It’s tough to find anything not to like about the new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. It has a zippy turbocharged engine, a high-quality interior with an upright dash design, a roomy rear area with sliding and reclining seats, which means that passengers can get comfortable.
The Santa Fe Sport and sibling LWB Santa Fe were both designed under Hyundai’s “Fluidic Sculpture” concept, which aims at giving the impression of constant motion. Hyundai designers used a three-bar hexagonal front grille, a low stance and a rising beltline with a roof spoiler and wraparound taillights to create the constant motion concept. Design elements also include a standard chrome grille and door handle accents and bodycolor mirrors. In addition, 19-inch wheels and a twin-tip chrome exhaust are standard on Santa Fe Sport 2.0T.
Hyundai designers evolved both Santa Fe models together, with the differentiating element being the side window shape. The longer Santa Fe LWB has a shape that highlights the increased passenger and cargo room behind the second row seat. Santa Fe also has its own bodyside character lines from the B-pillar back, a different grille design, 18-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust tips and a flush-mounted tow hitch design.
Both Santa Fe models have the same flowing interior designed for passenger functionality and comfort. From the heated rear seats and available eight-way power driver seat, to a standard 40/20/40 folding rear seat back, both have flexibility and a pleasant cabin. Also new for 2013 – and standard on all Santa Fe models with cloth seating – is a YES Essentials seat fabric treatment that provides soil-resistant, antiodor and anti-static properties for added longevity and livability.
Special attention went into other interior details, such as an optional panoramic sunroof that allows more natural light into the cabin, and premium window switch trim.
The three-row Santa Fe increases second- row legroom by 1.9 inches and cargo capacity 5.6 cubic feet and houses secondrow HVAC controls and vents to increase family comfort, while also offering a standard 50/50 split folding third-row bench seat with 31.5 inches of legroom.
As for power, the Santa Fe Sport offers a choice of a 2.4-liter Gasoline Direct Engine (GDI) engine or a turbocharged 2.0-liter GDI engine. Both engines have been extensively tested in the Hyundai Sonata and provide excellent power for city or highway driving, and have the ability to tow up to 3,500 pounds. With 190 hp and 181 pounds-feet of torque, the 2.4 liter engine delivers impressive fuel economy of 21/29 mpg. The higher output 2.0-liter turbocharged engine in the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T increases horsepower to 264. The LWB Santa Fe is powered by the acclaimed 3.3-liter GDI V-6 engine, which also powers the Hyundai Azera.
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