Hyundai #NewSantaFe 7 Passenger CUV Driving Experience Plus Info

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe LWB

This past weekend I was in beautiful San Diego California for the #NewSantaFe Event. I will tell you all about that later in the week, but I wanted to share my driving experience PLUS all the fun Info and tech specs of the 2013 6/7 Passenger Hyundai Santa Fe here.

Hyundai SantaFe1

The production version of the new three-row, six/seven-passenger Santa Fe joins the two-row, five-passenger Santa Fe Sport, which has been on sale since August. The all-new Santa Fe delivers Hyundai’s recipe of bold design, high-output powertrains with Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) and a host of features to please drivers and passengers with high expectations for functionality, versatility and comfort.


  • Type: 3.3L GDI DOHC 24-valve V6
  • Materials: Aluminum block/aluminum cylinder heads
  • Horsepower: 290 @ 6,400 rpm
  • Torque: 252 @ 5,200
  • Power to Rate Ratio: 13.6
  • Towing Capcity: 5,000 lbs.

The Santa Fe is powered by the highly acclaimed 3.3-liter V6 engine, which is also found in the Hyundai Azera. This V6 engine will suit a shopper’s needs in terms of towing, drivability and fuel economy. The Santa Fe’s Lambda II 3.3-liter GDI also has a high-pressure direct injection system (over 2,200 psi), which dramatically increases power and torque, while reducing fuel consumption and emissions. This system eliminates the need for a large displacement V6 engine and increases the compression ratio for greater thermal efficiency and output. Santa Fe’s V6 tow rating of up to 5,000 pounds is perfect for towing small boats or weekend toys (can we mention this is a Hyundai 1st?).

The Towing Package REALLY caught my eye. My husband loves them, but to me they are always ugly so this is the perfect balance between the two. Plus, the get up and go to this vehicle was AMAZING. Loved actually feeling that.

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe LWB

Fuel Economy:

  • FWD City: 18 mpg
  • FWD Highway: 25 mpg
  • FWD Combined: 21 mpg
  • AWD City: 18 mpg
  • AWD Highway: 24 mpg
  • AWD Combined: 20 mpg

Hyundai Santa Fe Outside

The sleek design of the Santa Fe, combined with Hyundai’s expertise in interior engineering, delivers a great presence on the road, while improving functionality and convenience. The spacious cabin has more passenger and cargo volume along with second and third row leg room than Toyota Highlander. Seating utility is also improved, due to a standard 40:20:40 folding rear seat back. This seat back is perfect for seating five passengers comfortably or accommodating four passengers, plus long items like skis, golf clubs, snowboards or surfboards. Fold down two seats to seat three people and hold larger packages or fold all rear seats to maximize cargo space. The three-row Santa Fe also features a power liftgate for added convenience.

Hyundai Sante Fe Space

It’s funny because prior to seeing this vehicle I had been on the look out for a 3rd row seating option, but they were all too big or not enough room in the 3rd row. The New Sante Fe has it all! Now, would my husband be comfortable back their on a long trip? Probably not, BUT for a short trip to lunch he could deal. The captain’s chairs in the middle are AWESOME! I have 2 kids who always are complaining who is touching who and these would make them both happy. I also have to help you about this awesome button in the very back. You press it while you have the trunk open and the middle folds down….automatically. Is that not the most brilliant invention since the rear assist or the back up camera?? (which this vehicle has both by the way)

Hyundai Santa Fe Steering

Behind the wheel, drivers benefit from Hyundai’s all-new Driver Selectable Steering Mode, with three operating modes – Comfort, Normal and Sport. This innovative system allows drivers to adapt the Santa Fe’s steering characteristics to varying driving preferences and road conditions. Comfort mode is ideal for city and parking environments, offering the greatest ease of steering with a 10 percent decrease in steering effort from Normal mode. Normal mode is ideal for a mix of driving conditions. Meanwhile, Sport Mode is optimized for higher-speed freeways or winding roads and decreases power steering assist by 10 percent from Normal mode. The Driver Selectable Steering Mode not only adjusts power assistance levels in each mode, but also adjusts on-center build-up feel and steering build-up curves throughout the steering range, for a very natural and progressive feel. Steering dampening characteristics, active return and friction levels have also been optimized in Santa Fe.

Personally, I enjoyed the Sport option. I like to feel the road. I do think I would use the Comfort option if say, I was taking my grandmother to get her hair done. The Normal option I would not use as you couldn’t tell that big of a difference either way.

Santa Fe Navigation

Now let’s talk about my favorite feature, the Third-Generation Navigation and Audio Technology. All Santa Fe models offer an optional multifunction eight-inch touch-screen display with navigation. This third-generation display features a simpler user interface, enhanced voice recognition commands and improved navigation screens. The system is more intuitive to use for commonly used tasks. Simple pop-up messages now appear to help pair a phone. The voice recognition software understands street addresses and cities all in one sentence. The route screens display speed limits and details the next three maneuvers. One or two button pushes now complete most functions. It’s like hyundai knew I was always trying to find a speed limit sign. I’m the world worst. Especially if I’m in an unfamiliar area and I’m already busy looking for navigation cues. I like the fact that I can glance down at the navi window and boom. There is the speed limit.

Navigation Systems keep getting better and better. Plus, the Standard Blue Link® – safety, service and infotainment telematics system is nice to have as well.

Sante Fe PlugIns

Speaking of technology, with the Hyundai Sant Fe you can stay plugged in. Want to plug your phone? Easy. How about a laptop or a dvd player? There’s a place for that in the back. I travel a lot and this would come in handy SO much. Especially those long ones to Disney.

Hyundai Santa Fe Features

Last, but not least I feel SAFE in the Hyundai Santa Fe. Yes, all the features are a plus, but I take my kids to and from school and travel with my family. The 7 airbags help me feel that I’m in the right vehicle for my family. With a starting price point of $28,350 it’s not out of reach for today’s family. Even the fully equipped model is only a small bump at $34,850. Now, I just have to get the husband to test drive it and see what he thinks!

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***Disclosure: I attended The #NewSantaFe Event . My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Hyundai. All opinions are 100% mine. Pictures above provided by Me and Hyundai***


  1. 1

    I love so much about that car. It’s a really attractive shape and the mpg isn’t bad at all. Also love the built-in nav!
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    Angela says:

    I am loving the interior of this car and the price is right!
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    Ronni Keller says:

    It’s a pretty smexy looking car! I love the interior! I’m w/Angela on that!!
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    Cinny says:

    LOVE the plug in!!! How awesome is that?
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    mel says:

    I have seen this car and it looks amazing!!

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    That car looks really cool! They make such quality cars for a great price!
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    Kristyn says:

    that looks like a very nice and roomy vehicle !
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    Anne says:

    Nice looking car! I love my Hyundai, although it is a compact car, not a minivan
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    Mallery says:

    That looks like one nice ride!! The interior looks roomy, which is a must!
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