The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe had its reveal at the New York Auto Show in April 2012, and it's a complete redesign. Instead of offering one model with various configurations, Hyundai will offer the Santa Fe in two versions: a long-wheelbase, three-row version that replaces the discontinued seven-seat Hyundai Veracruz, and a shorter-wheelbase, two-row, five-passenger standard version.
All models have new drivetrain options. The smaller Santa Fe will come with Hyundai's direct-injected 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 190 horsepower and 181 pounds-feet of torque. A turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder is also available, and will crank out 264 horsepower and 269 pounds-feet of torque. The three-row Santa Fe model will come standard with a direct-injected 3.3-liter V6 (shared with the new Hyundai Azera family sedan) that makes 290 horsepower.
Fuel economy is improved across the range. Hyundai estimates that the base 2.4-liter will deliver 23 mpg city and 33 mpg highway, while the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine will deliver an excellent estimated 22 mpg city and 31 mpg city. The 3.3-liter V6 in the longer wheelbase version is expected to deliver a good 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway.
Finally, exterior styling is more distinctive and modern than in the previous generation, while the interior carries forward the well-received quality and design of other recent Hyundais.
The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is launching now, and we'll update this report once full reviews become available. (Only short first-drive feedback from a staged Hyundai launch event is available at this time.)
InsideLine.com, the news and review outlet of Edmunds.com, provides a concise overview of the changes announced for the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe. Powertrains, standard equipment and fuel economy are discussed. InsideLine.com expects the Santa Fe "to shake up the balance of power in the family crossover segment."
Review: 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Revealed in New York: Seven-Passenger Version Replaces Veracruz, Erin Riches, April 2012
This AutoBlog.com post covers the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe at the New York International Auto Show.
Review: 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Goes on Big Diet, Unveils Five and Seven-Passenger Models, Zach Bowman, April 2012
3. Hyundai Motor America
The official press release from Hyundai Motor America, documenting the most significant changes for the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe, has detailed descriptions of the powertrain technology as well as other new features.
Review: Press Release: 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe, Hyundai Motor America, April 2012