2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Review – MSN Autos

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Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai’s popular crossover with a two-pronged strategy.

Smooth ride



Sloppy handling


Numb steering

Pictures:   2013 Hyundai Fe

Hyundai is one of the major automotive stories of recent years. The Korean automaker has thrived other manufacturers have survived, and it has done so by building good-looking automobiles. The company’s Elantra and midsize Sonata are for the sales lead in their classes, and vehicles such as the and Equus are pushing the brand more upscale.

However, have been an issue for The compact Santa Fe has been a success, but the midsize Veracruz has registered with American

Hyundai is redesigning the Santa Fe for and killing the Veracruz in hopes of this situation. The automaker is a long-wheelbase Santa Fe to replace the and rebranding the short-wheelbase Santa Fe as the

But will the changes make any to the American consumer?


The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is in two body styles, the short-wheelbase Santa Fe Sport and the long-wheelbase 6- to Santa Fe. The Sport comes in 2.4 or models. Each is offered front-wheel drive or all-wheel

Standard equipment on the Santa Fe 2.4 includes stain-resistant cloth AM/FM/CD stereo with radio, USB ports, Blue telematics system, Bluetooth link and 17-inch alloy The 2.0T gets 19-inch automatic headlights, heated seats, fog lights, and keyless and starting.

Option packages add such as leather upholstery, system, rearview camera, and Infinity audio systems, sunroof and a heated steering

The long-wheelbase Santa Fe is due early in It will come as a single called GLS and includes a third row of fog lights and 18-inch wheels.

the Hood

The 2013 Hyundai Fe is offered with three Santa Fe Sport models get 2.4-liter 190-horsepower 4-cylinder or a 2.0-liter 264-horsepower 4-cylinder. The wheelbase Santa Fe will come with a 3.3-liter V6.

All three engines are mated to a automatic transmission with shift capability.

Environmental Agency fuel-economy ratings for the 2.4 are 22 mpg mpg highway with front-wheel and 21/28 mpg with all-wheel The 2.0 is rated at 21/31 mpg with drive and 20/27 mpg with drive. The 3.3 is not yet rated, but Hyundai ratings of 19/26 mpg with drive.

The available Dynamax all-wheel-drive sends all the power to the front during normal driving, and up to half the power to the rear the front tires lose Drivers can also select a mode that locks in a front-rear torque split they are driving on slippery

Inner Space

Hyundai is for interiors that offer of bang for the buck. They are assembled from better than the rest of the vehicles in the and they are available with expected in higher-line vehicles. The Fe delivers on both fronts.

The boast a mix of soft-touch surfaces and plastics. Plus, the vehicle has of cubbies, as well as bottle-holders in door, to make small-items quite handy.

The control ranges from basic to Base models have a stereo, and buyers can opt for a navigation with an 8-inch touch The touch screen is easy to use and to react, and it is paired with a Infinity stereo. Every Fe comes with Hyundai’s Link telematics system, and can opt for different levels of service.

The base version has automatic notification and emergency and roadside but higher-line versions get features as voice text messaging, diagnostics, turn-by-turn navigation, and web search and download. These are easy to access through the screen or buttons on the rearview

Hyundai Santa Fe

The Santa Fe’s space is utilized. Front seat have plenty of headroom and and the seats are comfortable, though not thickly bolstered. The standard is stain and odor resistant, and the leather adds some

The rear seat has plenty of for two and a decent amount of space for and an optional second-row seat some versatility. It reclines and fore and aft up to 5.2 inches, allowing to maximize seating space or room. The cargo area is too. The second row folds flat in a 40/20/40 split allows several cargo

It has 71.2 cubic feet of with the second row folded, and provides some shallow trays that can be used to muddy or sensitive cargo out of

On the Road

Hyundai did a lot of work to the Santa Fe’s weight in Greater use of high- and ultra-high-strength lighter seat frames, harnesses and suspension components — the Santa Fe Sport shed 266 from the last-generation model. In the Santa Fe Sport is now the lightest in its class, and is even 59 pounds than the smaller Ford You would think that make the Santa Fe quite

You would be wrong.

The Santa Fe isn’t an ill-handling beast the truck-type SUVs of a decade but it’s not as well controlled as of today’s crossovers. The brakes natural, but the vehicle leans in turns than passengers like, and it flops from to side when changing The available all-wheel-drive system with active cornering that brakes the inside wheel in turns to help the rotate.

That may be happening, but we feel it.

The steering also too little feel to allow steady control through curves. This can result in head-toss as the driver saws at the wheel to keep a constant That’s especially disappointing Hyundai lets drivers the firmness of the steering.

We found the Driver Selectable system’s Normal and Sport to feel artificially heavy. The mode rectifies this but the steering is still slow and

The good news is the Santa Fe is and quiet on the road. The suspension up bumps like a sponge, and has done an excellent job of blocking noises. Both engines are and subdued for four cylinders, and the version is the quieter of the two.

The engine has just enough for the Santa Fe Sport. Hyundai quoting a zero-to-60-mph time, but it takes about nine which is par for the four-cylinder course. It well with the automatic to eke out enough oomph for passing, but looking for more willing should choose the turbocharged

It cuts the zero-to-60-mph time by 1.5 seconds, without any detectable lag or torque steer. However, our drive at 8,300 feet, the often seemed confused, for gears and shifting with a We suspect the transmission will be behaved at lower elevations.

efforts at weight savings do pay off in economy. The base engine is thrifty and turbo buyers up only one mpg overall.

The Santa Fe’s all-wheel-drive is a bit more advanced than the in most crossovers, thanks to a that locks in a 50-50 torque split and standard control and downhill brake These features give the Fe a modicum of off-road ability, but the tires and lack of low-range mean you’re better off the all-wheel drive to manage traction than for off-roading.

for You?

With its combination of comfort, fuel efficiency and the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is a choice for active singles, families and empty nesters. families will have to for the long-wheelbase model due early year, and those who want a vehicle should look to or Nissan.

(As part of a sponsored event, the automaker provided MSN travel and accommodations to facilitate report.)

Kirk Bell has as the associate publisher for Consumer Automotive and editor of Scale Enthusiast magazine. A Midwest Bell brings 18 years of journalism experience to MSN, and contributes to JDPower.com and Kelley Book’s kbb.com .

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