Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Competitors for Sale in Springfield, MA


The crossover segment is continuing its surge going into the new decade, and the competition among automakers to take hold of that market is fierce to say the least. The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe is a midsized crossover with a lot going for it, but it still has to contend with the likes of the Ford Escape, Kia Sportage, Nissan Murano, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, and Honda CR-V. While these rivals put up a good fight, the Santa Fe does certainly holds its own and rises above in a lot of aspects. Let’s explore some of the ways that it does this.

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Pricing and Warranty Coverage

The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe puts a whole lot into a package with a starting MSRP of $24,400, which comes in lower than the Forester’s ($24,495), Escape’s ($24,885), CR-V’s ($25,050), RAV4’s ($25,850), and Murano’s ($31,530) base pricing. Even though the Sportage is slightly less expensive at $23,990, the difference is slight, and as you’ll see below, the Santa Fe beats it in a number of ways. The Santa Fe also has some of the best warranties in the industry, with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty (which includes 24-hour roadside assistance) and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. This beats out the Escape’s, Murano’s, Forester’s, RAV4’s, and CR-V’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranties and 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranties. Even though the Sportage provides the same basic and powertrain warranty terms as the Santa Fe, its corrosion coverage expires at 5 years/100,000 miles compared to the Santa Fe’s 7 years/unlimited miles.

Dimensions and Features

Where crossovers really shine is in their storage utility, and if you decide to purchase the Santa Fe, you won’t be disappointed with the amount of space it provides. With its 71.3 cubic feet of cargo volume with the rear seat down, it outdoes the Sportage (60.1 cu. ft.), Escape (65.4 cu. ft.), and RAV4 (69.8 cu. ft.). While the Forester and Murano are slightly larger in comparison, the Santa Fe has 3.4 inches more front hip room, 2.7 in. more rear hip room, and 1.1 in. more rear shoulder room over the Forester. The base Santa Fe is also priced $7,000 less than the base Murano.

But space for people is even more important than space for stuff. Every occupant should be feel comfortable in the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe since it provides 110.7 cu. ft. of passenger space, beating out the Sportage (98.6 cu. ft.), RAV4 (98.9 cu. ft.), Escape (104 cu. ft.), CR-V (105.9 cu. ft.), and Murano (108.1 cu. ft.). Unlike the Escape, Sportage, and CR-V, the Santa Fe has the option of including heated rear outboard seats. While the Forester does as well, it doesn’t offer cooled front seats like the Santa Fe. The Santa Fe comes with standard automatic headlights on its base trim, but neither the base-model RAV4 or base-model CR-V does (buyers must choose a higher-priced model to get that feature). The Santa Fe can also be set up with wireless phone charging, which the Escape and Forester both lack entirely.

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