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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe



  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,559
    I like the platinum wheels. Look nice with the colors you mentioned (which are 2 of the ones that we were deciding between, the other being blue).

    I like the mineral the best.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • mike159mike159 Posts: 4
    It's funny about the colors because they are very similar to what's on the BMW's and Mercedes, so good for us that we get premium colors. I'd drive the Canyon Copper, but it would because it was a heck of a deal.
  • tenpin288tenpin288 Posts: 804
    Saw a few SF Sports at my local dealer last night. Didn't get a chance to sit in any, but from the outside--SHARP! May have to reconsider keeping my 08 SF now. They had a few in the Mineral Grey, Marlin Blue. Also had one in the Frost Pearl(?) White. SWMBO and I both thought it looked sharp. Now if I cash in all my pennies... ;)
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,559
    only had a couple of short drives, but it was very nice to drive.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • ricschricsch Posts: 540
    Test drove a Turbo & non-turbo Santa Fe AWD's , thought they both drove out nice, liked the power of the turbo version, and to me it felt smoother overall- engine and ride.

    Never thought to check on fuel requirement, not of fan of premium fuel only requirements if that is true.

    I would like to see Hyundai offer some separate options, rather than bundles as it appears the only way to get the panoramic sunroof is with getting all 3 option packages, don't really need navi or leather.

    Interesting to see the longer Santa Fe to compare before making any commitment but overall the '13 Santa Fe models have my attention.

    Will be interested in seeing real-world mpg figures as these get out on the roads.
  • zeenzeen Posts: 390
    Just checked out a turbo too. Salesman said the turbo uses regular. That's nice. I cant see the economics of buying premium.
  • zeenzeen Posts: 390
    I'm debating FWD and AWD too. We do get some snow here in Eastern Pa so I'm thinking by the second storm i'll wish I had the AWD if I don't get it

    I'm wondering how much over invoice i'll need to offer. Edmunds has it about $600 I think.
  • Just got a '13 sport fwd 2.4, mineral grey with platinum wheels. First to purchase the car in Iowa. Bought one as soon as they dropped on the lot. Car flat out looks amazing, next to any other small suv in this price range out there. I'd been researching these for over a month and put it up against the new escape, terrain, cr-v, rav4, ford edge, tiguan, prius V, subaru outback"> (sorry acura/bmw/caddy were too much a this time). It flat out was better in almost every category! Car rides great, was sold on the fwd as awd only helps you if you get stuck, the stability control and all that will keep the car just as straight as awd. The extra MPG is worth it. Took it for a 200 mile round trip this weekend with the a/c blowing hard at interstate speed 70mph and got 33.5mpg with eco mode. Got 35+ mpg on normal highway portion of the ride at 60mph. The interior is much nicer than any of the other cloth versions out there. Of course leather is better, but the stain resistant new seats are incredibly comfortable compared to my trade in (2005 cadillac cts w/ leather). Dont have all the bells and whistles this car is capable of and it still stands out! Amazing car so far and worth consideration. The warranty is also a great selling point!
  • Off topic: I' never understood people's fascination with leather seats. In the winter they are ice cold and they are sticky in the summer -- and just in general make my butt sweat! Aside from prestige, I just don't get it.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,914
    I have both and much prefer the cloth. If I had kids or dogs (or better leather?) maybe I'd like it better.
  • mtnman1mtnman1 Westerville, OhioPosts: 371
    I am spoiled. I won't buy a car without leather. You just need to get cooled seats for the summer and heated for the winter.

    Anyway I own a 2012 Highlander Limited AWD V6 and a 2009 Ford Fusion SEL V6. I owned a 2011 Kia Sorento EX V6 for two years before trading it for the Toyota. Would still own the Kia if it wasn't for the harsh ride and ridiculous number of rattles. I just saw a brand new Hyundai Santa Fe Sport with temp tags on it this morning on the interstate. Really sharp and a huge improvement over the outgoing model. I am curious to see the longer version when it comes out. Not anywhere near being in the market for a new vehicle. Plan on keeping the Highlander for 8 years and the Ford another 4 to 5 years. Just love cars.
  • >Shrugs< To each his own I guess but cloth requires neither.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,914
    edited September 2012
    Don't know of any OEM cooled cloth seats but heated cloth isn't unusual. You can do both if you go aftermarket, but the cooling is done with fans, not refrigerant. Well, I don't know if Hyundai's works that way too or if they use thermoelectric technology or air from the AC via ducts, or some combination. Different strokes, as you say.
  • zeenzeen Posts: 390
    edited September 2012
    Just drove a 2.0 AWD SantaFe. Handles very well and is very quiet. Power is adequate. Solid heavy feel. Comfortable seats in leather but the cloth seats I tried out in another vehicle were not as comfortable. I really like the 18" gunmetal wheels. Suspension is fairly stiff.
    I'm debating FWD v AWD but planning to test drive an Edge too although that vehicle is $3000-5000 more expensive.
  • I'm seriously looking at the 2013 Santa Fe Sport now that the Ford Escape has been recalled for the third time. Just curious what kind of real world mileage people are getting with the smaller engine for both the AWD and FWD and does the ECO mode really help with MPG? Any regrets purchasing this SUV. I haven't driven one, but it seems to have the perfect amount of space with decent MPG.
  • kdconodkdconod Posts: 46
    edited September 2012
    Remember, as has often been mentioned on this forum, that ECO mode is a misnomer. Its not something that makes the engine more efficient - it is merely an indicator that tells you if you are driving efficiently (ie the Eco light will go off if you are idling).

    In mixed driving (2012 SF) I get 24 mpg and on a long highway trip this summer I got 26-27 mpg, which I think is pretty good for this size vehicle.
  • I would definitely check out different dealerships to see what kind of promotions and sales they have and compare them. Ive talkedtalked to few salemen at my local dealers and they said because this car so new they do not have any special promotion. I called different place and the lady offered me take $900 off whichever vehicle i pick out. So spend time doing some research is definitely save some money.

    Ive driven both turbo and non turbo santa fe. I thought they both very smooth and fast. Living in Minnesota I'd definitely get AWD. Bundle package is a drip off tactics, seriously. And they do not make black interior without a 2.4L, only comes with a turbo engine.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,914
    "At this price point, the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport lines up directly with segment leaders like the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V. The former also offers a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, while the latter simply does everything well. The newer, cleverer 2013 Santa Fe measures up favorably to both. If it can deliver on its excellent mileage numbers and remain as quiet as it did on the roads of rural Utah, this Santa Fe could be yet another well-executed piece of Hyundai's grand plan to compete head on with its foreign and domestic rivals."

    2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport First Drive (Inside Line)

  • I"m on the same page with you
    Bundles package is kind drip off ideas in my opinion. I think as customers we only have two options. Either You add popular package with leather & premium or just a popular package by itself. Last night I finally sat in the loaded Santa Fe and the sunroof was the best. It's a lot nicer than Nissan Murano sunroof
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