An exciting change for the new model year, Hyundai has announced that there will be two versions of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe this year - the traditional five passenger crossover, now the Santa Fe Sport, and a larger model with three rows, known as the LWB Santa Fe. The bigger LWB Santa Fe is on a stretched wheelbase and runs on a V6 engine.
Although the wheelbase of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is unchanged, nearly everything else has been updated. The redesign allows more legroom in the back seat and more cargo space- 35 cubic feet with the rear seats in use. The exterior is even sleeker than previous models. Inside, it features a redesigned dashboard with higher quality material and electroluminescent gauges. It's filled with technology features like Pandora audio, HD radio, and Blue Link. Blue Link is Hyundai's multimedia connectivity system.
The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe's base trim is powered by a 190-horsepower, 2.4-liter direct-injection four cylinder engine. The upgraded option is also a four cylinder, but is turbocharged and produces 264-horsepower. Both engines run coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission and promise to increase fuel economy. It is available in front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive versions.
The new Driver Selectable Steering Mode (DSSM) system is aimed to improve steering. It allows three operating modes: Comfort, Normal, and Sport. These lower or raise steering effort by adjusting the assistance level and build-up feeling depending on the choice.
The new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe brings energy and fun to the heavily populated crossover segment. It's loaded with features and sure to carry today's modern family around in style.