2020 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the Chevrolet Equinox’s 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 doesn’t offer comfort guides on its rear seat belts.

Both the Equinox 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, 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 all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Chevrolet Equinox is safer than the Hyundai Santa Fe:

Equinox

Santa Fe

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

159

454

Neck Injury Risk

17%

19%

Neck Compression

10 lbs.

35 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

363/349 lbs.

374/622 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

26%

33%

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Chevrolet Equinox is safer than the Hyundai Santa Fe:

Equinox

Santa Fe

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

357 lbs.

401 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

630 lbs.

648 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

54 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

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 Equinox’s warranty.

Reliability

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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 Equinox’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 25 lbs.-ft. more torque (203 vs. 178) than the Santa Fe’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Equinox’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 17 more horsepower (252 vs. 235) than the Santa Fe 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Equinox is faster than the Hyundai Santa Fe:

Equinox 1.5

Equinox 2.0

Santa Fe 4 cyl.

Santa Fe 2.0T

Zero to 60 MPH

8.7 sec

6.6 sec

8.9 sec

9.6 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Equinox

FWD

1.5 Turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/31 hwy

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

1.5 Turbo 4-cyl.

25 city/30 hwy

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

Santa Fe

FWD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

2.4 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/26 hwy

2.4 Turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

The Equinox 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 Equinox 2.0 turbo 4 cyl., 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 Equinox stops much shorter than the Santa Fe:

Equinox

Santa Fe

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Equinox Premier’s optional 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 2.0T’s 55 series tires.

The Equinox 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 Equinox’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (56% to 44%) than the Santa Fe’s (57.3% to 42.7%). This gives the Equinox more stable handling and braking.

The Equinox Premier AWD handles at .86 G’s, while the Santa Fe AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Equinox Premier executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Santa Fe (27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Chevrolet Equinox may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 700 pounds less than the Hyundai Santa Fe.

The Equinox is 4.7 inches shorter than the Santa Fe, making the Equinox easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Equinox L/LS 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 Equinox 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 Equinox 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 low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Equinox easier. The Equinox’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.6 inches, while the Santa Fe’s liftover is 31.2 inches.

Ergonomics

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The Equinox’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 Equinox’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 Equinox’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.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Equinox LS/LT/Premier’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Blue Link can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Equinox LS/LT/Premier’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Blue Link can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Equinox’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 Equinox 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 Equinox 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.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Equinox owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Equinox will cost $175 less than the Santa Fe over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Equinox is less expensive to operate than the Santa Fe because typical repairs cost much less on the Equinox than the Santa Fe, including $84 less for front struts and $439 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Equinox second among compact 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 in its category.

The Chevrolet Equinox outsold the Hyundai Santa Fe by almost three to one during the 2019 model year.

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