2019 Toyota Rav4 vs. 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Rav4 and the Santa Fe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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 all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Rav4 for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Hyundai doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Santa Fe.

There are over 47 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Rav4’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 8th.

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

Engine

The Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 18 more horsepower (203 vs. 185) and 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 178) than the Santa Fe’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Rav4 is faster than the Hyundai Santa Fe:

 

Rav4

Santa Fe 4 cyl.

Santa Fe 2.0T

Zero to 60 MPH

8.2 sec

8.9 sec

9.6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.4 sec

16.7 sec

17.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87 MPH

84.3 MPH

82.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Rav4 gets better fuel mileage than the Santa Fe:

 

 

 

MPG

Rav4

 

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/35 hwy

 

AWD

LE 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/34 hwy

 

 

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/33 hwy

Santa Fe

 

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/25 hwy

 

AWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

19 city/24 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

The Rav4 stops much shorter than the Santa Fe:

 

Rav4

Santa Fe

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The Rav4 Adventure handles at .84 G’s, while the Santa Fe Ultimate AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Rav4 Adventure executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Santa Fe (27.5 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Rav4 LE/XLE’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Santa Fe’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.5 feet). The Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited’s turning circle is .1 feet tighter than the Santa Fe’s (37.4 feet vs. 37.5 feet).

Chassis

The Toyota Rav4 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 750 pounds less than the Hyundai Santa Fe.

The Rav4 is 6.9 inches shorter than the Santa Fe, making the Rav4 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Rav4 has standard flush composite headlights. The Santa Fe has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

The front grille of the Rav4 Adventure/Limited 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 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Cargo Capacity

The Rav4 has a much larger cargo volume than the Santa Fe with its rear seat up (37.6 vs. 35.9 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Rav4’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Santa Fe’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. With the Santa Fe SEL/Limited/Ultimate’s power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

Recommendations

The Toyota Rav4 outsold the Hyundai Santa Fe by almost four to one during 2018.

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