2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Named One Of Ward's 10 Best Interiors

      2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Named One Of Ward's 10 Best Interiors

PR Newswire

COSTA MESA, Calif., April 15, 2013

COSTA MESA, Calif., April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The all-new 2013 Hyundai
Santa Fe Sport's upscale and highly-functional interior was acknowledged by
the editors of WardsAuto, which named it to this year's Ward's 10 Best
Interiors list. This recognition follows the 2012 Accent and 2012 Azera being
named to the list last year.

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"The latest version of the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is the essence of a midsize
family CUV: well-crafted, tastefully appointed and affordable, despite a
decidedly upscale look and feel," said Tom Murphy, executive editor,
WardsAuto. "Hyundai is consistently delivering excellent interiors that
reinforce the brand's 'Fluidic Sculpture' design language."

WardsAuto editors have been studying the vehicles since February, selecting
the 10 winners from a field of 46 vehicles with new or significantly refreshed
interiors. The selection process mimics that of the Ward's 10 Best Engines
competition, in which editors rate vehicles based on their daily commutes in
and around metro Detroit. Unlike 10 Best Engines, the interior competition has
no price cap.

"The all-new Santa Fe Sport offers buyers a comfortable, functional and
modern-looking interior," said Christopher Chapman, chief designer, Hyundai
Design North America. "Designed with families in mind, the interior features
quality materials, intuitive controls and a spacious layout for the diverse
needs of today's active families."

"The instrument panel is defined by its sculptural center vents from which the
flowing form develops," said Christopher Zarlenga, design manager of Santa
Fe's interior. "Color is also an important differentiator for the interior,
emphasizing the wing shape outward from the center stack through the doors."

During the selection process editors pay close attention to fit-and-finish,
checking to see if seams are straight and match up cleanly on armrests and
instrument panels. Editors climb in and out of back seats and third rows in
larger CUVs and SUVs to check overall comfort levels, headroom and legroom.
Another increasingly important category is driver information. Bluetooth®
phone links are commonplace, so editors connect their smartphones and
experiment with voice-activation systems.

Santa Fe Sport features a flowing interior look, designed for passenger
functionality and comfort. From the heated rear seats and available eight-way
power driver seat, to a standard 40:20:40 folding-rear seat back, the vehicle
boasts flexibility and a comfortable cabin for all passengers. Also standard
on all Santa Fe models with cloth seating is a YES Essentials® seat fabric
treatment that provides soil-resistant, anti-odor and anti-static properties
for added longevity and livability. Special care and attention went into other
interior details, such as an optional panoramic sunroof, which allows more
natural light into the cabin, and premium window switch trim. Available on
2.4-liter models and standard on Turbo models is a push-button starter with
proximity key and an electrochromatic gauge cluster color LCD screen. A heated
steering wheel and sliding second row seats are optional first-class touches
on Santa Fe Sport.

The 2013 interior winners will be honored during the WardsAuto Interiors
Conference on May 22 at The Henry hotel in Dearborn, Mich. An extensive
package profiling the winners is available on WardsAuto.com and in the May
issue of WardsAuto World magazine.

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
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 limited warranty, Hyundai's
10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and five years of
complimentary Roadside Assistance. On May 16, 2013, Hyundai Assurance will be
expanded to include Assurance Connected Care for all Blue Link equipped
vehicles. Assurance Connected Care provides Hyundai owners with proactive
safety and car care services made possible by the Hyundai Blue Link telematics
platform standard for three years. These services include Automatic Collision
Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly
Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.

For more details on Hyundai Assurance, please visit www.HyundaiAssurance.com

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