Hyundai Santa Fe vs Toyota Highlander

red santa fe driving down the streetFrom weekends in the mountains to long afternoons at the beach, SUVs like the Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota Highlander are great additions to your adventures in the Cerritos, Garden Grove, and Anaheim areas. The only question is, which is going to bring more to your daily commutes through Anaheim?

To find out, our team at Norm Reeves Hyundai Superstore Cerritos compared the Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Toyota Highlander on the points of fuel economy, smart safety features, and infotainment systems.

Santa Fe vs Toyota Highlander MPG

It’s no secret that drivers in our area spend a lot of time on the road, so it’s a good idea to consider fuel economy when choosing your next SUV. When we compared the Santa Fe vs. Highlander, we found that the Santa Fe has a higher fuel efficiency.

  • Hyundai Santa Fe Fuel Economy: EPA-estimated 22/29 city/highway MPG 1
  • Toyota Highlander Fuel Economy: EPA-estimated 20/24 city/highway MPG

We found these numbers when comparing these SUVs’ comparable 185-horsepower standard engines.

Since both the Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota Highlander have the same standard power, we looked to the transmission and found that the Santa Fe comes standard with an 8-speed automatic transmission, while the Highlander has a 6-speed automatic transmission.

These additional two gears may be one of the reasons why the standard powertrain in the Hyundai Santa Fe is more fuel-efficient than that in the Toyota Highlander.

Smart Safety Features in the Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota Highlander

While there’s no substitute for careful and attentive driving, many cars now offer a suite of features that can assist you in reaching your destination more safely. This includes the Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota Highlander.

Both SUVs have available Forward Collision Mitigation systems that alert you to potential hazards up ahead. These systems can even stop the car for you to try to prevent an impending collision. They also have Lane Keeping systems that can issue a warning if you accidentally drift from your intended lane.

When you reach your destination in the Hyundai Santa Fe, you’ll also have the available Safe Exit Assist feature to help you get out of your car safely after parallel parking on a busy street.

The Safe Exit Assist system automatically locks the rear doors if traffic is approaching from behind. After the door is open, it’ll also issue an alert if the coast isn’t clear so that you don’t step out into traffic.

Unfortunately, a similar feature isn’t available in the Toyota Highlander.

Infotainment Technology

No drive is complete without the right playlist, and both the Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota Highlander let you play your favorite tunes directly through your device with Bluetooth® connectivity. Not only can you wirelessly play music directly from your smartphone, but you can also answer incoming calls while on-the-go without taking your hands off the steering wheel.

The Hyundai Santa Fe is also compatible with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™, which means you can fully integrate your smartphone with your car and access your favorite apps like compatible internet radio, text messaging, and navigation.

Unfortunately, neither Android Auto™ nor Apple CarPlay™ are compatible with the Toyota Highlander infotainment system.

Hyundai Santa Fe vs Toyota Highlander: Test Drive Our Winner

After comparing the Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Toyota Highlander, we decided that the Santa Fe is our top pick for drivers in the Cerritos, Garden Grove and Anaheim areas. If you want to give it a try for yourself, come to Norm Reeves Hyundai Superstore Cerritos to take it for a spin.

Cerritos area drivers can contact us to test drive the Santa Fe today!

1 EPA estimates. For comparison only. Your actual mileage may vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and vehicle’s condition.

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