COSTA MESA, Calif., Jan. 9, 2013 – As an alternative to the traditional SUV, the popularity of crossovers have become a staple for the outdoor enthusiast, families and singles looking for something that better suits their personalities and lifestyles. In recognizing this, the editors of Autobytel have named the all-new Santa Fe Sport as “Crossover of the Year.” Santa Fe Sport beat strong competition from Mazda and Subaru to earn the honor.

“Hyundai comes full circle with the 2013 Santa Fe Sport, a crossover that, like its siblings, is a best for its value, design, technology and handling,” said Michelle Naranjo, Editor-in-Chief, “The Santa Fe Sport shows that affordable can also mean refined.”

With more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry, the editors at Autobytel choose winners based on contenders who exemplify innovation, design and features. Editors ranging in age, driving habits and geography play an important role in testing the cars.

“We are more than honored to receive ‘Crossover of The Year’ award for the 2013 Santa Fe Sport,” said Scott Margason, director, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “The Santa Fe Sport’s pleasing variety of comfort, functionality and reliability has made it a top contender in its segment.”

Built for today’s family, the all-new third-generation Santa Fe showcases the brand’s cutting-edge capabilities through its bold design, impressive fuel economy and a host of amenities to delight drivers and passengers with high expectations for functionality and comfort.

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Autobytel Inc., an online leader offering consumer purchase requests and marketing resources to car dealers and manufacturers and providing consumers with the information they need to purchase new and used cars, pioneered the automotive Internet when it launched its flagship website in 1995. Autobytel continues to offer innovative products and services to help consumers buy, and auto dealers and manufacturers sell, more used and new cars. Autobytel has helped tens of millions of automotive consumers research vehicles; connected thousands of dealers nationwide with motivated car buyers; and helped every major automaker market its brand online. Through its flagship website, network of automotive sites and respected online. affiliates, Autobytel continues its dedication to innovating the industry’s highest quality Internet programs to provide consumers with a comprehensive and positive automotive research and purchasing experience, and auto dealers, dealer groups and auto manufacturers with some of the industry’s most productive and cost-effective customer referral and marketing programs.

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.