2020 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL

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Safety

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The 4Runner has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Santa Fe XL doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The 4Runner’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 Santa Fe XL doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the 4Runner and the Santa Fe XL have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 four-wheel drive and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Toyota 4Runner is safer than the Hyundai Santa Fe XL:

4Runner

Santa Fe XL

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Compression

54 lbs.

103 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, results indicate that the Toyota 4Runner is safer than the Hyundai Santa Fe XL:

4Runner

Santa Fe XL

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

41

96

Hip Force

233 lbs.

339 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

89

102

Spine Acceleration

36 G’s

51 G’s

Hip Force

381 lbs.

412 lbs.

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

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the 4Runner for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Hyundai doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Santa Fe XL.

There are over 47 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the 4Runner’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 8th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Hyundai is ranked 10th.

Engine

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The 4Runner’s 4.0 DOHC V6 produces 26 lbs.-ft. more torque (278 vs. 252) than the Santa Fe XL’s 3.3 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The 4Runner has 4.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Santa Fe XL (23 vs. 18.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the 4Runner’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Santa Fe XL:

4Runner

Santa Fe XL

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.3 inches

11.9 inches

The 4Runner’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Santa Fe XL are solid, not vented.

The 4Runner stops shorter than the Santa Fe XL:

4Runner

Santa Fe XL

60 to 0 MPH

131 feet

133 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the 4Runner has larger standard tires than the Santa Fe XL (245/60R20 vs. 235/60R18). The 4Runner’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Santa Fe XL (265/70R17 vs. 235/60R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 4Runner Limited/Nightshade has standard 20-inch wheels. The Santa Fe XL’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The Toyota 4Runner’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Hyundai Santa Fe XL only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

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The 4Runner TRD Off-Road/Venture offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Santa Fe XL doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

Passenger Space

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The 4Runner has .4 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more rear hip room and 3.8 inches more third row shoulder room than the Santa Fe XL.

Cargo Capacity

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The 4Runner’s cargo area provides more volume than the Santa Fe XL.

4Runner

Santa Fe XL

Third Seat Folded

46.3 cubic feet

40.9 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

47.2 cubic feet

n/a

Second Seat Folded

89.7 cubic feet

80 cubic feet

The 4Runner 5-Passenger’s optional sliding cargo floor is capable of supporting 440 pounds, to make loading and unloading cargo easier and safer. The Santa Fe XL doesn’t offer a sliding load floor.

The 4Runner’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Santa Fe XL’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Payload

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The 4Runner has a higher standard payload capacity than the Santa Fe XL (1625 vs. 1444 lbs.).

The 4Runner has a higher maximum payload capacity than the Santa Fe XL (1700 vs. 1515 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the 4Runner is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Santa Fe XL. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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The 4Runner’s 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 4Runner the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the Santa Fe XL can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Consumer Reports rated the 4Runner’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Santa Fe XL’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

Economic Advantages

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The 4Runner will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the 4Runner will retain 61.48% to 71.13% of its original price after five years, while the Santa Fe XL only retains 44.15% to 45.38%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 4Runner is less expensive to operate than the Santa Fe XL because it costs $418 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the 4Runner than the Santa Fe XL, including $24 less for a muffler, $27 less for front brake pads, $92 less for front struts and $611 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota 4Runner will be $4219 to $4412 less than for the Hyundai Santa Fe XL.

Recommendations

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The TRD Pro was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2015 4x4 of the Year. The Santa Fe XL has never been chosen.

The Toyota 4Runner outsold the Hyundai Santa Fe by 7% during the 2019 model year.

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