2019 GMC Acadia vs. 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

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Safety

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The Acadia Denali’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the GMC Acadia’s middle seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer comfort guides on its middle seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Acadia are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Acadia has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

Both the Acadia and the Santa Fe Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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GMC pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Acadia. GMC will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance in the first year. Hyundai doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Santa Fe Sport.

There are over 2 times as many GMC dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Acadia’s warranty.

Engine

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The Acadia’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 8 more horsepower (193 vs. 185) and 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (188 vs. 178) than the Santa Fe Sport’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Acadia’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 70 more horsepower (310 vs. 240) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (271 vs. 260) than the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the GMC Acadia V6 is faster than the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

 

Acadia

Santa Fe Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

6.7 sec

8.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.6 MPH

85.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Acadia 4 cyl.’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Acadia FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Santa Fe Sport (19.4 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Acadia AWD’s standard fuel tank has 4.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Santa Fe Sport (21.7 vs. 17.4 gallons).

The Acadia has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the GMC Acadia higher (5 to 6 out of 10) than the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport (3 to 5). This means the Acadia produces up to 23.4 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Santa Fe Sport every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Acadia’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Santa Fe Sport are solid, not vented.

The Acadia stops much shorter than the Santa Fe Sport:

 

Acadia

Santa Fe Sport

 

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

145 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Acadia’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Santa Fe Sport (245/65R17 vs. 235/65R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Acadia offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Santa Fe Sport’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The GMC Acadia’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Acadia has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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The Acadia offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Santa Fe Sport’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Acadia’s wheelbase is 6.2 inches longer than on the Santa Fe Sport (112.5 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

The Acadia Denali AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Santa Fe Sport pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Acadia SLT AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the Santa Fe Sport (26.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Acadia FWD 4 cyl. uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Acadia uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Acadia has standard seating for 7 passengers; the Santa Fe Sport can only carry 5.

The Acadia has 35.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Santa Fe Sport (143.8 vs. 108).

The Acadia has .7 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more rear headroom, .3 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Santa Fe Sport.

Cargo Capacity

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The Acadia’s cargo area provides more volume than the Santa Fe Sport.

 

Acadia

Santa Fe Sport

Third Seat Folded

41.7 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

35.4 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

79 cubic feet

71.5 cubic feet

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is limited to 3500 pounds. The Acadia offers up to a 4000 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Acadia’s optional front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches. The Santa Fe Sport’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to lower them fully.

The Acadia’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Santa Fe Sport’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Acadia’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Hyundai charges extra for heated mirrors on the Santa Fe Sport.

When the Acadia with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Santa Fe Sport’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Acadia SLT/Denali has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Santa Fe Sport offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Acadia has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Santa Fe Sport.

The Acadia SLT/Denali has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Acadia is less expensive to operate than the Santa Fe Sport because typical repairs cost less on the Acadia than the Santa Fe Sport, including $66 less for front struts.

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