By Jennifer Geiger on February 1, 2013
When Hyundai's largest crossover goes on sale later this month, it'll start at $29,195, including an $845 destination charge. The larger sibling of the Santa Fe Sport replaces the Veracruz in Hyundai's lineup and comes in entry-level GLS and uplevel Limited trim levels in two seating configurations for six or seven passengers. GLS models have a traditional second-row bench and Limited versions sport individual second-row captain's chairs.
The 2013 Santa Fe is 8.5 inches longer than the Santa Fe Sport, which Hyundai says translates to 38.6 cubic feet more passenger space. Unlike the Sport, only one powertrain is available: a 290-horsepower, 3.3-liter V-6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Both trim levels offer front- or all-wheel drive, and front-drive models are EPA rated at 18/25 mpg city/highway.
Hyundai says the Santa Fe offers more horsepower and better fuel economy than the outgoing Veracruz at the same price. True, but not by much: The 2012 Veracruz started at $29,170, including destination, and its 260-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 was EPA rated at 17/22 mpg.
Hyundai says the 2013 Santa Fe will be in dealerships by the end of February, but for an early look check out the brand's Super Bowl XLVII commercials Sunday; the Santa Fe stars in three of them.
Full trim-level pricing and equipment below are listed. All prices include destination.
Santa Fe GLS FWD ($29,195)
Standard features include seven-passenger seating with a 50/50-split folding third-row bench seat, rear-seat climate vents, sliding and reclining second row with 40/20/40-split folding seatbacks, 18-inch alloy wheels, driver selectable steering system, hill start assist with downhill brake control, seven airbags including a driver’s knee bag, LED brake lights and headlight accents, keyless entry, stain-resistant seat fabric, steering-wheel audio controls, iPod/USB/auxiliary input jacks, Bluetooth phone streaming and Hyundai’s Blue Link Telematics System.
Santa Fe GLS AWD ($30,945)
The model includes the above standard features and adds all-wheel drive and a windshield wiper deicer.
Santa Fe Limited FWD ($33,945)
The Limited model adds roof rails, fog lights, automatic headlights, heated side mirrors, power driver seat with lumbar, heated leather front- and second-row seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 19-inch wheels, power liftgate, push-button start, second-row captain's chairs, power passenger seat, 4.3-inch touch-screen audio display with a backup camera, dual-zone automatic climate control and 115-volt power outlet.
Santa Fe Limited AWD ($35,695)
The model adds all-wheel drive. Options include the Limited Technology Package ($2,900) with a navigation system with an 8-inch touch-screen, 12-speaker Infinity sound system, panoramic moonroof and heated steering wheel.
A GLS Popular Equipment Package ($950) adds roof rails, fog lights, automatic headlights, heated side mirrors, power driver seat with lumbar, heated front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Lastly, a GLS Leather and Navigation Package ($4,100) adds leather seats, heated second-row seats, power front passenger seat, heated steering wheel, navigation system with an 8-inch touch-screen, Dimension audio system, backup camera and dual-zone automatic climate control. It requires the GLS Popular Equipment Package.
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer