2013 Hyundai Santa Fe
Redesigned completely for 2013, the Hyundai Santa Fe is a stylish and powerful crossover SUV that can easily give its rivals a run for their money. With its bold and beautiful exterior, spacious interior, gadget-filled cockpit and relatively fuel-efficient engine, this strikingly good looking car is the top contender for the winner in its class. The car is available in two models, the 7-seater Santa Fe and slightly smaller 5-seater Santa Fe Sport. All three models are available in front-wheel and AWD options.
The 7-seater Santa Fe is powered by a 3.3 liter G6DH V6 engine which generates 294 HP of power at 6,400 rpm and 255 lbs-fee of torque at 5,200 rpm. The 5-seater Santa Fe Sport comes with two engine options. The 2.4L GDI liter engine produces 190 HP of power and 181 lbs-feet of torque and the turbocharged 2.0L GDI engine produces 264 HP of power and 269 lbs-feet of torque. These engines are more powerful than those of competitors like Chevy Equinox and Toyota RAV4.
On the fuel economy side, the 2013 Santa Fe Sport gives an EPA-rated 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway with the front-wheel drive and 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway with the AWD. The more powerful Santa Fe 2.0T Sport has an EPA-rating of 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway with the front-wheel drive and 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway with the AWD. These numbers are not bad considering the power they produce, but they could still be better.
All models of the 2013 Santa Fe are available in 6-speed automatic transmission only, but they are all equipped with Hyundai’s proprietary SHIFTRONIC® technology that provides smooth acceleration and improved fuel efficiency. They are also equipped with the Active ECO System which improves fuel efficiency with the push of a button. The Santa Fe 2.0T Sport can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 8.1 seconds, which is about average for this class of cars.
The 2013 Santa Fe has received a complete makeover so that it is no longer the same car as it predecessor in appearance. Hyundai’s proprietary ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ design concept is so beautifully implemented in its streamlined body that it is guaranteed to turn heads no matter where you take it. The car exudes grace, beauty and power that few other cars of its class do. You will truly love the design.
The inside of the car is as beautifully designed as the exterior. The interior is spacious and filled with quality materials. Both the front row and back row seats have plenty of legroom and headroom, and are designed with comfort in mind. The third row seats of the 7-seater may be a bit cramped for adults, but they are good enough for children. The cockpit is elegant and filled with gadgets. The 7-seater Santa Fe has a huge cargo space of 41 cubic feet while that of the smaller 5-seater Santa Fe Sport is 35.7 cubic feet.
Just like any good Hyundai car, the 2013 Santa Fe is a veritable delight for gadget-lovers. All models of the car are equipped with 6-speaker audio system with patented HD Radio technology, USB and Bluetooth ports, and iPod jack. The AM/FM/CD/MP3 player is fitted with SiriusXM Satellite Radio that lets you tune into over 170 radio stations free of commercials. The 7″ LCD touch screen provides easy access to almost every gadget installed in the car, including the Blue Link telematic system.
The 2013 Santa Fe incorporate all the standard safety features expected in a Hyundai car, including 9 airbags, rearview backup camera with 4.3″ screen, front-seat active head restraints, child seat anchors, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, vehicle stability management system (VSM), traction control, brake assist (BA) system and electronic brake-force distribution. The proprietary Blue Link Telematic system provides services like remote access, emergency crash response and assistance, geo-fencing and theft recovery.
With its bold and beautiful design, spacious and elegant interior and powerful engine, the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is a crossover SUV that truly deserves to be called the best of its class. Although it could use some improvement in the fuel efficiency department, it is still better than many of its competitors. The price tag that starts from $25,000 makes it one of the most affordable crossover SUVs available today. Whether you’ll go for the 7-seater or the 5-seater, you can rest assured that you will get good value for every cent of your money.Cat : Hyundai,