2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Panoramic Sunroof Test
August 12, 2013
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.
It's important at this point to keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle with the windows and doors shut.
Just make sure you bring lots of bread.
It goes fast, and the test subjects get feisty if it runs out too soon.
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