There's one real measure of a great SUV. It's not speed, agility, fuel economy or even stylishness.

For me, the one true measure of a great SUV is interior storage space and flexibility. Although the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport handles well, is good-looking and gets decent fuel economy, none of that would matter if it weren't useful.

The center storage box is big enough to hold a small purse or just an assortment of smaller things. It's also divided with a small tray that sits on the upper part of the bin, making it easy to store loose items such as keys, ID badges, sunglasses and change.

There's even a small covered storage box on top of the dash. It gets direct sun, so you can't put a Snickers bar up there, but it is good for anything not affected by heat. Another storage area is just ahead of the shifter; it looks small but is big enough to hold a phone or iPod and a few other everyday items.

Each front door has a large storage pocket, too.

The interior is another high point for the Santa Fe Sport. The feel is of much higher quality than you'd expect for a Hyundai or any mid-priced, car-based SUV. The look won't fool anyone into thinking it's a Lexus, but that's largely due to the use of large black buttons with simple white words such as "Radio."

Making those buttons a little smaller and using universal symbols instead of just words in a plain font would really make the cabin look as high-end as it feels.

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Brian Moody heads up the editorial team. He has been an automotive writer and presenter for 15 years. Prior to that, Moody spent several years working in local television news and worked at a few used car dealerships in Sacramento, California. His first car was a 1964 Buick Skylark, but today he has a strange fascination with 1990s era GM luxury cars - don’t ask. Brian lives near Atlanta with his wife and two kids.

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