TodayApril 16, 2022

John Shon on the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

John Shon is the product manager for the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Sonata. Shon talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, 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

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.