I Think We're a Hyundai Family - 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Long-Term Road Test

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Long-Term Road Test

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: I Think We're a Hyundai Family

December 18, 2013

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

Being a Hyundai family is not something we planned, but it's quickly going in that direction.

Back in 2009 when Hyundai introduced its Genesis sedan, my mother-in-law was looking for a change from the Mercedes R-Class she had been driving for a few years. The lease was up on the Benz and while she appreciated its seating for seven and big cargo volume she was ready to switch back to a traditional sedan. Before the Mercedes, her list of vehicles included a Camry, an Avalon and an Audi Cabriolet. All leased and all returned in 36 months.

I suggested the new Genesis, which had impressed me. She leased one, a loaded silver V6, and fell so madly for it she purchased it at the end of the lease and continues to drive it today. In fact, it is in the photo behind the closed garage door.

And then there's the case of the Santa Fe Sport, which is clearly visible parked in the driveway. It's about six months old and belongs to my sister-in-law and her husband. With the birth of their first child, they decided a midsize SUV was in order to replace her beloved but aging BMW 3 Series. I suggested the newly introduced and impressive Santa Fe Sport, which I had just test-driven.

They got the 2.0T engine and they love it.

This family Hyundai trend didn't even occur to me until this past Thanksgiving day, which is when I took the picture. Without thinking about it I chose our long-term 2013 Santa Fe to cart my clan and the sweet potatoes to grandmas. I like our big white six-passenger Santa Fe so much, one may replace my wife's GMC Acadia when that lease it up in about a year.

That would make three. A Hyundai family indeed.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 11,402 miles


  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    "With the birth of their first child, they decided a midsize SUV was in order to replace her beloved but aging BMW 3 Series." This is what I don't get about people. Why does adding a 3rd passenger mean that a 5 passenger vehicle is suddenly not enough? Having a kid wasn't enough to make me give up my Miata, and we downsized the wife's car. I understand if we have a second then at that point I will probably need to give up the Miata for something with a back seat.

  • stovebolter stovebolter Posts:

    stovt001: The Santa Fe Sport is actually the 5-passenger version of the Santa Fe. It sounds like they just replaced one 5-passenger vehicle for another. While I'm no fan of SUVs (or CUVs or whatever), moving from a sedan (I'm guessing) to a hatchback is a logical move.

  • jeepsrt jeepsrt Posts:

    We had our first child 2 years ago and we have plenty of room in my Wife's M3 sedan. We live in Colorado and with snow tires it goes everywhere, no need for an SUV.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    @stovebolter: true. It gets confusing with the Santa Fe / Sante Fe sport distinction, and I think of the larger Santa Fe being the "midsize" to the SF Sport's "compact", whereas something like a Suburban, Tahoe, or Expedition would be

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Both of those things bother me equally. But that's OK - they're saddled with that beast, not me.

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