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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport: Top Safety Pick
2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport: Five stars overall; five stars, frontal and side impact
Visibility straight back is fine, but a high belt line and upswept windows partially obscure the view to the rear corners.
Compared to the Sport, the bigger model offers better visibility since its windows run more conventionally flat along the beltline
The previous Hyundai Santa Fe was already a top achiever for safety; and according to crash-test results now out, it's done even better for 2013.
That's true at least when we're speaking of the shorter Sport; the long-wheelbase Santa Fe hasn't yet been crash-tested by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). But the shorter-wheelbase Santa Fe Sport earns top 'good' scores in all categories, earning the IIHS Top Safety Pick again for 2013. It's also a top five-star performer according to the federal government.
All models have the usual standard front, side and curtain airbags, as well as a driver knee airbag, for a total of seven. Hill-start and downhill assist also are standard, along with anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control.
On the safety-technology front, Bluetooth is standard across the lineup. A rearview camera is offered on models with leather seats, where it displays on a 4.3-inch color LCD screen. On navigation-equipped Santa Fe Sports, the camera sends its output to the GPS' 8-inch screen. However, on vehicles without leather, there's no rearview camera at all. Hyundai says it's studying solutions, including a rearview-mirror-based camera, for future model years. A rearview camera is an option on the Santa Fe GLS, too.
Blind-spot monitors and parking sensors aren't available on the five-passenger Santa Fe Sport, though some compact crossovers like the Ford Escape now include them in pricey option packages. Blind-spot monitors are coming, Hyundai says.
The Santa Fe has Bluetooth and an optional rearview camera, but some high-tech safety features aren't available--and neither are crash test scores.