By Ted Orme
The Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville, Virginia, with its surrounding countryside of scenic rolling hills, historic dwellings (Jefferson’s Monticello at the top of the list), and academe atmosphere (University of Virginia) is a great place to show off a new genteel three row seat crossover vehicle. In this case the extended, more powerful, plushier 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe, which replaces the Veracruz as the company’s flagship CUV.
Vern Parker and I tooled down to Charlottesville in a sporty three-door Veloster courtesy of Hyundai. Admittedly, the sight of two old dudes in a hot orange turbocharged pocket rocket zipping down the road got a couple of double takes. But fun is one thing, comfort another, and we both welcomed the switch to the downright luxurious three-row Santa Fe
To get that third row and seating for six or seven the Santa Fe has been stretched an additional 8.5 inches from bumper to bumper over the two-row, five-seat Santa Fe Sport, which debuted last August. The wheelbase has been lengthened by 3.9 inches.