2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Review, Photos & Price

  • MSRP: $24,450
  • MPG City: 21
  • MPG Hwy: 29
  • Seating Capacity: 7 optional
  • Rating: 7.6

Now in its third generation, the 2013 redesign of Hyundai’s Santa Fe offers an impressive lineup of features to keep today’s drivers and passengers riding in style, safety and comfort. From the sleek, curvaceous exterior design to the peppy engine under the hood, the new Santa Fe ranks among the top ten for affordable crossover vehicles.

What’s New for 2013
The most notable news unveiled with the 2013 Santa Fe is the introduction of a new variation, one that is designed on a longer wheelbase and offers three rows of seating and a V-6 engine. This extended version is available in addition to the Santa Fe Sport, Hyundai’s midsized SUV that seats five.

Changes to the Santa Fe Sport include an exterior design makeover that continues to gravitate away from the boxy appearance of the original vehicles of this class. The 2013 model is lighter in weight than its predecessor, it has received a new engine, offers improved legroom for rear passengers and boasts a redesigned dashboard with all of the electronic enhancements that today’s mobile society demands.

Pros and Cons

  • + Excellent performance for the money
  • + Good standard features
  • + Long warranty
  • – Navigation controls are confusing
  • – Steering could be more precise


  • Trim: FWD 4dr Sport
  • Passenger Capacity: 7
  • Passenger Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive
  • MPG: 21 City / 29 Hwy
  • Engine: Gas I4 2.4L/144
  • Horsepower: 190 @ 6300
  • Torque: 181 @ 4250 2.4L/144

Trim Levels, Options and Pricing

The long-wheelbase Santa Fe is available in two trim levels. The 3.3-liter 24-valve V-6 engines are the same for both the GLS and the Limited versions. While the GLS includes 18-inch alloy wheels, the Limited rolls along on 19-inch alloy wheels. Both vehicles are available in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The MSRP for the GLS front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive vehicles start at $28,600 and $30,350, respectively. Prices for the Limited start at $33,350 for front-wheel drive and $35,100 for all-wheel drive. Optional popular equipment and leather and navigation equipment packages are available on the Santa Fe GLS for an additional $950 and $4,100, respectively. A technology package may be added to the Santa Fe Limited for $2,900.

The Santa Fe Sport is also available in two trim levels, both with a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The power behind the basic model comes from a 2.4-liter 16-valve inline four-cylinder engine and the vehicle comes with 17-inch alloy wheels. The MSRP for the Santa Fe Sport starts at $24,700 for front-wheel drive or $26,450 for all-wheel drive.

For a sportier driving experience, the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T boasts a 2.0-liter twin scroll turbo 16-valve inline four cylinder engine and 19-inch alloy tires. The 2.0T version includes roof side rails, front fog lights, heated side view mirrors and automatic headlight control. Also standard on the 2.0T are leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob covers and heated front seats. The MSRP for the front-wheel-drive Sport 2.0T starts at $27,950, and the all-wheel-drive version begins at $29,700. Many of these standard features may be added to the base Sport model as part of an optional popular equipment package for $950.

Other optional packages that are available on both Sport models include the leather and premium equipment package and the technology package, ranging in price from $2,450 to $2,950.

Reviewer Comments

“The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe splits its identity in two: the three-row ute goes V-6 only, while the five-passenger Sport leans on turbo power, a flexible second-row seat and a cushy ride to make its best case ever.” – The Car Connection

“The newer, cleverer 2013 Santa Fe measures up favorably to both [the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V]. If it can deliver on its excellent mileage numbers and remain as quiet as it did on the roads of rural Utah, this Santa Fe could be yet another well-executed piece of Hyundai’s grand plan to compete head on with its foreign and domestic rivals.” – Edmunds

“…the 2014 Santa Fe, offered in GLS (base) and Limited (upscale) trim levels, is priced – in classic Hyundai fashion – a few hundred-dollar notches below the competition while delivering a stylish exterior and a high-quality interior with plenty of huggable comfort and convenience.” – Kelley Blue Book

Performance and Powertrain

With the new Santa Fe’s V-6 engine, its generated 290 horsepower capabilities ensure a zippy ride and a formidable 5,000-pound towing capacity. The Santa Fe Sport’s four-cylinder engine churns out a 190 horsepower ride. With the Driver Selectable Steering Mode feature of both vehicles, every driver benefits from heightened steering control. Hyundai’s Active Cornering Control enables better traction performance and smooth handling when rounding corners and navigating tight curves. The six-speed automatic transmission, combined with the Active ECO system, maximizes the Santa Fe’s fuel economy.

When it comes to fuel efficiency, the Santa Fe Sport’s rating has improved in 2013 to a respectable 21 miles per gallon on city conditions and 29 miles per gallon on highway conditions for the base front-wheel-drive model. The all-wheel-drive version rates at 20-mpg city and 26-mpg highway. The numbers that result from the turbo engine come in at 20-mpg city and 27-mpg highway on the front-wheel drive and 19-mpg city and 24-mpg highway on the all-wheel drive. The new long-wheelbase Santa Fe rates at 18-mpg city and 25-mpg highway for the front-wheel-drive model while the all-wheel-drive variation rates at 18-mpg city and 24-mpg highway.

Safety Features

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has decreed the Hyundai Santa Fe a Top Safety Pick for 2013. Hyundai is committed to safety, including an impressive array of safety features that are standard equipment in every Santa Fe.

The Santa Fe comes equipped with more air bags than any other crossover SUV in its class. Each vehicle has seven air bags in place, including one to protect the driver’s knees. Hyundai’s vehicle stability management system coordinates numerous safe driving features, including the antilock brake, traction control, electronic stability control, brake assist and electronic brake force systems, to minimize conditions for sustaining an accident. The Santa Fe also comes with downhill brake control and hill start assist control features for smooth driving and confidence when navigating inclines. Another standard feature on all Santa Fe models is Bluetooth technology for hands-free cellular phone capability.

Interior Design and Best Features

The long-wheelbase Santa Fe’s interior offers a relaxing ride for up to seven passengers with its three rows of seats that includes two luxurious captain’s chairs for superior comfort. Storage conveniences abound in all Santa Fe models, from hidden cargo storage to dashboard compartments to plenty of cup holders. For hauling big purchases or transporting a carload of sporting gear, rear seats give way to ample space to stow belongings.

Numerous options are available on the Santa Fe to enhance every moment spent on the road. Some of the most coveted features include a 550-watt surround sound audio system with 12 speakers, satellite radio, Pandora, USB ports for iPhones and other mobile devices, a panoramic sunroof, dual automatic temperature control, Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system, an 8-inch touchscreen with a guided navigation system and much more.

Driving Impressions

Reviewers of the 2013 Santa Fe agree that these new crossover vehicles from Hyundai offer a smooth and effortless ride. All of the standard features that work together to ensure this favorable result do so seamlessly, delivering exactly what drivers desire in a midsized SUV. The car’s response for takeoff, lane-changing and passing is swiftly accommodating. The extensive assortment of creature comforts and entertaining features make for pleasurable commutes and enhanced weekend trips. Add to that the excellent safety features and the fact that Hyundai continues to offer the most extensive warranty on all of their vehicles, the Santa Fe offers luxury, safety and dependability for an affordable price.

Photo Gallery

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Front

Hyundai Side View

2013 Santa Fe Rear View

Santa Fe Interior

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