Compare 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2008 Toyota Highlander

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe
2008 Toyota Highlander
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AWD 4-Door Automatic GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Santa Fe AWD 4-Door Automatic GLS 17 23 $23,521 $24,495
Santa Fe AWD 4-Door Automatic Limited 17 24 $28,285 $30,145
Santa Fe AWD 4-Door Automatic SE 17 24 $24,874 $26,195
Santa Fe AWD 4-Door Manual GLS 17 23 $22,286 $23,195
Santa Fe FWD 4-Door Automatic GLS 18 24 $21,906 $22,795
Santa Fe FWD 4-Door Automatic Limited 17 24 $26,704 $28,445
Santa Fe FWD 4-Door Automatic SE 17 24 $23,276 $24,495
Santa Fe FWD 4-Door Manual GLS 17 24 $20,671 $21,495
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4WD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Highlander 4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $25,765 $28,950
Highlander 4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $30,571 $34,350
Highlander 4WD 4-Door Sport 17 23 $28,124 $31,600
Highlander FWD 4-Door Base 18 24 $24,475 $27,500
Highlander FWD 4-Door Limited 18 24 $29,281 $32,900
Highlander FWD 4-Door Sport 18 24 $26,833 $30,150
Highlander Hybrid 4WD 4-Door 27 25 $30,780 $34,200
Highlander Hybrid 4WD 4-Door Limited w/3rd Row 27 25 $36,202 $40,450
Pricing
Invoice Price
$23,521
$25,765
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$24,495
$28,950
Monthly Payment Estimate
$408 / month
$483 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. The 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers the same room and amenities that the nonhybrid Highlander does, only with better fuel economy and the badge of honor that comes with driving something that's trying to be green.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
AWD Sport Utility 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
36.8 38.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
108.3 145.7
Front Head Room (in)
40.2 40.6
Second Hip Room (in)
55.0 56.5
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
Third Head Room (in)
- 36.3
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- 55.0
Third Leg Room (in)
- 29.9
Third Hip Room (in)
- 42.3
Exterior Dimensions
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
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.1 8.1
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 64.0
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 109.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
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 -
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 12.9 x - 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)
- TBD - 12.2 x - 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)
19.8 19.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.5 17.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 38.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.24 3.1
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P235/70R16 P245/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/70R16 P245/65R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact P245/65R17
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3969 4178
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 17 x 7.5
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 17 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.9 9.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
2.7L/164 3.5L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
185 @ 6000 270 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
MPI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
183 @ 4000 249 @ 4700
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 17
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 23
Transmission
Trans Type
4 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.76
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.72 3.38
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.50 2.36
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.52 3.48
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 1.05
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.84 4.24
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.52
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- - TBD -
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- - TBD -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Santa Fe Toyota Highlander
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility 4 Door
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.59 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut Sport-tuned
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.02 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Sport-tuned
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent

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