Consumes Luggage - 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Long-Term Road Test
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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Long-Term Road Test

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Consumes Luggage

August 26, 2013

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

OK, so the fact that the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe swallows suitcases and large boxes isn't particularly noteworthy. Check the stat sheet: there's 41 cubic feet behind the second-row seats. That was enough to handle airport shuttle services for two passengers (plus driver), three large suitcases, a few smaller bags, and a box of stuff that, frankly, should never have been allowed through customs.

A couple of downsides: that additional weight only served to highlight the Santa Fe's upset over bumpier road rash. Pretty sure we hit the bumpstops over one particular uneven freeway surface enough that everyone let out one of those seasick groans in unison.

The additional mass also didn't help the slow-thinking transmission any, but adjusting your driving style (i.e. slowing down) keeps the Santa Fe in the sweet spot of its pulling duties.

Highlighting the cargo ability of a six/seven-passenger SUV like the Santa Fe may be obvious, like calling a Ferrari "sensual." But when you lay out for a large family SUV, isn't this usually the point?

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 5,200 miles


Comments

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    Apparently, this is rated to tow 5,000lbs... I would hate to tow something like a boat, with the family also loaded, even on a short trip to the lake. The suspension on this model is a serious drawback.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    With the complaints about the ride quality, you've got to wonder if this thing will make it to the end of the test without a creaky, tired chassis. And how would it hold up in 3 years? 6?

  • diondi diondi Posts:

    Another question - are the shipping spacers somehow still left in there?

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