2009 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Its Competition

2009 Hyundai Santa Fe
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The size of the 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe puts the vehicle somewhere between more compact crossover SUVs such as the Toyota RAV4 and mid-size crossovers like Toyota’s Highlander and Honda’s Pilot.

The Santa Fe boasts a more settled ride on the highway than its compact competition, but the firm suspension is choppier than the norm on rough city streets.

The Santa Fe is easier to park than the mid-size vehicles, and its third-row seat feels bigger than the one offered in the RAV4 and works in a pinch for kids.

If you need better fuel efficiency, you might want to take a look at the four-cylinder models of the RAV4 or Highlander, or the hybrid Saturn Vue Green Line.

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Quick Specs
The 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe is competent all around, and hard to fault as a well-equipped family SUV.
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.
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.
The 2008 Toyota RAV4 brings a little more space than most compact SUVs without a mid-size price.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
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)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door Sport Utility4 Door4 Door4 Door
ManualAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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