• 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport: Top 3 Unexpected Surprises


    2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport: Top 3 Unexpected Surprises

    The brand new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is a stylish and modern new age crossover that’s packed with the latest and newest technology. The Sport model is a five seater crossover that can come with a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. A seven seat version of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe will debut soon. It is several inches longer than the Sport, but should have the same equipment as the smaller Sport.

    But what’s is it like to live with the new Hyundai Santa Fe? We spend a week driving and getting to know most vehicles that we review and sometimes we discover some unexpected surprises.

    Here are the top three unexpected surprises of the new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport that includes a very interesting new smartphone app.

    Check out this fun TFLcar video review below.

    Editor’s note: We do short review videos which is one of our trademarks. The Top 3 Unexpected Surprises is our way of covering details we may have missed or simply did not have time to cover. This also means that one vehicle can easily have two or three videos we can post. With a small outfit like ours, this is one of the most efficient ways we can cover a vehicle.

    Roman and I liked this 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe and we are looking forward to trying out its big brother – if they ever give us one.

    Roman Mica
    Roman Mica
    Roman Mica is a columnist, journalist, and author, who spent his early years driving fast on the German autobahn. When he’s not reviewing cars or producing videos, you can find him training for triathlons and writing about endurance sports for EverymanTri.com as our sister blog’s publisher. Mica is a former broadcast reporter with his Master’s Degree in journalism from Northwestern University. He is also a presenter for TFLcar’s very popular video review channel on YouTube and AOL.

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    One thought on “2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport: Top 3 Unexpected Surprises

    1. Hi Roman,

      Cars today are electronics heavy, optioned from the top down rather than the customer and have many expensive long term repair issues built in.

      The wife and I have been shopping for a midsize sedan or crossover and we just cannot find a vehicle that makes any sense. Here in Colorado, the 2.5 4 bangers are woefully underpowered and the V-6 or turbo models require tons of goofy extras jacking the price above 30K. Why can’t I get a basic model, with decent power and only the bare minimum options? IF it were up to me, I could purchase the following .

      1. Cruise control, auto off lights, power windows.
      2. Push button start/keyless entry
      3. V6 or 2.5L turbo rather than an over revved 2.0L turbo that results in poor fuel mileage
      4. 5 or 6 speed auto, not CVT.
      5. 28-30 MPG.
      6. Simple stereo with blue-link streaming, auxiliary input and USB.
      7. Dual Climate AC with cabin filter, manual control okay.
      8. Fold down 60/40 rear seat.
      9. No moon or sun roof.
      10. No display screen, or double screen.
      11. No Nav.
      12. No home-link or other future government control system.
      13. No heated this or cooled that.
      14. No leather or velour ( circu 1970.)
      15. No cameras, blind spot, forward laser, mirror camera or bumper camera.
      16. No goofy electronic steering that is light 1 second, heavy the next.
      17. No erratic power that feels like a 17 year old boy tuned the ECM and TCM.
      18. No 18” or lager wheels that highlight every bump, 17”s are more than enough.
      19. No premium fuel, midgrade is all I can afford.
      20. No 4500 mile oil changes, 6-8000 is more than often enough.

      I just want merging power not racing, good tunes, a few basic options and respectable fuel mileage. Give me this for 25K and I would have already bought 2 of them!

      The current beater is a 1997 Toyota Camry LE, 4 speed auto, 3L V6 with 286,000 miles. This car gets 28 MPG . It also does 0-60 in about 8.5 ( 7 at sea level) seconds here at 5000 feet altitude(Colorado). The engine is quite, efficient and properly sized for the car. The engine may burn a little dirtier than new cars but at least it makes torque and has not been neutered by the EPA. This car has no direct injection, no variable valve timing, no CVT or 6 speed auto, just 4 gears, torque and a lot of common sense. What has this government regulated, top down world become?

      This ole Camry is going to be hard to replace. I may just drive this thing forever!

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