Compare 2009 Suzuki XL7 vs 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe

2009 Suzuki XL7
2008 Hyundai Santa Fe
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FWD 4-Door Premium
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Premium 17 24 $24,571 $25,595
FWD 4-Door Luxury 17 24 $26,091 $27,179
AWD 4-Door Premium 16 23 $26,155 $27,245
FWD 4-Door Limited w/Navigation 17 24 $26,908 $28,030
FWD 4-Door Limited w/Navigation & DVD 17 24 $27,196 $28,330
AWD 4-Door Luxury 16 23 $27,675 $28,829
AWD 4-Door Limited w/Navigation 16 23 $28,492 $29,680
AWD 4-Door Limited w/Navigation & DVD 16 23 $28,780 $29,980
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FWD 4-Door Manual GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Manual GLS 17 24 $20,671 $21,495
FWD 4-Door Automatic GLS 18 24 $21,906 $22,795
AWD 4-Door Manual GLS 17 23 $22,286 $23,195
AWD 4-Door Automatic GLS 17 23 $23,521 $24,495
FWD 4-Door Automatic SE 17 24 $23,276 $24,495
AWD 4-Door Automatic SE 17 24 $24,874 $26,195
FWD 4-Door Automatic Limited 17 24 $26,704 $28,445
AWD 4-Door Automatic Limited 17 24 $28,285 $30,145
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,571
$20,671
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,595
$21,495
Monthly Payment Estimate
$427 / month
$358 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
A major redesign in 2007 transformed the Suzuki XL7 into a modern mid-size crossover with available seven-passenger seating. For 2009 the XL7 gains a six-speed automatic transmission that helps deliver an almost 10 percent increase in fuel economy. Hyundai is no longer bargain-basement-priced, but the hard-to-fault 2008 Santa Fe has all the refinement of comparable rivals with a little more flair.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
53.1 55.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 59.5
Passenger Capacity
7 5
Third Leg Room (in)
30.9 -
Second Head Room (in)
40.0 39.6
Third Hip Room (in)
38.2 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.3 58.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 42.6
Third Head Room (in)
38.8 -
Front Hip Room (in)
52.2 55.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
146.1 108.3
Third Shoulder Room (in)
50.0 -
Second Leg Room (in)
38.8 36.8
Front Head Room (in)
41.3 40.2
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.8 63.8
Wheelbase (in)
112.4 106.3
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.2 74.4
Track Width, Front (in)
61.6 63.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.9 8.1
Length, Overall (in)
197.2 184.1
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
68.9 67.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
49.4 34.2
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
95.2 78.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- TBD - NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
14.0 NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA - TBD -
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)
NA - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.6 19.8
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.1 16.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
41.8 35.8
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 3.24
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/60R17 P235/70R16
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/60R17 P235/70R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
3500 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4030 3727
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.4 8.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 600
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 130
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
252 @ 6400 185 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
MPFI MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
243 @ 2300 183 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.6L/217 2.7L/164
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 24
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.03
Trans Description Cont. Again
Manumatic NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.59
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.93
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 5.07
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.28
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.62
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.70
Trans Type
6 5
Summary
Body Style
4-Door 4 Door Sport Utility
Vehicle Name
Suzuki XL7 Hyundai Santa Fe
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA 1.02
Suspension Type - Rear
Multilink Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Self-leveling Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA 0.59
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Nivomat MacPherson Strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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