2015 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Its Competition

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe FWD 4-door GLS Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

Because the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe line is really two separate vehicles, competitors are numerous.

The Ford Explorer is spacious and heavy on tech options while returning good fuel economy with its smaller engines–the Santa Fe can tow more, however.

The Nissan Pathfinder gets better fuel economy and is more spacious than the Hyundai to boot.

Chevy's Equinox is a well-rounded alternative with lots of space in the mid-size segment, but little else that stands out in the crowd.

There's also the Toyota Venza, offered with both four- and six-cylinder engines and Toyota's reputation for reliability.

The Santa Fe has a cousin in the Kia lineup, the Sorento, which offers a great value with very similar appointments.

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Quick Specs
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The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe is really two vehicles in one, with the larger model geared toward big families and the smaller Sport version good for those with smaller broods.
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The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox is more refined and quiet than many of its competitors, while offering the versatility and value that a budget-conscious family would expect.
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The 2015 Ford Explorer has a historic name, but it's a much more comfortable, road-worthy vehicle than it ever was in the past.
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The 2015 Kia Sorento gets a little better each year, and its combination of elegance, versatility, and value makes it a great pick for families.
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The 2015 Nissan Pathfinder reels off its crossover basics with ease, but doesn't get too adventurous in handling or off-roading.
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The Toyota Venza gives up all SUV styling pretenses in favor of big-hatchback utility and a truly carlike atmosphere.
MSRP From     
$24,950$22,120$30,700$24,300$29,510$29,065
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door 2.4FWD 4-Door LFWD 4-Door Base2WD 4-Door I4 LX2WD 4-Door S *Ltd Avail*4-Door Wagon I4 FWD LE (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
557575
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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