Panoramic Sunroof Test - 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Long-Term Road Test

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Long-Term Road Test

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Panoramic Sunroof Test

August 12, 2013

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

You might say our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe has a humungous glass sunroof. So much so that if Seinfeld were still on they might write a whole episode around The Big Sunroof.

The Panoramic Sunroof, as it is officially known, is available only on the Santa Fe Limited where it comes as part of the $2,900 Technology Package, which also includes navigation, an Infinity 12-speaker stereo, a heated steering wheel and rear side-window sunshades.

Here on the Oregon coast we have the perfect conditions for a performance test.

Step 1: Park atop the Gold Beach jetty, south shore by the airport. Step 2: Open the electric-powered sunshade fully, but leave the glass panel shut. Step 3: Sprinkle a liberal coating of bread chunks across the surface of the roof. Step 4: Climb inside and wait.

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

It's important at this point to keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle with the windows and doors shut.

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

Just make sure you bring lots of bread.

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

It goes fast, and the test subjects get feisty if it runs out too soon.

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

It's also helpful to have a quarter carwash nearby. If you're wondering why, the reason will become clear as your sunroof's glass panel ceases to be.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 3,334 miles


  • cjasis cjasis Posts:

    Why would you do this? Seems like a great opportunity to get scratches and bird crap all over your vehicle.

  • hotpass105 hotpass105 Posts:

    Bad for the paint, but it sounds like fun!

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    This article made me laugh! I don't know how this idea came to you but keep these kind of posts coming. Quite enjoyable to read. I will not be replicating this on my car though...

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    Can you get navigation without that stupid roof?

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    sick fun for the kiddies! Now even the wildlife poops on Hyundais, not just blog posters.

  • dg0472 dg0472 Posts:

    @agentorange, Not in the Limited. If you're willing to give up the captain's chairs in the 2nd row, you can in the GLS.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Duly noted for next time I have a rental car with a panoramic sunroof. Looks fun but would never do it with my own car.

  • actualsize actualsize Posts:

    In this controlled experiment the aforementioned Gold Beach quarter car wash was but 250 yards and a single minute away. There was no time for any paint-marring "chemical" reaction to get going. And that's the key factor: a given location's time/distance relationship to a clean-up facility is crucial when deciding whether or not one should conduct this important research with their own car. In this place, with a pocketload of quarters at the ready, I most certainly would. Besides, the roof is mostly glass anyway.

Leave a Comment

Past Long-Term Road Tests

Have a question? We're here to help!
Chat online with us
Email us at
*Available daily 8AM-5PM Pacific
Call us at 855-782-4711
Text us at ED411