Hyundais are brazenly stepping out of their lane. Non-luxury crossovers should be punishingly average, with plasticky interiors, raspy engines and tedious styling.
Yet, the Santa Fe has none of these drawbacks. It’s handsome, well-equipped and engaging to drive. Inside, each tactile button and surface looks and feels nice. There’s little separating a fully loaded $38k Santa Fe from its $60k luxury competitors, save a sharper transmission and more horsepower.
Between this stellar crossover and the sublime Veloster N, Hyundais are crushing it. If you’re shopping for a luxury crossover on a non-luxury budget, the Santa Fe should top your list.