A tweener, the 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe is at the large end of the compact crossover class, the small end of the mid-size spectrum.
A couple of like-minded crossovers come to mind when shopping.
The Kia Sorento shares some running gear with the Santa Fe, with the prime distinctions being the Sorento's optional UVO voice-command system and its more rugged styling, and its available third-row seat.
The Dodge Journey re-emerged last year as a contender in the group, with a great new interior complementing its good interior space and three-row seating.
The Ford Edge only seats five, but it's ahead of all of these with the MyFord Touch control system, and with a new turbo EcoBoost four-cylinder version with 30-mpg highway fuel economy; Chevy's Equinox is also a five-seater, but one with a very efficient four-cylinder drivetrain and big cargo space.
Lastly, there's the Toyota RAV4, offered with four- and six-cylinder engines, and still nicely executed, with a long track record of durability behind it.
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|20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas/Ethanol I4||Gas I4||Gas V6||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|2WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||FWD Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD||Sport Utility Vehicle|
|FWD 4-Door I4 GLS||FWD 4-Door LS||FWD 4-Door SE||4-Door SE FWD||2WD 4-Door I4 Base||FWD 4-Door I4 (Natl)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sport Utility||4 Door||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility||4 Door||4 Door|
|Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic||Manual||Automatic|