The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport earned the Automotive Science Group’s (ASG) 2017 BEST 5 ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE honor for the fourth consecutive year, and is distinguished among an elite group of five vehicles in the Mid-Size SUV class. In areas of environmental, social and economic performance, the three fundamentals of ASGʼs annual data-driven Automotive Performance Index™ (API) Study, the Santa Fe Sport performed among the top five vehicles in a competitive class comprised of 146 Mid-Size SUVs for model year 2017. BEST 5 honored models are the best overall performers in class and are among ASG's top selections for 2017.

ASG’s annual study applies statistical methods to demonstrate each vehicle rating in relative comparison. The vehicle that performs highest in any performance area, in a given class, obtains a rating score of 100 in that specific performance area (Economic, Social, Environmental and All-Around Performance). Each vehicle is then compared relative to the top-performing vehicle in its class, with a rating score reflecting the statistical difference in performance outcomes. For example, a rating of 95 translates to a 5% performance deficit as compared to the top-performing vehicle in class. 

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