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Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Toyota Highlander Hybrid

When we compare the Hyundai Santa Fe to the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, the Hyundai Santa Fe has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing and typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars. The Toyota Highlander Hybrid has the advantage in the areas of fuel efficiency, interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Hyundai Santa Fe versus the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid is a better car than the Hyundai Santa Fe.

Hyundai Santa Fe versus Toyota Highlander Hybrid Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Hyundai Santa Fe ranges from $23,794 to $37,808 while a used Toyota Highlander Hybrid from the same model year range is priced between $38,991 to $50,998. For a new model, the Hyundai Santa Fe's price is between $29,484 and $44,236, with the Toyota Highlander Hybrid priced between $42,081 and $53,615.

Hyundai Santa Fe versus Toyota Highlander Hybrid Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Hyundai Santa Fe is 8.5 out of 10 while the Toyota Highlander Hybrid's quality rating is 9.2 out of 10. This results in the Hyundai Santa Fe being ranked 4 out of 25 Best Midsize SUVs and the Toyota Highlander Hybrid being ranked 1 out of 21 Best Hybrid SUVs.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Hyundai Santa Fe’s base engine makes 191 horsepower, and the Toyota Highlander Hybrid base engine makes 243 horsepower. The Santa Fe is rated to deliver an average of 26 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 496 miles. The Highlander Hybrid is rated to deliver an average of 36 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 599 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are crossover/midsize SUVs, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid has the advantage of offering more rear head room and rear shoulder room. The Hyundai Santa Fe, a crossover/midsize SUV, has the advantage in the areas of front shoulder room, front leg room, rear leg room, and trunk space. The Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota Highlander Hybrid are comparable in regards to front head room.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Hyundai Santa Fe has the advantage of offering higher ground clearance, while the Toyota Highlander Hybrid has the advantage of offering higher payload capacity.

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2023 Hyundai Santa Fe

2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$29,484 - $44,236

Used Asking Price:

$23,794 - $37,808

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

50%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$42,081 - $53,615

Used Asking Price:

$38,991 - $50,998

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

43.1%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.5 / 10

Reliability:

8.5 / 10

Retained Value:

7.0 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

9.2 / 10

Reliability:

9.2 / 10

Retained Value:

8.3 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

1 / 25
2 / 31
3 / 25
4 / 61
4 / 31
4 / 25
4 / 25
5 / 61
6 / 61
6 / 31
10 / 31
28 / 61

iSeeCars Rankings

1 / 21
1 / 21
1 / 21
17 / 21

Summary Review

Hyundai’s Santa Fe has evolved rapidly over its generations into one of the most satisfying to drive midsize crossover SUVs on the market. There are many versions of the Santa Fe, some with two rows and some with three, depending upon the model year and trim.

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Summary Review

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid is the hybrid version of the Toyota Highlander, which is among the best-selling, top-rated SUVs in the 3-row segment.

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Pros and Cons

  • New engines for 2021 including a hybrid
  • Cutting-edge infotainment
  • Excellent safety ratings

  • Only two rows for 2021

Pros and Cons

  • Class-leading fuel economy
  • No disappointing base engine
  • Legendary reliability
  • Full suite of standard safety features

  • Poorly-rated headlights on L, LE, and XLE trims
  • Third row legroom less than competition

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Hybrid

Trim Levels

Calligraphy, Limited, SEL, SE, XRT

Trim Levels

Bronze Edition, XLE, LE, Limited, Platinum

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

10 years / 100000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

2 years

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

191 hp @ 6100 rpm

Torque:

181 foot-lbs @ 4000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.052 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

243 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:

Not yet available

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.056 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

25 / 28 / 26

Range (city/hwy):

443 / 496 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

36 / 35 / 36

Range (city/hwy):

616 / 599 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

41.2 inches

Front Leg Room:

44.1 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

59.1 inches

Rear Head Room:

39 inches

Rear Leg Room:

41.7 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

58.3 inches

Cargo Space:

36.4 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

72.1 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

147.9 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

41.2 inches

Front Leg Room:

42 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

59 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.4 inches

Rear Leg Room:

41 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

58.7 inches

Cargo Space:

16 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

84.3 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

157.3 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3649 lbs

Width:

74.8 inches

Height:

66.3 inches

Length:

188.4 inches

Wheelbase:

108.9 inches

Ground Clearance:

8.2 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4330 lbs

Width:

76 inches

Height:

68.1 inches

Length:

194.9 inches

Wheelbase:

112.2 inches

Ground Clearance:

8 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

235/60R18

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 8.0 inches

Wheel Type:

painted alloy

Tire Size:

P235/65R18