• 2013 KIA Sportage SX vs Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 0-60 MPH Mashup Review

    2013 KIA Sportage SX vs Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 0-60 MPH Mashup Review
    2013 KIA Sportage SX vs Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 0-60 MPH Mashup Review

    The 2013 KIA Sportage SX and the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport have a lot in common.

    They are both 5 passenger Crossovers. They both have automatic transmissions.

    They both can have all-wheel-drive.

    They both offer an outstanding value for your money.

    They both are made by the same parent company and perhaps most importantly they both share basically the same turbo charged 2.0L engine. So of course we wanted to know which one is faster from 0-60 MPH at a mile above sea level.

    In another fun and interesting TFLcar Mashup review we put both of these Korean twins to the test to see which one is the sporty car of the two new crossovers.

    Editor’s note: I prefer the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe over many rivals. Sure, it’s a lot more expensive than its former self and there are a few (minor) quality issues, but it’s a damn good vehicle. The turbocharged engine works brilliantly in traffic, spooling up right when you need that punch.

    I like the interior design as it is modern and ergonomically thoughtful without overwhelming the driver’s eye.

    As a family hauler, this five-passenger crossover is one of the best in class, as good – or even better than – as many American and Japanese competitors. In the snow, I was pleased with its excellent AWD system too.

    Hyundai will soon have the seven-passenger version on the road and I look forward to testing it with bated breath.

    Roman Mica
    Roman Mica
    Roman Mica is a publisher, 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 channels on YouTube.

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    4 thoughts on “2013 KIA Sportage SX vs Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 0-60 MPH Mashup Review

    1. Really good guys. Both of you guys are tall, which of the two “wagons” has the tallest driver’s door and best head room? “Ease of entry and exit” is important to me.
      Thanks for a good start to my day.

    2. You must be new to TFLcar. We’ve been doing this for years…that’s why this is a Mashup review as stated in the headline. As to why….watch the video to find out.

    3. You knuckleheads!. Why are you comparing a Santa Fe to a Sportage? The appropriate comparison is Sorrento vs Santa Fe or Sportage vs Tucson.

      1. Why would you speed compare vehicles of different size and purpose? I would never purchase a much larger vehicle just because it was faster or vice versa. TFL Car has conducted a 0-60 at 5500Feet altitude on nearly every midsize crossover. It is clear the Kia Sportage Turbo is the quickest while the Honda CUV and Mazda CX5 are the slowest.

        The wife is shopping for a new vehicle to replace her 97 Camry V6 Auto and we appreciate the improved fuel economy of the new DI 4 Cylinder engines( Toyota where is your with DI?) however at altitude they do not have enough spank, especially in the SUV’s that are heavier and have more drivetrain resistance.

        The 2014 Mazda6 with 2.5L is quick enough here in Colorado( about 8.4 seconds 0-60) but the CX5 with 2.0L is a dog. Hopefully the 2014CX5 will be better with that extra 30 cubic inches(.5 Liter) of stroke.

        Overall, these new smaller engines are powerful and efficient however at altitude they do not cut the mustard. Every SUV , such as the Escape, Santa Fe, Sportage, ,CRV, CX5 and others really need a 2.5L turbo rather than a 2.0L turbo or 2.5L naturally aspirated.

        I am not sure if manufactures fail to test at altitude or if this is all a result of price points between their standard and premium product lines, but is frustrating as a consumer. Any 0-60 over 9 seconds is just plain dangerous and not acceptable…

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