has more to say about handsome, contemporary styling than it does about swooping lines that characterize the shapes of Hyundai passenger cars. Nice touch 1: Even in base Santa Fe GLS form, the outside mirrors and bumpers are body color. Integrated fog lights, roof rails and 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels are the exterior differences between the GLS and upscale Limited versions. Nice touch 2: The Santa Fe GLS gets smaller 18-inch wheels, but they, too, are aluminum-alloy.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Santa Fe GLS drivers with a long journey ahead will appreciate the multi-adjustable front bucket seats with power-adjustable lumbar support. Passengers further back will give thanks to the 3rd-row controls for the air conditioning and heating. Stepping up to the Santa Fe Limited includes luxuries like leather seating – power-adjustable and heated for the driver and front-passenger – pushbutton starting and heated captain's chairs for the second row. The Limited also upgrades the audio system with a 4.3-inch color display and adds a rearview camera. Sweet as ever, Hyundai's confidence-inspiring 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranties cover the new Santa Fe.

Optional Equipment

Beyond a laundry list of individual options like a heated steering wheel, navigation system, premium audio, and all-wheel drive, Hyundai is pushing option packages. For the Santa Fe GLS, the $4,100 "Leather and Navigation Package" includes leather and navigation (duh) and a host of comfort and convenience upgrades. The Limited's $2,900 "Technology Package" scores you navigation and a 12-speaker Infinity Logic 7 audio system, plus that wow-inspiring Panoramic Sunroof, a heated steering wheel, and manual rear-side-window sunshades. Sadly for mom and dad, no rear-seat-entertainment/DVD pacifier is available on the 2014 Santa Fe (but an iPad or two would be cheaper than most such systems, anyway).

Under the Hood

Hyundai makes it simple to shop for a 2014 Santa Fe: one engine, one transmission. In front-drive form, the SUV's 290-horsepower 3.3-liter V6 is very well matched to the 6-speed automatic transmission, with good throttle response, smooth pickup, and clean, easy shifts. The all-wheel-drive Santa Fe, though, could do with some more low-end grunt to get it moving. All that said, the 2014 Santa Fe is comfortable towing up to 5,000 pounds of trailer, boat, or anything else you'd like to haul.

3.3-liter V6
290 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
252 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 mpg (front-wheel drive), 18/24 mpg (all-wheel drive)

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.5
Out of 10

Based on 21 Ratings for the 2013 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    9.4/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.8/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

Should have waited and gotten the Toyota I wanted.

By on Friday, June 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,500

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Price for upgrades (not as great as it seems("

Cons: "terrible ride, hard leather seats, cup holders"

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

"I am so disappointed in this car. All the high ratings that I let influence my decision are baffling to me. This car has a terrible ride (my kids literally vibrate in the back seat). The leather seats are hard and uncomfortable. The cup holders in the back seat are ridiculous, The seat belt gets hung between the seat and its attachment because I am 5' which means I have the seat up and forward. I hit my head when getting in sometimes because again I have the seat up as high as it can go because of my height but yet there is no headroom to get in and out. I can honestly say I sincerely dislike this car as much as I could possibly dislike a car. The leather seats will never make it through 11 years like my 2003 Highlander did and my kids were babies through toddlers at that time with lots of spills and accidents. Dont make the same mistake, drive this car for a good couple days before you decide. If only i could turn back time and I would have settled for the strippped down Highlander instead of this car."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Alot of bang for the buck but....

By on Saturday, June 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun for roadtrips/bang for the buck."

Cons: "Missing automatic wipers/active headlights"

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

"This car is very nice to own. We have the 6 seater version loaded with the Ultimate Limited package. It drives very smooth and I love the V6 in it. My only gripe with this car and it's very minor but for the price point should have been included are: -Automatic rain sensing wipers -Active Front headlights (they turn with your steering wheel direction) Other than those two things, the car is immaculate."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Quality leaves much to be desired

By on Thursday, April 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Power and handling."

Cons: "Very poor build quality"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"I now have 5K miles on my 2015 Santa Fe GLS, AWD, including one long road trip. What I love is the handling of this vehicle, especially the steering options. I also love the power that the 6cyl engine provides. HOWEVER, this vehicle has more rattles than any new car I have ever owned, which is about 15 or 20. The headrests on the third row seats are especially noisy and troubling. Build quality, and quality control, are poor for this Hyundai. Considering I paid 32K for this car, I think I should be able to expect much more."

16 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Great car best suv I ever owned!

By on Friday, April 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,600

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: "Great value,its best suv I evered owned."

Cons: "Would have liked not having a 3rd row."

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

"I have the GLS Ultimate. All the bells and whistles I could want. Hyundai has the navigation ever, the voice activated function is right on the money!"

12 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Love it so far!

By on Tuesday, March 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Saddle leather is amazing. Styling is great."

Cons: "Maybe fuel economy???"

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

"Love the look of this SUV and how it drives. I have no regrets buying it. The panoramic moon roof is awesome as is the roomy second row. I have the limited trim, so gadgets are a plenty."

10 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Great SUV for the Price!!!

By on Sunday, February 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,500

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great price for all the features. Plenty of space"

Cons: "no reg cupholders in 2nd row, MPG could be better"

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

"I bought the Santa Fe Limited (6 seater) to take my family and 3 dogs to the beach and parks. The cargo space is great (the dogs love the cargo a/c feature) The captain's chairs in the 2nd row let the adults feel like adults, no compromise on space in the 2nd row. The panoramic sunroof lets us enjoy the Florida sun... (when we want, and we can close the shade when we've had enough) Overall I'm very happy with this SUV. The trailer hitch was easy to install (lights and all) We fit 4 bikes on the back no problem with the bike rack. Handles smooth enough on the highway."

9 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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