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2012 New York Auto Show - Hyundai

Hyundai Santa Fe SportHyundai Santa Fe Sport
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The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe has undergone a type of automotive mitosis, splitting like an amoeba into two separate vehicles. One, the Santa Fe Sport, has a shorter wheelbase, with two rows of seats that seat five passengers. The other, simply known as Santa Fe, has a longer wheelbase, three rows of seats, and seats seven. Obviously, this broadens the range of crossovers with which the Santa Fe twins can be cross-shopped.

The updated styling continues Hyundai's "Fluidic Sculpture" theme, although perhaps with less fluid than the recent Elantra and Veloster. Attractive enough without being risky.

Engine choices carry over from the rest of the Hyundai range; a normally aspirated 2.4L direct injection 4-cylinder and a turbocharged 2.0L direct injection 4-cylinder for the Santa Fe Sport, while the longer Santa Fe gets just the 3.3L direct injection V6. Each these power plants mate with a 6-speed automatic with manual control, and all Santa Fe models feature the class-exclusive TVCC torque vectoring system for enhanced cornering.

Look for the Santa Fe Sport in showrooms late this summer and the long wheelbase version early 2013.