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By Automobile Magazine

What's New for Santa Fe Sport in 2013

Everything. The old Santa Fe and the Veracruz have been replaced by two all-new Santa Fe Sports: one in the same five-passenger layout as the old Santa Fe and the other a long-wheelbase, three-row version that supplants the Veracruz...more

The 2013 Santa Fe Sport looks familiar to Hyundai enthusiasts, as it replaces the old Santa Fe. Unlike the older model, though, the Sport’s chassis is larger and lighter—allowing it to carry more and giving it a better fuel economy.


The fully galvanized steel body of the Santa Fe Sport comes painted in several different choices of clear-coat monotone paint. The chrome grille helps define the front fascia. A lip spoiler also adds a nice accent to the front. An integrated roof antenna adds a touch of style to the roof. Wheels are either painted aluminum or silver aluminum, depending on the model, and come with all-season tires suitable for driving in most weather conditions. Deep tinted windows provide the driver and passengers with privacy and offer more protection from the sun. For more exposure to the sun, and for cool breezes, a sunroof is available.

Interior & Cargo

The 2013 Santa Fe Sport comes standard with manual air-conditioning, with dual-zone front automatic available for additional comfort and convenience. An air filter and under-seat ducts work together to keep the air fresh and well circulated throughout the cabin. Front seats are bucket seats and rear seats use a 40/20/40-split bench. The driver’s seat adjusts six ways in the base and eight ways with power in the 2.0T, to accommodate drivers of many different heights. The driver’s seat also comes with lumbar support, for added comfort. The front passenger’s seat adjusts four ways, with the option for it to be powered instead of manual. All seats come upholstered in premium cloth, with leather available for a little extra luxury. Heated front seats come standard on the 2.0T and remain available on the base for added comfort during cold weather.

The Sport’s audio system comes with an AM/FM/Satellite/CD player. Music plays through six speakers, with 10 to 12 brand speakers available depending on the model. The audio system has MP3 capability, so hooking up a personal MP3 player is a breeze. Auxiliary audio input and Bluetooth compatibility also come standard with this system. Steering wheel audio controls make it easier for the driver to navigate the road and music settings at the same time. A navigation system is available, as well as a first-row LCD screen, for help with finding places when driving in unfamiliar locations. A compass helps with navigation for those who do not opt for the navigation system. A programmable garage door opener adds convenience.

With the rear seats up, the Sport can carry 34.2 cubic feet of cargo; with the seats down, it can carry up to 78.2 cubic feet of cargo. Cargo concealed storage comes standard, as do cargo tie downs for easier cargo management. A cargo net is available for help with containing smaller items.


Unfortunately, there are no crash tests ratings yet for the Santa Fe Sport. It has all the standard airbags for its class, though: driver and front-passenger frontal-impact airbags, driver and passenger side-impact airbags, and side-curtain airbags in the first and second rows. The airbags also come with an occupant sensor and the driver gets a knee protection airbag. Anti-lock brakes and driveline traction control work together to help the driver stay in control of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport during poor driving conditions.

The Sport comes standard with In-Vehicle Assistance Service and Stolen-Vehicle tracking, for added piece of mind. Remote keyless entry comes standard through a key fob, which comes with a panic alarm for deterring theft. Unfortunately, ignition disable is not available. A keyless access system and a remote vehicle starting system provide optional convenience features.

Parking assist is available for drivers who would like help with parking in difficult spaces. The Sport warns the driver when the fuel level or tire pressure levels get low, but it does not give a warning when the vehicle need to be serviced.

Driving Experience

The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport base comes with a 2.4-liter, 190-horsepower, four-cylinder engine. This engine produces 181 lb-ft of torque and gets 20-21/26-29 mpg city/highway. The 2.0T comes with a 2.0-liter, 264-horsepower, four-cylinder engine. This engine produces 269 lb-ft of torque and gets 19-20/24-27 mpg city/highway. This engine also comes with an intercooled turbocharger. Both engines pair with a six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and auto-manual. Cruise control comes standard on all models.

The Santa Fe Sport gets supported by a strut suspension in the front and a multi-link suspension in the rear. The strut suspension provides extra support for carrying large loads of passengers and cargo, while the multi-link suspension allows for more versatility under different driving conditions and improves handling. Both suspensions come supported by coil springs to improve the ride through absorbing the impact of small bumps and road irregularities, and gas-pressurized shocks help absorb the impact of larger bumps.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Hyundai Santa-Fe-Sport

  • Chevrolet Equinox
  • Ford Edge
  • Ford Explorer
  • Toyota Highlander

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