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Used Car: 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Review

Review Last Updated: 9/29/14

The two-row 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe offers lots of cargo space and excellent fuel economy, but the three-row Santa Fe has less cargo and third-row-seat space than many rivals.

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There are two available versions of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe. The Santa Fe Sport seats five and has a base four-cylinder engine or an available turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while the Santa Fe seats up to seven and comes with a standard V6 engine. According to test drivers, the Santa Fe Sport's base engine delivers plenty of power, and most agreed that the available turbocharged engine makes the Santa Fe Sport feel lively. They added that the Santa Fe's V6 is responsive, though a few critics found that acceleration off the line is a bit tepid. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. According to the EPA, the 2013 Santa Fe Sport returns up to 21/29 mpg city/highway with the base engine, which is excellent among 2013 two-row midsize SUVs. The three-row Santa Fe is rated at 18/25 mpg city/highway, which is par for the class. Most test drivers found that the Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport have a comfortable ride, though some cautioned that the Santa Fe with 19-inch wheels doesn't ride as softly. Reviewers wrote that the Santa Fe isn't very agile, with some noticeable body lean when cornering.

Test drivers agreed that the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport's cabins are quiet and have a high-quality feel. Most said that the Santa Fe's third row is cramped and best suited to kids. The two-row Santa Fe Sport has up to 71.5 cubic feet of cargo space, which is good for the class. The three-row Santa Fe offers up to 80 cubic feet of cargo space with both rear rows folded, which is on the low end of the three-row SUV class. Bluetooth and a USB port are standard on either model. Available features include a rearview camera, navigation, a 12-speaker Infinity audio system, leather seats, heated front- and second-row seats, a panoramic sunroof and dual-zone automatic climate control. Some critics mentioned that the navigation system display has dull graphics and that the infotainment interface is hard to use.

The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe was named our 2013 Best 3-Row SUV for the Money when it was new.

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Other SUVs to Consider

The 2013 Toyota Venza has about the same amount of cargo space as the two-row Santa Fe Sport, and test drivers were impressed with its spacious cabin and first-rate materials. Additionally, the four-cylinder Venza gets good fuel economy among two-row midsize SUVs.

The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse has much more cargo space than the three-row Santa Fe, and reviewers agreed that its third row is one of the most spacious in the class. Critics wrote that the Traverse has buttoned-down handling and is fairly easy to maneuver considering its large size.

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