Vehicle2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 6A)
ReviewPretty good vehicle. We are happy with the design and appearance so far. Still breaking it in, so can't give you an estimate on the gas mileage that is valid, nor how it agrees with the manufacturer, but so far, city driving has given us 18-20 mpg. The car has plenty of power, if you feel you need more, then you should get a V-8 or a sports car......this car is plenty good and gives power when needed, and decent fuel consumption. Third row seat is no good for anyone taller than 5' 10" - unless you are driving a basketball team, someone will be shorter, and those people can survive on even longer trips. I am 6' 4" and the first 2 rows have plenty of room. The panoramic roof is awesome!
Best FeaturesPanoramic roof, exterior looks, navigation is simple, feel of the interior, and interior simplicity while style is preserved, comfortable ride, I did notice the steering is kind of robotic (requires some tuning occasionally) at 55 mph and above, but nothing too crazy. It does require some more alertness which on a long highway trip could also be a good thing :) if you think about it. Below 55 mph, the steering in any mode is quite comfortable, but the normal/comfort modes are the best.
Worst FeaturesIhate that the very first model gets limited features. I bet that soon enough (by end of the year even) they will add power folding mirrors, and park assist (already available in Korea), and some other features. Also, they should avoid using the cheap wood looking plastic trim, or at least choose another material. Also, I Think by now, they should also include blind spot warning system. I would pay an extra 1k$ for these features that are not available currently (they honestly don't cost more if you look into it). One last thing is, do visit more than one dealership. I will just say we paid 5+ k$ less than MSRP for a FWD Limited.......you do the math :)
on 05/29/13 10:37 AM (PDT)
BTW, I also don't like that the Grand Santa Fe for the Euro Market already has the features I am talking about, like lane departure and park assist, and collision warning. Anyways, it is unfortunate that this is the way it is, but I guess one can't have everything they want. http://worldwide.hyundai.com/WW/Corporate/News/News/DF_WW_GLOBALNEWSVIEW_130305_02.html?testValue=DF_WW_RD_GLOBALNEWS&title=DF_WW_GLOBALNEWSVIEW_130305_02&Row=416&totalRow=417&selx2=Report it
on 05/29/13 10:39 AM (PDT)
oops, that link is bad, here is a another attempt http://worldwide.hyundai.com/WW/Corporate/News/News/DF_WW_GLOBALNEWSVIEW_130305_02.html?testValue=DF_WW_RD_GLOBALNEWS&title=DF_WW_GLOBALNEWSVIEW_130305_02&Row=416&totalRow=417&selx2=Report it
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