Best 2013 Midsized Three-Row SUV for the Money: Hyundai Santa Fe

Average U.S. price: $24,668

Redesigned for 2013, the seven-seat Santa Fe earns U.S. News' endorsement primarily because of good crash-test results and a long list of standard features.

Page Deaton says all Santa Fes come with Bluetooth, an iPod interface, a backup camera and other features that most manufacturers either sell as options or only put on luxury trim lines.

"I'm always kind of shocked when people end up buying a different three-row SUV , because you get so much more with the Santa Fe," she says.

The model also gets a respectable 21 mpg/city and 29 mpg/highway, offers Hyundai's industry-leading 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and earned the IIHS' top crash-test score. (NHTSA has not tested the Santa Fe for crashes.)

All told, the Santa Fe scores 7.9 on U.S. News' 10-point scale. That said, J.D. Power only gives the SUV two stars out of a possible five, indicating below-average reliability.

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