Hyundai may think they’ve invented the crossover sport-utility vehicle, or CUV, but that honor stretches back to automaker AMC. Purchased by Chrysler in 1987, AMC offered up a car-SUV lovechild known to the world as the Eagle, and it was produced for model years 1980 through 1988.
Hyundai came along over a decade later with the Santa Fe, which hit the streets in the year 2000 as a 2001 model vehicle. That SUV-like vehicle was part of the reason for the automaker’s initial taste of success in terms of stateside sales. Demand was high, and customers picked up the Santa Fe as fast as the Korean carmaker could pump them out.
The first-generation Hyundai Santa Fe was inexpensive, and the opposite of good looking. Still, it sold well, and helped Hyundai get on solid footing. Now, here we are and another decade has passed, and Hyundai is quickly rising up to be one of the top automotive companies in the United States. It also has an all-new 2013 Santa Fe ready to head to showrooms. This is the third-generation of the crossover, and it might just be ready to attract a new generation of car-buying families.