Cabin Smell - 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Long-Term Road Test

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Long-Term Road Test

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Cabin Smell

October 28, 2013

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

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.

Although unlike the ATS, the Santa Fe's smell doesn't seem to be coming from the air vents, but from the general area of the cabin. I've already searched all the cubbies and under the seats, and haven't found any suspicious items.

What do you do to help freshen up your car's interior?

Kelly Toepke, News Editor


  • duckmanstg duckmanstg Posts:

    I'm not a neat freak by any means but my interiors tend to stay new smelling for over a year. What do you guys keep doing to your fleet that stinks them up so bad?

  • stever stever Posts:

    Coffee grounds help mask the smell until you find the cause. Just toss some on the carpets as needed.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Minimal food and beverage consumption while in the car and turning the AC and recirc off before shutting the car off have kept my cars odor-free over the years. At various times when damaged weather-stripping or convertible top drains have allowed water into the interior, a combination of charcoal and baking soda to soak up the moisture has done the trick nicely.

  • ryster ryster Posts:

    Airwick Car filters and freshens. Best thing I have found lately. "New car & Ocean Drive" scent is amazing. Passengers always comment how wonderful my car always smells.

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