2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited AWD: Transmission Doesn't Mind a Few Revs
August 28, 2013
Unlike my semi-esteemed Edmunds colleague, Dan Frio, I haven't found the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe's 3.3-liter V6 to be overly raspy. In fact, I think it's pretty smooth and its 290 horsepower does a decent job of moving this heavy rig down the road.
And there's an aspect of the six-speed automatic transmission that I recently noticed is a refreshing change from the norm.
If you give the throttle any amount of poke beyond a dainty dab as you take off from a stoplight, it winds the engine out to around 4,000-4,500 rpm for the 1-2 shift. Most automatics these days are so concerned with fuel mileage that they immediately start short-shifting, and then you're left with little access to power, or the need for an abrupt kick-down.
The automatic in this Hyundai uses shift points closer to what I would do if I were moving a lever through the gates myself.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 5,394 miles