2013 Hyundai Santa Fe
During its short run, the Hyundai Veracruz hinted at the brand’s take on a seven passenger luxo-cruising crossover. But ultimately, it never caught on. And so, taking up that mantle is Hyundai’s far more successful Santa Fe nameplate. And this seven passenger crossover looks to be a real contender.
Styling is recognizable, taking cues from both the smooth Veracruz and the more aggressive 5-seat Santa Fe Sport introduced late last year. Compared to the Sport, wheelbase grows almost 4 inches and length by 8 ½.
Power comes from a direct injected 3.3 liter V-6 drawn from the Azera. Horsepower here is 290; so by no means is it a powerhouse, but up 30 over the Veracruz. Acceleration is spirited for its size, though you feel the extra weight most when braking.
While the sheet metal is not unattractive, the new Santa Fe is far more focused on inner-beauty. And we found our time inside very well spent. Optional leather seats, heated steering wheel and second row, and 8 inch touchscreen with navigation are available.
The additional room can be configured to your liking. Standard is a 40/20/40 second row bench, with sliding, 60/40 bench available. Limited trim adds second row captain’s chairs, bringing occupancy down to 6, but comfort way up. A fold-away 50/50 split third row is standard on both trims. Legroom is ample as is a maximum of 80 cubic feet of cargo space.
The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe starts just over $28,000; $33,000 for the Limited. All-wheel drive adds $1750 more. And it’s available now.
Engine: 3.3 liter V-6
Price: Starts just over $28,000