2020 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

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Safety

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The Cherokee has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Cherokee 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 all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors 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 Jeep Cherokee is safer than the Hyundai Santa Fe:

Cherokee

Santa Fe

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

204

454

Leg Forces (l/r)

368/516 lbs.

374/622 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

166

244

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.5 inches

Neck Compression

26 lbs.

48 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 Jeep Cherokee is safer than the Hyundai Santa Fe:

Cherokee

Santa Fe

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

133 G’s

141 G’s

Hip Force

363 lbs.

401 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

53 G’s

54 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

43 G’s

54 G’s

Hip Force

490 lbs.

649 lbs.

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

Warranty

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There are almost 3 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Cherokee’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Cherokee has a standard 160-amp alternator (180-amp - Cherokee optional). The Santa Fe’s 140-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Engine

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The Cherokee has more powerful engines than the Santa Fe:

Horsepower

Cherokee 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

270 HP

Cherokee 3.2 DOHC V6

271 HP

Santa Fe 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

185 HP

Santa Fe 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

235 HP

As tested in Motor Trend the Jeep Cherokee is faster than the Santa Fe 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

Cherokee 4 cyl.

Cherokee turbo 4 cyl.

Santa Fe

Zero to 60 MPH

9.5 sec

6.6 sec

9.6 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Cherokee

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

3.2 DOHC V6

20 city/29 hwy

AWD

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

Active Drive II 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

Santa Fe

FWD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/26 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

The Cherokee 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 Jeep Cherokee, 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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For better stopping power the Cherokee’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Santa Fe:

Cherokee

Santa Fe

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

The Cherokee stops much shorter than the Santa Fe:

Cherokee

Santa Fe

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Cherokee Trailhawk’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Santa Fe (245/65R17 vs. 235/65R17).

The Cherokee’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 Cherokee 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 Cherokee 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.

The Cherokee’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Cherokee Latitude 4x4 handles at .80 G’s, while the Santa Fe AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Cherokee Latitude 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the Santa Fe (27.1 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Cherokee is 5.8 inches shorter than the Santa Fe, making the Cherokee easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Cherokee 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 Cherokee (except Overland/Trailhawk) 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 Cherokee Overland offers available 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 keeps your small valuables safer in the Cherokee. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

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The Cherokee’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Santa Fe’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. The Santa Fe SEL/Limited’s rear windows don’t close automatically.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Cherokee’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Santa Fe’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to .”

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Cherokee Overland has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Cherokee Limited also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The Cherokee’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.

The Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk/Overland’s optional ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Cherokee is less expensive to operate than the Santa Fe because it costs $546 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Cherokee than the Santa Fe, including $99 less for fuel injection and $710 less for a power steering pump.

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The Jeep Cherokee outsold the Hyundai Santa Fe by over two to one during 2018.

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