2013 Hyundai Santa Fe
Santa Fe. No, not the city, but Hyundai’s popular mid-size crossover. And 2013 hopes to be a big year for this CUV, now entering its third generation with an extensive redesign.
The Santa Fe as we know it is now the Santa Fe Sport, with almost identical length and wheelbase as the outgoing model. But, new styling and a new powertrain hopes to give the Sport badge some added merit. Base models receive a carryover 2.4 liter I4, but horsepower is up 15 to 190.
More exciting is the new 2 liter turbo-4, forcing out 264 horsepower. Sitting on big 19 inch alloy wheels, the Santa Fe Sport Turbo looks like a healthy shot in the arm for the mid-size CUV segment.
GREG CARLOSS: The new Santa Fe really took a step in the right direction by becoming more sport oriented. It looks great, and the two liter turbo has plenty of power. Add that with the fuel efficiency, and you've got a great addition to the CUV segment.
JOHN DAVIS: Wearing the more traditional Santa Fe moniker is a stretched 7 passenger, 193.1 inch almost full-sized crossover. Replacing the Hyundai Veracruz, the new Santa Fe gains a few inches on it, but keeps off the pounds, thanks to a slimmed down 3.3 liter V6 rated at 290 horsepower. Passenger and cargo room are down slightly, but fuel economy takes a nice bump up over the Veracruz.
The 2013 Santa Fe Sport starts at around $25,000, with the Turbo near $29,000. Both have optional AWD, and are available now. The long wheelbase Santa Fe hits showrooms in January.
Engine: 2 liter turbo-4
Price: Starts at around $25,000