Great for When the Grandparents Visit - 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Long-Term Road Test

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Long-Term Road Test

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Great for When the Grandparents Visit

May 7, 2014

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

The third-row seat of our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe goes unused most of the time. Even those of us on staff who have children don't have huge families. But there are occasions when the Santa Fe's third row comes in handy. It happened to Erin a while back for a Dodgers game. And this past weekend I needed to drive my two young children plus my in-laws to the location of my son's birthday party.

Our long-term Santa Fe is the six-passenger version. In theory, I wouldn't have needed a third row if we had the seven-passenger version. But the two second-row captain chairs are more comfortable to sit on than squishing three across on a bench seat. Plus, the open space between them works well as a walkway to the third-row seat.

For the trip to and from the birthday party, I had my son's safety seat on one of the captain's chairs and my older daughter back on the third row with a booster seat. My in-laws then sat on the front passenger seat and the other captain's chair. I also kept the other half of the 50/50-split third-row seat folded down, and this allowed me to take a big box full of birthday party accessories.

The kids and the in-laws were comfortable and happy. That means I was happy.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 19,658 miles

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