2020 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2020 Buick Envision

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Safety

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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Santa Fe are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Envision doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

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 Envision 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 Envision doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Santa Fe and the Envision 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, daytime running lights, 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 Hyundai Santa Fe is safer than the Buick Envision:

Santa Fe

Envision

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

19%

32%

Neck Stress

167 lbs.

271 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

33%

51%

Neck Stress

120 lbs.

170 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

256/146 lbs.

230/563 lbs.

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 Hyundai Santa Fe is safer than the Buick Envision:

Santa Fe

Envision

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

49

76

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

141 G’s

155 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

8 inches

12 inches

HIC

179

247

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

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 vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, with its optional vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Santa Fe the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Envision last would have qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2016.

Warranty

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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 Envision’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Santa Fe 4 years and 30,000 miles longer than Buick covers the Envision. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Envision ends after only 6 years or 70,000 miles.

The Santa Fe’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Envision’s (7 vs. 6 years).

Hyundai pays for scheduled maintenance on the Santa Fe for 3 years and 30,000 miles. Hyundai will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Buick only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Envision.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Santa Fe first among midsize suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Envision isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked 11th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Buick vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 12 places higher in reliability than Buick.

Engine

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The Santa Fe 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 38 more horsepower (235 vs. 197) and 68 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 192) than the Envision’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Santa Fe 2.0T AWD turbo 4 cyl. gets better highway fuel mileage than the Envision Premium AWD turbo 4 cyl. (20 city/26 hwy vs. 20 city/25 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Santa Fe uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Envision Premium requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Santa Fe has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Envision (18.8 vs. 17.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Santa Fe stops shorter than the Envision:

Santa Fe

Envision

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Santa Fe has larger tires than the Envision (235/65R17 vs. 225/60R18).

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Santa Fe is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 2.9 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Envision.

Passenger Space

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The Santa Fe has 10.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Envision (110.7 vs. 100.6).

The Santa Fe has 1.2 inches more front headroom, 3.2 inches more front legroom, 3.1 inches more front hip room, 2.1 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 3.4 inches more rear legroom, 3.2 inches more rear hip room and 2.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Envision.

Cargo Capacity

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The Santa Fe has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Envision with its rear seat up (35.9 vs. 26.9 cubic feet). The Santa Fe has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Envision with its rear seat folded (71.3 vs. 57.3 cubic feet).

Towing

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The Santa Fe’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Envision’s (2000 vs. 1500 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Buick Envision is only 1500 pounds. The Santa Fe offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Santa Fe owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Santa Fe will cost $550 less than the Envision over a five-year period.

The Santa Fe will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Santa Fe will retain 45.92% to 47.83% of its original price after five years, while the Envision only retains 39.59% to 40.17%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Santa Fe is less expensive to operate than the Envision because it costs $200 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Santa Fe than the Envision, including $142 less for a water pump, $22 less for a muffler, $109 less for front brake pads, $156 less for a starter, $46 less for a fuel pump, $521 less for front struts and $261 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Santa Fe will be $8308 to $8816 less than for the Buick Envision.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Hyundai Santa Fe, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Buick Envision isn't recommended.

The Hyundai Santa Fe outsold the Buick Envision by almost four to one during 2019.

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