2017 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Its Competition

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Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport competes in the cutthroat world of small SUVs today.

The market is crowded and competition is stiff: The Toyota RAV4 is a perennial favorite and gains a hybrid powertrain to differentiate it from the rest.

The Honda CR-V boasts a frugal inline-4 that can reach into the 30-plus mpg on the highway—same goes for the Nissan Rogue.

If you’re not picking up what we’re putting down, the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport could use a new powertrain beyond its 2.4-liter inline-4 and 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4, both of which aren’t class-leading in fuel conservation.

The good news? The Santa Fe Sport boasts more usable space than the smaller Ford Focus and the aging Chevy Equinox.

Perhaps the Santa Fe Sport has always been a value proposition anyway, and this year is no different.

With updated looks, the Santa Fe Sport is the best looking in Hyundai’s SUV lineup, but it's price is quickly approaching the rest of the pack at up to $37,000.

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Quick Specs
The restyled 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport looks sharp, inside and out. We can't help but wonder what the model could do with a slightly improved powertrain lineup.
The 2017 Chevrolet Equinox is a solid compact crossover SUV. What it lacks in advanced powertrains, it makes up for in available tech.
The 2017 Ford Escape foregoes a bit of utility in the name of style and sportiness, making it one of the better crossovers to drive.
It's hard to imagine a compact crossover better aligned with the needs of most buyers than the 2017 Honda CR-V.
The 2017 Nissan Rogue could beat the world of compact crossover SUVs, were it not for mediocre performance and safety ratings.
There's a RAV4 for just about everyone, and while we applaud Toyota for adding more safety technology for 2017, the competition is worth a good look, too.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 2WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
2.4L AutomaticFWD 4-Door LS FWDLX 2WDFWD SLE FWD (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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