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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
9.9
Out of 10

Based on 15 Ratings for the 2013 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.7/10
    Quality
    9.7/10
  • Reliability
    9.9/10
    Performance
    9.7/10
  • Comfort
    9.5/10
    Styling
    9.7/10

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."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

excellent fast nimble and good looking

By on Monday, January 26, 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
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "GREAT PRICE 36000-fast and drives / handles great"

Cons: "Uncomfortable driving position"

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

"I bought the Santa Fe Ultimate-every possible option but it did not have power tilt and telescope steering and did not have auto down passenger window. Passenger seat, although power, is not fully powered like the drivers seat. You also have to put the drivers seat way too close to get any kind of arm comfort and there is nowhere to put your elbows and steer it at the same time. On the positive side, it handles better than, and is much faster and nimble than the Cadillac, BMW, and Mazda SUV's- the GMC Terrain came closest to the Santa Fe, but the Santa Fe even beat IT HANDS DOWN, especially when driving just for the sake of tearing up the streets-I can smoke the front tires no problem, but couldnt do it with any of the others. I believe Hyundai is the next contender for number 1 spot as you see them all over but I would expect prices to be on the rise. I would buy another just for the driving pleasure-BMW- you are not in the game (with SUVs', anyway)"

20 people out of 34 found this review helpful

Solid car, reliable, but no fun

By on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: wanted something more powerful

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good value, reasonable fuel economy"

Cons: "Basic model lacks power, no much fun driving."

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

"I will break it down by sections: ------ DESIGN: Taste is personal. However while I do enjoy the exterior look and feel of the car, the interior is much less to brag about. There is plenty of space, but quality of materials is overall mediocre at best as to be expected given the price of the car, but mediocrity shows perfectly.-- The tall "ceiling" is fine with me (I am 6'2") but seats are on the low side and my wife (5'4") complains that she has to sit too low. Also in intense sun, the high roof let one very exposed to the intensity of the sun light and sunshades are not much help in the CA sun, in particular during Winter sundowns when the Sun is just in your face. -- Getting in and out is not the smoothest of operations either, in particular if one is short. -- Cup holders in front, back seat passengers, gets more room than in other cars, but not much else. ----- FUEL ECONOMY: Good ~28 mpg (70% highway, 30% city). Considering that the car is heavy, I was impressed positively here. ----- POWER: Adequate on flats, not satisfactory on mountain roads. If you slow down enough, you need to get heavy on the gas pedal to bring it back up to speed. Not much of a fun factor. The Sport model is another thing completely. Now the power is good and it is fun to drive. Go for it, if you can! ----- DRIVING: I took the car on the twisty roads of Topanga Canyon, Paso Robles, etc... The car is reasonably easy to drive in the sense that I could drive it using just one finger. It is responsive, but it is not precise and I was often compelled to make small corrections. A little bit heavy and lacks agility on narrow mountain/hill roads. ----- VALUE: Good.. for ~$30k with several options it is about what you would get with a Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV-4 or Mazda CX 5. But, there is nothing remarkable inside to show off. ----- RELIABILITY: Good, but truth be told, I had it for the period 0-20k miles which is usually hit or miss on many cars. Usually, the pain starts once cars are no longer covered by their warranties."

9 people out of 16 found this review helpful

First SUV. Great vehicle.

By on Thursday, January 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,550

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 safety features."

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

"I'm impressed with the safety features; blind spot warning and back up warning. Vehicle has plenty of power if needed and gets in the upper 20s to about 30 MPG on the road at 65 MPH."

11 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Best vehicle in its Class! By Far!

By on Saturday, November 01, 2014

I own this car

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: "Everything - power, electronics, looks, & comfort!"

Cons: "No cup holder on the 2nd row bucket seat style"

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

"We just purchased the 2014 Santa Fe Limited Ulitimate with the saddle leather seats and all the options and we are having a BLAST!! We currently have only about 500 miles to our credit on the odometer and have found nothing that we are dissapointed about with one exception - no cup holders for the 2nd row bucket seat configuration. Kid's are grown and on their own so who really cares anyway! The cockpit area of this car is amazing and we are still finding incredible features about this car that make the overall driving experience one to be remembered and cherished for a long time to come. You will not be dissapointed and I have personally driven all the competition prior to making my decision to purchase this vehicle and none of them, for the price and warranty coverage, compare to this Crossover SUV. Go try one if you are in the market - you will not be dissapointed!"

22 people out of 37 found this review helpful

fantastic SUV

By on Saturday, October 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 500

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: "value, looks, size, features, MPG, power, warranty"

Cons: "daytime running lights poor exterior color choices"

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

"my wife and I had the 2007 Hyundai Veracruz, we just bought the 2014 santa fe GLS AWD with ultimate package. I researched 12 SUV's and the santa fe beats them all, including luxery models like the acura mdx, and the lexus rx350 Incredible value, great looks, and the best power and mileage combination. Also, the size is perfect, fits in our garage Highly recommend, make sure you test drive the santa fe, before you decide on a brand"

22 people out of 40 found this review helpful

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