2013 Hyundai Santa Fe User Reviews
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- $28,600 - $35,100
- No trim specified for this review
- Very solid ride, quiet, smooth, and beautiful
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We purchased this about 2 months ago and absolutely love it. Just washed it for the first time since we bought it and my oh my, it's even prettier! Ok, really though, the ride is very comfortable and solid, quiet interior, very gorgeous exterior and interior (we have the premium package that adds saddle interior, rear camera, heated front/rear seats, homelink mirror, etc.). The utility is actually very good. Rear seats are easy to fold, and there's also a release lever you can access from the rear to fold the seats. Rear seats actually move back and forth and seat backs recline! Also the heated rear seats are a favorite feature for our family. Turbo is smooth and powerful. It's a small engine so low end is ok, but once turbo kicks in, be sure to keep your eyes on the road and not the tachometer!
I don't understand what the fuss is about MPG? I also own a Prius and learned some useful techniques for achieving high MPG and applied it to the Santa Fe. After about 10 or so fill-ups, the last several MPG's I recall are approximately between 25-26 MPG (70% hwy / 30% city). People, if you don't know how to achieve this kind of MPG, please research techniques instead of complaining that MPG "sucks."
Again, beautiful car to look at in and out. Very comfortable, especially after driving my Prius around all week (wife takes Santa Fe during week). The center arm rest / console is awesome as well, lots of room in there and comfortable for the elbow. Also, the gauges are fantastic. I think that the turbo models come with different gauges than the 2.4L version. If you are able, I recommend the turbo. Yes, I rarely take full advantage of it, but I'm a pushover when it comes to anything that give a bit more oomph! So far, I have no complaints, except that it's a larger SUV (although rated at mid-size, seems larger) which requires a lot of elbow grease when washing (I like to wash my cars to do it right). One more note on the MPG: Accelerate up to desired speed, release gas pedal and depress it just enough to maintain speed or slightly less. You will get better MPG if you are not maintaining constant speed through hills. Go slower uphill, and coast as much as you can downhill. I like to keep my eye on the instant MPG meter in the center of the gauges and do my best to keep it over 25 MPG, easy to do if you glance at it once in a while. Giving just enough gas to maintain speed or less is KEY to achieving good MPG. I've used the same technique on my Prius to get about 63 MPG (it's rated at 50 MPG combined) or better on many occasions.
On a side note, we tested a Mitsubishi SUV / CUV (don't recall model), Pilot (clumsy and not so great on the eyes), Pathfinder (doesn't hold a candle to the Santa Fe's entire package), Highlander was intriguing however, too much money for not much stuff, and besides, it was lacking the technology of the Santa Fe and it was uh, also, not easy on the eyes. I'm normally an "all go" over "all show" guy, but with the Santa Fe, I've realized that it's possible to have both without buying a super car! Best wishes to you.
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