2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Long-Term Road Test

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited AWD: Transmission Doesn't Mind a Few Revs

August 28, 2013

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited AWD

Unlike my semi-esteemed Edmunds colleague, Dan Frio, I haven't found the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe's 3.3-liter V6 to be overly raspy. In fact, I think it's pretty smooth and its 290 horsepower does a decent job of moving this heavy rig down the road.

And there's an aspect of the six-speed automatic transmission that I recently noticed is a refreshing change from the norm.

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited AWD

If you give the throttle any amount of poke beyond a dainty dab as you take off from a stoplight, it winds the engine out to around 4,000-4,500 rpm for the 1-2 shift. Most automatics these days are so concerned with fuel mileage that they immediately start short-shifting, and then you're left with little access to power, or the need for an abrupt kick-down.

The automatic in this Hyundai uses shift points closer to what I would do if I were moving a lever through the gates myself.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 5,394 miles


  • cotak cotak Posts:

    yadayadayda... What about the suspension? Are they going to fix it in the next model year or keep hammering at people's tail bone once you load up the car?

  • This transmission is very good. The 6 speed is Hyundai's first tranny that they engineered and built completely in house. Doesn't sound like a big deal but only a few automakers build their own trannies. Honda, GM, Ford, Nissan and Mercedes are the only ones I can think of. Toyota has used Aisin so much they bought the company.

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