2020 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2020 Chevrolet Blazer

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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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 front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Santa Fe its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 46 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Blazer has not been tested, yet.


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).


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 40 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 2018 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 13 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.


As tested in Car and Driver the Santa Fe 2.0T is faster than the Chevrolet Blazer 2.5 4 cyl.:

Santa Fe


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

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


Santa Fe


2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy


2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/26 hwy



2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

20 city/26 hwy


3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/25 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

The Santa Fe stops shorter than the Blazer:

Santa Fe


60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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 has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Blazer doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

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).


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


At idle

37 dB

38 dB


72 dB

74 dB

70 MPH Cruising

64 dB

66 dB

Passenger Space

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

Cargo Capacity

The Santa Fe’s cargo area provides more volume than the Blazer.

Santa Fe


Rear Seat Up

35.9 cubic feet

30.5 cubic feet

Rear Seat Folded

71.3 cubic feet

64.2 cubic feet


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.


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.

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