2012 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Its Competition

2012 Hyundai Santa Fe
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

A tweener, the 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe is at the large end of the compact crossover class, the small end of the mid-size spectrum.

A couple of like-minded crossovers come to mind when shopping.

The Kia Sorento shares some running gear with the Santa Fe, with the prime distinctions being the Sorento's optional UVO voice-command system and its more rugged styling, and its available third-row seat.

The Dodge Journey re-emerged last year as a contender in the group, with a great new interior complementing its good interior space and three-row seating.

The Ford Edge only seats five, but it's ahead of all of these with the MyFord Touch control system, and with a new turbo EcoBoost four-cylinder version with 30-mpg highway fuel economy; Chevy's Equinox is also a five-seater, but one with a very efficient four-cylinder drivetrain and big cargo space.

Lastly, there's the Toyota RAV4, offered with four- and six-cylinder engines, and still nicely executed, with a long track record of durability behind it.

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2012 Chevrolet Equinox FWD 4-door LT w/1LT Angular Front Exterior View2012 Chevrolet Equinox
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2012 Ford Edge2012 Ford Edge
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2012 Kia Sorento 2WD 4-door V6 EX Angular Front Exterior View2012 Kia Sorento
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2012 Toyota Highlander FWD 4-door V6 (SE) Angular Front Exterior View2012 Toyota Highlander
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Quick Specs
Still a great choice for families, the 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe has good safety scores and available V-6 power.
A versatile layout, impressive performance, good ride comfort, and reasonable pricing all add up to make the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox a strong value—and a good pick for small families.
Practical without being too prim, the 2012 Dodge Journey cuts an interesting figure and spans the gulf between compact crossovers and family-grade SUVs.
The 2012 Ford Edge rises to the top of the five-seat crossover niche with forward-thinking technology and a gas-saving EcoBoost option.
With the right size, the right gas-mileage numbers, and the right standard features, the 2012 Kia Sorento is an easy recommendation in the crossover class.
The 2012 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid to roomy, three-row family crossover wagons what the Camry is to mid-size sedans: comfortable, safe, and full-featured—but more than a little bland.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas/Ethanol I4Gas I4Gas V6Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleFWD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 2WDSport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door I4 GLSFWD 4-Door LSFWD 4-Door SE4-Door SE FWD2WD 4-Door I4 BaseFWD 4-Door I4 (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door Sport Utility4 DoorSport Utility VehicleSport Utility4 Door4 Door
Automatic w/manual shiftAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManualAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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