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MPG: 21 City / 29 Hwy
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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior

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The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe’s cabin is attractively-designed, filled with lots of standard features and is roomy for an SUV of this size. Depending on the model, it can hold up to five or seven people. Reviewers write that although the available navigation’s controls are more complicated than most rivals’, they appreciate the Santa Fe’s quiet, well-built cabin that feels more expensive than it is.

  • "The Santa Fe Sport's cabin is roomy and, in models equipped with the optional panoramic moonroof, airy.” -- Cars.com
  • “Leaps and bounds ahead of its bland predecessor internally, the 2013 Santa Fe's interior sets the bar high for the segment.” -- Left Lane News
  • "Although we don't think it's quite on par with the (Mazda) CX-5, the 2013 Santa Fe's solid feel, rattle-free interior, and well-heeled moves place it light-years beyond those of the outgoing model.” -- Car and Driver
  • "Yet, overall noise, vibration and harshness management might be the Santa Fe Sport's most impressive attribute.” -- AutoWeek

 

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Seating

The short-wheelbase Santa Fe Sport can fit five people in two rows, while the three-row Santa Fe can fit up to seven people. Overall, reviewers say the first row is plenty comfortable, with ample space for tall drivers. They appreciate the YES Essentials stain-resistant cloth upholstery, which makes cleaning up spills easier. One test driver notes that the Santa Fe’s rearward visibility is limited.

Reviewers haven’t had a chance to test the three-row Santa Fe model yet, but the third row in similar vehicles tends to be cramped and uncomfortable for adults, and best for occasional use by children.

  • "Up front, head- and legroom were plentiful for my 5-foot 5-inch self and my 6-foot-2-inch passenger. There was enough wiggle room for us in the backseat, too.” -- Cars.com
  • "Second row Santa Fe Sport riders are treated to good space and an innovative 40/20/40-split-folding seat that allows for two passengers to ride comfortably with, say, a set of skis dividing their space.” -- Left Lane News
  • "The new chassis feels solid on the road, though the wide C- and D-pillars form a blind spot the size of Oklahoma.” -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Reviewers praise the Hyundai Santa Fe for its long list of standard features, which includes things like a six-speaker stereo system, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth controls and USB and auxiliary audio input jacks. Optional features include heated rear seats, leather-trimmed upholstery, a panoramic sunroof and an Infinity premium audio system.

Reviewers are impressed by the Santa Fe’s high-quality materials, upscale feel and long list of features. Most reviewers write that the optional navigation system’s controls are more confusing than most of Hyundai’s competitors, but they note that the upgraded sound system sounds especially good. Otherwise, testers say that most controls are intuitive, and the dashboard is attractively designed.

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  • “The whole cockpit looks and feels truly upscale; everything from the leather used on the steering wheel to the plastics used on the door trim to even small details like the window switches and climate control buttons are top-notch.” -- Autoblog
  • “The center stack is stylish, like the rest of the interior, yet its looks don't go over the top. Controls are easy to identify and use, making this a great match of good looks and intuitive function.” -- Motor Trend
  • “The [Infinity] system sounded great, but the rest of the package, including the navigation screen and the multi-layered menus, were a bit frustrating to use. At one point, it refused to accept the destination address listed in the Hyundai supplied map book - the site of the 2002 Olympic skiing events. Not exactly a shack in the middle of nowhere.” -- The Truth About Cars
  • “The audio system sounds great, but the nav system's buttons are a bit small, the graphics are lackluster, and the infotainment setup seems a bit overly complicated. A quick orientation session helps, but there are many more intuitive units on the market.” -- Car and Driver

Cargo

The three-row Hyundai Santa Fe can fit up to 80 cubic feet of cargo behind the front row, 41 cubic feet of cargo behind the second row and 13.4 cubic feet of cargo with all three rows in use. Two-row Santa Fe Sport models can fit a maximum of 71.5 cubic feet of cargo behind the front row and 35.4 cubic feet of cargo behind the second row. Test drivers haven’t had a chance to evaluate the three-row model, but those who have spent time in the two-row Santa Fe say that it has plenty of small-item storage. They also appreciate that the second row is a 40/20/40 split, which allows the center section to fold down to create a pass-through for long items like skis.

  • "The configuration is much more convenient than standard 40/60 splits. Out back, the cargo area is well-finished, including a thoughtful under-floor storage compartment for the cargo cover.” -- Left Lane News
  • "A deep center console and large bin behind the shifter can hold a lot of small items. Cupholders are plentiful, too. There are two of them and two door-pocket bottle holders in front and two of each in back.” -- Cars.com
  • "There's additional water-resistant storage in bins under the load floor, with a slick slot to store the standard cargo shade if you prefer not to use it.” -- AutoWeek

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