2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Consumer Review: Excellent until 5000 miles Tra

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe - Consumer Review

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Sport 2.0T 4dr SUV (2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo 6-speed Automatic)

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Excellent until 5000 miles Traded it to GLK 350
By slveradoltz13 on


2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


Bought the car in early 2013, we drive it weekly on the weekends. Loved it until last 2 months ago when we took a long trip in it. It started to surge on acceleration and sometimes fall on its face. Took to dealer and they were unable to reproduce. It gets worse the more we drive it. am now afraid to take a long trip in it. Have driven only a few times since back from dealer. Probably will trade soon as soon as I figure what to try next. Bought a Silverado 2013 this year also and love it, have 12000 miles on it with no issues. Update 4-5-2016, Traded this SantFe to a 2014 Limited, Kept until 3 months ago and at 10,ooo mikes similar chuggle in engine. Traded it to a 2015 Mercedes GLK 350, at 12,000 miles am still happy with it.

Best Features

  • Rear seats
  • Getting in out
  • Noise and vibration
  • Front seats
  • Ride comfort
  • Active safety
  • Rain snow traction
  • Parking aids
  • Climate control
  • Entertainment
  • Usb ports
  • Bluetooth
  • Navigation

Worst Features

Recommend (3) (2)

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By bigal78
on 02/09/14 11:49 AM (PST)

Bought 2013 in January 2014. One week later heard knocking in the engine, took it to dealer was told that the GDI engines make this noise, normal. 2 weeks later took it back as knocking is not normal and there has been numerous reported engine failures with same noise, vehicle throws random emission codes which there is a tsb for but not all dealers know this so I have to put up with a defective SF. Like you I loved it at first but that ended within 3 weeks. I think the 6 cylinders are more reliable than the 4's

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