2012 Los Angeles Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The seven-passenger version of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe debuted on Wednesday at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, clearly targeting the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander.
- The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe, the sister vehicle to the five-passenger 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, replaces the outgoing Hyundai Veracruz.
- The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe will arrive in showrooms early next year, said Hyundai.
LOS ANGELES — The seven-passenger version of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe debuted on Wednesday at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, clearly targeting the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander.
The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe will arrive in showrooms early next year, said Hyundai.
Pricing will be announced closer to the crossover's on-sale date. The base 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport starts at $25,275, including an $825 destination charge. The Santa Fe Sport went on sale in September.
"Santa Fe is 320 pounds lighter than the outgoing Veracruz and 239 pounds lighter than the all-new Nissan Pathfinder," said Hyundai in a statement. "The spacious cabin has more passenger and cargo volume along with second- and third-row legroom than Toyota Highlander."
The 2013 Santa Fe has a base curb weight of 3,946 pounds.
By throwing down the gauntlet to its Japanese rivals, Hyundai is poised to aggressively go after families with two or more kids with this minivan alternative.
The regular 2013 Santa Fe comes with a V6 only. It is a 290-horsepower 3.3-liter GDI V6 — the same one used in the 2013 Hyundai Azera — linked to a six-speed automatic transmission. It is tow rated up to 5,000 pounds, according to the automaker.
An all-wheel-drive system is optional.
The EPA has not yet posted official fuel economy numbers on the bigger 2013 Santa Fe. Hyundai has not yet provided fuel economy projections for the V6-equipped Santa Fe.
The larger Santa Fe rides on a 110.2-inch wheelbase, which is 3.9 inches longer than the Santa Fe Sport's wheelbase. It is also slightly wider and taller than the Santa Fe Sport.
The 2013 Santa Fe features seven standard airbags, a panoramic sunroof, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. The seven-passenger seating setup comprises a 40/20/40 split-folding second-row bench seat or a six-passenger configuration with second row captain's chairs.
Edmunds says: The extent of the rivalry between the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe and its Japanese competitors will become clearer once we see the pricing chart.