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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
Many features only come bundled in pricey packages; there are few standalone options.
The panoramic sunroof, heated steering wheel and heated front seats, and a windshield-wiper de-icer are things you would expect in a luxury model, yet impressively, they're options here.
You're out of luck if you want the power liftgate or sunroof, but still need seven seats. Neither are options on the GLS.
Sadly, you'll need to pony up $4,000 to get the Leather and Navigation Package on the GLS model or $2,900 for the Technology Package on the Limited to get the large screen.
The audio system sounds great, but the nav system’s buttons are a bit small, the graphics are lackluster, and the infotainment setup seems a bit overly complicated.
Car and Driver
The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is offered in either short-wheelbase Sport (five-passenger) or long-wheelbase Santa Fe (six- or seven-passenger) layouts; and the longer Santa Fe models get a little more equipment.
All Santa Fe Sport crossovers will include a good selection of standard features, including power windows, locks, and mirrors; air conditioning; cruise control; tilt/telescoping steering; steering-wheel audio and phone controls; and 17-inch wheels. The standard audio system is an AM/FM/CD player with satellite radio, USB and auxiliary ports, Bluetooth and audio streaming, and six speakers.
Hyundai expects most versions will come with an option package that bundles automatic headlights, a power driver seat, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and and shift knob, and fog lights.
Santa Fe Sports with the turbo four-cylinder include all these features, and add 19-inch wheels and a trailer-towing prep kit.
Standard equipment is plentiful on the three-row Santa Fe, even if you get the base GLS. Remote keyless entry is standard, as are rear-seat heat and A/C vents, Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming, steering-wheel audio controls, and the Blue Link telematics system. which offers remote start via its mobile app. GLS AWD models add a windshield wiper de-icer, as well as an Active Cornering Control feature.
Separately, for $950, there's a Popular Equipment Package on the GLS that adds fog lamps, roof rails, heated mirrors, a power driver seat, and heated front seats, among other things, while a Leather and Navigation package brings those things plus heated second-row seats, side-mirror turn signals, a heated steering wheel, power passenger seat, rearview camera system, dual-zone climate control, touch-screen navigation, and Dimension premium audio. No entertainment system is being offered--Hyundai thinks the days of seat-embedded screens are over.
Santa Fe Limited models go to a six-passenger layout with leather upholstery and heated second-row seats, a power front passenger seat, dual-zone climate control, an electroluminescent gauge cluster, a power liftgate, proximity key, push button start, a 115-volt AC power outlet, and 19-inch alloys, among other features.
On either model, a pair of option packages keep the ordering process simple. A leather/premium package adds a power front passenger seat; proximity-based keyless entry and pushbutton start; a slide-and-recline second-row seat with heating; a rearview camera with a 4.3-inch screen; and HD Radio. A technology package brings a panoramic sunroof with a sliding fabric sunshade, a navigation system, a heated steering wheel, and sunshades for the rear passenger windows. There's a slight difference in audio systems on this latter set of features: base crossovers get an in-house Dimension audio system with 10 speakers, while turbos roll with a powerful 550-watt, 12-speaker Infinity system with surround sound (it's optional on three-row Santa Fe, too).
The navigation system is updated with improved displays, including speed-limit signs, and voice recognition, and SD card slot for better updating. Pairing a phone to Bluetooth is easier, with pop-up commands, too.
Prices range from $25,295 for a base Sport to $38,595 for a long-wheelbase Santa Fe Limited with all-wheel drive and the Technology package.
A panoramic sunroof, Infinity audio, and an improved navigation system lift the Santa Fe to a higher plateau.