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 |  Jul 15 2014, 8:02 AM

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Hyundai is readying its next-generation Santa Fe to seat up to eight people.

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 |  Mar 26 2014, 11:32 AM

The Kings of the Big Family Haulers


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Until the mid-1980s, those with large families usually bought station wagons with a who-cares-about-safety rearward facing third row of seats. But then the minivan was introduced and everything changed. For the next fifteen years, troops of kids were transported here and there in these pragmatic boxes on wheels. As is often the case though, consumer taste’s changed.

Today the three-row station wagons rival the mountain gorilla on the critically endangered species list while the minivan has become more passé than bridge clubs. Now there is a new king of big family transport – the three-row crossover utility vehicle (CUV).

And the Crossover Takes Over

After a brief foray with three-row body-on-frame SUVs in the early 2000s, the vast majority of auto manufacturers have settled on unibody crossovers to handle passenger duties of six or more. Last year, more than 1.7 million of these CUVs were sold in the U.S. compared to less than 525,000 minivans.

With nearly two million annual sales up for grabs, manufacturers are constantly tweaking their products to entice customers. Over the last year alone, all-new versions of the Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander hit the market while the Kia Sorento and Dodge Durango received significant updates. To see which CUV is the best value for the money, we gathered these five crossovers along with three older models; the large Chevrolet Traverse, the best-selling Ford Explorer and the eight-passenger Honda Pilot. Which one emerged as the victor in this stacked field? Read on to find out.

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 |  Jan 27 2014, 12:32 PM

3-Rows and Lots of MPGs



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In the market for a three-row SUV but want to know what will get you the best fuel economy? AutoGuide has compiled the top 10 most fuel-efficient three-row SUVs available today based on their combined MPG rating.

 |  Jul 16 2013, 4:45 PM

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Hyundai Motor America is mulling over the addition of a new small crossover to its model lineup, according to CEO John Krafcik.

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 |  Feb 14 2013, 9:29 AM

The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has been awarded the 2013 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the year award. 

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 |  Jan 31 2013, 9:27 AM

Having already revealed a pair of Super Bowl commercials, Hyundai will make it a threesome by adding a third, starring its new, seven-passenger Santa Fe.

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 |  Dec 27 2012, 1:43 PM

10. 2013 Ford Escape Review


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As 2012 comes to an end, AutoGuide has decided to take a look back at the most watched videos from our collection.

SEE ALSO: 2013 Ford Escape Review – Video

Kicking off the top 10 list is the 2013 Ford Escape video review, where Editor-in-Chief Colum Wood puts the new crossover to the test, admiring its sleek new looks and its handling.

 |  Dec 06 2012, 7:02 PM

 

Despite dealing with its mpg scandal, Hyundai set a new record this year for annual U.S. sales. 

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 |  Aug 07 2012, 8:01 AM

Earlier this year at the New York International Auto Show, Hyundai unveiled its 2013 Santa Fe crossover that seats seven while getting respectable fuel figures.

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 |  Apr 05 2012, 10:45 AM

The new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe debuted to the public at the 2012 New York Auto Show, and it has been confirmed by Hyundai CEO John Krafcik that it will replace the Hyundai Veracruz. 

The Sante Fe has grown in 2013, and now offers seven passenger seating, rendering the Veracruz as a model without a market. The Veracruz name plate never caught on in the US like Santa Fe did, so Hyundai will offer the new Santa Fe with either five or seven seats, to make it a versatile vehicle which can be marketed under the same name.

“It’s hard to establish a new brand name,” Krafcik said. “It can take $50 to $100 million dollars. Santa Fe is a golden nameplate for us, it’s a great product, and now it will be much more efficient in my marketing spend.”

Also helping to oust the Veracruz is the simple fact that it is old looking, where as the new Santa Fe has inherited Hyundai’s new fluid design language which has been successful on the Elantra and and Sonata.

[Source: Autoblog]

 |  Mar 21 2012, 9:30 AM

Hyundai has been slowly revealing the new Santa Fe before its official unveil at the 2012 New York Auto Show. Today a few more images come to us showing off more of the vehicles curves and features.

The new pictures seem to confirm a few of our suspicions from the latest brochure leak, like seating for seven. We can also see window shades for the interior passengers and vented seats for the driver and passenger.

Hyundai says that the new Santa Fe incorporates a new design concept called “Storm Edge,” which represents the evolution of its successful “Fluidic Sculpture” design language.

The new vehicle will be seen in the flesh at the 2012 New York Auto Show in April, and is expected to go on sale globally by the end of the year.

Check out more images released by Hyundai in the gallery below.

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 |  Mar 11 2012, 7:49 AM

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Hyundai plans on unveiling the 2013 Santa Fe at the upcoming New York International Auto Show, but the Korean automaker decided to give us all a sneak peek through its Twitter account.

Two renderings of the 2013 Santa Fe crossover have been provided, giving us a better picture of what the next-generation CUV will look like in combination to the photos leaked earlier this year.

According to the Korean automaker, the new Santa Fe sports a new styling language “Storm Edge”, stating that it’s a natural evolution from its successful “Fluidic Sculpture” that has been seen on Hyundais the last few years.

By the looks of these photos, it appears that the Santa Fe will continue to be a two-row crossover – the optional third row was tossed out in the 2009 model year – and will continue to compete with the likes of the Nissan Murano and Toyota Venza.

Look for more on the 2013 Santa Fe with AutoGuide’s New York Auto Show coverage starting April 4th.

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 |  Aug 16 2011, 3:29 PM

Hyundai plans to launch three new or refreshed models in the next year including the i30 (known here as the Elantra Touring), the new Santa Fe and the revised i20. All three vehicles will make their official debut at next months Frankfurt auto show.

The Korean automaker has not released much information on the Santa Fe, other than it’s coming, and is expected to follow Hyundai’s current styling scheme. Tony Whitehorn, managing director of Hyundai UK, said: “We’ve already shown with our other recent models that each car that comes out of this company is quite improved, both technically and in terms of emotional appeal.”

The Santa Fe will also likely feature styling cues from the smaller 2012 Tucson. Sources have noted that the new Santa Fe will get a new “ix” name in Europe to fit in with the rest of Hyundai’s lineup. However the Sante Fe nameplate is well recognized in North America and is not expected to change anytime soon. Stay tuned for more details!

[Source: Auto Car]

 |  Aug 03 2011, 2:30 PM

The 1 millionth Hyundai Sonata rolled off the line on July 29 2011 at the Alabama manufacturing facility, marking a historic milestone for the Korean automaker. A small celebration last Friday was held at the plant, as a 2012 Limited Edition 2.0 Turbo with a radiant silver paint finish, marked the event . Employees of the plant cheered as President and CEO Young Deuk Lim drove the Sonata off the line with Vice President of Production, Ashley Frye and Robert Coleman, HMMA’s Team Member of the year in the passenger seats.

“I am so proud of everything our Team Members have accomplished in the past six years, eclipsing 1,000,000 total vehicles manufactured in November 2009, producing more than 300,000 vehicles in 2010 and now our 1,000,000th Sonata,” said President Lim. “This milestone provides us an opportunity celebrate our many achievements and take pride in knowing our Hyundai spirit is alive and ready to reach any goal we set for ourselves.”

The Alabama plant has produced three different vehicles since 2006 including the Sonata, Santa Fe and Elantra. The popular Sonata, has helped Hyundai exceed the 300,000 unit capacity at the plant for the past two years.