2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport: First Impressions
All-new Mid-size Crossover Aims High and Delivers
The short story here is a simple one: Hyundai’s relentless push up-market continues with the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, which steps in as the replacement for the 2012 Santa Fe as the brand’s mid-size five-passenger crossover contender. (The “Santa Fe” moniker, without the “Sport,” will be used on a long-wheelbase, three-row version that is due to arrive in dealerships early next year.)
The Santa Fe Sport adds more than an athletic appellation to the old-school Santa Fe, though. It’s been comprehensively updated from stem to stern and now speaks a new dialect of Hyundai’s fluidic sculpture design language, while also introducing a more sophisticated, high-versatility cabin, with a surprisingly strong roster of premium amenities, all while offering two fairly athletic powertrains choices. Of course, all the upgrades do add more than $1,200 to the vehicle’s MSRP—as compared to the 2012 Santa Fe—although there’s plenty of value here even with a starting point of $24,450. Which I discovered during a recent press drive event sponsored by the ever-helpful folks at Hyundai, who also sprang for breakfast and lunch, too!
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