Compare 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2008 Toyota Highlander

2009 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 $23,711 $24,695
Santa Fe AWD 4-Door Automatic Limited 17 24 $28,657 $30,545
Santa Fe AWD 4-Door Automatic SE 17 24 $25,250 $26,595
Santa Fe AWD 4-Door Manual GLS 17 23 N/A $23,395
Santa Fe FWD 4-Door Automatic GLS 18 24 $22,096 $22,995
Santa Fe FWD 4-Door Automatic Limited 17 24 $27,076 $28,845
Santa Fe FWD 4-Door Automatic SE 17 24 $23,652 $24,895
Santa Fe FWD 4-Door Manual GLS 17 24 $20,861 $21,695
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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
$23,711
$25,765
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$24,695
$28,950
Monthly Payment Estimate
$412 / month
$483 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe is competent all around, and hard to fault as a well-equipped family SUV. 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 Hip Room (in)
55.0 56.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.5 59.7
Passenger Capacity
5 7
Second Head Room (in)
39.6 40.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.6 59.5
Front Leg Room (in)
42.6 43.2
Front Hip Room (in)
55.8 56.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
108.3 145.7
Second Leg Room (in)
36.8 38.3
Front Head Room (in)
40.2 40.6
Third Hip Room (in)
- 42.3
Third Head Room (in)
- 36.3
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- 55.0
Third Leg Room (in)
- 29.9
Exterior Dimensions
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
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)
11.73 x - TBD - 12.9 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.8 19.2
Steering
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
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
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
Rear Tire Size
P235/70R16 P245/65R17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 2000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 200
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3969 4178
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 17 x 7.5
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 17 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.9 9.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
MPI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
183 @ 4000 249 @ 4700
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.7L/164 3.5L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
185 @ 6000 270 @ 6200
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 23
Transmission
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/SHIFTRONIC, 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
Trans Type
4 5
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.76
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- - TBD -
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- - TBD -
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)
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
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.59 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut Sport-tuned
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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