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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe in WA is:
March 7, 2014
For February, we added close to 1,350 miles to our long term-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe. Most were highway miles, but no long road trips.
March 3, 2014
Ever take a pair of jeans out of the wash and discover a five-dollar bill in the pocket you forgot about? That's how I felt when I discovered the button in our long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe you see above.
February 7 , 2014
So last night it was my turn to cook. I'm a fan of sugar meat so I made pulled pork for sandwiches. Took the slow cooker to the dinner spot knowing full well that the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe has an AC outlet in its cargo area. Figured I could use that combo to warm dinner before it was time to eat.
No such luck.
February 4 , 2014
In the month of January we drove about 1,832 miles in our long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe. It didn't go on any road trips, but it saw its share of highway time.
In that time, we refueled seven times with 87-octane gasoline and averaged about 19 mpg, just a tick under the combined EPA estimates. This is pretty consistent with our lifetime average of 19.4 mpg.
January 29, 2014
In the past we've stated the benefits of the rockerless, narrow-sill overlapping doors on our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe. Their many advantages include: always-clean sills that won't transfer winter slush or spring mud onto your pant leg upon entry or exit; easier entry for those who aren't as flexible as they once were because they can stand a couple inches closer to the seat; and just plain good looks.
There is a downside, and it can crop up when taking on passengers at the curb. If the curb is very high the passenger door may make outright contact as it swings open. This isn't exclusive to this door design, but there can be no doubt these bottom edges are lower. There's a greater chance of curbside interference.
The mild damage shown above came from a lesser version of this scenario in which the curb itself is low enough to clear but not the lawn behind, which is oftentimes mounded higher. High-crowned roads don't help because they add in a dose of vehicle lean that tips the opening door toward the waiting grass.
January 21, 2014
I don't often seek out our long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe, because it has more space and seating capacity than I can regularly use. Recently, though, I spent an evening and a morning with our six-passenger Limited model. It was an unremarkable but pleasant experience.
The Santa Fe's strong V6 engine accounts for much of the pleasantness.
January 15, 2014
The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe has a lot of outlets. There are these two: a standard 115-volt AC outlet and a 12-volt DC outlet in the cargo area. But that's not all.
January 13, 2014
Kelly wasn't exaggerating, the headlights in our long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe seem to be horribly mis-aimed. They throw a puddle of illumination in front of the nose that extends only fifteen feet, I'd say. I drove our Santa Fe at night recently and had to use the high beams to see road signs. They're bad.
January 10, 2014
The optional Technology Package on our long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe includes a heated steering wheel, rear side window sunshades, a panoramic sunroof and a navigation system with an 8-inch touchscreen. Also part of that package is the upgraded 12-speaker, 550-watt Infinity audio system. So how does this system sound?
January 6, 2014
Since the last fuel economy update in November, our long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe has logged 1,643 miles. In those miles, one of the more notable events was as a Christmas tree hauler. Otherwise, it's been tackling the usual commute and people transport duties without any hassles.
January 3, 2014
This is the only way to roll in our long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Welcome Sound, unchecked.
Is there anyone that actually wants to hear an unrelentingly cheesy, synthesized jingle every time they start their car?
December 25, 2013
A set of snow tires isn't the sort of cargo one usually hauls to and fro, but I recently bought some for our 2013 Tesla Model S from Tirerack.com. Nobody was particularly fond of the idea of them stinking up the office until I got around to having them installed, so I loaded the humungous 245/35R21 Pirellis into our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe for the 8-mile trip to our photo studio for temporary storage.
December 24, 2013
Our particular 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited isn't equipped with a trailer hitch, an option we could have had for just $350 more. But it wouldn't look any different even if we had checked that box because the rear bumper comes standard with an integrated hitch cover.
Towing is a real possibility with the Santa Fe Limited because the 3.3-liter V6 is officially rated to pull 5,000 pounds. The short-wheelbase Santa Fe Sport and its 2.0-liter Turbo is good up to 3,500 pounds.
I haven't spent much time in the Sport, but my experience with the rear suspension of the long-wheelbase Limited makes it hard for me to recommend going as far as 5,000 pounds. Still, there are plenty of lighter towing jobs out there. And a receiver-style trailer hitch makes a handy place to hang a bike rack.
December 20, 2013
We motivated this year and went tree shopping just a few days after Thanksgiving.
December 18, 2013
Being a Hyundai family is not something we planned, but it's quickly going in that direction.
Back in 2009 when Hyundai introduced its Genesis sedan, my mother-in-law was looking for a change from the Mercedes R-Class she had been driving for a few years. The lease was up on the Benz and while she appreciated its seating for seven and big cargo volume she was ready to switch back to a traditional sedan. Before the Mercedes, her list of vehicles included a Camry, an Avalon and an Audi Cabriolet. All leased and all returned in 36 months.
I suggested the new Genesis, which had impressed me. She leased one, a loaded silver V6, and fell so madly for it she purchased it at the end of the lease and continues to drive it today. In fact, it is in the photo behind the closed garage door.
December 05, 2013
Our long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe continues to rack up the miles. We've driven it over 11,000 miles since it joined our fleet in June, including an additional 1,100 in November. And the crossover's fuel economy continues to impress.
November 27, 2013
Not too long ago I noted that our 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe may be a sizable crossover, but with the third-row seats up it doesn't leave much space for cargo.
I found out just how much recently when it came time to haul four passengers and their related suitcases for an out-of-town trip. With only four aboard I had the leeway to fold one of the third-row seats. That opened up a good chunk of space for some of the bulkier items. After that I was able to squeeze in three carry-on size suitcases in various states of fullness, although one sat on top which partially obstructed the rearward view.
November 22, 2013
As far as issues with cars/trucks go, this is a minor one. But every time I try to open the glovebox in our long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited AWD to grab the fuel log, I press what looks to be the "open" button, the one with the key slot, but nothing happens.
November 20, 2013
A couple of weeks ago I noted that our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe's passenger side door was sticky. I looked at the sill in the dimly lit parking garage, and didn't notice anything amiss.
November 18, 2013
We blew past the 10K mark in our 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe recently. Seems like we got it just yesterday. Actually, it's been four months, but that's still a pretty quick run to 10,000 miles.
November 6, 2013
I'm not aware of an agreed-upon term for the door design employed by the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe. And even if there was one I think some explanation would still be necessary.
You could call them any number of things: overlapping doors, rockerless doors, narrow-sill doors. These terms all apply, but what do they mean?
Most doors are cut into the body. By that I mean the opening doesn't go all the way to the bottom. There's a visible cut-line with a rocker panel just below. The doors open to reveal a full-width sill.
The Santa Fe doesn't have any of that. It's got rockerless narrow-sill overlapping doors that offer many practical advantages.
November 5, 2013
We drove our long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV 1,805 miles since its last fill up at the end of September. Its lifetime average has increased to 20 mpg, or 0.2 mpg better than we achieved in October.
October 29, 2013
One of the doors on our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe has gotten oddly sticky. Every time I open the door, it sounds like the door's lower rubber trim is peeling away from the doorsill.
October 28, 2013
Cabin stink seems to be contagious. Last week Managing Editor Donna DeRosa noted that our long-term 2013 Cadillac ATS was blowing stinky air, and now our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe smells a little offensive.
October 25, 2013
I've had our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe in my possession for approximately 48 hours, which means a couple of round trips to the office, and a few other minor errands. The onboard computer was cleared when I took the Santa Fe, so the current calculations are all mine.
October 16, 2013
They're simple, but our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe has ventilation controls in its third row. Mode, fan speed and temperature can be adjusted all the way in the back. Nice.
October 11, 2013
I'm a big fan of our long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe, but every time I take the wheel I'm surprised at how long it takes me to get truly comfortable in the driver's seat.
October 10, 2013
The Nissan Versa in front of me on the exit ramp stopped short, and I stood on the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe's brake pedal.
"Yes!" I thought as the SUV immediately responded to my abrupt request to save its front end.
October 7, 2013
Three-row seating is a major reason you might want to buy a generously sized crossover like our long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe. On the last Friday in September, I maxed out the Santa Fe's passenger capacity, as six adults climbed aboard for a trip to Game 1 of the Dodgers-Rockies series. It was the last regular-season series of the year and my first time seeing Kershaw pitch in person. I was tapping my foot with impatience waiting for our entire crew to assemble.
Loading up the Santa Fe was no problem at all once everyone arrived. Access to the third row is good when you slide the second-row captain's chairs in our Limited model forward. There's also plenty of legroom in the third row, even when the second-row passengers scoot their seats back on the adjustable tracks.
October 3, 2013
We drove the Santa Fe 2,236 miles since its last fill up at the end of August (on the 26th). Its lifetime average of 19.8 mpg is .4 mpg better than we did in September (19.4 mpg). The EPA estimates the Santa Fe's combined fuel economy at 20 mpg.
October 2, 2013
I really like using the navigation system in our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe. As Brent Romans has written, there's nothing groundbreaking about this touchscreen interface, but its menus are straightforward and its processing times are quick.
However, I've already had the system freeze up on me on two occasions over the last month.
September 27, 2013
When it comes to mid-size crossovers and SUVs, an optional third row of seats is crucial to success. Anyone with more than two kids wants the extra row, so now we have vehicles like the Santa Fe which offer both two- and three-row versions.
September 24, 2013
I've found our long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe shockingly enjoyable to drive. On the whole, I think it drives better than any other car in the Hyundai lineup. But I was annoyed by the navigation system, which prompted me to let it direct us to one of our last four destinations (including one redacted location) at every startup.
I can see how this would be a handy feature on a long road trip, where you're likely to be using the nav system's guidance almost constantly. But around greater Los Angeles, the prompt, which supersedes whatever other interaction you may be having with the touchscreen (save for the rear-view camera display) for about 5 seconds, it's a bit excessive.
Fortunately, my better half had the presence of mind to look for a way to turn this feature off.
September 23, 2013
Recently, I bought a new mirror for the new old house I'm renovating. The mirror is not very wide (just under 31 inches), but it's quite long (just over 77 inches), so it would have been too long to fit in something like our Chevy Silverado. Good thing I had our long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe and its 80-cubic-foot cargo capacity at my disposal.
September 18, 2013
I don't do much night driving anymore, especially during daylight savings. So when I took our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe out after dark, at first I wasn't sure if the headlights were the issue, or if it was my middle-aged eyes.
September 13, 2013
If I were shopping for a new three-row family hauler, the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is one I'd consider.
September 10, 2013
One of the design aspects I like about our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is the large size of the side mirrors. (Yeah, I know, insert your "bigger is better" joke here.) It seems like many automakers go with smaller mirrors these days (whether for wind resistance or styling). But the Santa Fe's are larger than the norm, and that in turn gives you a wider and more detailed view of what's behind you.
September 4, 2013
We added about 3,200 miles to our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited during August. Much of that mileage came from Dan Edmunds' family road trip from California to Oregon.
For the month, we averaged 20.9 mpg. That's pretty much right on with the EPA's 20 mpg estimate for combined driving. We also saw our best range from a tank so far: 424 miles.
The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe in WA is: