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Top 5 SUVs at the 2012 New York International Auto Show

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport/Santa Fe
Top 5 SUVs at the 2012 New York International Auto Show

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

Photo © Jason Fogelson

The Hyundai Santa Fe has been a big success story for the company. For its third generation (First gen was 2001 – 2006; second gen is 2007 – 2012), Hyundai is completely rethinking the Santa Fe. In fact, there will now be two Santa Fe variants: the Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Sport. The Santa Fe Sport will take the place of the old Santa Fe in the lineup; the new Santa Fe will replace the Veracruz as Hyundai’s flagship three-row crossover. It’s an interesting strategy – rely on the brand equity that you’ve built up with a successful vehicle name, and shed the old vehicle’s lack of recognition with the nameplate.

The Santa Fe is noticeably bigger than the Santa Fe Sport. The Santa Fe rides on a 110.2” wheelbase, is 193.1” long, 74.2” wide and 66.5” tall, weighing in at 3,869 – 4,012 lbs. The Santa Fe Sport gets a 106.3” wheelbase, 184.6” total length, 74.0” width, 66.1” height and curb weights from a svelte 3,459 lbs to 3,739 lbs.

The Santa Fe Sport will be available with two different powertrains: the 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder (190 hp/181 lb-ft of torque); or a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder (264 hp/269 lb-ft of torque). The Santa Fe gets a 3.3-liter V6 with direct injection (290 hp/252 lb-ft of torque). All three engines are hooked up to a 6-speed automatic transmission with standard front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. Preliminary fuel economy estimates start at 23 city/33 highway/26 combined for the Santa Fe Sport 2.4/FWD to 19 city/26 highway/22 combined for the Santa Fe 3.3/AWD.

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