Compare 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2012 Toyota Highlander

2012 Hyundai Santa Fe
2012 Toyota Highlander
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FWD 4-Door I4 GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door I4 GLS 20 28 $22,328 $23,225
AWD 4-Door I4 GLS 20 25 $23,943 $24,925
FWD 4-Door V6 GLS 20 26 $24,133 $25,125
FWD 4-Door V6 SE 20 26 $24,915 $26,225
AWD 4-Door V6 GLS 20 26 $25,748 $26,825
FWD 4-Door I4 Limited 20 28 $25,630 $27,275
AWD 4-Door V6 SE 20 26 $26,701 $28,125
FWD 4-Door V6 Limited 20 26 $27,443 $29,225
AWD 4-Door V6 Limited 20 26 $29,024 $30,925
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FWD 4-Door I4
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door I4 20 25 $25,783 $28,240
FWD 4-Door V6 18 24 $26,838 $29,395
4WD 4-Door V6 17 22 $28,161 $30,845
FWD 4-Door I4 SE 20 25 $29,987 $32,845
FWD 4-Door V6 SE 18 24 $31,042 $34,000
4WD 4-Door V6 SE 17 22 $32,366 $35,450
FWD 4-Door V6 Limited 18 24 $32,635 $35,745
4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 17 22 $33,959 $37,195
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,328
$25,783
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,225
$28,240
Monthly Payment Estimate
$387 / month
$471 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
Still a great choice for families, the 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe has good safety scores and available V-6 power. The 2012 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid to roomy, three-row family crossover wagons what the Camry is to mid-size sedans: comfortable, safe, and full-featured—but more than a little bland.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.5 59.7
Second Head Room (in)
39.6 40.1
Passenger Capacity
5 7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.6 59.5
Front Leg Room (in)
42.6 43.2
Front Hip Room (in)
55.8 56.7
Second Leg Room (in)
36.8 38.3
Front Head Room (in)
40.2 40.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
108.3 145.7
Second Hip Room (in)
55.0 56.5
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- 55.0
Third Leg Room (in)
- 29.9
Third Hip Room (in)
- 42.3
Third Head Room (in)
- 36.3
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.1 7.8
Length, Overall (in)
184.1 188.4
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
67.9 68.1
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.8 64.2
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 109.8
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.4 75.2
Track Width, Front (in)
63.6 64.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
78.2 95.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA 10.3
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
34.2 42.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.89 x - TBD - 12.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.81 x - TBD - 12.9 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.0 19.2
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.2 17.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 38.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.02 3.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P235/65R17 P245/65R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact P245/65R17
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/65R17 P245/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3725 3946
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 17 x 7.5
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7 19 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7 17 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.1 8.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
175 @ 6000 187 @ 5800
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
169 @ 3750 186 @ 4100
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.7L/163
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 25
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.39 4.15
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.64 1.90
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 4.36
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.39 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.21 3.30
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.80 1.42
Trans Type
6 6
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Santa Fe Toyota Highlander
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.87 1.02
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.63 0.55
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 5
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.1 8.3
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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