After researching and test driving several mid-sized SUV's(Highlander, CX-9, Murano). The Hyundai Santa Fe was the best Bang For The Buck of the group. The CX-9 had a peppy engine and lots of extras but too small and tight of a cockpit for my 6'3" stature. Both and Murano and Highlander had plenty of space and features but the V6 engine was EXTREMELY disappointing in both models. Not enough power for that size of a vehicle. The Santa Fe's 3.3 V6 is tight and responsive, even in "Normal" drive mode. In "Sport" mode, it is very close to the Mazda CX-9. With the AWD Ultimate Trim it's got EVERYTHING! I was a LONG time Toyota Owner and now see the Korean cars can compete. I highly recommend you give the Hyundai Santa Fe a try!