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2015 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport
Base-price range: $25,825 – $36,000 (estimate)

These two Best Crossovers are a package deal. Even though they’re different in many ways, the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe and smaller Santa Fe Sport share similar positive attributes that earn them a place on this list. Both vehicles are midsize-class crossovers that have a similar basic design, interior layout, and feature set. They’re smooth, quiet, refined, and backed by Hyundai’s excellent bumper-to-bumper and powertrain warranties. Strangely enough, they also share similar problems of uneven ride quality and overall dull driving dynamics. It’s not as if most of our other Best Crossovers are what you’d call “sporty,” but rather the Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport feel especially bland from behind the wheel. On to the differences: the Sport is the smaller of the two and seats a maximum of five passengers. Buyers can choose from one of two four-cylinder engines, including a turbocharged unit that actually produces more horsepower (264) than the V-6 found in the Nissan Pathfinder (260). The just-plain Sport Santa Fe boasts three-row seating for either six or seven passengers as well as a V-6 engine that produces more and smoother power than either of the Sport’s motors. Due to its longer wheelbase, the Santa Fe rides slightly better. These differences make the Santa Fe our pick in this lineup, though any version of this crossover is well worth considering.

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