2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Preview

FAST FACTS
  • Completely redesigned inside and out
  • New 4-cylinder engines, including a turbocharged offering
  • Optional Intelligent AWD with Torque Vectoring Cornering Control
  • Standard Blue Link telematics

Introduction

Hyundai has split the Santa Fe lineup into two models for 2013. The new Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is the smaller of the two, a 5-passenger crossover SUV designed to compete against the likes of the Ford Edge and Nissan Murano. (Note: The 7-passenger 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is previewed separately.)

Exterior Features

The new Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is equipped with slightly different styling details to differentiate it from its longer-wheelbase sibling, including a pronounced tapering of the rear windows that starts halfway along the rear doors of the crossover SUV. Get the 2.0T model, and the Santa Fe Sport is equipped with a set of 19-inch wheels.

Interior Features

The 5-passenger Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is equipped with standard stain- and odor-resistant fabric, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity and streaming audio capability, and a one-year free subscription to Blue Link telematics service. With Blue Link activated, the Santa Fe Sport provides safety features discussed below, plus turn-by-turn navigation, voice-to-text messaging, POI web search, and real-time traffic and weather reports. The standard stereo features a CD/MP3 player, auxiliary audio jack, USB port, iPod connection, and satellite radio.

Optional Features

Santa Fe Sport buyers can upgrade to one of two premium sound systems, and can add leather, a touch-screen navigation system, dual-zone automatic climate control, power panoramic sunroof, heated front and rear seats, and a heated steering wheel to this new crossover SUV.

Under the Hood

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport's standard engine is a direct-injected 2.4-liter 4-cylinder making an estimated 190 horsepower. The Santa Fe Sport 2.0T is equipped with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 264 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque.

A 6-speed Shiftronic automatic transmission is standard, delivering power to the Santa Fe Sport's front wheels. An optional Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system includes Torque Vectoring Cornering Control, which selectively brakes the wheels to help the SUV handle better in turns, Hyundai says.

Fuel Economy


Hyundai is making predictions for the Santa Fe Sport's fuel economy, as official EPA estimates are not yet available as this preview is published.
  • Santa Fe Sport with 2.4-liter engine and front-wheel drive (FWD): 23/33 mpg (city/hwy)
  • Santa Fe Sport with 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and FWD: 22/31 mpg

Safety

The new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is equipped with 7 air bags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, and a traction and stability control system. The free year of Blue Link telematics includes Automatic Collision Notification, as well as owner-programmed Speed Alert, Curfew Alert, and geographic boundary fencing, which means that if one of your kids borrows the car and drives it beyond a prescribed area like, say, Tijuana, you'll know about it. In addition to these features, a rearview camera is available at extra cost.