2020 Lincoln Nautilus vs. 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL

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Safety

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The Nautilus has standard Post Impact Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Santa Fe XL doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Both the Nautilus and the Santa Fe XL have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 and around view monitors.

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

Nautilus

Santa Fe XL

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

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

Reliability

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

Engine

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The Nautilus’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 28 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 252) than the Santa Fe XL’s 3.3 DOHC V6. The Nautilus’ optional 2.7 turbo V6 produces 45 more horsepower (335 vs. 290) and 128 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 252) than the Santa Fe XL’s 3.3 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Nautilus

Santa Fe XL

2WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd. Auto

21 city/26 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

3.3 V6/Auto

n/a

18 city/23 hwy

3.3 V6/Auto

4WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd. Auto

20 city/25 hwy

18 city/24 hwy

3.3 V6/Auto

n/a

17 city/22 hwy

3.3 V6/Auto

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Nautilus’ engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Santa Fe XL doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Nautilus 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 XL doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Lincoln Nautilus higher (5 out of 10) than the Hyundai Santa Fe XL (3). This means the Nautilus produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Santa Fe XL every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Lincoln Nautilus, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Santa Fe XL.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Nautilus’ brake rotors are larger than those on the Santa Fe XL:

Nautilus

Santa Fe XL

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

11.9 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Nautilus has larger standard tires than the Santa Fe XL (245/60R18 vs. 235/60R18). The Nautilus’ optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Santa Fe XL (265/40R21 vs. 235/60R18).

The Nautilus’ optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Santa Fe XL Ultimate’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Nautilus offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Santa Fe XL’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The Nautilus offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Santa Fe XL’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Nautilus’ wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the Santa Fe XL (112.2 inches vs. 110.2 inches).

Chassis

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The Nautilus is 3.1 inches shorter than the Santa Fe XL, making the Nautilus easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Nautilus uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Santa Fe XL doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Nautilus has 1.5 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more rear hip room and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Santa Fe XL.

Cargo Capacity

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The Nautilus has a much larger cargo volume than the Santa Fe XL with its rear seat up (37.2 vs. 13.5 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Nautilus’ rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Santa Fe XL doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lincoln service is better than Hyundai. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 47% lower rating, Hyundai is ranked 22nd.

Ergonomics

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The Nautilus has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Santa Fe XL doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Nautilus’ power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Santa Fe XL’s parking brake has to released manually.

The Nautilus’ front and rear power windows all 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 XL’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the Nautilus the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Santa Fe XL 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 Nautilus’ exterior PIN entry system. The Santa Fe XL 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 Nautilus’ optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Santa Fe XL’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Nautilus Select/Reserve/Black Label has standard 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 XL offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Lincoln Nautilus Reserve/Black Label has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Santa Fe XL doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The Nautilus (except Standard)’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Santa Fe XL doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Lincoln Nautilus and the Hyundai Santa Fe XL, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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