2016 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Its Competition

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

In the universe of three-row crossover SUVs, the force is strong with Hyundai's competition.

The Ford Explorer is spacious and heavy on tech options while returning good fuel economy with its smaller engines.

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

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

The most ominous new arrival: the 2016 Honda Pilot, which underwent a thorough revamp and now has one of the most spacious, comfortable interiors of all crossovers, and excellent performance and safety ratings.

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The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe is geared toward big families with a strong V-6 and loads of features, but third-row seat space is slim, and safety scores are absent.
The 2016 Ford Explorer doesn't need to rely on hardcore off-road tools--not with its firm road manners, plush interiors, and choice of turbocharged power.
The 2016 Honda Pilot has axed its hard edges: it's once again a smooth, capable family wagon, one that raises the bar for refinement.
The 2016 Kia Sorento grows a little bit larger, and grows up a lot.
The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder lacks sporty or off-road intentions, instead offering space for seven in a composed, quiet environment.
The 2016 Toyota Highlander isn't all that exciting to look at or to drive, but it's very versatile and handsome enough to be a great minivan alternative.
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Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4
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Small SUV 2WDStandard SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door 2.4FWD 4-Door Base2WD 4-Door LXFWD 4-Door 2.4L L2WD 4-Door SFWD 4-Door I4 LE (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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