2020 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2020 Chevrolet Blazer

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Safety

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Both the Santa Fe and Blazer have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Santa Fe has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Blazer’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

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 Blazer doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Santa Fe’s standard Downhill Brake Control allows you to creep down safely. The Blazer doesn’t offer Downhill Brake Control.

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 Blazer doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

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

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 Blazer has not been fully tested, yet.

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 Blazer’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Santa Fe 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Chevrolet covers the Blazer. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Blazer ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Santa Fe’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Blazer’s (7/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

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. Chevrolet only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Blazer.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Santa Fe’s reliability 29 points higher than the Blazer.

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

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 Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 19 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

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As tested in Car and Driver the Santa Fe 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder is faster than the Chevrolet Blazer 4 cyl.:

Santa Fe

Blazer

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

8.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

19.4 sec

24.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91 MPH

85 MPH

Top Speed

134 MPH

120 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Santa Fe FWD with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the Blazer FWD with its standard engine (22 city/29 hwy vs. 21 city/27 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Santa Fe uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Blazer with the 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Santa Fe stops shorter than the Blazer:

Santa Fe

Blazer

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The Santa Fe has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Blazer’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Santa Fe’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57.3% to 42.7%) than the Blazer’s (60.1% to 39.9%). This gives the Santa Fe more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the Santa Fe’s turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the Blazer’s (37.5 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

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The Santa Fe is 3.6 inches shorter than the Blazer, making the Santa Fe easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Santa Fe AWD is quieter than the Blazer RS 4x4:

Santa Fe

Blazer

At idle

37 dB

38 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

74 dB

70 MPH Cruising

64 dB

66 dB

Passenger Space

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The Santa Fe has 2.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Blazer (110.7 vs. 107.8).

The Santa Fe has 1.4 inches more front headroom, 3.1 inches more front legroom, 1.9 inches more front hip room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear legroom and 2.1 inches more rear hip room than the Blazer.

Cargo Capacity

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The Santa Fe has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Blazer with its rear seat up (35.9 vs. 30.5 cubic feet). The Santa Fe has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Blazer with its rear seat folded (71.3 vs. 64.2 cubic feet).

Towing

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The Santa Fe’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Blazer’s (2000 vs. 1500 pounds).

Ergonomics

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The Santa Fe Limited has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Blazer doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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

The Santa Fe Limited’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Blazer’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the Santa Fe to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Blazer doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

Recommendations

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

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its April 2019 issue and they ranked the Hyundai Santa Fe AWD higher than the Chevrolet Blazer RS 4x4.

The Hyundai Santa Fe outsold the Chevrolet Blazer by over two to one during 2019.

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