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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Long-Term Road Test

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Headlight Adjustment Needed

September 18, 2013

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

I don't do much night driving anymore, especially during daylight savings. So when I took our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe out after dark, at first I wasn't sure if the headlights were the issue, or if it was my middle-aged eyes.

But after a mile of driving into darkness, I confirmed that the Santa Fe's headlights need to be adjusted. They're definitely pointing too far down, and not out. Great illumination to the sides, but forward light was limited to just a few feet in front of the SUV.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 6,506 miles


Comments

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    I find it hard to believe that the headlights only shone a few feet... Anyway, too low is better than too high in my opinion. Of course, correct aim is better than both.

  • I agree with quadricycle, it would be pretty unusual if they were aimed that low. ---- I find that with the projector beam headlights a lot of people tend to think they are too low because they have the sharp cut-off line at the top. Since it is instantly dark above that line it is much more noticeable than on the other style where the light sort-of fades out at the top. --- This leads to a lot of people re-aiming their headlights up to a level that 'seems' to light a more appropriate area for them. However at that point they are blinding oncoming traffic and a real danger.

  • reminder reminder Posts:

    Might be both poor adjustment & aging vision. I had a 09 Subaru that I thought had excellent low & high beams. That sharp cutoff at the edge of the beam was present on that car as well. Didn't bother me any. Those were the best headlamps I have a used thus far. Very bright, super long range on high.

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    If the high beams look right on that vehicle, then the chances are Kelly is suffering from cut-off hate.

  • vicki123 vicki123 Posts:

    I just bought a dealer demo '13 Santa Fe that I did not test drive in the evening. The 'cut off line' that zimtheinvader and agentorange speak of is very severe and unfortunately, right at my sight line. It's very intrusive. I did ask the service area to look at it and he told me it could not be adjusted. It's uncomfortable driving at night. I did not experience this with my last car. Help, I think they should be adjusted slightly up. Driving is comfortable with the high beams but that's not realistic. Yes, it's cut off hate but really, there should be a blended line, not such a sharp cut off point. Thanks!

  • vicki123 vicki123 Posts:

    I just bought a dealer demo '13 Santa Fe that I did not test drive in the evening. The 'cut off line' that zimtheinvader and agentorange speak of is very severe and unfortunately, right at my sight line. It's very intrusive. I did ask the service area to look at it and he told me it could not be adjusted. It's uncomfortable driving at night. I did not experience this with my last car. Help, I think they should be adjusted slightly up. Driving is comfortable with the high beams but that's not realistic. Yes, it's cut off hate but really, there should be a blended line, not such a sharp cut off point. Thanks!

  • tomnn70 tomnn70 Posts:

    I'm curious if you ever got the headlights adjusted, so you could see more than 10 feet in front of the car. I too have this problem. The dealer said that it's in spec. What a cop out. With so many people having the problem, there has to be a fix.

  • skip1947 skip1947 Posts:

    I just had them adjust my headlights and I still can't see more than 20 feet in front of the car. My car only has 3500 miles and I am ready to trade it on a Honda.

  • s197gt s197gt Posts:

    very interesting. at least two posts mentioning crappy headlights and owners confirming this. can edmunds research this more? any sante fe forum complaints/solutions?

  • glenn_l glenn_l Posts:

    The HID's auto-adjust to be at optimal viewing. However I recently noted that my HID's were pointed at the ground 40' in front. Took to the dealership, apparently there's a nut that comes off because they aren't factory lock-tite. They replaced it and everything is great again.

  • kiiwii kiiwii Posts:

    stop whining. it's a hyundai. what do u expect??

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