By David Thomas on April 3, 2012
Hyundai is shaking up its lineup by expanding the Santa Fe lineup for the 2013 model year. What we all know today as the Santa Fe — a two-row crossover that seats five — will now be called the Santa Fe Sport. A new three-row model — to replace the Veracruz — will be simply called the Santa Fe.
Buyers will get a chance to purchase the Santa Fe Sport this summer, and it looks to challenge competitors head on in terms of content and interior room like the Sonata and Elantra have in their segments.
The exterior and interior are completely new, as you can see here. It's a handsome look outside but not very daring in any way. Inside, the design looks similar to the smaller Tucson crossover with materials being a bit higher end like those in the new Azera.
But for crossovers, the main concern is space. Hyundai didn't reveal every interior dimension for the Santa Fe Sport, but overall passenger volume is 108 cubic feet, which is a hair's-breadth away from the Ford Edge's 108.4. The Santa Fe Sport has more cargo room behind the second row, 35.4 cubic feet compared with the Edge's 32.2. The Hyundai is 0.4 inches longer outside, however.
There are also plenty of storage bins, consoles and pockets of all sorts throughout the cabin.
Engines are the same as those offered for the Sonata sedan: a base 190-horsepower four-cylinder or a 264-hp turbocharged four. Either can be equipped with all-wheel drive, and all come with a six-speed automatic transmission standard.
Fuel economy is estimated to be 23/33 mpg city/highway and 26 mpg combined for the base four-cylinder and 23/31 mpg and 25 mpg combined for the turbo. The numbers are at the high end of the segment.
One of Hyundai's chief advantages in the market is delivering a lot of content at a good price. Unfortunately, the company hasn't provided a list of standard features or pricing. We hope to have both for our readers soon.
Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David