2013 Hyundai Santa Fe reviews and ratings should bring out strengths and features that will appeal to buyers. That is what you will find in this review. The manufacturer has rolled out two types: the Santa Fe Sport with two rows of seats, and the base model with three throws. It is the latter that we shall focus on in this review. It should go on sale as from January 2013 and will be manufactured in South Korea. Automobile reviewers and owners should buy and drive this car in order to learn more about and share in reviews like this one. The Santa Fe review should give us insights into the dynamics of the vehicle.
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For starters, the 2013 Santa Fe is longer than the Sport by 8.5 inches. Its wheel base is also longer by 4 inches. In addition, there is more space for the passengers. Hyundai expects this model to cut into the market chunk held by the Kia Sorento, Dodge Journey and a few others. A few features that an interested buyer will notice in the Sporty version are the tight creases, sharp edges, a hexagonal grille, fog lamps, and headlamps. As for the three throw models, the same style applies except for improved changes in the grills design, dual exhaust coupled with 18 inch alloy rims.
The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport (the one with 2 rows) comes with a 2.4 liter engine with an output of 190 hp. There is also another engine range, the 2.4 liter Sport capable of churning out 264 hp. On its part, the other Santa Fe's engine (with 3 rows) is a 3.3 liter and releases 290 hp. This is similar to what has been put into the Azera. The entire three engine variants are direct injection with a 6 speed automatically engaged transmission. This accounts for increased engine power and economy in fuel consumption.
For the Sport, it was only fair that Hyundai put in a turbo engine. With this you can reduce fuel intake by several gallons. However, in terms of noise, they have managed to mute it.
Another feature that 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe reviews and ratings takes note of is the sliding seat on the second row. The Santa Fe range also provides extra cargo space underneath the seat. While front row seats do have sufficient support at the bottom, it is at the second row where you will notice a difference not found in other Hyundai cars. For improved flexibility, the row has a 5.2 inch track to slide on. This feature is also found on the Chevy Equinox. You can also recline the seat and fold it in case you have to accommodate long objects. As you do this, you will still be left with room for four.
If you opt for the 3 row Santa Fe model, you can choose between a 6-passenger and the 40/20/40 layout. In all models the upholstery material on the seats is soil resistant. In addition, 3 row models have a panorama sunroof and sunshades on the side-windows. In the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe reviews and ratings, we must talk about safety and stability on the road as well as how standard features are placed. Airbags including at the driver's knee, Bluetooth, and rearview camera are all included. The camera, however, is optional.
For $25,000 you get power controlled mirrors, windows and locks. The Hyundai Santa Fe is also packaged with cruise control, AM/FM/CD audio system, air con and a tilting steering wheel. Some models do have front seats that can be heated or cooled, automated climate control and a push button for starting the engine.