2019 Lexus UX Series vs. 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the UX Series and the Santa Fe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 6th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lexus first in reliability. Hyundai is ranked 10th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the UX Series gets better fuel mileage than the Santa Fe

UX Series

 

 

MPG

 

FWD

200 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

29 city/37 hwy

 

AWD

250h 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

41 city/38 hwy

Santa Fe

 

 

 

 

FWD

2.0 Turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

 

 

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

20 city/25 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 Turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

 

 

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

19 city/24 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the UX Series Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Transmission

The UX Series has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer a CVT.

Tires and Wheels

The UX Series’ tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Santa Fe SE/SEL’s standard 65 series tires. The UX Series’ tires are lower profile than the Santa Fe’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the UX Series has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Santa Fe SE/SEL.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the UX Series can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the UX Series’ turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the Santa Fe’s (34.2 feet vs. 37.5 feet).

Chassis

The Lexus UX Series may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 750 pounds less than the Hyundai Santa Fe.

The UX Series is 10.8 inches shorter than the Santa Fe, making the UX Series easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

For excellent aerodynamics, the UX Series has standard flush composite headlights. The Santa Fe has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lexus service is better than Hyundai. J.D. Power ranks Lexus third in service department satisfaction. With a 57% lower rating, Hyundai is ranked 22nd.

Ergonomics

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the UX Series F SPORT has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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