Hyundai 2013 Santa Fe: Made with Love for Your Family

03.19.13

Thanks to Michelle Lamar for this guest post: 

The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is a dream to drive and it’s packed with features that make life easier for the driver and passengers.  I’m enchanted by the updated CUV from Hyundai because of the thoughtful, tiny details the company has put into the new Santa Fe.  It’s a car made with love by Hyundai for your family.

Long Wheel Base Hyundai Santa Fe

I love this vehicle.  I’m not kidding. I have serious feelings for the sleek updated crossover from Hyundai.

The New Santa Fe is everyone’s darling because Hyundai has paid attention to so many of the “little details” that make a big difference as you transport the precious cargo that is your family.  I am obsessed with this CUV because of the minutiae but I’ll get to that.

Hyundai invited a group to preview the 2013 Santa Fe this weekend in San Diego. I spent over 8 hours driving this vehicle all different driving conditions: heavy city traffic, on the highway and on winding roads through rural California.

Why the New 2013 Santa Fe Should Get Your Attention

  • Santa Fe’s V6 engine outperforms competitors in power density while offering very competitive fuel economy.  The 2013 Santa Fe gets 18 MPG in the city, 25 MPG  on the highway and 21 MPG combined.
  • Santa Fe is lighter. It’s the only V6 Midsize CUV to weigh under two tons and outperforms its competitors in power-to-weight ratio.
  • Santa Fe is powerful.  The CUV comes standard with a trailer prep package rated at 5,000 pounds.
  • Santa Fe’s exterior dimensions are competitive with other Midsize CUVs while providing excellent maneuverability.
  • Santa Fe offers advanced standard safety equipment and is expected to perform as well as the Santa Fe Sport on crash worthiness.
  • Hyundai is second only to Honda in terms of holding value over time.

Let’s recap. Hyundai’s 2013 Santa Fe is a lighter, sleeker CUV.  The new Santa Fe is powerful.  It’s safe and the vehicle has excellent resale value.  The 2013 Santa Fe’s main competitors are the Honda Pilot, the Toyota Highlander, and the Nissan Pathfinder.  These crossover vehicles are roughly the same size and have three rows of seats. All of the points I’ve mentioned are great reasons to buy this car.

The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is for real passengers
My delight with the 2013 Santa Fe is because of all the thoughtful, family-focused features for passengers and driver.

Even the basic 2013 Santa Fe model is loaded with features. This vehicle offers comfort for all passengers.  Privileges usually just for first row are standard in the second and third rows in the 2013 Santa Fe.  For example, the ability to charge an electronic device or recline your seat isn’t just for people in the front seats. I know you think this doesn’t matter because your child is only 8 (or however old fill in the blank) but trust me. I’m the mother of teenage girls, this does matter and it will matter for you soon if it doesn’t already.

Little Things Matter Most When It Comes to Families

It might not seem like a big deal that 2013 Santa Fe has a built in rear window sunscreen.  But this IS a detail that matters because wee ones don’t get sunburned after hours in car because mom didn’t put up the ugly sunshade in the right place.  Babies and toddlers can’t tell you when they are getting too hot and this one feature alone would have saved me hours of mother guilt!

Sun Shade Rear Seat Santa Fe

Another biggie for me?  The 2nd & 3rd row features that make passengers comfortable like climate controls, lights,  electronic chargers.   If you’re a parent you know the drill when driving your children from school to events and more.

One child is too hot. One child is too cold. One wants the light on. One doesn’t.  Small comforts like these go a long way towards keeping kids calm in car.

As my kids have gotten older, the biggest source of car altercations is the phone charger. There is only one charger and it’s in the front seat.  Heaven help you if you’re in the car with teenagers fighting over charging their iPhone!   This one “little” detail in the new 2013 Santa Fe is priceless in terms of emotional well being for my daughters and myself!  The charging options alone would keep me from the boiler plate mom speech:

“If I have to stop this car one more time, we are ALL going home I swear to GOD!”

Hours and hours of future therapy for my daughters could have been avoided, since teen bickering transforms me from a laid back mom to a psycho beast from hell.  Here’s a list of the features that I love the most:

Side Window sunshade
Reclining and Heated 2nd Row Seats
Option of Captain’s Chairs in Second Row – Kids can get to third row easily

2013 hyundai santa fe captains chairs
Rear HVAC Controls
Rear seat controls
Rear Power 15V Outlet

plugs in hyundais
Second Row Charger

 

Santa Fe comes standard with flat-folding 3rd row seats.  These seat actually FOLD DOWN FLAT.  My current CUV claims to have fold down seats but the seats don’t really fold down.

Like Jessica I adore an oversized panoramic sunroof 

2013 hyundai santa fe panoramic sun roof

MSRP 2013 Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe MSRP

Features of the 2013 Santa Fe Limited with 6-Passenger Seating and the 2013 Santa Fe GLS with 7-Passenger Seating are here

If you can’t tell, I’m a fan of the new Santa Fe but Hyundai’s updated CUV has plenty of people who are just as impressed as I was.  Fortune says that this vehicle is “Hyundai’s love letter to America

I couldn’t agree more.

Michelle Lamar is a marketer and mother of two teenage girls who sadly never had the benefit of built in sunshades. 

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Road Test: Wherein We Abuse the Poor Dear

08.29.12

Every car has a personality and the Hyundai Santa Fe is no exception. The Santa Fe is an interesting vehicle because at first glance you could be tricked into thinking it’s a Mom Car. This crossover is a Mom Car but not in the defeated way that a minivan is a mom car. The Santa Fe is an everyone car and with the trim level I was in it’s a little bit snooty to let kids in but still affordable.

The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is a crossover that makes you look smart.

I’ve never driven a Hyundai for more than a test drive before so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I’ve also not owned a crossover and I’m not sure that I’ve ever had an extended drive in one. My friend Vincent at Slashgear got great video that shows you some of the terrain we covered. I took some video too, but it was decidedly less great.

We left the hotel and took paved and unpaved roads for a few hours from Deer Valley to Sundance. There are a few things I noticed about the Hyundai Santa Fe right away.

  • It handles like a luxury car but looks like a truck (or SUV whatever…)
  • The rear seats are heated
  • It’s very fuel efficient
  • The cabin is quiet even when the road is rough
  • You can go 45 MPH on an unpaved road, slam on the brakes and there’s ZERO fishtailing. This thing is safe.

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Collection

The Santa Fe is an attractive crossover. Crossovers by their very nature aren’t particularly sexy so the folks at Hyundai had to really work at this. I found the styling (particularly on the front grille) to be very attractive. It speaks of luxe to me. The vehicle has a very aerodynamic look to it that extends to the trunk area and saves it from looking like a clunky SUV.

I drove that car like the biggest jerk on the road. On pavement, I switched the steering from comfort to sport and back again all the while wiggling the wheel (and my poor passengers). I did experience a slight bit of tightness to the drive with it in sport but I wouldn’t call it dramatic. I accelerated wildly and then slammed the brakes on both on paved and unpaved roads, the vehicle performed perfectly.

Let’s talk about the interior. There’s space here. A lot of space actually. We were driving the Sport model which seats 5. I sat comfortably in the rear seat with a six-foot tall man in front of me. It was quite roomy, exceeding my expectations. They’ve also added an airbag at the knee to keep the driver in her seat in case of an accident. I hope to never need that feature but I like that it’s there.

The Santa Fe has great pickup. They’ve shaved more than 260 pounds off the curb weight of the vehicle without sacrificing safety. Hyundai uses high tensile steel which means that it can stand up to higher levels stress before necking. Why does this matter to you? Well, if you combine a lower weight vehicle with a little more torque all without giving up on safety you end up with a car that can get you up a ramp and onto a freeway at 65 MPH without feeling like you’re holding up traffic. It also means that you can quickly accelerate to change lanes or to avoid an accident because the dopey guy next to you is checking tumblr…

The price-point of the Santa Fe is extraordinary. It starts at $24,450 and ends at $29,450 for the turbo model with All Wheel Drive (money well spent if you can swing it). There are add-ons available for up to $6,600 so with every bell and whistle the Santa Fe could top out at $36,050. Let’s talk about some of those bells and whistles, shall we?

I love panoramic sunroofs. One of the most tragic moments in my life was when I realized that the only way to get a five-seater convertible was to buy a Bentley. My husband won’t buy me a Bentley, he just doesn’t love me enough. True story. Panoramic sunroofs take the sting out of not being able to buy a convertible when you’ve got two kids (which kid isn’t allowed a playdate because Mommy wanted a cute car?). I’m also someone who just feels better with sunlight. The sunroof is the size of Texas, I love it more than words can say.

Hyundai Santa Fe 2013 features a large sunroof

There’s a lot of hidden storage in the cargo (trunk area) so you can leave your electronics and whatnot under the “floor”. If you get the longer wheelbase you can have a Santa Fe that seats 7 and since the interior of that one is still top secret I have no idea what happens in that cargo area.

Speaking of interiors the only part of the Santa Fe that has a whiff of Mom Car is that if you get fabric it features YES. Which is a stain resistant technology that keeps the seats clean and dry. I didn’t sit in a car with YES but if you prefer cloth seats then this might be a huge selling point.

Hyundai has a 5 year 60,000 warranty along with a 10-year 100,000-mile powertrain protection warranty and a few others too (see the site because there’s a lot to read there). While I was driving the Santa Fe I was thinking that it would be a smart car to buy (I lease cars not buy them), it’s got every luxury that a crossover can have (except air conditioned seats but I’m pretty sure that’s not a deal breaker). With a lower price point than most in its class, a longer warranty and a fuel-efficient engine it seems like a no-brainer.

There was a slew of great writers on this trip so here’s a wrap up of their stories:

Better in Bulk  Hyundai Introduces the New 2013 Santa Fe in Park City

Gadget Review Hands On: A Day in the Utah Mountains With the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport (Video/Pics)

Gear Diary Hyundai Takes Us up the Mountain to Discover the New Santa Fe!

Gunaxin 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Surf and Sunshine The New 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Pushes the Limits #NewSantaFe

Southern Bella’s Way to Save Hyundai #NewSantaFe Driving Experience

Just Short of Crazy 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Test Drive

Makobi Scribe What A Mom Thinks About The All #NewSantaFe Sport

Discovery First Drive: All-New 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

The Vacation Gals 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Review

HighTechDad Hyundai Does it Right Introducing the New 2013 Santa Fe CUV

If you’re like me you’re looking for numbers and not an explanation, here are the specs. Decide for yourself.

ENGINE
 

Santa Fe Sport

Santa Fe

2.4L

2.0L Turbo

3.3L

Type

2.4L GDI DOHC 16-valve Inline 4-cylinder

2.0L Turbo GDI DOHC 16-valve Inline 4-cylinder

3.3L GDI DOHC 24-valve V6

Materials

Aluminum block/aluminum cylinder heads

Aluminum block/aluminum cylinder heads

Aluminum block/aluminum cylinder heads

Bore & stroke

88.0 mm x 97.0 mm

86.0 mm x 86.0 mm

92.0 mm x 83.8 mm

Displacement

2.4L / 2,359 cc

2.0 L / 1,998 cc

3.3L / 3,342 cc

Horsepower

190 @ 6,300 rpm

264 @ 6,000 rpm

294 @ 6,400 rpm

Torque

181 lb-ft @ 4,250 rpm

269 lb-ft @ 1,750~ 3,000 rpm

252 lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm

Valves per cylinder

4

4

4

Compression Ratio

11.3

9.5

11.5

TRANSMISSION
6-speed electronic automatic

Santa Fe Sport

Santa Fe

Gear ratios

2.4L

2.0T

3.3L

First

4.639

4.651

TBD

Second

2.826

2.831

Third

1.841

1.842

Fourth

1,386

1.386

Fifth

1.000

1.000

Sixth

0.772

0.772

Reverse

3.385

3.393

Final Gear Ratio

3.648

3.510

SUSPENSION
Front MacPherson strut with twin-tube gas filled damper and 26-mm stabilizer bar
Rear Multi-link with gas shock absorber and (FWD 21 mm AWD 19 mm) stabilizer bar
STEERING
Type Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)
Overall Ratio 15.03 : 1
Turns, lock to lock 2.95
Turning circle (curb to curb) 35.8 ft (Santa Fe Sport), 36.7 ft (Santa Fe)
BRAKES/TIRES/WHEELS
Front Ventilated single piston disc, 12.6 in. x 1.1 in. (320mm x 28mm)
Rear Solid single piston disc, 11.9 in. X 0.4 in. (302mm x 11mm)
ABS 4-wheel, 4-channel, 4-sensors with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
Wheels 17 x 7.0 aluminum alloy18 x 7.5 aluminum alloy19 x 7.5 aluminum alloy
Tires P235/65 R17P235/60 R18P235/55 R19
EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS

Santa Fe Sport

Santa Fe

Wheelbase

106.3 in

110.2 in.

Overall length

184.6 in

193.1 in.

Overall width

74.0 in.

74.2 in.

Overall height (w/ roof rack)

66.1 in. (66.5 in.)

66.5 in. (66.9)

Wheel Tread, front

64.3 / 64.1 in. (17”/19”)

64.1/64.1 in.(18″/19″)

Wheel Tread, rear

64.7 / 64.5 in. (17”/19”)

64.5/64.5 in.(18″/19″)

INTERIOR DIMENSIONS

Santa Fe Sport

Santa Fe

Head room(w/ sunroof) Front

39.6 in. (38.2 in.)

39.6 in. (38.2 in.)

2nd row

39.1 in. (37.4 in.)

39.4 in. (38.3 in.)

3rd row

N/A

35.7 in. (35.7 in.)

Leg room Front (MAX)

41.3 in. (44.1 in.)

41.3 in. (44.1 in.)

2nd row

39.4 in

41.3 in

3rd row

N/A

31.5 in

Shoulder room Front

59.4 in.

59.4 in.

2nd row

58.3 in

58.6 in.

3rd row

N/A

53.9 in.

Hip room Front

56.7 in.

56.7 in.

2nd row

55.4 in.

55.4 in.

3rd row

N/A

44.1 in

SAE passenger volume

108.0 cubic ft.

146.6 cubic ft.

SAE cargo volume – Behind front seats (est.)

71.5 cubic ft.

80.0 cubic ft.

SAE cargo volume – Behind 2nd row seats (est.)

35.4 cubic ft.

41.0 cubic ft.

SAE cargo volume – Behind 3rd row seats (est.)

N/A

13.4 cubic ft.

CAPACITIES

Santa Fe Sport

Santa Fe

2.4L

2.0T

3.3L

Fuel

17.4 gallons

17.4 gallons

18.0 gallons

Oil

5.8 quarts

(5.5 liter)

5.8 quarts

(5.5 liter)

6.9 quarts

(6.5 liters)

Coolant

2.7 quarts

(2.55 liter)

2.7 quarts

(2.55 liter)

4.6 quarts

(4.4 liters)

CURB WEIGHT

Santa Fe Sport 

Santa Fe

2.4L

2.0T

3.3L

FWD

3,459 lbs.

3,569 lbs.

3,869 lbs.

AWD

3,616 lbs.

3,706 lbs.

4,012 lbs.


FUEL ECONOMY

Santa Fe Sport

Santa Fe

2.4L

2.0T

3.3L

FWD A/T (EPA)
City

22 mpg

21 mpg

26 mpg

(Internal est.)

Highway

33 mpg

31 mpg

19 mpg

(Internal est.)

Combined

26 mpg

25 mpg

22 mpg

(Internal est.)

AWD A/T (EPA)
City

21 mpg

20 mpg

TBD

Highway

28 mpg

27 mpg

TBD

Combined

23 mpg

22 mpg

TBD

 Hyundai provided me with a trip to Utah to experience the new 2013 Santa Fe at altitude. 
 

Utah with the 2013 Santa Fe Crossover by Hyundai

08.26.12

I’ve just spent a few hours and a few hundred miles in the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe. I’ve driven it at a luxury hotel (and it looks lovely and perfectly in place there). I’ve driven it on the highways in Utah at altitudes between five and eight thousand feet above sea level. I’ve driven the Hyundai Santa Fe on an unpaved fire road at 45 miles an hour and slammed on the brakes just for fun. The car stopped, it didn’t skid or turn sideways. It just stopped. I could feel the ABS brakes pulsing faster than a hummingbird beats her wings and I knew I was safe.

I am so impressed.

Later this week I’ll give you a ton of details about what I loved about the Santa Fe (because there was a lot to love) and hopefully I’ll have a little video to share as well. I was surprised by the Santa Fe’s handling. It corners like a car with the visibility of an SUV. Speaking of visibility my kids adore vehicles with stadium seating, Alexander insists it helps him avoid car sickness.

I sat in the rear seat for a time and noticed that like the 7 series BMW the rear seats are heated. Fancy. Also at 5’6″ I had plenty of room to sit… forget fancy, that’s just good.

I took a ton of pictures and I’d sure appreciate you checking them out here. Remember when you’re looking at these photos that I’m the product of what happens when you get participation trophies.

Once I’ve caught up on my sleep I’ll have a lot more to say about the New Santa Fe.

 

The folks at Hyundai provided me with a trip to Utah (including everything) to road test the Santa Fe.