2016 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Its Competition

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The third-row seat in the Santa Fe is among the smaller in the segment.

If you use it only rarely, it's no big deal—but if you're the lead driver in the soccer carpool, it's worth testing to its seven-passenger maximum before you buy.

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe2016 Hyundai Santa Fe
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2016 Ford Explorer2016 Ford Explorer
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2016 Honda Pilot2016 Honda Pilot
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2016 Kia Sorento2016 Kia Sorento
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2016 Nissan Pathfinder2016 Nissan Pathfinder
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2016 Toyota Highlander2016 Toyota Highlander
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Quick Specs
8.0
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.
8.4
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.
8.8
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.
8.2
The 2016 Kia Sorento grows a little bit larger, and grows up a lot.
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The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder lacks sporty or off-road intentions, instead offering space for seven in a composed, quiet environment.
8.2
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.
MSRP From     
$24,950$31,050$30,345$25,100$29,830$30,490
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
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall 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 Base2WD 4-Door LXFWD 4-Door 2.4L L2WD 4-Door SFWD 4-Door I4 LE (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
578578
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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