2020 Chevrolet Blazer vs. 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Chevrolet Blazer are height-adjustable, and the rear 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 has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Blazer 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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There are almost 4 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Blazer’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Blazer has a standard 150-amp alternator (155-amp - Blazer V6 FWD and 170 V6 AWD/2.0 Turbo). The Santa Fe’s 140-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 8th.

Engine

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The Blazer has more powerful engines than the Santa Fe:

Horsepower

Torque

Blazer 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder

193 HP

188 lbs.-ft.

Blazer 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

230 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

Blazer 3.6 DOHC V6

308 HP

270 lbs.-ft.

Santa Fe 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder

185 HP

178 lbs.-ft.

Santa Fe 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

235 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Blazer V6 is faster than the Santa Fe 2.0T:

Blazer

Santa Fe

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

9.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

17.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.5 MPH

82.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Blazer V6’s fuel efficiency. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Blazer AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Santa Fe (21.7 vs. 18.8 gallons).

The Blazer 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 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Chevrolet Blazer, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Santa Fe.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Blazer stops much shorter than the Santa Fe:

Blazer

Santa Fe

70 to 0 MPH

165 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

136 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Blazer RS/Premier’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Santa Fe (265/45R21 vs. 235/65R17).

The Blazer RS/Premier’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Santa Fe 2.0T’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Blazer has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Santa Fe SE/SEL. The Blazer RS/Premier’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Santa Fe 2.0T.

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

The Blazer 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 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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The Blazer has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Blazer’s wheelbase is 3.8 inches longer than on the Santa Fe (112.7 inches vs. 108.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Blazer is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Santa Fe.

The Blazer RS 4x4 handles at .87 G’s, while the Santa Fe AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Blazer RS 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the Santa Fe (27.1 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis

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For excellent aerodynamics, the Blazer 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 Blazer 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.

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

Cargo Capacity

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A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Blazer. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

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The Blazer’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Santa Fe does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Blazer’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Santa Fe’s standard power windows’ passenger windows don’t open automatically. The Santa Fe SEL/Limited’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to lower them fully.

On a hot day the Blazer’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Santa Fe can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Consumer Reports rated the Blazer’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Santa Fe’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The Blazer’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Hyundai only offers heated mirrors on the Santa Fe SEL/Limited.

When the Blazer 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’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Blazer offers optional 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 offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Blazer 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 and isn’t available on the Santa Fe SE.

The Blazer’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Santa Fe SE doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Blazer first among midsize SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Santa Fe isn’t in the top three.

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