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.