November 20, 2013
A couple of weeks ago I noted that our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe's passenger side door was sticky. I looked at the sill in the dimly lit parking garage, and didn't notice anything amiss.
November 18, 2013
We blew past the 10K mark in our 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe recently. Seems like we got it just yesterday. Actually, it's been four months, but that's still a pretty quick run to 10,000 miles.
November 6, 2013
I'm not aware of an agreed-upon term for the door design employed by the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe. And even if there was one I think some explanation would still be necessary.
You could call them any number of things: overlapping doors, rockerless doors, narrow-sill doors. These terms all apply, but what do they mean?
Most doors are cut into the body. By that I mean the opening doesn't go all the way to the bottom. There's a visible cut-line with a rocker panel just below. The doors open to reveal a full-width sill.
The Santa Fe doesn't have any of that. It's got rockerless narrow-sill overlapping doors that offer many practical advantages.
October 29, 2013
One of the doors on our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe has gotten oddly sticky. Every time I open the door, it sounds like the door's lower rubber trim is peeling away from the doorsill.
October 28, 2013
Cabin stink seems to be contagious. Last week Managing Editor Donna DeRosa noted that our long-term 2013 Cadillac ATS was blowing stinky air, and now our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe smells a little offensive.
October 25, 2013
I've had our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe in my possession for approximately 48 hours, which means a couple of round trips to the office, and a few other minor errands. The onboard computer was cleared when I took the Santa Fe, so the current calculations are all mine.
September 18, 2013
I don't do much night driving anymore, especially during daylight savings. So when I took our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe out after dark, at first I wasn't sure if the headlights were the issue, or if it was my middle-aged eyes.
September 13, 2013
If I were shopping for a new three-row family hauler, the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is one I'd consider.
September 10, 2013
One of the design aspects I like about our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is the large size of the side mirrors. (Yeah, I know, insert your "bigger is better" joke here.) It seems like many automakers go with smaller mirrors these days (whether for wind resistance or styling). But the Santa Fe's are larger than the norm, and that in turn gives you a wider and more detailed view of what's behind you.
August 30, 2013
A lot of American families desire the versatility of a minivan but not the stigma that typically comes along it. A common solution for some people is a three-row crossover SUV.
Ah, but which one? Well, the new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe could be an appealing choice.
August 27, 2013
Regular followers of our long-term update pages may remember past stories of the Wall of Death, a particularly steep climb near my dad's place on the Oregon coast. It leads up to the top of "The Dog," a nearby summit that provides a spectacular 360-degree view of the coastline and the inland countryside behind this initial ridge of coastal mountains.
The place names are my father's own personal joke. You'd have to know his sense of humor to understand that the climb up this abandoned caterpillar track is not really a Jackass stunt of Steve-O proportions. It is, however, steep and covered with leaf litter and ball bearing-sized pebbles that make it quite hard to walk down without landing on your keester more than once.
Two-wheel drive is no good here. All four wheels need to participate. Good thing our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is the all-wheel-drive model.
The Dog is so named because, well, it looks like one.
August 23, 2013
We were somewhere around Cabazon, in the middle of the desert, when our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe turned over 5,000 miles. With just under two months in the long-term fleet, our six-passenger SUV won't have any problem accruing 20,000 miles in a year. Granted, editor and chief vehicle disciplinarian Dan Edmunds put on most of those miles during an Oregon road trip, but that's likely the beginning of the Santa Fe's service as an interstate adventurer.
I sampled about 300 miles last weekend. I liked the Santa Fe more after this recent seat time than when I first drove it at a Hyundai event a few months ago. During those events, you're lucky to get 100 miles behind the wheel while taking mental snapshots, speaking with engineers and digesting a spreadsheet of specs. But a good handful of long drives and around-town daily uses create a better picture.
August 22, 2013
Our Hyundai Santa Fe's navigation system got under my skin in the first part of my Oregon vacation because it tried to route me on dirt roads across private land with locked gates and "Keep Out" signs.
But the dirt roads weren't the problem because I had designs on a little back country off-road travel while I was up there. A few days later dad and I found ourselves heading out on some Forest Service fire and logging roads to visit Snow Camp lookout and Game Lake near the Kalmiopsis Wilderness in southern Oregon.
The dirt road wasn't hard to follow at first, but soon enough unmarked spurs and branches went off in numerous directions. The rule of thumb in such cases is to stay on the biggest one, but there was a time or two where that was a coin toss.
This is where the Santa Fe's navigation system was a real help. It had the area's major national forest roads in its database, with the main ones labeled with their forest service designations. We felt comfortable pressing on into unfamiliar territory because the moving map could always guide us back out the way we came.
I'm usually good at using landmarks instead, but heavy morning fog and dense trees made that a bit tough. For its part the Google Maps app on my smartphone was worthless out here in the land of "No Service."
After a couple of hours we rolled up to the fork in the road we were expecting. A much narrower track went on up to Snow Camp Lookout while the main "road" continued on to Game Lake. We decided to take the side road up to the lookout first.
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.
August 7, 2013
It's time for my family to head north to Oregon to see my folks. A few of our long-term cars were in the running, but in the end out new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe won out.
For one, the third row is nice for going into town (25 miles each way) for dinner. The six of us can ride in the same car.
July 29, 2013
Our long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe offers a nicely insulated cabin that keeps most road and wind noise from interfering with your conversations/music/podcasts/singing or whatever you do in your car for entertainment.