I love driving in Utah. Remember when I drove to Utah with my kids from Seattle and then drove back. I had a blast and I can’t wait doing it again. Utah is a very beautiful state and capturing it from the window of the 2013 New Santa Fe by Hyundai ended up providing me with quite a few new beautiful shots. And a Picture is worth a thousand words right?
Wait a minute, where is the car that is just the undercarriage. Someone needs to put some clothes on that car.
That looks better. Hyundai showed all of us at the #NewSantaFe event the interior, the exterior the inside and the outside of their cars and their business. They support charity which won me over right away. They are currently helping children who have cancer by raising money in the Hyundai Hope on Wheels campaign. So let’s dive into the finer points of the 2013 New Hyundai Santa Fe.
Back up camera
8 inch touch screen
Driver Selectable Steering Mode
I think all they need to add is a twitter or Facebook feed and I’m good to go! (not while I’m driving of course). My husband spends most of the time driving, so I’m in the passenger seat needing to entertain myself and I’d love to be able to check my feeds.
The Look and Feel
So it’s hard to say if heated seats should go in the tech or the look and feel. I finally decided feel because I love the feel of a heated seat. Plus they thought of the people in the back seat. And you can get a heated steering wheel and dual-zone automatic temperature control with CleanAir Ionizer.
Driver Selectable Steering Mode, yes I had this in technology but I needed to also put it in the Look and Feel because I loved being able to select it and my favorite selection was the sport selection. The modes Comfort, Normal and Sport and your choice may change depending on the stretch of road. The sport really made me feel like I was turning the car, the other selections felt way to wiggly in my opinion.
I’m already in the process of reviewing another car and my kids have seen the double panels in the back and they LOVE having their own moon roof. The sun roof they always tell me it’s too bright, but that’s coming from kids that usually have rain 70 % of their lives living in Seattle.
All of the Santa Fe’s standard seats are covered in a YES Essentials® seat cloth, which is stain resistant. Plus this material has an antibacterial feature to control odors. The fabric also has innovative anti-static technology that helps disperse the electrostatic charge that builds up as you enter and exit the vehicle. And the seat is very comfortable. I love feeling high up in my seat able to see the road and cushy in my seat while still really supported, yes I’m PICKY about my seat.
The Room Inside
From its brilliantly convenient dashboard bin and hidden cargo-area storage compartment, to its many easily accessible bottle and cupholders everywhere you look, thoughtful storage is right at hand. Re-read that sentence and remember back to my other car reviews, yes cupholders are one of the most important attributes a car can have after safety, price, response time. This had plenty of cupholders.
LOTS OF SPACE:
Hidden space in the trunk
The seats fold down
Santa Fe Features that Might Interested You:
- Substantial weight reduction (-266 lbs.)
- High tensile steel ratio of 37.7% (vs. 7.8% for outgoing model)
- All four-cylinder engine lineup for the Santa Fe Sport
- Theta II 2.4-liter Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine
- EPA estimated highway fuel economy at 31 mpg (FWD A/T)
- In-house six-speed automatic transmission
- Hyundai’s first application of Active Cornering Control AWD for outstanding CUV driving dynamics
- Segment first Driver Selectable Steering Mode (DSSM)
- Seven standard airbags – includes driver’s knee airbag
- Panoramic sunroof
- Heated steering wheel
- Heated rear seats and manual rear side window sunshades
- Power driver seat with four-way lumbar control and front passenger seats
- Sliding and reclining second row seating with 40:20:40 folding seat back
- Standard Blue Link – safety, service and infotainment telematics system
- 4.3-inch touchscreen audio display with rearview camera
- Third generation navigation and audio multimedia systems with an available eight-inch touchscreen display
- 12-speaker Infinity Logic 7® surround sound audio system (550-watts)
Note: not all features may be standard check out Hyundaiusa.com and build your own car.
The Hyundai Santa Fe is just a fun crossover that wants to be driven. It responds well, has great sound, and has the sexy curves it was made to drive.
Hyundai provided transportation and hotel accommodations while I was staying in Park City.