COSTA MESA, Calif., Jan. 9, 2013As an alternative to the traditional SUV, the popularity of crossovers have become a staple for the outdoor enthusiast, families and singles looking for something that better suits their personalities and lifestyles. In recognizing this, the editors of Autobytel have named the all-new Santa Fe Sport as “Crossover of the Year.” Santa Fe Sport beat strong competition from Mazda and Subaru to earn the honor.

“Hyundai comes full circle with the 2013 Santa Fe Sport, a crossover that, like its siblings, is a best for its value, design, technology and handling,” said Michelle Naranjo, Editor-in-Chief, “The Santa Fe Sport shows that affordable can also mean refined.”

With more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry, the editors at Autobytel choose winners based on contenders who exemplify innovation, design and features. Editors ranging in age, driving habits and geography play an important role in testing the cars.

“We are more than honored to receive ‘Crossover of The Year’ award for the 2013 Santa Fe Sport,” said Scott Margason, director, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “The Santa Fe Sport’s pleasing variety of comfort, functionality and reliability has made it a top contender in its segment.”

Built for today’s family, the all-new third-generation Santa Fe showcases the brand’s cutting-edge capabilities through its bold design, impressive fuel economy and a host of amenities to delight drivers and passengers with high expectations for functionality and comfort.

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