Compare 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2019 Subaru Forester

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
2019 Subaru Forester
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Limited 2.0T Automatic AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Santa Fe Limited 2.0T Automatic AWD 19 24 $34,160 $35,900
Santa Fe Limited 2.0T Automatic FWD 20 25 $32,562 $34,200
Santa Fe Limited 2.4L Automatic AWD 21 27 $32,656 $34,300
Santa Fe Limited 2.4L Automatic FWD 22 29 $31,058 $32,600
Santa Fe SE 2.4L Automatic AWD 21 27 $26,355 $27,450
Santa Fe SE 2.4L Automatic FWD 22 29 $24,749 $25,750
Santa Fe SEL 2.4L Automatic AWD 21 27 $27,956 $29,300
Santa Fe SEL 2.4L Automatic FWD 22 29 $26,358 $27,600
Santa Fe SEL Plus 2.4L Automatic AWD 21 27 $30,024 $31,500
Santa Fe SEL Plus 2.4L Automatic FWD 22 29 $28,426 $29,800
Santa Fe Ultimate 2.0T Automatic AWD 19 24 $36,886 $38,800
Santa Fe Ultimate 2.0T Automatic FWD 20 25 $35,288 $37,100
Santa Fe Ultimate 2.4L Automatic AWD 21 27 $35,335 $37,150
Santa Fe Ultimate 2.4L Automatic FWD 22 29 $33,737 $35,450
Santa Fe XL Limited Ultimate AWD 17 22 $38,875 $41,400
Santa Fe XL Limited Ultimate FWD 18 23 $37,250 $39,650
Santa Fe XL SE AWD 18 24 $31,119 $32,700
Santa Fe XL SE FWD 18 25 $29,477 $30,950
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2.5i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Forester 2.5i 26 33 $22,915 $24,295
Forester 2.5i Limited 26 33 $28,787 $30,795
Forester 2.5i Premium 26 33 $25,110 $26,695
Forester 2.5i Sport 26 33 $27,040 $28,795
Forester 2.5i Touring 26 33 $31,991 $34,295

2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe: Compare Cars

Compact crossover SUV shoppers are spoiled for choice. Two models that rise to the top of our ratings are the 2019 Subaru Forester and 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe.

Each has its own take on what’s best for everyday driving. Overall, we think the 2019 Forester’s combination of value, interior space, and fuel economy edges it ahead in our ratings. However, the 2019 Santa Fe has a luxurious interior and a stronger turbo-4 engine, which tips the balance in its favor for some needs.

 
Pricing
Invoice Price
$34,160
$22,915
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$35,900
$24,295
Monthly Payment Estimate
$598 / month
$405 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.7
6.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is a convincing crossover SUV with room for families and cargo. The 2019 Subaru Forester is a well thought-out crossover SUV with exceptional space, a great ride, and standard AWD without a fuel-economy penalty.
TCC Likes
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small SUV 4WD Small SUV 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Volume (ft³)
110.7 111.9
Second Hip Room (in)
56.3 53.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.1 58.2
Second Head Room (in)
37.9 39.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.3 57.2
Front Leg Room (in)
44.1 43.3
Front Hip Room (in)
57.5 54.1
Second Leg Room (in)
40.9 39.4
Front Head Room (in)
41.2 41.2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
64.1 61.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.3 8.7
Length, Overall (in)
187.8 182.1
Height, Overall (in)
67.1 67.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.5 61.8
Wheelbase (in)
108.9 105.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.4 71.5
Liftover Height (in)
- 28.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
35.9 31.1
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
35.9 31.1
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
71.3 74.3
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- 43.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- 70.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- 51.2
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- 34.8
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- 35.7
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 11.6
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)
12 11.2
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.8 16.6
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.5 35.4
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Front Tire Size
P235/55HR19 P225/60HR17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/55HR19 P225/60HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4063 3449
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 X 7.5 17 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 X 7.5 17 X 7
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
260 @ 1450 176 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/122 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
235 @ 6000 182 @ 5800
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded H-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 26
Transmission
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.81 3.60 - 0.75
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.51 3.70
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.86 -
Trans Type
8 7
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.65 -
Drivetrain
All Wheel All Wheel
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.22 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 3.69
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.90 -
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.80 0.56
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.42 -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD CVT w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Santa Fe Subaru Forester
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.4 6.1
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- 1500
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
- 1500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- 150
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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