I recently had the opportunity to log more driving time in the new Hyundai Santa Fe Limited.

For those in the market for a crossover utility vehicle, the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is an absolute must for the test drive list.

Hyundai has done a very nice job at providing a comfortable, great handling vehicle with a lot of options to suit just about any driving need.

First of all, the new Santa Fe is available in two versions ó the new three-row Santa Fe and the smaller Santa Fe Sport.

The larger Santa Fe, available in GLS and Limited trim levels, features a 110.2-inch wheelbase to provide ample leg, head and shoulder room to all three seating rows ó capable of accommodating up to seven passengers and 13.3 cubic feet of cargo room behind the third row seat.

Powered by Hyundaiís 3.3-liter V-6 engine, the Santa Fe has the ability to tow up to 5,000 pounds.

If you donít need that much room, the Santa Fe Sport, available in Sport and Sport 2.0T trim levels, features two seating rows and can carry up to five passengers with 35.4 cubic feet of cargo area behind the rear seat.

The Santa Fe Sport is powered by a 2.4-liter I-4 engine delivering 190 horsepower and 181 lbs.-ft. torque. It has the ability to tow up to 2,000 pounds.

The Santa Fe Sport 2.0T is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo I-4 delivering 264 horsepower and 269 lbs.-ft. torque. It has the ability to tow up to 3,500 pounds.

All three engine selections are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and all are available in front- or all-wheel drive configurations.

Regardless of which model best suits your transportation needs, the 2013 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport are powerful, easy to drive and extremely comfortable on the road ó regardless of what row you may be sitting in.

There is a lot to like about the Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport. Itís stylish, loaded with features and it is extremely easy and fun to drive in both city commuting as well as long road trips.

It provides a commanding view of the road with lots of room for both passengers and cargo.

Standard safety features include vehicle stability management, electronic stability control, seven airbags, anti-lock brakes with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution and LATCH child seat anchor system, to name but a few.

It is also available with a wide variety of features, including a multifunctional eight-inch touch screen display monitor with navigation system with enhanced voice recognition commands.

Other available features include the option of four premium audio systems with SiriusXM Satellite Radio with NavWeather, Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition and address book, and Hyundai Blue Link, which combines safety, service and infotainment features such as voice text messaging, POI web search download, turn-by-turn navigation and monthly vehicle reporting.

The new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport are a must for the drive list for those in the market for a crossover.

Neal White has been covering the automotive industry for more than 20 years and is affiliated with the Texas Auto Writers Association.

The Nuts and Bolts


2013 Hundai Santa Fe

5-, 6/7-seat crossover

Front-, or all-wheel drive

Trim packages:

Sport, Sport 2.0T, GLS, Limited




2.4L I4 (190 hp/181 T)

2.0L turbo I4 (264 hp/269 T)

3.3L V6 (290 hp/252 T)


6-speed automatic

EPA: 21/20/18 mpg city, 29/27/25 mpg highway (2.4/2/0/3.3 FWD)

FUEL: Regular unleaded


Vehicle stability management and electronic stability control


LENGTH: 184.6/193.1 in.*

WHEELBASE: 106.3/110.2 inches *

WIDTH: 74/74.2 inches*

HEIGHT: 66.1/66.5 in.*

WEIGHT: 3459-4098 lbs.

TRACK: 64.1/64.5


FUEL TANK: 17.4/18.8 gallons*

* Denotes Sport/Santa Fe