Hyundai launched the first Santa Fe in 2001. Like other Hyundai models released in this timeframe, the crossover SUV was somewhat unremarkable and competed mainly on price. A 2007 redesign, however, appealed to buyers in the midsize segment with improved performance and design.
Things have gotten even better with an all-new 2013 model that is available in two sizes: the short-wheelbase Sport and long-wheelbase GLS and Limited. The larger Santa Fe models are replacing the Veracruz, which will be discontinued in 2012.