2008 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Its Competition

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe FWD 4-door Auto SE Angular Front Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe lands in an interesting middle ground between more compact crossover SUVs such as the Toyota RAV4, and mid-sizers such as the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot.

The Santa Fe is easier to park than those mid-sizers while boasting a more settled ride on the highway than the compact competition--though beware that the firm suspension is choppier than the norm on rough city streets.

The Santa Fe's third-row seat feels bigger than the one offered in the RAV4 and works in a pinch for kids.

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe FWD 4-door Auto SE Angular Front Exterior View2008 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Quick Specs
8.2
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.
8.0
The 2009 Honda Pilot looks more SUV-like in its second edition, but it has the room of a minivan, along with some notable styling miscues and expensive choices to make from the options list.
7.8
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.
7.6
The 2008 Toyota RAV4 brings a little more space than most compact SUVs without a mid-size price.
MSRP From   
$21,495$27,695$27,500$21,500
Gas Mileage   
17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I4
EPA Class   
2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
FWD 4-Door Manual GLS2WD 4-Door LXFWD 4-Door Base (Natl)FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5875
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door Sport Utility4 Door4 Door4 Door
Transmission   
ManualAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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