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Texas Loves the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

It looks like the Lone Star State is in love with the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe. The Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) has named it the 2013 CUV of Texas.

Issued at the 21st annual Texas Truck Rodeo near San Antonio, the win complements the Santa Fe Sport’s victory as “Compact CUV of Texas” in last-year’s competition.

“We are very pleased the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe has been named ‘CUV of Texas’ and proud to see that the Santa Fe family continues its winning streak at the Truck Rodeo,” said Mike O’Brien, Hyundai’s vice president of corporate and product planning. “Given the fact that Santa Fe Sport was named Compact Crossover at last year’s Rodeo, TAWA members have further confirmed the amazing versatility of this crossover with its five, six or seven passenger configurations.”

The 2013 Texas Truck Rodeo evaluated some of the industry’s leading trucks, SUVs and crossover utilities. The famed Knibbe Ranch in Spring Branch, Texas served as the event’s proving grounds where the Santa Fe proved itself on surfaces varying from bumpy pavement, loose gravel, slick mud, steep hills, jagged rocks and water crossings, each candidate stayed busy throughout the two days of testing.

“Crossovers are important to Texans as they need vehicles that deliver on comfort, functionality and reliability,” said Michael Marrs, TAWA President. “Hyundai exceeded those expectations and had the best product in the category.”

An all-new “Fluidic Sculpture” design gives the third generation Santa Fe the impact of constant motion while opulent interior features such as heated seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel give world-class comfort and amenities, starting at $28,600.

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