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Our Expert Review: 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

2013 Santa Fe Sport 2.0 Turbo

by from Tennessee on August 27, 2012

I bought this car one week ago. The dealer couldn't tell me too much about it as they had only gotten two in the previous day. Needless to say, I walked off the lot with it. I had previously driven a ...
I bought this car one week ago. The dealer couldn't tell me too much about it as they had only gotten two in the previous day. Needless to say, I walked off the lot with it. I had previously driven a CRV, Ford Edge, Ford Escape, Kia Sorrento and Mazda-9. I decided on this vehichle for a few reasons: 1. The technology in the MyTouch Ford is a little overwhelming and numerous times I had to repeat myself during a test drive. Not to mention it is very distracting. 2. I liked the Kia, but the seats were not as comfortable. Also, the price was higher for the options I desired. 3. I really like the Mazda-9 and it came down to the Mazda vice this Hyundai. I don't regret my decision at all. After a week of just city driving (212 miles) I am averaging 24.3 MPG. I have the FWD, not the AWD (which gets less MPG). My 10 year old loves riding in the back seat, plenty of room back there. Much more so than the Kia or the Escape. I opted for the Premium Tech and Leather package. I could have gone with the technology, but that was all they had. I wound up paying 3K under MSRP. That could have been my negotiation skills or the fact this car was so new that the dealer wasn't sure which way to go!! This car is quiet, has plenty of cargo room and is a joy to ride.
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Most Stylish Car I've ever had

by from Houston, Td on March 18, 2013

I Love my SUV, I only wish that the options would be individual instead of packets. I do have one problem. Why do I hear air coming through my front window when they are closed.
I Love my SUV, I only wish that the options would be individual instead of packets. I do have one problem. Why do I hear air coming through my front window when they are closed.
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GRANDMAS FAVORITE CAR

by from lakeland,fl on March 20, 2013

I tradedan Eclipse for a new Santa Fe. Reason was a hip problem getting in and out of the low laying sports car. I am in love. The Santa Fe is comfy, stylish, peppy, and filled with perks. I dont have...
I tradedan Eclipse for a new Santa Fe. Reason was a hip problem getting in and out of the low laying sports car. I am in love. The Santa Fe is comfy, stylish, peppy, and filled with perks. I dont have to struggle to get in or out. I can make a very elegant entrance. And the gas mileage is fantastic. Thank you Hyundai!
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not bad for 1st production run

by from Vermont on March 24, 2013

Base Santa Fe Sport owned since October Likes: 1. Design 2. Cargo space Dislikes: 1. Drivers side window as a air leak. I can hear the wind blowing as if the window is not properly closed. Started r...
Base Santa Fe Sport owned since October Likes: 1. Design 2. Cargo space Dislikes: 1. Drivers side window as a air leak. I can hear the wind blowing as if the window is not properly closed. Started right away. 2. Creaky dashboard after two months of ownership. It's getting worse. 3. Recently the A/C light comes on when vehicle is started regardless of whether the heat is on max setting.
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Lots of Technology and value!

by from Fairport, NY on July 11, 2013

Largest size for this class of SUV. VERY quiet compared to the Honda CRV. BETTER VALUE than the Ford Escape. Better handleing than new Toyota RAV 4. Overall = Largest, quietest and best VALUE in small...
Largest size for this class of SUV. VERY quiet compared to the Honda CRV. BETTER VALUE than the Ford Escape. Better handleing than new Toyota RAV 4. Overall = Largest, quietest and best VALUE in small sized SUV.
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2013 Santa Fe GLS Towing Capacity

by from Vero Beach, Florida on February 17, 2014

Don't buy this vehicle to pull anything other that very light weight tows. I bought this vehicle to replace a Dodge Durango for towing and better mileage. The salesman tried to get me to buy the Spor...
Don't buy this vehicle to pull anything other that very light weight tows. I bought this vehicle to replace a Dodge Durango for towing and better mileage. The salesman tried to get me to buy the Sport Turbo, saying the Turbo engine would give comparable towing capacity to the stated 5,000 pound capacity of the GLS. I told him I wouldn't tow my boat with a 4 cylinder engine in a 3,500 pound capacity vehicle. I wanted the Santa Fe GL which has stated 5,000 pound towing capacity, and has a V-6 engine. I was also told that the Santa Fe is prewired for the hitch. I drove home in the vehicle and have been very satisfied with the Santa Fe GL When I contacted the salesman in a day or two to discuss getting the hitch installed, he was not straightforward with me. He said he wanted me to speak with the service manager, but that conversation never took place. He kept trying to steer me to an aftermarket hitch installed elsewhere. I tried to research a hitch as an accessory on the Hyundai website but was not able to find a hitch for the Santa Fe GL I called Hyundai support and the young woman who took my call was very nice, but not even able to understand what I was asking about. She tried to read me something which had to do with the carrying capacity inside the vehicle. She read very well but told me nothing about the towing capacity of the Santa Fe GL. I finally called and spoke to the Service Manager at the dealership. He told me the only hitch he could find for the Hyunday Santa Fe was a Class II hitch (rated at 3,500 ponnds for the Sport. When he spoke to someone at Hyundai heaquarters he was told that a Class III hitch would be rated at 5,500 pounds and he could not install such a hitch on the GL because it would be over the rated capacity of the GL which is 5,000 pounds. They had no solution for how the GL could be equiped to tow the advertised 5,000 pounds capacity. I did some research on the internet and found a hitch made by Draw-Tite which is a Class III hitch and is rated at 5,000 pounds. I asked if he could install this hitch because the hitch specs match the vehicle specs, He said he woulld have to get back to me but he hasn't and I am not able to reach him. I won't have this hitch installed by other than the dealer because if there ever should be a problem I can see that Hyundai would never stand in back of the vehicle. My impression is that Hyundai fudged the truth on the 5,000 pound towing capacity of the GL. I believe that the company knowingly did this and tries to cover up the misstatement by mumbling and stumbling after the sale.
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Tow hitches are available

by from Fort Wayne, IN on March 5, 2014

Boat and Trailer. I bought my Santa Fe GLS (V6) about 6 months ago. I agree the dealer and Hyundai are not very helpful about the hitch. However, if you look online, there are several retailers that s...
Boat and Trailer. I bought my Santa Fe GLS (V6) about 6 months ago. I agree the dealer and Hyundai are not very helpful about the hitch. However, if you look online, there are several retailers that sell hitches and the wiring harness. I purchased the Curt hitch and wiring harness. I installed it myself in about 1-2 hours. It is easier if you have someone to help hold it. The Santa Fe GLS is excellent in every way. Two minor complaints. The auto headlights don't come on soon enough in low light. You have to manually turn them on. The navigation/radio screen makes you click the Accept button each time you start the car. Winter mileage about 19-20. Hopefully in Summer it will go up a little.
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No regrets

by from The Hawkeye State on March 25, 2013

After looking at such CUV stalwarts as the RAV4, CR-V, Escape, Edge and the RDX I came to the conclusion that the Santa Fe was the best buy. Great styling, inside and out. Compared to the competition,...
After looking at such CUV stalwarts as the RAV4, CR-V, Escape, Edge and the RDX I came to the conclusion that the Santa Fe was the best buy. Great styling, inside and out. Compared to the competition, the interior looks like a class above. It rides very well and the 2.0T pulls real strong throughout the rpm range, plenty of torque. As to the blind spots, adjust your mirrors accordingly and there isn't a problem while driving. Unless there's a car 12" aft your rear bumper. The camera covers the rear nicely when backing up. My only gripe is the drivers footwell is too narrow for my taste. It needs to be six inches wider for my big feet. I'm coming from a Supercrew F150 so I'm spoiled by the huge cabin there. But this is the reason for only four stars in COMFORT. Everones different so your milege may vary. I'm very happy with my first Hyundai, the 2013 Santa Fe.
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First time Hyundai owner

by from Montrose, CO on March 26, 2013

Rented it as rental vehicle on vacation- really loved the way the vehicle handled and the amount of cargo room for a CUV! we onlt had the 2.4 (no turbo) and instantly knew we needed more power but got...
Rented it as rental vehicle on vacation- really loved the way the vehicle handled and the amount of cargo room for a CUV! we onlt had the 2.4 (no turbo) and instantly knew we needed more power but got 28 mpg (not sure if thats usual) Got back from vacation and decided that the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe was the right vehicle for us. Went for the 2.0t and have enjoyed every minute with it! Havent had one issue yet
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Smooth ride

by from Norcal on March 17, 2013

So far after one week and 500 miles I have no buyers remorse. This truck has one remarkable quiet and smooth ride, really feels like a class above- lots of compliments. The turbo 4 has enough power bu...
So far after one week and 500 miles I have no buyers remorse. This truck has one remarkable quiet and smooth ride, really feels like a class above- lots of compliments. The turbo 4 has enough power but in no way feels like a V6 2013 RDX for example. I have been averaging 21 mpg with awd and a relatively light foot. Exterior and Interior are nicest in class by far. I test drove 2013 cx-5, escape, rav4 and rdx and the Santa Fe has the most overall value and niceties for price by a mile. RDX has an edge up on performace and interior quality but boring exterior looks, killer interior although. With the $750 returning hyundai rebate I was able to pick up a fully loaded 2.0t awd for $33,011. Love it: Pano moonroof, awesome!! Good looks in and out. Really comfortably and highly adjustable power drivers seat. Infinity sound system. 8 inch touchscreen. Heated steering wheel. Leave it: No power tailgate or auto passenger winders. No roof side rails with pano moonroof. Blind spot with upward arching rear panel. Dash material right in front of front passenger is not soft touch.
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