2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

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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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Irritations that a car this good shouldn't have

by from Spokane Washington on February 20, 2013

I bought the 2013 Santa Fe Sport after driving a Toyota Highlander for almost 10 years. I switched because the Sport was much more like the Highlander was a decade ago - size, feel, etc., but with som...
I bought the 2013 Santa Fe Sport after driving a Toyota Highlander for almost 10 years. I switched because the Sport was much more like the Highlander was a decade ago - size, feel, etc., but with some nice improvements. I love the feel of the car and the heated steering wheel and the full length sunroof is nice. I live where there is lots of snow and it handles great in snowy conditions. There are, however, some odd things that make me wonder what the Hyundai engineers were thinking when they updated the model line. Things that you wouldn't find in even lower priced vehicles.. Such as: 1. There is no lever/switch/button to open the back hatch door from the drivers seat. You know how many times as a driver you want to pop the back door from your seat? Lots. Cheaper, older Hyundais have a trunk release lever - why not this upscale version? Incomprehensible. 2. The gas gauage is semi-circular on the inside of the speedometer arc. Not where ytou would normally look for it and not looking like a gas guage. It is something you can get used to, but it is NOT an improvement in design. This is compounded by: 3. In certain bright light situations, all the info on the dashboard disappears of is hard to read. Yes, you can adjust the lighting, but, again, you shouldn't have to - it should always be visible. 4. The windshield wipers are different sizes and don't fully cover the glass all the way down to the bottom. The result is a slice of window that never gets cleared, and guess where that is. You got it. Right in the passenger's line of vision. It may seem like a small thing but it's not when you're the passenger and it's a rainy day and you're driving through road crud thrown up by the truck in front of you. Ask my wife. Would it be so hard to make the wiper blade an inch or two longer? 5. There is a design flaw in the gas tank filler hose system. Other reviewers have mentioned it as well. At about 3/4 of a tank the gas filler hose backs up and kicks on (off?) the float and turns off the gas pump. The gas guage (the one that's hard to read) says you are full, but within a few blocks you see it drop about a quarter. It will not accept the last, say, 3 or 4 gallons of a fill up. "Topping off" the tank doesn't work because there is gas backed up in the hose. So you drive off and the motion of the car (or something) shakes the gas down and the guage falls. It is like having a 13 gallon tank instead of a 17 gallon tank. This is intermittant in my case. It's happened 3 times in about 10 fillups) but really annoying, and just shouldn't be in a car this good. It is like the engineers didn't test it. Or listen to the people who did. All that said, I still love the car and am pleased with my purchase. They got it about 97% right. I just wish I had that last 3%.
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2013 Santa Fe Sport 2.0 Turbo

by from Mesquite Nevada on September 29, 2012

Had a 2012 Tucson that was great, but had to get the new Santa Fe as soon as I saw it in person. I have the Canyon Copper which I think looks the best of all the colors. It really brings out all the f...
Had a 2012 Tucson that was great, but had to get the new Santa Fe as soon as I saw it in person. I have the Canyon Copper which I think looks the best of all the colors. It really brings out all the features and details on the body. The 2.0 is the way to go, the 19" wheels look great. When you get the 2.4, it comes with 17" wheels that I feel look horrible and make a great looking vehicle look plain. The Turbo runs so smooth and the power is to die for in an suv. The ride is very quiet and smooth and very comfortable. The interior is really sweet and the sound system is great and that is not the upgraded one with 550 watts. There is plenty of space in the back seats and they also recline and go back 5 inches, the front and rear seats also have a heater in them and there are plenty of storage spots. I drove 500 miles to get my Santa Fe because the Canyon Copper is hard to come by, especially with what I wanted in it, the 2.0 and the Leather Pkg only. The dealer would not trade with my dealer in Vegas, so I called the dealer in Arizona, made a deal, then went down and got it. The drive back to Nevada was a good test, and the Santa Fe passed with flying colors. I averaged 27mpg on the trip back, not bad for an suv with only 20 miles on it and 264hp. The price is a little high, but now that I have it, it is well worth it. The funny part of my trip was I went to Tucson to trade in my Tucson. Hyundai did a really great job on this vehicle and the 10 yr 100,000 mile warranty on the powertrain makes it all the more sweet.
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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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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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