Fuel Economy Update for November - 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Long-Term Road Test

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Long-Term Road Test

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Fuel Economy Update for November

December 05, 2013

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

Our long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe continues to rack up the miles. We've driven it over 11,000 miles since it joined our fleet in June, including an additional 1,100 in November. And the crossover's fuel economy continues to impress.

The EPA estimates the Santa Fe's combined fuel economy at 20 mpg. So far we are averaging 19.5 over 11,000 miles of driving. However, load up this six-passenger vehicle with people and things and drive it around in city traffic and it gets real thirsty real fast. Recently we did just that and averaged just 14.1 mpg over a 190 miles worth of driving.

Worst Fill MPG: 14.1
Best Fill MPG: 25.0
Average Lifetime MPG: 19.5
EPA MPG Rating: 20 Combined (18 City/24 Highway)
Best Range: 424.5 miles
Current Odometer: 11,032 miles

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 11,032 miles


  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    These numbers are right around what I get with my CX-9. No, I've never hit 25 mpg for a tank but I've never dropped to 14 either. I average 19 mpg with a range from around 16 to 22 and that's over 4 years and about 75K miles. Lots of "me too" vehicles have joined the 3 row CUV class but none of them have been able to really establish themselves as a breakthrough vehicles. Note how the GM Lambdas are from 2006 and the CX-9 is from 2007 and they are still competitive in the segment. I believe that the 3 row CUV that is going to blow open the segment will be the one that can provide comparable utility but with much better efficiency. It wasn't the ecoboost Explorer and it wasn't the CVT Pathfinder/JX. Will it be a diesel Durango? Will it be a Skyactive CX-9? Will Toyota deliver a compelling hybrid Highlander? Will Honda provide a hybrid Pilot that's as great as the hybrid Accord? No way to know. So far nobody's cracked the code but if someone can delivery 25-30 mpg in a 3 row crossover they are going to really stand out in a segment where most of the cars a pretty similar.

  • gslippy gslippy Posts:

    That's minivan gas mileage, which hasn't changed in 25 years. Nothing impressive about that. If this vehicle wasn't driven so much, it would be spending more time in city driving and your fuel economy would be mid-teens.

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