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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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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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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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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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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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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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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by from on September 10, 2012

Getting great mpg, and love the vehicle. Would definitely recommend this vehicle to a friend! Ride is comfortable and quiet.
Getting great mpg, and love the vehicle. Would definitely recommend this vehicle to a friend! Ride is comfortable and quiet.
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Awesome Ride

by from Woodbury, NJ on December 12, 2012

I did a lot of research into the new 2013 small SUV or 'CUV' vehicles before deciding on the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T. This included direct market competitors such as the Chevy Equinox, Ford Edge/Escape, K...
I did a lot of research into the new 2013 small SUV or 'CUV' vehicles before deciding on the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T. This included direct market competitors such as the Chevy Equinox, Ford Edge/Escape, Kia Sorento, Toyota RAV4 and Honda CRV. Overall, I am extremely pleased with the value the Santa Fe Sport offers considering the cost. The new styling is something to marvel at. From looking dated, Hyundai has upgraded the body to have more liquid curves and softer lines. The chrome accents look best I believe, on the silver and black exterior offerings. I chose black personally. I've had several compliments just on the aesthetic beauty of the vehicle. It certainly looks like a more expensive, luxury SUV than one which is moderately priced. I opted for the turbo model over the standard offering for a number of reasons. The 19" wheels which come standard on the 2.0T really stand out from the smaller diameter rims on the base model. And the main reason of course, was the increased HP and performance. The twin scrolling turbo offers a lot more kick than the V6 of my old 2007 Tucson. There is almost zero 'turbo lag' when you punch the accelerator. You can pass through traffic effortlessly. For a vehicle in this class, having that kind of on hand power is just pure joy. I did not opt for the higher tier options, and even so, my FWD version is comfortable to drive. The electronic controls are easy to learn and use. Premium sound is not a necessity, and the standard audio is wonderful. Automatic lights, Bluetooth, ECO mode, heated seats all come standard. The cabin is spacious and comfortable even with my 6'2" frame. Through my first 1000 driving miles I have had absolutely *zero* problems with this vehicle. As much of my commute is in and around the Philadelphia area, my driving is a combination of highway and city traffic. I am very pleased with the gas use I have been acheiving - about 23.5 - 24.5 MPG. Far better than the V6 Tucson. This mileage is achieved without the use of ECO mode, which is supposed to save as much as 7% on your gas mileage. If I had one small knock on the vehicle, it would be the ECO mode. I didn't like the 'feel' of the Santa Fe while this was engaged. I wouldn't exactly call the vehicle sluggish, but it didn't feel as responsive when accelerating. You can definitely tell a difference when ECO mode is in use. For my purposes, I'd rather have the keener response than save a tiny bit on the MPG. Two thumbs way up for Hyundai and the new revamped Santa Fe.
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