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.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"This car is my wife's "work horse" and she is extremely satisfied with its driving capability."

WILLIAM M., NH (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Handles well, very good turning radius. Plenty of pep for merging on expressway or passing. Very pleased with mileage. Get up to 29 MPG on highway and 22 around town. This is with V6."

Anonymous, SC (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Not smooth consistent acceleration"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Surprisingly good handling with the stock tires. Acceleration is good but can be a bit "step like" as the RPMs climb"

JAMES P., WY (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Bad - Rattle behind the driver's seat that they can't locate or fix"

DON Z., CA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Handled great in bad weather"

Anonymous, NH (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The engine is powerful and accelerates well for a large car."

Jason S., AB (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Icreasingly sluggish acceleration"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Very peppy with 6 cylinder. Like the adjustable steering (comfort to sporty). Love the short turning radius. Very easy to maneuver and park."

Anonymous, SC (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"ACCELERATES VERY WELL 4 WHEE DRIVE DOES IT IN SNOE STEERING AND BRAKING EXCWLLENT"

Anonymous, DE (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Did you know the nav system on the Santa Fee requires a $300+ update every year. The nav system is very poor. I found it missing a complete city. I called the Nav software people and told them they were missing a city and they told me to buy an map update. so I use my smartphone app."

Anonymous, ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Transmission slow to downshift. Also no sport mode, shifts up too soon."

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Has great acceleration from a standstill it is really noticeable WITH THE TURBO ENGINE"

Anthony B., CA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Excellent handling in all weather"

Anonymous, NH (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The vehicle, for it's size, has really good acceleration with excellent transmission response. It handles well on all types of highways, from narrow two-lane country roads in the hills of Southern West Virginia to the Southern Interstates. I'm amazed at the short turning radius for a vehicle of this size. The back-up camera combined with the small turning radius makes parking very easy."

Roy H., WV (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Vehicles responds well in all altitudes and driving conditions which is very helpful when traveling through unfamiliar areas and terrains."

John H., MN (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Very powerful engine, handles very well."

Michael A., MD (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The engine is great and very responsive. Passing is easy with the power that I get from the V6 engine. Engine is super quiet and cruising at highway speeds is effortless. The handling is very good and feel confident in taking corners sharper than with my Jeep. Braking is excellent. Love this SUV"

Ray K., ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"I really enjoy the acceleration and handling and f this vehicle. At high speeds the vehicle remains stable and smooth. The acceleration is great for merging onto highways and passing. Handling is solid for a vehicle of this size."

Anonymous, ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Good turning radius. Great pickup when passing other vehicles. Good in snow."

Anonymous, ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Lots of road noise in the Santa Fe"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"good value for the money"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"confusing climate controls"

BARTON H., NC (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The GLS (base model). Has very comfortable seats with height and electric lumbar adjustments. Ride quality remains good and road noise is low."

JAMES P., WY (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Tires make a very distracting road noise"

Lee D., TN (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Everything about the comfort is very good. Seats are adjustable for my wife and I despite being vastly different sizes. Interior noise allows me to make business phone calls with little extraneous noise. Space and the interior are roomy."

Anonymous, ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The seats are very comfortable, with plenty of leg room for all three rows of seats. The second row seats have heated seat cushions controlled by the back seat passengers. The vehicle is fairly quiet on the highway, and the ride is firmly controlled with little vehicle lean in corners and controlled motion over pavement irregularities."

Roy H., WV (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Increasingly noisy ride ( shakes, rattles, vibrations )"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Seats are very uncomfortable, could use a lot more seat padding."

Anonymous, ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Rolling sofa. Handling is fair. Good for long trips but not so great in traffic and around town. Stiff ride but dumped the Kumho OEM tires for Continental True Contact and car is like new."

Anonymous, MA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"noise from door seals , also if seat is complete back you will damage rubber seal getting in and out of car."

Wayne H., QC (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Seats comfortable for 8 - 10 hours driving. Road noise is minimal. Ride is no harsh but could be a little more gentle."

James M., FL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"We have had recurring problems with the electric adjustments of the drivers seat that were never solved by the dealer and will require comparatively expensive control switches to repair now that it is out of warranty."

Brian T., TN (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"We can take cross country road trips and not have pain or exhaustion due to long times seated and clear vision while driving."

John H., MN (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"I have a really odd rattling noise that has developed in the passenger side headrest of my Santa Fe. I actually swapped out the headrest with the one on the driver side to see if that would fix it… And it seemed like it did temporarily… But it returned shortly thereafter. Truthfully that is the only complaint I have about this car."

Philip R., NV (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The car top rack is so noisy we can't use the sunroof."

Sharon T., VA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"I feel that I was overcharged for the lease. I was told by the salesman that there was not a prepay amount, but was then charged $1500. In addition, though the car was new, it was last year's model, but I paid like it was a new model and upscale SUV. Happy with the car, not with the dealership."

CAROL S., FL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"We bought the 2013 Santa Fe as a used vehicle, for a little under $20,000. Considering the features that were included, we feel that it was excellent value for our money. My wife is the primary driver, and she loves the vehicle. Her only complaint so far is a blind spot created by the driver's side door mounted rear view mirror that can be a problem when making a left turn into a street that is below the level of the one she is travelling on."

ROY H., WV (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"With rebates and discounts vehicle was cheap for all the extras (3500 off)Colour led display rear heat season s and rear window shades built in. Tinted rear windows were includes"

Anonymous, BC (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"very expensive annual maintenance costs. numerous problems, all expensive to fix."

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Best value and features at this price point. Has proven to be very reliable. Highly recommended!"

Derek S., ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"This is a car and an excellent value."

Michael K., UT (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Not worth it - poor acceleration, engine knocks, multiple trips back to the dealer to fix probbens and recalls I would never buy this car again"

Shakufe V., ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Think the price was good in relationship to comparable vehicles"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Got a good deal."

Michael A., MD (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"It is a good utilitarian vehicle for hauling people (up to 7) and purchases."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"We test drove the Toyota Highlander and the Hyundai Santa Fe. To get the same features in the Toyota (leather seats, sunroof, heated steering wheel, etc.) would have cost at least $10,000 more. Great value with Hyundai!"

William H., AB (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"For the interior size for 5 adults is very good. The additional seating for two more people is rather cumbersome to get into and is better suited for kids but two smaller adults can get in there for a short ride."

James M., FL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"AS NOTED THOUSANDS UNDER THE COMPETIIION"

Anonymous, DE (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The big plus is the 5-year bumper-to-bumper warranty. Just had the back-up camera replaced. I researched all the other SUVs before buying the Santa Fe and it would have cost me between $8,000-12,000 more for a comparably-equipped SUV- with an inferior warranty."

Ray K., ON (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Over all only needed regular maintenance"

Wayne H., QC (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Most SUV you pay for all the extras addons this vehicle had a more standard feature. Has a very smooth ride. and good gas miles on the freeways."

Anthony B., CA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"THE LIMITED WASS THOUSANDS UNDERTHE COMPETITION FRO THE SAME AMENITIES"

Anonymous, DE (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"I like to overall look"

DON Z., CA (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Styling like most SUV's, ride is a bit firm but not noisy. Interior comfy, third row seats not bad. Voice control sucks, mileage decent, V-6 motor responsive and accelerates well. Second Hyundai, they are good cars!"

GARY R., OK (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"It is a sleek looking vehicle. I get compliments all the time."

BOB W., TN (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"mileage,easy to drive, comfortable, good breaks and steering."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Excel ant car for price, should swap my clk mercedies for one today."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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