Hyundai Santa Fe

Base Price: $30,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: With the discontinuation of the Veracruz, the third-generation Santa Fe becomes Hyundai's only 7-passenger vehicle. Powered by the 3.3L V-6, the Santa Fe can be ordered in front- or all-wheel-drive configuration. Few options are available, including a navigation system with an 8-inch screen.

Best Buy: Hate making decisions? The Santa Fe Limited makes almost everything standard.

Sum Up: May finally be ready to challenge the crossover kingpins.

Star Rating: (not rated)


Hyundai Santa Fe
Base Engine 3.3L/290-hp/252-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 7.0-7.5 sec*
Tow/Payload N/A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 19/26 mpg*
Basic Warranty 5 yrs/60,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 7; rear cam: O; BMS: O
* Estimated


Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Base Price: $24,500-$32,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: Despite the similar name, the two-row Santa Fe Sport differs considerably from the three-row Santa Fe and utilizes four-cylinder engines exclusively. A 190-hp, direct-injected 2.4L I-4 powers the base trim; a 264-hp 2.0L turbo four powers the higher-level 2.0T. As is the case with the bigger Santa Fe, the most notable interior option is the 8-inch navigation and infotainment screen.

Look For: New panoramic roof and blind-spot monitoring system.

Sum Up: More power, better fuel economy, and new looks should increase value quotient.

Star Rating: (not rated)


Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
Base Engine 2.4L/190-hp/181-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 2.0L/264-hp/269-lb-ft turbo I-4
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 7.0-8.5 sec*
Tow/Payload N/A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 20-22/27-33 mpg
Basic Warranty 5 yrs/60,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 7; rear cam: O; BMS: O
* Estimated


Hyundai Tucson

Base Price: $20,700-$27,770
Body Type: SUV

What's New: Heated front seats, foglights, and automatic headlight control are now standard on the GLS trim. Limited models gain proximity key and push-button start. Last year, the Tucson received minor refinements, including Hyundai's active eco system, bigger brakes, and fuel tank.

Driver's Choice: The mechanically related Kia Sportage if you want a turbocharged 2.0L I-4.

Sum Up: In this segment, value only goes so far.

Star Rating: ***


Hyundai Tucson
Base Engine 2.0L/165-hp/146-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 2.4L/170-176-hp/163-168-lb-ft I-4
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 5M/6A
0-60 MPH 8.2-10.0 sec*
Tow/Payload 2000/1100-1300 lb*
EPA Econ City/Hwy 20-22/27-32 mpg
Basic Warranty 5 yrs/60,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
* Estimated


Infiniti EX

Base Price: $37,000-$40,500*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The slow-selling EX gets a power boost for 2013; its 3.5L V-6 is replaced with a version of Infiiti's 3.7L. Power output for the wagonlike crossover is now 325 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. The 7A remains the only transmission choice. Other than the new engine, not much has changed for the EX. The model still seats five and offers 18.6 cu ft of cargo space with rear seats in place.

Look For: A replacement to bow in the next couple years.

Sum Up: More G37 wagon than crossover.

Star Rating: ***1/2


Infiniti EX
Base Engine 3.7L/325-hp/269-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/AWD, 7A
0-60 MPH 5.5-6.2 sec*
Tow/Payload 3500/1010-1074 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 18/25 mpg*
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/60,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
* Estimated


Infiniti FX

Base Price: $45,000-$61,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The only major change to the FX for 2013 is the replacement of its 3.5 V-6 with a 3.7L. A Limited Edition model is now offered exclusively with a Moonlight White exterior and Graphite interior color scheme. Iridium Blue exterior paint is available on all other models. The Moving Object Detection feature is added to the available Around View Monitor.

Driver's Choice: The FX50's V-8 grunt will please lead-footed crossover fans.

Sum Up: Appeals more to emotion than practicality.

Star Rating: ***1/2


Infiniti FX
Base Engine 3.7L/325-hp/269-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 5.0L/390-hp/369-lb-ft V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/AWD, 7A
0-60 MPH 5.2-6.0 sec*
Tow/Payload 2000-3500/1182-1213 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 14-17/20-24 mpg
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/60,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
* Estimated


Infiniti JX

Base Price: $41,600-$43,000
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The JX is a new 7-passenger crossover powered by a 265-hp, 3.5L V-6 mated to a CVT. Offered in FWD and AWD, the JX boasts an impressive list of features that includes Infiniti's Moving Object Detection, Back-Up Collision Intervention, and Around View Monitor. The Infiniti Connection infotainment system is also available, as is a 15-speaker Bose audio system.

Cool Fact: The JX is the brand's first luxury vehicle to be built in Tennessee.

Sum Up: Infiniti ventures into the luxury people-mover segment.

Star Rating: (not rated)


Infiniti JX
Base Engine 3.5L/265-hp/248-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, CVT
0-60 MPH 7.9 sec
Tow/Payload 3500/1450-1500 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 18/23-24 mpg
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/60,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O


Infiniti QX

Base Price: $61,500-$64,500*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: Infiniti's flagship QX56 SUV gets only minor changes for 2013. It receives auto-dimming sideview mirrors, and the brand's new Moving Object Detection feature is added to the standard Around View Monitor. The remote control for the available Theater package is upgraded along with the system's interface. Smoky Quartz replaces the previous Mountain Sage exterior color.

Cool Fact: The QX's Nissan Patrol roots lend to its off-road credentials.

Sum Up: A beast, on-road and off.

Star Rating: ****1/2


Infiniti QX
Base Engine 5.6L/400-hp/413-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/AWD, 7A
0-60 MPH 5.9-6.1 sec*
Tow/Payload 8500/1650-1700 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 14/20 mpg*
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/60,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: S; BMS: O
* Estimated