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  • Hi,

    Does anybody know if the 2013 SF's have electric folding mirrors, turn signals on the mirrors, pre-set drivers seating for 2 drivers, automatic hatch release from inside, power passeger seat?

    Thanks
  • tenpin288tenpin288 Posts: 804
    Check the hyundainews links in my first post. All your answers can be found there, along with a lot more info. ;)
  • andil1andil1 Posts: 97
    I'm a little prejudiced as a current Santa Fe owner, but I'm happy to see the car was finally introduced after all the rumors the last year and a half. I wonder about the 4 cyclinder engine, however. I've been driving V6's and like being able to merge on freeways without fear and steer/accelerate out of trouble quickly if I need to do so. The Sport SUV has been lightened by 500 pounds, if I understand correctly, which should help. (The full size Santa Fe would be too large for my needs). After seeing that the Tucson V-6 was scrapped, I'm not surprised to see it out of the Santa Fe Sport, too. Any word on colors besides silver and the orange/copper?
  • tenpin288tenpin288 Posts: 804
    I haven't seen anything about colors yet. Probably won't see that until near launch time.

    Check this out for a little more info http://www.hyundaiusa.com/vehicles/future-cars/2013/santa-fe/

    I have an 08 SF Limited AWD and that Sport Turbo AWD looks nice! Maybe nice enough to make me trade-in! ;)
  • kdconodkdconod Posts: 46
    I have a 2012 AWD Santa Fe with a 4 cylinder engine. Yes it is a bit under-powered - not horribly so but it does have a lack of 'omph' on steep hills. Looks like the 2013 have about a 5% increase in horsepower but a 2% increase in weight so its probably very similar. Looks like the smaller Sport version is about 400-500 pounds lighter.

    (I guess the Tuscon is being discontinued in favor of the SF Sport?)
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,160
    edited April 2012
    The way I understand it, the Veracruz has been discontinued and is being replaced by the 2013 Santa Fe.

    Not sure what the Santa Fe Sport replaces (other than a perceived hole in the lineup I guess - you know, the one where the Tucson now sits. Going to get a bit crowded in there).

    2012 New York Auto Show: 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport (Straightline)

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  • tenpin288tenpin288 Posts: 804
    The 2013 Santa Fe Sport is comparable to the current SF in wheelbase and length (2013 Sport 106.3/184.6 and 2012 SF are the same). The Tucson is a little smaller at 103.9/173.2. The 2013 Santa Fe(not Sport) is 110.2/193.1 and is a 7 seater only. So they cover the same Tucson/Santa Fe/Veracruz market, just it is now Tucson/Santa Fe Sport/Santa Fe.
  • kdconodkdconod Posts: 46
    edited April 2012
    Ah I see. I was confused: I thought the SF Sport was smaller but its really the same size as the "old" Santa Fe but a little lighter.
  • roxyticoroxytico Posts: 1
    From what I have read and seen, the 2013 Santa Fe benefits from being around 300 lbs. lighter, improving its fuel economy by a few mpg. It looks dramatically different both inside and out. I wish they had kept the round fog lights, as the new grill looks a tad too ostentatious - with its "storm fluidic" styling. However, the rear end looks streamlined, and the interior appears to be improved, with a nice shift knob and the nav and audio better integrated. One concern is that the new steering wheel is shaped like an upside down peace sign - should be less ergonomic and not allow the driver to rest one hand on the bottom of the wheel- as many often do. There appears to be a nice metallic green/grey color offered with beige interior trim. I was going to purchase a 2012 santa fe limited v6 with my girlfriend, but we are waiting to test drive the SF Sport Turbo. Additional features like the Power Passenger Seat, better fuel economy, and improved panoramic sunroof persuaded us to wait and see.

    I believe it's a NO to electric folding mirrors &
    pre-set drivers seating for two.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,287
    saw my first production model today at a dealer in NJ. a white 2.0t, without the roof/navi package. Looks a lot more stylish than the old model for sure.

    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!)

  • That's it for me...my next car will have electrical folding mirrors and 2 driver seat memory..Hyundai has lost me as a customer.
  • s618s618 Posts: 11
    Test drove a 2013 sport 2.0T with nav , back up camera today . Had a panoramic sunroof . BEAUTIFUL car - drove very well - has 3 different steering modes , comfort ( my fav ) sport and i forgot the last one .
    I was unable to see / use the nav as they had the sim/sd card out of it - apparently it has an SD card that you update maps on your computer - Dealer needs more training on the ins and outs of this car but had a pretty good ideas . overall quality vehicle . push button start - sticker was $36020

    I am comparing this to an acura RDX and its very nice -- the turbo however is recommended for 91 gas and better - not loving that but its the same for the 2013 rdx.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,287
    sounds like us. My wife wants an RDX bad, but I held her off waiting until we could drive the Santa Fe. We had a chance to see it a couple of months back (we know a guy in Hyundai corporate, and he had a pre production model to sample).

    we have not had a chance yet to go drive one. My wife wants to try out both engines back to back, just to see if the Turbo is really necessary.

    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!)

  • s618s618 Posts: 11
    The engine was very peppy , I asked about if the turbo would require 91 gas and he stated it would get better mileage but they were not perfectly versed in the car yet . I know the Rdx recommends it
    I am torn I really thnk they will put incentives on this car . I really wish it had the power lift gate . There is a spot on the key fob but it wasn't active .
    The sunroof is really nice ! Will keep you posted .thanks
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,287
    My wife and I are planning to head down to the local dealer Saturday morning. Hopefully they have both models available 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!)

  • tenpin288tenpin288 Posts: 804
    Here's Autoweek's take on the 2013 SF Sport...

    Autoweek
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,287
    seems like they enjoyed it.

    My wife and I took a short test drive Saturday (a FWD turbo) and hope to go back to try out an QWD base this week. We liked it. Comfortable, drove nice. But, it was a fairly short, around the block type drive, so we did not get a chance to explore highway manners or really push it.

    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!)

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,287
    took a 2.4 AWD out tonight. Did my best to accelerate hard where I could. Seemed to have plenty of pull, and got up to 50 quick. Engine was smooth. Really did not notice any difference in around town use vs. the turbo, though obvious flat out it is faster.

    my wife seemed pretty happy with it, and seemed fine with the 2.4 engine. Cheaper to buy, better MPG, probably less risk down the road without a turbo. I also like that it has 17" instead of 19" wheels.

    so, at least 1 decision down. I think she was good with just going with the FWD too (cheaper, better MPG, etc.), since we have always been fine with a FWD minivan, and have no real need to add AWD now.

    we also saw the Marlin blue (though it was dark, and hard to see, wife liked it since it was a dark blue). Need to go back in the daylight.

    so, that leaves deciding on roof/navi or not.

    oh, and whether to get a santa fe or an RDX!

    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
    Did anyone notice that on the 4cy w/o the turbo you get those wheels that look like they need to be washed because of break dust? I'm not sure why the designers did this unless it is to steer sales to the higher loaded models. The Cabo Bronze color is great and the Mineral Gray. No doubt, it's going to be a game changer.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,287
    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: 14,287
    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: 391
    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: 391
    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.
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