John Shon is the product manager for the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Sonata. Shon talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe 6-seater and 7-seater.

The 5-seater 2-row Santa Fe has been on the market for sometime. Taking over where the Veracruz left off is the new 3-row 6 or 7-seater Hyundai Santa Fe.

The Santa Fe long-wheel base is powered by the 3.3-liter GDI V-6 engine, which is also found in the Hyundai Azera. The vehicle has been lengthened to accommodate the third row.

Wheelbase – 110.2” (the wheelbase of the Sport version is 106.3”)

Overall Length – 193.1” (the length of the Sport version is 184.6″)

Overall Width (excludes mirrors) – 74.2”

Overall Height with Roof Rack – 66.5”

Hyundai considers the long-wheel base Santa Fe’s competitors as 2012 Toyota Highlander, 2012 Honda Pilot, 2012 Ford Explorer, 2012 Mazda CX-9. Some of the most intriguing aspects of the Santa Fe are the 12-speaker Infinity Logic 7 surround sound audio system (550-watts), Active Cornering Control All-Wheel Drive (a first for Hyundai), Panoramic sunroof, Heated steering wheel, Heated rear seats and manual rear side window sunshades, Power driver seat with four-way lumbar control and front passenger seats, and Sliding and reclining second row seating with 40:20:40 folding seat back. Why intriguing? Because of the price you get all of that for.

2013 Hyundai Santa FE

Santa Fe GLS Front-Wheel Drive – $28,600
Santa Fe GLS All-Wheel Drive – $30,350
Santa Fe Limited Front-Wheel Drive – $33,350
Santa Fe Limited All-Wheel Drive $35,100
Santa Fe Limited Front-Wheel Drive – Saddle Interior – $33,350
Santa Fe Limited All-Wheel Drive – Saddle Interior – $35,100