There has been a great deal of buzz surrounding the upcoming release of the new six/seven passenger Hyundai Santa Fe 2013, which should grow louder with the announcement of the price.
Hyundai Motor America announced the new 6/7 seat model will start at $28,350 for the Santa Fe GLS FWD, and go up to $33,100 for the fully-loaded Santa Fe Limited.
The $28.350 base price is below that of the likes of the Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot.
The three-row, six/seven passenger Santa Fe will have the Lambda II 3,3L V6 GDI V6 engine producing 290 horsepower under the hood.
The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, delivering a tow rating of up to 5,000 pounds. Fuel economy, as expected, is a solid 25 mpg highway.
The new, three-row Santa Fe has been designed with the modern family in mind. Flexible space, incredible safety, upscale amenities, and great performance make it the perfect crossover for family needs.
All the amenites found in this version of the Santa Fe are the same as in the Sport, albeit with a power liftgate and 115V power outlet being a couple of the new additions.
Included in the larger 2013 Santa Fe GLS are rear-passneger HVAC controls and vents for a more comfortable apssenger experience.
There are two distinct seating configurations in the Santa Fe; the GLS has a traditional bench with 40/20/40 folding seatback, while the Limited boasts second row captain’s chairs.
2013 Santa Fe Dimensions
In order to comfortably fit the third row, the Santa Fe wheelbase has been extended by 3.9 inches, with overall length getting an 8,5 inch increase over the Sport.
Legroom in the second row has been increased by 1.9 inches and there is also an additional 38.6 cubic feet of passenger volume versus the Santa Fe Sport.
An extra 31.5 inches of legroom can be found in the standard 50:50 split folding theird row.
Technology & Features
The all new Hyundai Santa Fe didn’t just get bigger, it also got a little more stylish thanks to a unique grille with thinner horizontal grille bars, lower fascia graphics, elongated rear window treatment, unique rear taillights and wheel designs.
Customers are going to love the interior of the Santa fe, which has a very unique three-tiered dashboard design, as well as some very nice craftsmanship.
They will also find a color LCD trip computer, color audio display with rearview camera, panoramic sunroof and rear side window sunshades.
The Santa Fe is very nicely equipped, starting with 18-inch alloy wheels, stain-resistant cloth seats that are very family friendly, chrome-tipped dual exhaust, and a Bluetooth hands-free phone system that includes Voice recognition and Blue Link.
Blue Link adds to the safety features, whilst also delivering an infotainment system that makes it easier for the driver to connect with the vehicle without being sidtracted from the road.
There are a number of tools within the Blue Link system, such as emergency assistance, POI search, monthly vehicle reports, and smartphone remote features.
Blue Link is accessed via buttons on the rearview mirror, the internet, or from you smartphone, and comes in 3 sifferent packages: Assurance, Essentials, and Guidance. [Source: Hyundai]