2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Hauling Big Snow Tires
December 25, 2013
A set of snow tires isn't the sort of cargo one usually hauls to and fro, but I recently bought some for our 2013 Tesla Model S from Tirerack.com. Nobody was particularly fond of the idea of them stinking up the office until I got around to having them installed, so I loaded the humungous 245/35R21 Pirellis into our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe for the 8-mile trip to our photo studio for temporary storage.
Each one is nearly 28 inches tall and 10 inches wide, and they came banded in pairs. I was able to fit the two stacks inside, but they wouldn't fit side by side. I had to fold down one of the rear buckets of our long-wheelbase Limited so I could scoot one stack forward. Seating capacity dropped to three as a result.
The same three-passenger capacity would have resulted if our Santa Fe had the rear bench seat because it would have been necessary to fold the "60" part of the 60/40 rear seat to achieve the same result.
And seating capacity would have dropped to two if this had been a short-wheelbase Santa Fe Sport because both halves of the rear seat would have to go down to accommodate our new Pirellis in that case.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 12,236 miles