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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|2009 Hyundai Santa FeBrowse Used Listings||2009 Honda PilotBrowse Used Listings||2008 Toyota HighlanderBrowse Used Listings||2008 Toyota RAV4Browse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas I4|
|2WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|FWD 4-Door Manual GLS||2WD 4-Door LX||FWD 4-Door Base (Natl)||FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sport Utility||4 Door||4 Door||4 Door|
|Manual||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD|
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|2009 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2009 Honda Pilot||2009 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2008 Toyota Highlander||2009 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2008 Toyota RAV4|