The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is being hailed as the first of the New Hyundai. If you agree with the “Third time is a charm” then you might see something in the third generation of the Santa Fe is actually the first generation that turns its back on the Old Hyundai and sets its sites on onward and upward driving pleasure. With the release of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, every one of Hyundai’s most popular vehicles are now brand new or updated.
The 2013 Santa Fe Sport has grown just half an inch in length, and lost four tenths of an inch in width which is really not perceptible. However it is almost two inches shorter in height than the previous version. It’s been given a distinctive styling update to keep in line with the “New Hyundai’s” fluidic sculpture design language, otherwise called by Hyundai “Fluidic Precision”. To put this in perspective, when standing at the front of the vehicle, what you see is a more upright grille fashioned in a hexagon with large headlamp and foglamp clusters that feature LED lighting accents with squared off projector beam halogen lights resting inside. Follow around the 2013 Santa Fe Sport and you’ll see sporty character lines that start along the front wheel wells and taper off just before the rear door handles that flow into wraparound taillamps to a raked upward rear end.
The sporty vibe continues on into the interior of the 2013 Santa Fe Sport with a spacious bookend air vents around an 8 inch touchscreen display (Optional). There is a nice collection of leather and soft touch materials accented with just enough aluminum and wood trim to remind you that you are in a Hyundai. Overall, the interior is being tagged as “inviting” by the critics.
Of course we can’t leave out what’s under the hood of the 2013 Santa Fe Sport and what you’ll find is a 2.4 liter Theta II GDI Inline four cylinder. That will offer 190 horsepower and 181 pound feet of torque, which isn’t going to win the races, but gives the Santa Fe a zippy feel that will be exciting enough for most daily drivers. It also gets 22 city miles per gallon and 33 highway miles per gallon which isn’t bad at all for a crossover.