2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited AWD: A Minivan Alternative
August 30, 2013
A lot of American families desire the versatility of a minivan but not the stigma that typically comes along it. A common solution for some people is a three-row crossover SUV.
Ah, but which one? Well, the new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe could be an appealing choice.
In terms of outright size, the Santa Fe is on the smaller end of the scale for this class of vehicle. Using Edmunds comparison tool, I loaded up the Santa Fe and compared it to the Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Flex and Nissan Pathfinder. Here's another set with it against the Dodge Durango, Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. The Santa Fe is shorter in overall length than most, and its shorter height brings out a wagon-like vibe that's reminiscent of the Flex.
But the Santa Fe is still big enough that you can seat normal-sized adults in all three rows without issue (though, obviously, with decreasing levels of comfort as you move back). The second-row seats also slide up to allow easier access to the third-row. Then there's the strong V6, upscale interior and good outward visibility.
A minivan will always reign supreme for ease of hauling people and cargo, but the Santa Fe is one alternative that I can see families enjoying.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 5,832 miles