As mentioned on the Edmunds.com first drive, the 2013 5-passenger Hyundai Santa Fe is just the beginning of the story. In the pursuit of even greater space, Hyundai is also developing an extended-wheelbase Santa Fe with two trims: the GLS with seating for seven and the LIMITED that seats six with 2nd-row captain’s chairs. Both trim levels will be available in early 2013.
Fluidic Sculpture design
According to Hyundai’s site, Hyundai’s signature Fluidic Sculpture design language creates a substantial visual presence and translates into an impressive 160 cubic feet of interior volume. Dynamic side character lines add to Santa Fe’s aerodynamic flow while chrome accents on the grille and door handles create a distinctly premium feeling.
The available panoramic sunroof of the Santa Fe Sport is larger than regular sized sunroofs.
Becoming a standard feature in the class, the Santa Fe LIMITED offers what they call Proximity Key that unlocks the vehicle as you approach by touching the button on the exterior door handle to unlock your car and, once behind the wheel, activate the push button start to bring the engine to life.
Two Interior Designs
Select the 7-passenger Santa Fe GLS or choose the Santa Fe LIMITED, and get seating for 6 that includes two captain’s chairs for the crew members that are lucky enough to pull second-row duty. The Santa Fe has more front and rear head room, shoulder room, hip room and rear leg room*, than a Lexus RX 350.
*Claim based on manufacturers’ websites.
Available only on the extended-wheelbase Santa Fe, the 3.3L V6 engine provides a potent response. It creates an effortless flow of power, torque and surprising fuel efficiency using advancements that include Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) and Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI). *2013 Santa Fe. Horsepower figures based on internal estimates. Horsepower claims based on manufacturer’s websites comparisons.
Technology and Safety Features
In addition to its Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system, Santa Fe provides a full complement of seven airbags, which includes a driver’s knee airbag. This added level of safety is usually found on more expensive premium vehicles. One of three elements in Santa Fe’s Vehicle Stability Management system, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) uses sensors in the steering system and at each wheel to compare where you want to go with where the car is heading. If a difference between the two is detected, Electronic Stability Control slows the appropriate wheel to redirect the car and help keep you on course.
Fuel economy is the payoff of the lighter chassis, improved aerodynamics and engines. Base 2.4-liter models return 22/33 city/highway mpg (21/28 with AWD), while the 2.0T models deliver 21/31 mpg (20/27 mpg with AWD).
As of this printing, prices with destination start at $25,275 for a base 2.4 and $28,525 for the 2.0T — add $1,750 for AWD — and quickly from there. Adding navigation or the panoramic sunroof to a 2.4-liter model requires three packages totaling $6,600 (or two packages totaling $5,350 on 2.0T variants). There are many other features included in the packages.
A 6-speed automatic with a plus
The Santa Fe V6 engine is mated to Hyundai’s 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC®. Plus all models have the Active ECO System—which helps you get more miles out of every gallon of gas with the push of a button.
Active Cornering Control AWD
The available Active Cornering Control All Wheel Drive gives drivers improved traction and greater cornering capability in turns by transferring engine torque to the rear wheels and applying braking force to the inside rear wheel. The result helps keep the vehicle on its intended path in a turn and delivers responsive handling.