The 2013 Santa Fe Sport is currently considered as one of the most sought about models included on Hyundai’s crossover lineup for this year. This is because a lot of car buyers and automotive experts are very much interested on the changes that Hyundai has implemented on this vehicle as part of the company’s move of stretching the current lineup. However, it seems that Hyundai has only tweaked a few features of the Santa Fe Sport and this could mean that the current version will most likely look and run like its predecessor.
The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport which is presently out of the market as a 5-passenger vehicle rides on the upgraded car-like unibody platform that it shares with the Kia Sorrento. The vehicle’s overall remains the same as the 2012 model and this is currently offered with two engine options composed of the base 2.4-liter 4-cylinder and the optional 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Both of these engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive variants.
The 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine is expected to generate a maximum power output of up to 190 horsepower and 181 lb.-ft. of torque. The optional 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine on the other hand is capable of producing up to 264 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque. Given the maximum power output that the optional engine could generate, the turbocharged version of the Santa Fe Sport can be considered as a good option for buyers who are in need of a more powerful and faster Santa Fe.
The front-wheel drive version of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport which is propelled by the base engine is expected to obtain a rating of 33 miles per gallon in the highway while the all-wheel drive variant might achieve a rating of 28 miles per gallon.
Based on the tests conducted by Hyundai, the front-wheel drive version of the 2013 Santa Fe Sport which is equipped with the optional 2.0