2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Could Use More Range
June 2, 2014
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.
Our own Dan Edmunds did squeeze 424.5 miles out of our Santa Fe once (on 16.994 gallons of 87), but it was a fluke. Never again, before or after Dan's magical run, has the Santa Fe managed over 400 miles on a tank. In fact, its next best range performance is 361.4 miles and, in my experience, 300 miles is a big number for the Santa Fe.
This is partially due to the conservative manner in which the Hyundai's trip computer starts sounding the alarm bells. When it's telling the driver to stop for fuel or else, the Santa Fe usually drinks about 16.2 gallons. Certainly you wouldn't want to push it much further, but there's still 2.5 gallons sloshing around in the tank.
Regardless, in mixed driving the Santa Fe has a practical range of only 300 miles. As a consumer I'd like it to have more.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 21,123 miles