For 2013, the Hyundai Santa Fe underwent some changes that included a seven-passenger long-wheelbase model and a Sport version that seat up to five passengers. Moreover, the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe has been loaded with luxurious features, outstanding performance and on top of it all, and an amount that surely won’t break anyone’s bank. The newly designed 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe sticks to its Fluidic Sculpture and Fluidic Precision. In addition, the 2013 Santa Fe now features a third-row seating which increases the crossover’s seating capacity up to seven. The new Santa Fe is available in Sport, Sport 2.0T, GLS and Limited models.
A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that creates 190 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque pumps up the 2013 Santa Fe base model. The engine is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission with an EPA-estimate of 21/29 mpg city/highway. Coming in as a standard for the base is a front-wheel drive, while an all-wheel drive is its option.
The Sport 2.0T is powered by a 2.0-liter engine increasing its output 264 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. The engine’s EPA estimates are 20/27/23 mpg for its front-drive while its all-wheel drive has 19/24/21 mpg. Large models such as GLS and Limited are pumped up by a 3.3-liter V6 engine creating a 290 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque.
Aside from having a refined exterior styling, the new Santa Fe also provides a decent and good-looking cabin. The controls are properly placed for easy access, including its Switchgear. The touchscreen menus and functioning are intuitive as well. Riding experience is awesome because of the crossover’s comfortable seating with ample legroom and headroom. Cargo area is pretty generous with its 35.4 cubic feet of space, while the seven-seater model offers a maximum of 41 cubic feet of space.
Safety features include antilock disc brakes, front-seat side and curtain airbags, front-seat active head restraints, traction and stability control as well as Blue Link, the emergency system of Hyundai.