2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

South Korean company, Hyundai , brought out the Santa Fe SUV in 2001 and after twelve years on the market, it’s more than ready for its third generation. In the past few weeks, there have been plenty of spy shots of the new Santa Fe, but it’s time now to see it in real life. The new Santa Fe has made its debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show.

For the 2013 model year, the Santa Fe will be offered in three versions: Santa Fe, Santa Fe Sport, and Santa Fe LWB. Customers will also get to choose between three different engines: a 190 HP direct-injection 2.4-liter four-cylinder, a 264 HP turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and a 290 HP 3.3-liter direct-injection V6. The three engines can be combined with a six-speed automatic transmission and an optional all-wheel drive system.

UPDATE 08/07/2012: Hyundai has announced prices for the 2013 Santa Fe. The model will go on sale at a starting price of $24,450 for the standard Santa Fe Sport and will go up to $27,700 for the turbocharged version. Each version will also be available with an all-wheel-drive system which adds another $1,750 to the FWD models. Full pricing details are available after the jump!

UPDATE 10/03/12: An onslaught of new commercials for the Hyundai Santa Fe have been released. Check them all out by clicking on the photo above!

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe.

Exterior and Interior

Hyundai Santa Fe

Just like all of the other Hyundai models recently launched, the new Santa Fe is defined by the company’s latest ’Fluidic Sculpture" design language combined with a new design concept called Storm Edge, which captures the strong and dynamic images created by nature during the formation of a storm.

The new Santa Fe features a three-bar hexagonal front grille, LED accents, a low stance, rising beltline, black trimmed optional roof rails, and wraparound taillights. Hyundai is offering a chrome grille and door handle accents, bodycolor mirrors, rear spoiler, aggressive exhaust outlets, a lower bumper, wheel arches, and door trim in contrasting paints as part of the standard equipment package.

Hyundai Santa Fe

The interior gets heated rear seats, eight-way power driver seat, and a YES Essentials seat fabric treatment that provides soil-resistant, anti-odor and anti-static properties for added longevity and livability. The new Santa Fe also features an optional panoramic sunroof, which allows more natural light into the cabin, and premium window switch trim. Models will come in a three-row configuration with increased legroom (by 1.9 inches) and increased cargo capacity (by 5.6 cubic feet).

Hyundai Blue Link

Hyundai Santa Fe

Blue Link is offered in three packages: Assurance, Essentials and Guidance.

Blue Link Assurance package:

  • Automatic Collision Notification (ACN) and Assistance
  • SOS Emergency Assistance
  • Enhanced Roadside Assistance

Blue Link Essentials package:


  • Remote Door Lock/Unlock
  • Remote Horn and Lights
  • Panic Notification
  • Remote Engine Start
  • Alarm Notification
  • Quick Tips
  • Location Sharing
  • Voice Text Messaging

Vehicle Diagnostics:

  • Automated Diagnostic Trouble Code
  • Maintenance Alert
  • Recall Advisor
  • Web Vehicle Diagnostics
  • Service Link


  • Stolen Vehicle Recovery
  • Stolen Vehicle Slowdown
  • Vehicle Immobilization
  • Valet Alert
  • Geofence
  • Speed Alert
  • Curfew Alert

Blue Link Guidance package:

  • Turn-by-Turn Navigation Service
  • POI Search by advanced voice recognition system
  • POI Web Search and Download
  • Daily Route Guidance with Traffic Condition
  • Traffic
  • Gas Station Locations and Gas Prices
  • Eco-Coach
  • Restaurant Ratings
  • Weather


Hyundai Santa Fe

The 2013 Santa Fe will be offered with a choice of either a 2.4-liter Gasoline Direct Engine (GDI) engine or a turbocharged 2.0-liter GDI engine - both previously used in the Sonata. The 2.4 liter engine delivers a total of 190 HP and lb-ft of torque. This engine has an estimated fuel economy of 23 city and 33 highway.

The 2.0 liter turbocharged engine delivers 264 HP and 269 lb-ft of torque. Hyundai’s 2.0-liter Theta turbocharged engine features a twin-scroll turbocharger that when combined with the GDI system, results in instantaneous power delivery.

The top version, the LWB Santa Fe, is powered by a 3.3-liter V6 engine with an output of 290 HP that is combined with a six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC manual control.


Sport2.4 liter 4-cylinder6-Speed Automatic with SHIFTRONICFront-Wheel-Drive$24,450
Sport2.4 liter 4-cylinder6-Speed Automatic with SHIFTRONICAll-Wheel-Drive$26,200
Sport 2.0T2.0 liter Turbo 4-cylinder6-Speed Automatic with SHIFTRONICFront-Wheel-Drive$27,700
Sport 2.0T2.0 liter Turbo 4-cylinder6-Speed Automatic with SHIFTRONICAll-Wheel-Drive$29,450
Sport 2.0T - Saddle Interior2.0 liter Turbo 4-cylinder6-Speed Automatic with SHIFTRONICFront-Wheel-Drive$27,700
Sport 2.0T - Saddle Interior2.0 liter Turbo 4-cylinder6-Speed Automatic with SHIFTRONICAll-Wheel-Drive$29,450


Hyundai Santa Fe

The list of competitors for the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is long and includes models like the Ford Edge , the Kia Sorento , and the Toyota RAV4 .

2013 Santa Fe Sport (est.)
Engine2.0-liter turbo GDI I43.5-liter V63.0-liter GDI V62.0-liter GDI turbo I43.5-liter V6
Specific output (HP/Liter)132788812080
Curb weight3,6023,5293,8253,9983,781
Weight-to-power ratio13.6413.1114.4816.6513.69
Fuel economy22/31/2519/27/2217/24/2021/30/2420/26/22
Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Three engines to choose from
  • Improved exterior look
  • Impressive fuel economy figures


    Not bad. This is a big improvement over the current sante fe. I think hyundai is coming a long way with their cars.

    Hyundai Santa Fe can really compete in the market because of its good specs and concept. As you can see, both interior and exterior designs are good.

    2013 would be quite far for those who love this car on the first look. It really looks great for an SUV because it is the only model that will be released by Hyundai with a very good looks.

    Great SUV. This one I think could become one of the best sellers upon launching. The color and styles are very good.

    Although it has simple parts, it’s stylish in its own way.

    It’s one minimalist but innovative vehicle.

    I also think that the previous Santa Fe was received better.

    If based on the performance, this Cabrera surely wins, but if based on the appearance, I prefer the Aventador. This looks at a down grade from Lamborghini. It doesn’t look like it’s for a future line-up.

    Don’t you think it would look better if its paint job has a matte finish instead of a glossy one?

    Hyundai must be proud that Santa Fe is a huge success on its first launch. Now on the 3rd generation of the Santa Fe, there could be a repeat of the success. 

    2013 Hyundai Santa Fe looks quite alluring and offers extra luxury and style. Santa Fe has fastidious exteriors as well sophisticated interiors. The car has nice curves with good look grills on the front. All the new added features ads to the splendor and comfort of the car.

    It’s probably best this way; the engine is only suited to its figure and capacity.

    It has a mysterious feel to me probably because of its glowing aura. I hope I can see it run so I can judge it better.

    From the moment that I saw it, I knew it has a different appeal, but I still didn’t like it.

    It is subtly amazing! I didn’t expect this to captivate me, but yeah, it did!

    It actually stunned quite a number of people upon its unveiling. What was perceived to be minimal turned out to be dynamic.

    It seems like Hyundai worked on this really hard; the upgrades are evident on itself. I must say every aspect has been truly enhanced.

    Why does hyundai want to tweak older cars?Why not make new ones...what happened to the damn designers in hyundai

    Why is Hyundai recycling old ideas? Was this such a success that they can’t get over it?

    I haven’t witnessed how this has evolved. I think that its dynamics is only fitted for its built.

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