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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Feels Tight and Rattle Free After 12 Months

June 27, 2014

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After more than 22,000 miles, our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe still feels solid. A year-old car should feel tight, but usually by this time most vehicles start to develop small rattles and a general looseness to their suspensions.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Video Tour of Console Storage

June 20, 2014

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We've had our long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe for more than 22,000 miles now, and we've shared quite a lot of info, opinion and photography with you. I thought you might like a change of pace, so I made you a little video of the storage compartments in the center console. Click through to watch the video and see where you can stash your small stuff in the Hyundai Santa Fe.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Road Trip to Laughlin

June 13, 2014

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Last weekend, my family and I took a road trip to Laughlin, Nevada. I picked our long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe for the trip, and thought this would be a great chance to get some unbiased opinions about the Santa Fe from non-car-biz people.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Fuel Economy Update for May

June 6, 2014

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In the month of May, we drove more than 1,500 miles in our long term-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe. Most were highway miles, including a 600-mile road trip.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Cargo Space for Guitars

June 3, 2014

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I bought a guitar and I blame our long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe.

Okay, it was partially my fault. I wandered into Guitar Center, which was my first mistake. I know nothing about guitars, and I know even less about playing guitar. Fact is I'm tone deaf and my musical talent is limited to finger tapping on the steering wheel at red lights. After 44 years a man knows his limitations, and I have a better chance of playing shortstop for the New York Yankees than I have playing the intro to "Hot For Teacher."

But cool is cool, and guitars are cool. And I've always wanted one.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Could Use More Range

June 2, 2014

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I'd like our long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe to have more range. It's there on paper. With its 18.8-gallon gas tank and an EPA fuel economy rating of 18 city and 24 hwy, the Santa Fe could go 338.4 miles around town and 470 miles on the interstate if you run her dry.

But in the real world the numbers are much different.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Riding With Lawyers

May 29, 2014

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After 11 months and 21,000 miles I'm still enamored with our long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe. Although there is one thing about this six-passenger crossover that drives me bananas.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Blue Link

May 28, 2014

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We're nearly through a year with our long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe and we've just realized we missed an important aspect of this car's functionality: Blue Link.

Overall, we've been happy with the infotainment system in the Santa Fe. It's easy to use and looks sharp. But much like Jerry's dad with the tip calculator, Blue Link can do a whole lot more...

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: We've Cleared 20,000 Miles

May 16, 2014

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We started covering our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe back in July of 2013. Ten months later while driving along Interstate 5 about 100 miles north of Los Angeles, I watched our Santa Fe's odometer pass 20,000 miles. Looking back at our past updates on this car, I'd say those miles have been pretty trouble-free.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: An Ideal Family Hauler

May 14, 2014

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The more I drive our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe the more I like it. And while there are plenty of choices for a three-row crossover SUV these days, the Santa Fe would certainly be right in the mix of models I'd consider heavily.

Much of this comes down to the Santa Fe's all-around goodness. Here are the five highpoints for me:

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Bright and Crisp Looking Rearview Camera

May 13, 2014

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Not all rearview cameras are created equal. Whether due to a small display screen, a low-resolution camera, poor low-light sensitivity or lawyer-friendly text warnings that cover up a good chunk of what you want to be looking at, some car's rearview cameras are pretty mediocre.

As an example of how it can be done right, however, is the rearview camera in our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Great for When the Grandparents Visit

May 7, 2014

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The third-row seat of our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe goes unused most of the time. Even those of us on staff who have children don't have huge families. But there are occasions when the Santa Fe's third row comes in handy. It happened to Erin a while back for a Dodgers game. And this past weekend I needed to drive my two young children plus my in-laws to the location of my son's birthday party.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Fuel Economy Update for April

May 6, 2014

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April was a fairly busy month for our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe as we added about 1,600 miles. In addition to our usual driving, Travis Langness used our Santa Fe for a Joshua Tree camping trip. For the month, we averaged 20.5 mpg.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Joshua Tree Camping Trip Part 3

May 5, 2014

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Our last morning in Joshua Tree National Park was mostly spent packing up. We made a trip to the local grocery store for supplies during our long weekend of camping, so we had some extra items in the back of our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe on the return trip. Even with the additional cargo, there was plenty of room left for three passengers, and since packing up went so quickly, we had extra time to explore the park on the way home.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Joshua Tree Camping Trip Part 2

May 1, 2014

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Inside Joshua Tree National Park, the long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe spent considerable time being used for food storage and shade. On day two we were joined by two friends in a second car but to make things easier throughout the trip, I folded up two of the Santa Fe's seats and welcomed them to ride in back. Exploring and carrying five people in the Santa Fe was easy, even with the sixth seat folded down to make room for lunch.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Joshua Tree Camping Trip Part 1

April 30, 2014

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I recently planned a weekend trip to Joshua Tree National Park with some friends and the long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe. From the start, the Santa Fe was at the top of my list. It gobbles up cargo and it has the added benefit of all-wheel drive for any dirt roads we might come across. Last spring I went with this same group of friends to Yosemite in our long-term 2013 Ford Focus ST, but this year instead of renting a house, we were camping. A sporty hatchback wouldn't cut it.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Air Conditioning Recall Service

April 23, 2014

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We recently serviced our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe for its 15,000-mile routine items. At that visit Cerritos Hyundai special-ordered parts to complete an air-conditioning blower motor campaign and to replace a front-door trim piece. A few days after our visit, the parts arrived. And the other day we scheduled an appointment for their installation...

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: I Like It

April 21, 2014

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I like our long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe.

I look at a car as a shopper would, and that probably comes from spending so much time on car lots with car shoppers over the past decade. I think car shoppers look for ease of use, space, gas mileage, ride quality, and the like. In my opinion, the Hyundai does well on the normal stuff normal folks are looking for. And it looks pretty good.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: My Brother-in-Law Bought One

April 18, 2014

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This is not a photo of our long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe. Nope. It's a pic of my sister-in-law's new car.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Loose Rearview Mirror

April 10, 2014

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The rearview mirror on our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is loose. Not sure how long it's been like this, but when you grab the mirror to make an adjustment, it rocks back and forth slightly in your hand, without actually changing the adjustment.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: 15,000-mile Service

March 27, 2014

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We had a handful of items requiring attention by the time our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe requested its 15,000-mile service. Despite finding three dealerships within 10 miles of our office, we traveled 40 miles to Cerritos Hyundai, as it was the most convenient locale at the time. This visit introduced us to a service center first...

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Style, Space and Power? Check, Check and Check

March 19, 2014

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Large three-row crossovers exist to meet a need: Families need affordable space, and for whatever reason, it's still not totally culturally acceptable to get that in a minivan. So you have vehicles like our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe, which even in Limited trim with all-wheel drive and the Technology package, still comes in comfortably under $40,000.

Although I don't disagree with my colleagues' assessments of our Santa Fe's ride quality, I think this crossover has enough other redeeming traits that you could potentially get past this issue. At least I think I could. I'll give you three reasons.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Poor Ride Quality

March 10, 2014

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I hadn't driven our long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe until somewhat recently, when I took it on a trip from Los Angeles to Sonoma and back.

Now, Dan Edmunds took it on a road trip with the family last year and heard (and felt) some complaints about the crossover's ride quality.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Fuel Economy Update for February

March 7, 2014

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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.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Heated Steering Wheel

March 3, 2014

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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.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Cargo Area AC Outlet

February 7 , 2014

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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.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Fuel Economy Update for January

February 4 , 2014

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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.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Overlapping Doors at Curbside

January 29, 2014

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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.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Pretty Effortless for Commuting

January 21, 2014

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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.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Outlets, Outlets Everywhere

January 15, 2014

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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.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: How To Adjust the Headlights

January 13, 2014

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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.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Infinity Audio System Review

January 10, 2014

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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?

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Fuel Economy Update for December

January 6, 2014

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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.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Goodbye, Welcome Sound

January 3, 2014

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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?

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Hauling Big Snow Tires

December 25, 2013

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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.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Hidden Trailer Hitch

December 24, 2013

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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.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Getting the Christmas Tree

December 20, 2013

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We motivated this year and went tree shopping just a few days after Thanksgiving.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: I Think We're a Hyundai Family

December 18, 2013

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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.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Fuel Economy Update for November

December 05, 2013

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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.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Making the Most of the Cargo Space

November 27, 2013

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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.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Glovebox Button

November 22, 2013

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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.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Sticky Doorsill No More

November 20, 2013

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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.

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2014 Hyundai Santa Fe: No Problem With First 10K Miles

November 18, 2013

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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.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Airport Parking Oil Change

November 12, 2013

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The maintenance required light was on when I drove our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe home from the office. How long had that been the case? No idea. I was rotating into the car from something else.

The oil needed to be changed as soon as I could manage it, but I was heading out of town the next morning. I was flying to Amsterdam, in fact, to sample the new 2014 BMW i3 electric car. I'd be gone four days.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Easy Entry Through Overlapping Doors

November 6, 2013

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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.

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