Compact CUV of Texas: 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
The 20th annual Truck Rodeo has just come to an end, with the all-new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport driving off with the 2012 “Compact CUV of Texas” award after the 2-day event.
The winner was decided upon by a panel of judges comprised of 50 of the industry’s leading journalists.
Mike O’Brien, vice president, Corporate and Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America said that the company was delighted to receive the “Compact CUV of Texas’ award for the first time ever.
He thanked the members of TAWA for choosing the Santa Fe, saying that he was glad they recognized that the vehicle was one that could stay composed, safe, and efficient under any type of environment.
The 50 member group of TAWA took the time to evaluate a number of the industry most popular trucks, SUV’s, and CUV’s.
Each of the vehicles was put through a rigorous testing schedule at the Knibbe Ranch in Spring Branch, Texas.
The test area was comprised of a number of different surfaces, such as jagged rocks, steep hills, slick mud, loose gravel, water crossings, and more. The testing took place over a 2 day period, with each vehicle tested to its limits.
TAWA President, Michael Herzing said that the decision to select the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport was an overwhelming one.
He emphasized just how important the CUV was to Texans, all of whom expect a crossover to be functional and reliable, whilst still delivering a comfortable ride. He went on to say that the Santa Fe not only met those expectations, but went far beyond.
The competition for top spot in the segment was tough, with the Santa Fe Sport having to go up against the likes of the 2013 Mazda CX5 Grand Touring AWD, 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i Limited and the 2013 Nissan Juke SL Midnight Edition.
The journalists in charge of choosing the winner particularly liked the value, mileage, and driving dynamics of the Santa Fe, which was why they crowned it number one.
2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
The all-new 2013 Santa Fe comes in a pair of different trims, both of which have all new powertrains, and delivers class-leading fuel economy.
The Santa Fe Sport earned its “Compact CUV of Texas” award by offering comfortable seating for 5, two gasoline direct injected engines, and as much as 33mpg highway.
The 2.0L T-GDI is a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 264 horsepower, as well as offering exclusive features such as a 40:20:40 split folding rear seat, Blue Link telematics and Driver Selectable Steering Mode (DSSM).
The Santa Fe carries the Fluidic Sculpture design that is now present on all new Hyundai models, giving it the look of being in constant motion.
There are a number of luxury type features to be found inside such as heated seats and leather wrapped steering wheel.
Trimming down 266lbs, maintaining its top safety pick standard, and coming in a t price of $24,450 makes the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport the cream of the crop in a very crowded segment.