The third-generation 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe crossover family introduces the two-row, five-passenger Santa Fe Sport (pictured above) and the long wheelbase (LWB) three-row, seven-passenger model called Santa Fe with the Sport will go on-sale late this summer and the larger Santa Fe in January 2013. Santa Fe Sport will either a 190 horsepower 2.4-liter Gasoline Direct Engine engine with estimated fuel economy of 23 city and 33 highway or a turbocharged 2.0-liter GDI engine with an estimated 264 horsepower. The top-of-line LWB Santa Fe is powered by the 290 horsepower 3.3-liter V6 engine, which is also in the Hyundai Azera.
The 2013 Santa Fe models feature Hyundai’s Hillstart Assist Control (HAC) and Downhill Brake Control (DBC) to maximize control on steep hills. HAC minimizes rolling backwards on steep ascents while DBC helps the driver maintain vehicle control and speed on steep downhill descents. The LWB three-row Santa Fe offers Hyundai’s first Blindspot Detection System (BDS). This system identifies when a vehicle enters the defined blindspot and provides a warning that a vehicle is approaching.