That also positions it at about $2,000 less than the base front-wheel-drive Chevrolet Traverse, or about $2,500 less than the Ford Flex. Compared to the Santa Fe Sport, the three-row model is 8.5 inches longer, with a wheelbase that's 3.9 inches longer. That said, it's priced quite a bit higher than the smaller Sport, which starts at just $25,295.
As we've outlined in our full review of the 2013 Santa Fe, as well as our First Drive of the Santa Fe, Hyundai has given the Santa Fe a new shape that adds a dash of ruggedness and practicality to its familiar 'fluidic sculpture' shapes, while inside it's much-upgraded the interior to be smooth, swoopy, and well detailed, yet a little more grown-up in look and feel than the smaller Tucson. All-new powertrains complete the package; while the three-row Santa Fe doesn't get the base four-cylinder engine or available turbo four that powers the Sport, a 280-horsepower, 3.3-liter direct-injection V-6 should provide plenty of pep—and enough sheer muscle to tow up to 5,000 pounds (a Tow Prep package is included on all models).
Standard equipment is plentiful, even on the GLS. Remote keyless entry, rear-seat heat and A/C vents, Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming, steering-wheel audio controls, the Blue Link telematics system. GLS AWD models add a windshield wiper de-icer, as well as an Active Cornering Control feature Separately, for $950, there's a Popular Equipment Package on the GLS that adds fog lamps, roof rails, heated mirrors, a power driver seat, and heated front seats, among other things, while a Leather and Navigation package brings those things plus heated second-row seats, side-mirror turn signals, a heated steering wheel, power passenger seat, rearview camera system, dual-zone climate control, touch-screen navigation, and Dimension premium audio.
Santa Fe Limited models go to a six-passenger layout with leather upholstery and heated second-row seats, a power front passenger seat, dual-zone climate control, an electroluminescent gauge cluster, a power liftgate, proximity key, push button start, a 115-volt AC power outlet, and 19-inch alloys, among other features.
A Technology Package on the Limited adds a navigation system with six-inch touchscreen, as well as a 550-watt, 12-speaker Infinity Logic 7 surround sound audio system, a panoramic sunroof, heated steering wheel, and manual rear side sunshades.
Unlike the two-row Santa Fe Sport, the three-row Santa Fe will be built in South Korea; it begins reaching dealerships in late February.
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