2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Hidden Trailer Hitch
December 24, 2013
Our particular 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited isn't equipped with a trailer hitch, an option we could have had for just $350 more. But it wouldn't look any different even if we had checked that box because the rear bumper comes standard with an integrated hitch cover.
Towing is a real possibility with the Santa Fe Limited because the 3.3-liter V6 is officially rated to pull 5,000 pounds. The short-wheelbase Santa Fe Sport and its 2.0-liter Turbo is good up to 3,500 pounds.
I haven't spent much time in the Sport, but my experience with the rear suspension of the long-wheelbase Limited makes it hard for me to recommend going as far as 5,000 pounds. Still, there are plenty of lighter towing jobs out there. And a receiver-style trailer hitch makes a handy place to hang a bike rack.
When needed, the hitch is easily revealed by reaching under and pinching the small levers placed on either side. It takes seconds.
Not only does the installed cover look good when the hitch isn't in use, it eliminates one of the most unappealing aspects of installing a hitch in cars that lack this feature: Slicing a notch in the bumper cover so it can peek out. Josh and I had to do this when installing a hitch on our 2014 Mazda CX-5, and it was the most time-consuming and nerve-wracking aspect because any mistake we made was going to show.
Nice going, Hyundai.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 12,546 miles