Big Bear Lake Learnings - 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Long-Term Road Test

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Long-Term Road Test

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Big Bear Lake Learnings

August 5, 2013

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

The drive to Big Bear Lake from Oldham HQ isn't very far. It's about 120 miles, split evenly between L.A.'s freeway system and the two-lane mountain pass that is California State Routes 330 and 18.

Still, I learned a lot about the Hyundai Santa Fe during that late night drive.

1) The Santa Fe handles a family of four, its luggage and its 60-lb. Golden easily.
2) The rear seat heaters are to my daughters' liking.
3) Paddle shifters. At this price it should have paddle shifters.
4) Big V6 has plenty of power, even at 7,000-ft. elevation.
5) Driver's seat and seating position are right on. Very comfortable.
6) Navigation system is easy to program.
7) Bluetooth is easy to pair.
8) Big V6 drinks regular gas instead of more expensive premium.
9) The third row could not be easier to fold or flip up.
10) I love the way it looks.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 2,232 miles


  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    Sounds like a prefect vehicle for those with a large family. Definitely better than a Suburban/Tahoe/Expedition for most. I'm really not sure why it needs paddle shifters though. Is it because you just like shifting? Because I do too, but 98% of Americans don't. If not, is it because the transmission isn't always in the best gear? If so, number 11 should be something about that.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Very well put, quadricycle.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    I've driven up to Big Bear a number of times, and I'm guessing the reason for wanting paddle shifters is that the grade changes often enough, combined with traffic and curves, that you'll often want to select a different gear based on what you see ahead than what the computer thinks based on what it knows is happening now. However in those cases I usually think any form of manual selection on the shifter, even GM's toggle button, will do just fine. I only see a need for paddles behind the wheel on true performance cars.

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