Hyundai is going after the two and three-row crossover market with a one-two punch by introducing two new Santa Fes - the short-wheelbase 2013 Santa Fe Sport and long-wheelbase 2013 Santa Fe. The 2013 Santa Fe takes the place of the somewhat unknown Hyundai three-row crossover, the Veracruz.
Styling-wise, the 2013 Santa Fe features Hyundai’s new Fluidic Precision language which features flowing lines along the body, and a large hexagonal grille with redesigned headlights up front. Inside, you find a similar dash layout to Santa Fe Sport and seating for either six or seven passengers.
Powering the Santa Fe is a 3.3L GDI V6 engine with 290 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. You can equip the Santa Fe with front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
The EPA rates the 2013 Santa Fe at,
- FWD: 18 City/25 Highway/21 Combined
- AWD: 18 City/24 Highway/20 Combined
A 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe will set you back $28,600 for a FWD GLS model and it climbs up $35,100 for the AWD Limited model. Competitors to the Santa Fe include the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, and Toyota Highlander.