Thinking at those who have bigger families Hyundai introduced at the 2012 LA Auto Show the three-row, six/seven-passenger Santa Fe. As expected, the new car will be sold alongside the five-passenger Santa Fe Sport and will be available with a Lambda II 3.3-liter GDI V6 engine delivering 290 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque.
The engine will make the Santa Fe the most powerful vehicle among its main competitors: 2013 Toyota Highlander (3.5-liter with 270 hp), 2013 Honda Pilot (3.5-liter with 250 hp) and the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder (3.5-liter and 260 hp). The new Lambda V6 engine is mated to Hyundai’s six-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic manual control.
Regarding fuel consumption,the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is expected to deliver 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway in front-wheel-drive configuration.
The all-wheel-drive model is expected to deliver with 1 mpg less, which means 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. The three-row Santa Fe increases second-row legroom by 1.9 inches and cargo capacity 5.5 cubic feet and features standard rear-passenger HVAC controls and vents to increase family comfort.
The design of the car remains almost the same as seen on the 2012 Santa Fe Sport, but there is something that will separate the two models: the side view daylight opening (side window shape) - the larger Santa Fe features a shape that highlights the increased passenger and cargo room behind the third-row seat.