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Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
Overall Rating: 8.0
Bottom Line: The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe splits its identity in two: the three-row ute goes V-6 only, while the five-passenger Sport leans on turbo power, a flexible second-row seat and a cushy ride to make its best case ever.

Hyundai’s Santa Fe now includes two different body styles—the two-row Santa Fe Sport, and the three-row Santa Fe—which means that its competition now spans a wide range, from the likes of the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V all the way up to models like the Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer. It’s more mature and more upscale in look and feel, inside and out, and there’s a new lineup of direct-injection four-cylinder, turbo four, and V-6 engines. And whether you go for the Sport or the standard Santa Fe, reconfigurability and versatility are top-notch. We haven’t yet driven the Santa Fe, but we’re impressed by the Santa Fe Sport’s refined powertrains and excellent fuel economy—as well as the straightforward infotainment system across the model line.

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