The redesigned Santa Fe rides well and has a quiet interior. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder and smooth six-speed automatic returned a very good 23 mpg overall. A 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder is available. Handling is sound, but not exceptional, and the steering feels almost disconnected. The needed backup camera is a costly option. The long-wheelbase three-row version has an available 3.3-liter V6.
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Colorado commuter by Mstsk on 09/26/2012. Trim: 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T AWD, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: Great new styling. Extremely quiet. Intuitive center console controls. Bluetooth audio and phone. Upgraded sound system is terrific! Hardly any turbo lag. Lots of updated electronics. Rear heated seats. Panoramic moon roof. Push button start. Hyundai's Bluelink.
Cons: No power lift gate or HID lights available.
Overall review: Traded in my Toyota Rav4 V-6 for this Hyundai. Was not looking for a new car, but the new styling was too good to pass up! Not quite the same get up and go as the Rav4, but the turbo has enough oomph to push you back into your seat. The ride is extremely quiet and the vehicle feels well controlled on the freeway. Passing power is excellent. The updated navigation is a real improvement. Available Hyundai Bluelink and Sirius XM stereo are nice luxuries. The panoramic moonroof is a lot of fun. The heated seats in both front and rear will be very welcome come winter. With all the extras that Hyundai put into this vehicle, I'm surprised that they did not include a power lift gate. Maybe on a future model? Overall, very happy with this purchase. Thought I would miss the Rav4, but I don't. Have received the most questions and stares from drivers of Mercedes...go figure! Can't wait to see how the AWD handles the snow this winter.
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