The seven-passenger version of this iteration of the Hyundai Santa Fe is one of the most pleasant and well-rounded three-row SUVs on the market. It's functional, stylish and undemanding. Spacious and accommodating, the Santa Fe has a limo-like rear seat and generous cargo area, yet it doesn't feel too bulky to drive or park. The comfortable ride and quiet interior make it a welcome family road trip companion.
Alerts
There are 3 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 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

Worse Better
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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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
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 available, standard from 2005. Side air bags standard from 2003. Head protection air bags and ESC standard from 2007.
Road Test

The seven-passenger version of this iteration of the Hyundai Santa Fe is one of the most pleasant and well-rounded three-row SUVs on the market. It's functional, stylish and undemanding.

Spacious and accommodating, the Santa Fe has a limo-like rear seat and generous cargo area, yet it doesn't feel too bulky to drive or park. The comfortable ride and quiet interior make it a welcome family road trip companion. Easy access and simple controls add to its user-friendliness. Fuel economy from the standard V6 engine is impressive. We saw 20 mpg overall in our testing, with no compromise in performance.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
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.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (264 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 (190 hp)
  • 3.3-liter V6 (290 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe 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 camera stopped working. it was fixed"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"Rear-view camera just stopped working"

Dell D., WI (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Just after my warranty expired so did my backup camera"

Cathy S., AB (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Backup camera seems to have a short in it. Does not happen often which makes it very hard to fined"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"Back up camera would go blank. Several trips to dealership. Replaced camera, finally replaced display head. This fixed backup display and GPS issues"

Vern H., BC (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Screen froze and would not work"

Anonymous, IN (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Call dealer who instructed us on how to 'reset' the unit??"

John H., GA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"System failed entire radio replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Screen froze and would not work"

Anonymous, IN (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)
Radio

"SiriusXM stopped working. Dealership informed me that despite an extended bumper to bumper warranty, Sirius XM is only up to 3 year, 60000KM. ( that information was not reveled during the sale!) Since the radio/CD was working ok, I opted not to fix it. Subscription to SiriusXM was current - SiriusXM customer service didn't show any problems with account or subscription. Subscription was close to expiring, so didn't bother to cancel it. Two weeks later, Sirius XM came back. It's still workin"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

"Buttons stopped working"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Very frustrating I didn't use the AC during the winter and I passed my warranty miles then, when I went to use the AC in the Spring, it was broken"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"AC simply shut down, fan blower, compressor, etc., only way to "reset" is to power down the vehicle completely then restart the vehicle. Had it "repaired" once and worked fine for about a year. Just shut off the other day - no apparent reason excep"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Recall item on ac control computer. Ac just stopped working twice requiring yow visits to dealer service. Said it was a component problem in these models"

John H., GA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Leak in refrigerant line in rear"

Lee F., MD (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Had to replace two A/C hoses, one at under 60,000 and one at 71,000 miles"

Douglas D., TX (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"A line busted and leaked refrigerant.. causing the air conditioner not to work"

Monica K., NC (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"At dealer, fixes lasted 3 month. Independent shop corrected problem (missing cap!)"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)
Condenser

"Dealer stated a rock struck and damaged the condenser. Condenser was replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

"Side moldings which hit high curbs have broken off twice"

Martin R., CA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Loose left rear mud flap that rattled above 60 mph and sounded like it was in the left door column"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Lower passenger plastic door trip has broken off twice!"

Darrell G., CA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Molding on passenger started to crack. Hyundai replace molding"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"Gas tank door lever broke off on the driverside door"

Martin R., CA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"It doesn't take much to get a scratch or a nick in the paint. So there are several spots that may start to rust. My previous car I had for 13 years and never had this issue, but then again that car was an Acura"

Anonymous, MD (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

"The rattle is most likely related to the wind"

Michael B., CA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)
Wind noise

"I have the roof rack on the top of the car. I had to remove the cross bars since there was terrible noise when you reached freeway speeds"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"General increase in noise. Nothing specific enough to be able to deal with it,but I was hoping it would continue to provide a nice quiet ride for longer"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"At higher speeds a rattle sound is present"

Michael B., CA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"The side view mirrors make a lot of wind noise. This is a design flaw that should have obviously been taken care of by the design engineers. It is very annoying as we travel, even at low speeds. We had the door seals checked and it was not them. The"

Lawrence C., FL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

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

"Driver side door sticks to body and difficult to push open"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"door would open. inside or outside"

Tommy H., TX (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Battery died on a =35 C day. I tried to get to my jumper cables in the back but then I found out that the rear hatch WILL NOT open when battery is dead. I was unable to access my jumper cables and had to wait, freezing for over 1 hour. It says noth"

Henri B., ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Sunroof exploded OUTWARD without warning while driving at 30 MPH, sending glass all over the roadway. Good thing the headliner was closed, otherwise glass would have shot into the cabin possible causing serious injury to occupants"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"After buying on 11-2013 had an instant Re-call on 4 door latches. took in for replacing. Went to pick up after fixing and the 2 front windows rattled when closing doors with windows lowered. Took it back to fix again. Picked it up and only 1 w"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

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

Alignment

"My front tires were wearing incorrectly. My mechanic found that an alignment was needed. We are not sure if it was a failure of the car or a problem with New England roads"

John D., MA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Did not know that they rear end required alignment"

Lee D., TN (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Handled quickly"

Anonymous, IA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"At 26,000 miles begin noticing loud roar from the tires. Went to the dealership and they said that they rear end was out of alignment. This according to them caused cupping of the tires"

Lee D., TN (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Would not shifting to all-wheel-drive"

Richard L., NJ (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)
Rough shifting

"This vehicles transmission clunk's shifting into 3rd gear. Was told buy dealer , they couldn't feel it. And when trying to pass or go faster up a hill the transmission downshifts and engine "Revs" to sometimes 6,000 rpm,s. I hate this vehicle !!!"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)
Transmission computer

"The gears started slipping and wouldn't go past 3rd gear, took to dealership and was told the smart transmission had "gotten confused" and they reprogrammed the codes and it was fine"

Anonymous, WY (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.3-L V6)

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

"Campaign to replace turbo oil feed hose"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"Recall to replace faulty fuel line , check engine warning light on"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"Number 3 fuel injector failed with in the first 2 months. Took it to the dealer and they fixed it in 2 days after a number of test"

Luke A., AB (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

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

"The Keyless entry system is very confusing. We cannot lock the car with the remote or door button for approx 15 seconds after leaving the car. Sometimes the car wont lock at all and the lights stay on?"

Henri B., ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"The hose connected to the washer in back window came loose from connection"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)
Headlights

"The lights project forward and there is a distinctive horizontal line at the extreme where beyond that line everything is black. For night driving, it is a very dangerous situation"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Caliper froze and wore down brake pad"

Nicholas F., NJ (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"the front calipers were stuck"

Anonymous, QC (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

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

"Engine suffered "catastrophic engine failure" while on a road trip. The engine did not stop running and endanger us. Hyundai responded to our request for roadside assistance, provided a tow truck, towed the vehicle to a dealership, replaced the engine under warranty, and paid for our rental vehicle while ours was repaired"

Roy H., WV (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Piston slap. Dealer replaced engine under warranty"

Ernie P., ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

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

Differential

"Bucking at low speed turn. Dealer replace F OC"

Anonymous, CT (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)
Electrical failure

"Steering went while driving. Had to replace the whole steering column"

Anonymous, BC (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.3-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"NOTICED INCREASING THROATY HUM AS CAR ACCELERATED. MECHANIC FOUND A COUPLING THAT HAD FAILED ( SOME SORT OF FLANGE ) FIXED WITH NEW PART FOR AROUND $ 180.00 )"

Robert L., NY (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.3-L V6)
Pipes

"PART OF PREVIOUS"

Robert L., NY (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.3-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"fuel injector failure"

Anonymous, NV (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"The transmission had a click and the car would have a mild stutter only when going around corner. Then suddenly one day it would only go with significant shaking. The dealer repaired it under warranty and gave me a loaner sedan. It took longer than expected bc the wrong parts were sent initially. The mechanic was great"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

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

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