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The Santa Fe Sport, Hyundai's stylish and well-equipped two-row mid-sized SUV was redesigned and noticeably upgraded for the 2013 model year. It has much to recommend it, as well as a couple of annoying shortcomings that prevent it from scoring higher than it does in our SUV Ratings. The Sport comes with lots of features for the money. It's also roomy, comfortable, fuel-efficient, and stylish.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph (sec.) 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

The Santa Fe Sport, Hyundai's stylish and well-equipped two-row mid-sized SUV was redesigned and noticeably upgraded for the 2013 model year. It has much to recommend it, as well as a couple of annoying shortcomings that prevent it from scoring higher than it does in our SUV Ratings.

The Sport comes with lots of features for the money. It's also roomy, comfortable, fuel-efficient, and stylish. The ride is composed and the cabin is relatively quiet. The base 190-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine provides ample motivation. Combining this with the smooth and responsive six-speed automatic transmission returned an admirable (for the time) 23 mpg overall. The interior has a high-quality look and feel. It's not exactly luxurious, but it is well made and nicely finished.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (264 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 (190 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

“Back camera stopped displaying, screen is blank”

Marc R., ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Backup camera totally unserviceable. Ordered a new OEM camera from Hyundai for approx $315 and installed in myself. Dealership cost to install would have been another $300”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Water leaked into the camera and needed replacement”

Howard B., ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The camera quit working and my dealer replaced it with a new one”

Domenic C., RI (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Backup camera seems to go out after rain”

Mike G., PA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The camera failed and I was not able to view close to the back of the vehicle”

Anonymous, ME (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Within the first 6 months the back up camera first reversed the image (2 days) and then stopped working. It took 3 visits to get it corrected”

Robert R., NH (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Backup camera went out. Dealer is replacing due to warranty”

William P., MI (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“JUST STOPPED WORKING”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Camera stopped working and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Covered in previous comments”

Anonymous, NV (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Camera goes blank (blue screen) or cuts in and out while using it. Very random problems”

Anonymous, AB (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Camera failed LCD display screen went blank. Dealer replaced for free as the car is still under warranty”

Rahul G., NS (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“camera ceased functioning and unit replaced under warranty”

James B., ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“When outside temperature is below 55 in dash screen flickers rapidly making the screen unusable”

Anonymous, IN (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Back up camera stops working leaving screen blank when in reverse”

Mike G., PA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Screen went blank. Audio continued to work. Dealer fixed by reprogramming system”

James C., GA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Backup camera stopped working. They ended up replacing the camera, wiring harness and interior screen”

Anonymous, NV (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“problem directly associated with camera malfunction”

James B., ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“with blue tooth out driving hands free isn't an option”

Susan S., FL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Bluetooth audio has not worked with my iPhone for over 1.5 years. Despite emails and complaints Hyundai has refused to send out a fix for the problem to the dealerships. Very annoyed by this because Pandora will not work anymore”

Stephen Y., FL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Screen did not calibrate touch location with information shown on display”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The GPS went out about 2 years ago. Hyundai replaced it. Eight months ago the replacement unit went out for a couple of hours. This is a intermittent problem. It took seven months to get a loaner from the dealer. They kept the SUV for two weeks. They told me Hyundai will not replace the GPS. I WON'T BUY HYUNDAI AGAIN”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Related to the screen issue - navigation doesn't work when cold”

Anonymous, IN (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Sometimes it dims during daytime until I cannot read it. It also randomly doesn't come on when in reverse, as it should”

Anonymous, NV (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Difficult to pair new phone--had to be attempted 3times”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“phone has to be paired every time you enter the car”

R M., NJ (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“blue tooth does not always work”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“I have problems pairing my phone and the phone disconnects often”

Chantay J., IL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Radio was replaced about 6 months after purchase account failure. now will not download contacts from phone via bluetooth”

Gary H., AB (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“After talking for 15 minutes I could no longer hear the person I was talking to, but they could hear me. Happened on every call over 15 minutes”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Unsure Unsure)
Radio

“the clock spring was faulty so the steering wheel control did not work to control the radio”

Pat N., WA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The radio stopped. After I finished my drive I turned off the ignition. Went shoppin. When I returned I started the vehicle, turned on the radio and it worked. So far it still works. I don't know about tomorrow”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“FM radio is static and its not covered by warranty when still within the warrantee miles under 36K they say. would cost $900 to repair then a month later AM went out completely followed by blue tooth phone paring out”

Susan S., FL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Radio stopped working and was related to an internal computer issue”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The steering phone buttons will not work, the radio, select, volume select, the switching from radio to sat etc, control all of these are tied in together . the have exchanged the clock spring they thought has been changed several times. everything”

Chris W., AL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Button for the Heated Steering wheel stopped working. It would sometimes turn on by itself and you couldn't turn it off. Sometimes it just wouldn't register that you are pressing the button on or off”

Anonymous, AB (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

“The voice commands function stopped working, requiring the dealer to replace the radio head unit under warranty”

Ron W., ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

“Squeak or thump noise from dashboard whenever driving over a bump in the road”

Ron W., ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“rattles coming from the front seat mounts”

Anonymous, GA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Dash rattles. Fixed by Hyundai”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“In the dash. Horrible in cold weather (winter season). Creaks and Squeaks constantly”

William P., MI (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“In dash rattle, most likely a wiring connector touching something”

George K., NJ (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“rattling noise from behind driver”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“On irregular roads, clunking noise from under driver dashboard at times”

Robert B., NY (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“noise in dash when temp. is below 50*approx”

William H., AZ (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Sounds like it is in the dash area and only seems to appear when the car is warmed up and heat is on”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Unsure Unsure)

“dash had rattles. had to remove and tighten clamps and install more soundproffing”

Anonymous, ID (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“seats rattle, front dashboard loud creaking noise,”

Richard G., OH (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Wiring inside dash needs soundproofing,or attaching, so it doesn't make noise when encountering rough road...still waiting warranty repairs!”

Bob W., AB (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The dealership kept the car for 3 days and finally fixed the rattle”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“There is rattle in the dash eventhough it was removed and replace again”

Gilles G., ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“continual high pitched noise that is never addressed during regular upkeep appointments”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“In colder weather the dashboard has a rattle squeak when going over rough roads”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Dashboard make some carck noises Popping noise undertermined appears when we stop and/or start the car at the rear right of the vehicle”

Anonymous, QC (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“squeak from the roof ravk”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Continuous squeak from second-row seats”

Anonymous, WI (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Noise inside the cabin when traveling 60mph and above. Dealership has yet to determine and fix the problem”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“wind noise and rattling from dash and doors where mirrors are mounted”

Alana B., BC (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“wind noise on through drivers window at speed, likely from airflow around mirror”

Anonymous, GA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“excessive at highway speeds, along with tire noise”

Robert B., NY (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“At highway speeds, wind noise at Driver and passenger side front window/door areas. Reported to the dealer and was told Hyundai is aware of the problem and working on a fix related to the panoramic moon roof. Fix not developed/available as of March”

Kevin C., NJ (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“passenger side bad wind noise. have had vehicle in once already now going in for second time same problem”

Gary H., AB (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Strips were replaced but there is a strong wind noise”

Gilles G., ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“occasional wind noise around side windows/doors”

Anonymous, WI (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Gauges

“fuel gauge stopped registering full, had to have sending unit replaced”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Multiple false warning lights, resorting in trips to dealer, sometimes resulting in multiple return trips”

M S., WA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

“cracked lens”

Anonymous, MB (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Keep shorting out and dealer can't figure out the problem”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Unsure Unsure)

“enclosed fog lamp bezel fell of the car”

R M., NJ (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Front overhead lights don't come on when door opens and dealer can't figure out the problem”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Unsure Unsure)

“Multiple failures resulting in 2 trips to dealer, resulting in control located in driver door replaced twice”

M S., WA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The interior lights on the dash display intermittently flash bright suddenly. It is as if a sudden surge of energy blasts and everything lights up and then returns to normal. The dealership advised they could not duplicate the problem”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Keyless entry

“Push button on drivers side door handle was replaced. Back up camera was also replaced”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Drivers side door would not unlock using the fob”

Anonymous, WI (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Replaced module under extended warranty”

Anonymous, MD (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Drivers door entry button was defective. Using remote, the doors would lock and unlock multiple times, headlights flash, could not lock car with remote or door button. Dealer replaced the electronic door lock under warranty. Solved”

Charles W., NC (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“driver'sdoor button works intermittenly”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“fuse was blown and could not use key-less entry, also affected the control buttons on the steering wheel”

Anonymous, NC (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“car locks and won't unlock from keyless entry, or won't allow me to lock from keyless entry. Primarily driver's door; occasionally passenger side. Intermittent, but a safety issue in a dark lot”

Anonymous, MD (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tire pressure monitor

“low pressure light comes on when pressure ok”

William A., TX (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The brake warning light fuse had to be replaced”

James V., CA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Cruise control

“Malfunctions frequently; set doesn't set, it turns cruise on and off; resume doesn't resume and car loses power. Most important, you cancel cruise control and the car experiences unintended acceleration. Hyundai hasn't been able to diagnose/repair”

Anonymous, MD (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

“Replaced Sensor at Dealership. Everything is fine. Had Long Term Insurance”

Paul S., LA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“SUV won't always shift into it's highest gear. Sometimes it shifts roughly from one gear to the next. Not getting to high gear ruins the gas mileage”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Very rough abrupt shifts on occasion. So strong the car shakes. Transmission quick shifts between gears or skips gears. Dealership could not duplicate and seem unaware of general problem, yet internet forums discuss the problems”

Charles W., NC (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“twice on very cold mornings, the transmission failed to shift up properly and tended to remain in lower gear and not shift up. first time went to dealer but it did not repeat itself after turning the car off and then back on. when it happened again(o”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“occasionally misses 1-2 shift. Engine revs to about 4000 rpm and then the shift continues normally”

J S., NE (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

“It was a Hyundai recall. I only noticed a bit of noise”

Anonymous, AB (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

“Temperature Sensor in Transmission”

Paul S., LA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Heat sensor went bad”

Michael L., QC (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L Unsure)

“recall - end of the cable connecting the transmission could become disconnected”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“STARTED SLIPPING, THEN JUST QUIT WORKING. DEALER REPLACED UNDER WARRANTY”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Difficulty switching into gears--sometimes stays in 2nd gear then bucks into 3rd gear when acceleration increased--in twice for problem--said they couldn't find a problem”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“On occasion: When driving on highway and attempt to accelerate quickly, the motor revs up but no acceleration occurs”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“in cold weather very definite problems with the transmission shifting smoothly-Hyundai told us to start off very slow-still does it”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“recent recall on this vehicle - can slip out of park and roll unless parking brake is engaged”

Anonymous, VA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“Was on recal and fixed”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“A sensor for the ABS went bad in one of the rear wheels. It was covered under warranty and fixed”

Anonymous, AL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced all sensors on brakes when new. Had no pro bless since then”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Caliper seized despite regular service”

Anonymous, NS (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Premature brake wear

“Brakes were tight when purchased and had to be careful on braking, not soft touch at all”

Louis C., WV (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The car has been serviced for the required brake maintenance but it seems not to hold up. The dealership in Delray in particular does not seem to do a quality job whenever we have used them”

Linda H., FL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Brakes were down to 20% left on pads in a short period of time”

Anonymous, NS (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“I did not expect the front brakes to need replacing so soon”

Buff H., IL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Had to replace both front and back brakes, not normal wear and tare, very prematurely. Not covered under warranty”

Steve M., NL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“We had to have the brakes ground and a few other things done to the braking system with a total of around $900. For a newish car, this was unexpected and disappointing”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

“Normal wear and tear, especially since I drove an average 19000 miles annually. Just expensive, but necessary to replace brakes and rotors”

Anonymous, DE (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to replace rear rotors and pads at 45000 mi, front pads at 42000 mi. This seemed early mileage for me!”

Vincent E., NY (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“The time chain failed and destroyed the engine. We identified a timing chain issue 1 week prior at the dealer service area and they did not resolve it prior to the failure”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The engine was replaced at approximately 65000 km due to major engine knocking”

Anonymous, NL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“2 days after i received the SUV, the engine threw a rod and totally destroyed it. they replaced it and 3 months later i received a interim safety recall for the problem”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“This has the (flawed) Theta II motor. The connecting rod bearings were oil starved and trashed the the bottom end of the engine during a road trip. Fortunately, we were able to limp home and to the dealership, who replaced the motor under warranty”

Jonathan N., PA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Traveling on the interstate the engine suddenly broke a rod and threw the cylinder thru the side of the engine. This was similar to the engine issues with the Hyundai Sonata that led to a recall. Fortunately the engine was under warranty and was replaced... but only got a remanufactured engine. Causes me to not trust the 2013 engine or maybe any other Hyundai engine! This failure could have easily caused my death and others on the interstate when the engine just suddenly locks up and shuts d”

Anonymous, SC (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Thermostat stuck closed. Car overheated. Warped head and engine froze. Thermostat out of warranty but Hyundai replaced enginem with rebuilt at no cost. I was very pleased with their responsiveness and committment ot customer satisfation”

Anonymous, MD (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Engine threw 5 rod. Dealer replaced it and it runs fine”

Anonymous, CO (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Engine was loud from when we first purchased the car. Dealer said that was normal. Eventually they said that it needed replacement and did not give a reason why. However they did cover it with warranty”

Scott F., CA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

“Timing chain noises continue intermittently”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Turbo or supercharger

“High pressure fuel failed completely, replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“turbo has failed 3 times since I have owned it”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Difficult to fill up gas tank

“Gas pumps constantly trip off when filing this vehicle's tank”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine computer

“Sensors caused computer to place the engine in "limp" mode where we could not exceed 25 MPH”

Anonymous, MD (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“the vehicle would not start”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine knock or ping

“N/A”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Car had a knocking sound off and on. We heard it when we would slow down. Just had the brakes replaced so thought it was that. Took it back at least twice, possible three times They said the brakes needed to be cleaned. While on a trip the engine seized and did other damage to the vehicle. It seems they had problems with the sonata and there was a recall on those cars. The sport only has a campaign out at this time. The recall is forthcoming. Hyundai did pay for all the damage. I also”

Bernice R., NJ (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The oil feed line to the turbo charger failed and emptied my oil pan. This is a factory recall but could be fatal if your engine lost power at highway speed. There is no warning light on these cars to indicate oil/pressure loss!! Yet a bell dings if the sunroof is left open”

Anonymous, BC (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“These leaks were related to the turbo line”

Anonymous, NL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“oil leak showed up through the top of the engine. It took 2 days to get car back as the parts needed to set and adhere or the leak would have persisted. When the car was assembeled a part was incorrrectly set up and the service engine light came on. The issue was resolved quickly but it was inconvenient”

Anonymous, AB (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Unsure Unsure)

“Had some sort of engine oil leak that was corrected”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Oil line to Turbo (Gasket), Part updated and replaced under recall”

Brian R., NH (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Oil Pan leaking”

N C., BC (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveline vibration

“When turning sharp corner, fairly slow, as in turning into driveway or parking spot, rear drive has a shuddering effect. I believe this causes irregular wear on the rear tires which also result in road-tire noise becoming excessive. Problem since I bought the vehicle. Dealership very "unhelpful"”

Thomas H., MA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“On several occasions, electrical system was completely dead when I tried to start the vehicle. Each time, I had the vehicle towed to the dealership, which has been unable to replicate or diagnose the problem”

Richard G., AZ (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Battery boost needed several occasions. Since battery was boosted too many times it was no longer functioning properly so I replaced it. Did not solve the problem. Dealer stated it was alarm system (drawing .9 ma) and it should me (.3ma)”

Anonymous, QC (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
4WD/AWD components

“When turning sharp corner, fairly slow, as in turning into driveway or parking spot, rear drive has a shuddering effect. I believe this causes irregular wear on the rear tires which also result in road-tire noise becoming excessive. Problem since I bought the vehicle. Dealership very "unhelpful"”

Thomas H., MA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“would not engage 4wd/awd”

Anonymous, BC (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“some issues with awd required more than one appointment to resolve issue”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Viscous coupler that engages the 4 wheel drive was deffective and required replacement”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Unsure Unsure)
Traction control

“Despite being only 4 years old, one wheel speed sensor failed recently at a cost of $400+. There is one sensor per wheel, each a different part from the other and each at that cost. Hopefully this is the last failure. Three different warning lights came on, I wasn't sure if it was safe to drive”

Anonymous, BC (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“on occasions either the trans or right front tire seems to slip or spin”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

“driveshaft actuatior caused the differential to crack and get a large hole in it”

Dave M., IL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Differential

“Deifferential cracked and left a large hole in it,”

Dave M., IL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“The paint on the interior center console is peeling off”

George B., CA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“the hood of the vehicle has chips in the paint which dealer claims was from rocks etc. causing damage. Doesn't make sense to me since it never happened on other SUV's we've owned”

Anonymous, MA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The paint seems to chip too easily like maybe the coat is too thin”

Anonymous, OK (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The paint is cracking for no reason”

Chantay J., IL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Peeling paint on front bumper...still waiting warranty repairs after almost 12 months”

Bob W., AB (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“paint peeling front bumper and roof racks, after much bill shit( 8 months) manufacturer repaired”

Anonymous, AB (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Unsure Unsure)
Rust

“Just a few tiny spots on the hood”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Had rust on front column beside front window within 6 monthd. Had it repainted at delearship under warranty”

Steve M., NL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Loose exterior trim or moldings

“right rear wheel well trim came loose and right front wheel well trim came loose”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“A clunking sound occurred at about 35 mph. This turned out to be loose hardware on the luggage rack. This was repaired by the dealer under warranty”

Anonymous, NC (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“suspension noise, gas pedal sticks, steering wander. complaints were not corrected. car was sold. would never buy or recommend hyundai!”

Anonymous, AB (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Low area front center over oil pan, May get front end out of line if it hits the curb”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The alignment would go almost immediately after being aligned”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Shocks or struts

“had to replace coils and struts with less than 60000km”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Springs or torsion bars

“Hyundai recall. Springs replaced”

Larry G., BC (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Unsure Unsure)

“Broken drivers side spring”

Anonymous, AB (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“At around 40k I noticed a clunking noise when going over an uneven surface turning left. Service advisor said likely a loose brake pad.Noise got worse and insisted further investigation resulting in RF lower ball joint replacement”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“left front linkage broke”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

“will address upon next visit to dealership”

Anonymous, AB (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Unsure Unsure)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

“For some reason I have had to replace the module that controls the AC because every now and then it switches the temp display to F from C. This can only be set at the dealer apparently. While this doesn't impact the cooling function it does appear to impact the Phone pairing system in that phone calls coming through the radio have a lot of static and the voice command feature becomes unable to understand voice commands presumably because of the static. The dealer says the 2 systems are unrela”

Anonymous, NS (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“In my vehicle the A/C goes on when the Temperature is turned down when not in auto..The reason to just turn it down when the heat is not required. The compressor goes on ??? When I bring it in for my next service recall”

Paul H., NY (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Air conditioning would just turn off, requiring a restart of the car to get it working. Required replacing the control module. Dealer would not repair (for a year) until I brought the car in with the failure in progress, even though this was a know”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Evaporator

“small leak in evaporator core. hd to be replaced. under warranty”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

“This may be related to the other AC problem but apparently there is a very small Freon leak which is undetectable under pressure testing. So far I have had to recharge the Freon twice, the last time it was bone dry”

Anonymous, NS (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
A/C compressor

“when the a/c went out it took 5 days to fix because Hyundai was trying to locate a remanufactured part. Fortunately the service manager let me have a free rental after the second day and Hyundai put a new compressor in”

Stephen Y., FL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Blower (fan) motor

“The air conditioner suddenly blasts on high when set on low. It then returns to where I had it set. This is an often, but intermittent problem which the dealership could not duplicate”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel injection system

“Fuel wasn't injecting properly causing the engine light to come on and the car to stall, or more often, clunk”

Anonymous, NS (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

“This is a special high pressure fuel pump. Quite expensive at approximately $600 at the dealer. It was a no charge since the Hyundai warranty covered it. The dealer repaired it on a late afternoon on a Friday with no appointment. That was great. Feldman Hyundai in New Hudson, MI”

Max N., MI (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

“During fill-up the the back pressure would keep shutting down the entry of fuel to the tank. Also the cable release and locking cap had to be replaced”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel gauge/sender

“Occasionally fuel gauge does not accurately register full upon fill up”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

“Windshield leaked on passenger during heavy rain because sealant was not properly done. Windshield was replaced and sealant was done properly”

Shirley M., TN (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Struts that hold up hood started leaking and would not keep hood open. These were replaced by dealer under warranty”

Anonymous, NC (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Sunroof

“glass fractured while driving”

Robert J., AB (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“An oil leak at 4 months old, resulted in the replacement of my transmission”

Joy S., TX (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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