I Like It - 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Long-Term Road Test
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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Long-Term Road Test

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: I Like It

April 21, 2014

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

I like our long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe.

I look at a car as a shopper would, and that probably comes from spending so much time on car lots with car shoppers over the past decade. I think car shoppers look for ease of use, space, gas mileage, ride quality, and the like. In my opinion, the Hyundai does well on the normal stuff normal folks are looking for. And it looks pretty good.

Recently, I drove the 2013 Santa Fe to Las Vegas in the rain, and other than the navigation system freezing once, the vehicle performed just fine. I've driven the family around in it, and moved some furniture in the thing. I was even able to carry a nightstand in the Santa Fe with five adults, and nobody was cramped.

It has good space, and has proved to be an effective family hauler. Pretty good gas mileage and lots of places to store stuff.

Plus, it's got that cool sunroof, and a great stereo. Lots of headroom and heated seats are a plus.

Bluetooth audio? Check. Back-up camera? Check. Power tailgate, looks good, comfy seats, good warranty, easy to use/figure out? Check.

So why isn't everybody as excited about the Santa Fe as I am?

I drove over a speed bump a little too quickly last weekend. I wasn't speeding, and there was no load in the car, just me. That's when I understood.

This was the first time I noticed the suspension in the Santa Fe. Yeah, that wasn't the most comfortable bounce. A bit jarring, and caught me by surprise. Almost felt as if there were no shocks in the rear.

The suspension in the Santa Fe could be better. A lot better, as Jay and Dan already detailed.

I still like the Santa Fe.

But from now on I will encourage people test-driving cars to look for speed bumps, too.

Matt Jones, Senior Editor @ 18,808 miles


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