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.
October 2, 2013
I really like using the navigation system in our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe. As Brent Romans has written, there's nothing groundbreaking about this touchscreen interface, but its menus are straightforward and its processing times are quick.
However, I've already had the system freeze up on me on two occasions over the last month.
September 24, 2013
I've found our long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe shockingly enjoyable to drive. On the whole, I think it drives better than any other car in the Hyundai lineup. But I was annoyed by the navigation system, which prompted me to let it direct us to one of our last four destinations (including one redacted location) at every startup.
I can see how this would be a handy feature on a long road trip, where you're likely to be using the nav system's guidance almost constantly. But around greater Los Angeles, the prompt, which supersedes whatever other interaction you may be having with the touchscreen (save for the rear-view camera display) for about 5 seconds, it's a bit excessive.
Fortunately, my better half had the presence of mind to look for a way to turn this feature off.
September 3, 2013
It seems like we're often grumbling about the various touchscreen interfaces found in the newest long-term test cars. Well, I'm happy to report that, in contrast, the interface in our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe actually works quite well.
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 9, 2013
Our twice-annual trip to the Oregon coast has a history of exposing navigation system flaws. Past systems have habitually sent us to either of two locked gates that led to dirt roads that crossed private property. None seemed to know of the correct route's existence even though it's been the only legal way to my folks' place for several decades.
The situation seemed to fix itself in new cars a couple of years ago when the correct route suddenly began appearing and the false shortcuts vanished. Google Maps and apps have consistently done the right thing in these parts for the last three or four years.
So, it was a bit of a surprise when our all-new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe plotted a course that included a road I was pretty sure wouldn't go through. But we followed along anyway to see if some new route had opened up. If so, we'd have ourselves a shortcut that would save us a dozen miles.