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Hyundai’s all-new Santa Fe is actually two different vehicles for 2013: A five-passenger Santa Fe Sport (reviewed separately) replaces the outgoing model and will be first to market in late summer 2012. It will be followed in January 2013 by a stretched version, dubbed simply Santa Fe, that seats up to seven in three seating rows and replaces the Veracruz in Hyundai’s lineup.
Both Santa Fe models share similar exterior “Fluidic Sculpture” styling cues, but under the skin the two diverge. The Santa Fe is powered by a 3.3-liter direct-injection V6 and is available with features not available on the Sport, including a power rear liftgate and a blind-spot detection system.
Both Santa Fe models feature a long list of standard cabin amenities, including Bluetooth and Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics/infotainment system (which can be programmed to offer services like turn-by-turn navigation, weather and traffic information).
Option packages add leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, heated steering wheel, rearview camera and pushbutton start.
In a nod to enthusiast drivers, Hyundai has equipped the Santa Fe with Driver-Selectable Steering, which through three modes -- comfort, normal and sport -- vary the steering feel through the wheel. You can make steering effort heavier for winding or high-speed roads and then lighten the feel for low-speed driving or parking.
It’s that kind of thoughtful touch that will likely set the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe apart from the hum-drum entries in this competitive market segment.
The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is an all-new crossover vehicle available in two models: the five-passenger Santa Fe Sport (reviewed separately) and seven-passenger, long-wheelbase Santa Fe.
The Santa Fe is offered with a 3.3-liter direct-injection V6 sending 294 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard; AWD is an option.
Base GLS models of the Santa Fe are equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, a tilt/telescope steering wheel, air conditioning, power accessories, and a six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3/satellite radio audio system with Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system.
The Santa Fe Limited adds 19-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front- and second-row seats and a power liftgate.
The EPA hasn’t released its fuel economy data for the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe, but the manufacturer estimates it will achieve 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined in both 2WD and AWD models.
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