2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Hauls 6.5-Foot Mirror
September 23, 2013
Recently, I bought a new mirror for the new old house I'm renovating. The mirror is not very wide (just under 31 inches), but it's quite long (just over 77 inches), so it would have been too long to fit in something like our Chevy Silverado. Good thing I had our long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe and its 80-cubic-foot cargo capacity at my disposal.
I figured the mirror would fit easily with the Santa Fe's second- and third-row seats folded down. This was true, but with a caveat. One of the front seats had to come pretty far forward on its track to accommodate the mirror's length (and still close the liftgate securely), and since I was driving, this duty fell to my spouse in the front passenger seat. Once the mirror was loaded, we reclined the seat to improve his comfort, but his knees were still pretty close to the glovebox.
It was a bearable situation for our 20-mile trip, though. And realistically, a typical Santa Fe owner would only be hauling long items of furniture on an occasional basis. Overall, the Hyundai's utility in this situation was commendable, and it's easy to see why crossover SUVs are so well liked, whether you're using them to haul kids or not.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 6,822 miles