2019 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Santa Fe and Blazer have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Santa Fe has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Blazer’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Santa Fe has a standard Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Blazer doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Santa Fe’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Blazer doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Santa Fe and the Blazer have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Santa Fe its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 36 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Blazer has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Santa Fe comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Blazer’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Santa Fe 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Chevrolet covers the Blazer. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Blazer ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Santa Fe’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Blazer’s (7/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 13 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

The Santa Fe 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 42 more horsepower (235 vs. 193) and 72 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 188) than the Blazer’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

The Santa Fe’s 2.2 turbo diesel produces 134 lbs.-ft. more torque (322 vs. 188) than the Blazer’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Santa Fe’s 2.2 turbo diesel produces 53 lbs.-ft. more torque (322 vs. 269) than the Blazer’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

Suspension and Handling

The Santa Fe has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Blazer’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Santa Fe has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Blazer doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

Chassis

The Santa Fe is 3.6 inches shorter than the Blazer, making the Santa Fe easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Santa Fe 2.2D has standard seating for 7 passengers; the Blazer can only carry 5.

The Santa Fe has 2.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Blazer (110.7 vs. 107.8).

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Santa Fe’s middle row seats recline. The Blazer’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Santa Fe 2.2D’s cargo area provides more volume than the Blazer.

 

Santa Fe

Blazer

Third Seat Removed

35.9 cubic feet

30.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

70.7 cubic feet

64.2 cubic feet

Ergonomics

The Santa Fe Ultimate has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Blazer doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Santa Fe SEL/Limited/Ultimate’s front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches. The Blazer’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

The Santa Fe Ultimate’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Blazer’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Hyundai Santa Fe, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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