Hyundai Santa Fe 2013 Guide

The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe comes in two exciting models, the Santa Fe Sport and the Santa Fe GLS. The Santa Fe Sport is a two row configuration featuring captain chair seating and a fantastic looking interior with clean, crisp lines and hints of varying metallic surfaces placed throughout the cabin. The Santa Fe Sport seats five comfortably. The Santa Fe GLS is more spacious with three rows and seating for seven or optional six seat models with extra cargo space.


The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has a lot of great advantages. The front row seating is comfortable Captains chairs with extra padding in the seat area for extra softness. The Sport offers dual zone temperature controls that allow the driver and passenger to adjust the setting to their own preferences. It also has a cleaner air ionization process that filters the cabin air to make it cleaner for all occupants.
All of the seating is covered in stain resistant fabric that makes for easy cleaning. The fabric is also made with an antibacterial technology. The Santa Fe Sport has sliding rear bench that adjusts to fit passengers and extra storage with a hidden cargo area under the back floor of the passenger area. This is one feature that many current SUV models do not have. Modern touches throughout the interior give the Sport an almost futuristic look.
A great standard feature is the climbing road assistance package that keeps the vehicle steady on large, steep hills and also a downhill feature that assists the driver while going down a steep grade. This feature is extra on other models but the 2013 Santa Fe proudly boasts this as a standard package.


Although the Santa Fe Sport is spacious and luxurious it is not designed for tall people. Sitting too close to the steering wheel will undoubtedly bang some knees for people who are taller than average. The Santa Fe GLS gives extra room in this area and has a larger passenger area. The steering has three capabilities including comfort, sport, and normal modes but the comfort mode is just a bit slow depending on driver preferences.
Some technological features that are available in other SUV’s would be great to have in this model including parking assistance and blind spot monitoring. These features are not necessary but do leave the Sport lacking a little in modern luxury. The 2013 Santa Fe does come with seven air bags to keep occupants safe but the need for a knee air bag is a lacking in some respects.


The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is very reasonably priced with the Sport starting around $25,000 base price before extras and the GLS starts at around $28,500 without extras. Extras packages range from $1000 to $4000 dollars per package. This takes the final prices to close to $40,000 for vehicles that are fully loaded. This is still not a bad price considering the traction control system and braking assistance offered on the Santa Fe.


The 2013 Sport comes with choice of a 4 cylinder 2.4 L engine or a 4 cylinder 2.0 turbo engine. The 2013 GLS comes with standard 6 cylinder engines. The 2.4L sport gives 190 pounds of horsepower with 181 foot pounds of torque, the 2.0L turbo boasts 264 horsepower with 269 foot pounds, and the GLS comes in with 290 horsepower at 269 foot pounds of torque. All three models come with standard 6 speed automatic transmissions and front wheel drive with optional 4 wheel drive available for all three as well.
Other standard features included on all three models include 4 wheel power disc brakes, uni-body construction, power steering, and three modes of driving including custom, sport, and normal modes. Electronic stability control, traction control, abs, downhill braking assistance, hill start assistance, tire pressure monitoring, several air bags, active head restraints, and front and rear crumple zones for crashing comes standard in all three models as well.

Gas Mileage

The 2013 Hyundai Sport gets 21 mpg through the city with 29 mpg on the highway. The 2.0 Turbo Sport gets 20 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway. The 2013 Santa Fe GLS gets 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg while on the highway.
Overall, the 2013 Hyundai Sport has a lot of standard features that when combined with options packages gives an all around good price for value on this vehicle. The 2.0 turbo option is a great deal for those who want a little more pep in their vehicle. It is still a good price for value here as well. The GLS is the best family model with the most cabin room, best features, and most cargo space. It also seats seven if needed, giving the 2013 Santa Fe GLS the best price per value options.


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