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.
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.
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.
Santa Fe’s smooth design already allows it to have a grand road presence. However, when you add in Hyundai’s capability, which is in interior engineering, the result is a vehicle that offers more convenience with functionality enhanced. This model offers ample space for the occupants inside as well as excellent cargo volume. In addition, the available leg room for both the second row and the third row are even better compared to the Toyota Highlander.
It is not all about space though as the utility of the seating has been improved as well. The seat back in the rear for instance comes with the 40:20:40 fold as a standard. With this feature, one option is to have five people sitting in comfort in the seat back. The other is that it allows four people to sit in comfort with the remaining space used for long items such as golf clubs, skis, surf boards, and even snowboards.
For those who want to stow larger items, two seats can be folder and still allow three people to be seated. Should the need for a large cargo space arise then simply fold all of the seats. For extra convenience, Hyundai added a power liftgate. This three-row model from Hyundai comes fitted with the dual-zone climate controls to make sure that everyone inside is comfortable especially when going on long trips.
However, this is not all it can do as the dual-zone climate controls also come with the automatic defogging system. What it does is use a sensor to determine what the current humidity level is and if it goes above a certain range, it is removed from the vehicle’s windshield. Another premium feature is known as the CleanAir Ionizer. Under this feature, negatively charged ions are released which helps to purify and clean the air.
It does this when either the air conditioner or heater has been turned on. Going back to the matter of storing items, the Santa Fe has various convenient storage and stowage features included as standard.
Examples are the two cupholders in the front and another two in the rear. There are also the door bottle holders and the sunglass holder placed on the overhead console. Meanwhile the central storage console has been made larger. Additional stowage and storage areas include the pockets on the front seat-back, storage bin in the front, and the under-floor cargo storage.