2020 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Exterior Driver Side Front Profile vs 2020 Toyota Highlander Exterior Passenger Side Front Profile

Many years ago, it might’ve seemed strange to hear someone predict that sedans would one day be surpassed by utility vehicles, but crossovers continue to increase in number and popularity while the number of different sedans dwindle across the industry. The midsize crossover segment is without a doubt the steepest on the market, with tons of incredible options for family and single drivers. We thought we’d see how our two-row midsize crossover measures up to one of its biggest competitors by pitting the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2020 Toyota Highlander.

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe


2020 Toyota Highlander

25 mpg Combined Fuel Efficiency 23 mpg
185 HP Horsepower 295 HP
3,591 lbs. Curb Weight 4,370 lbs.
35.9 cu. ft. Cargo Capacity 16.0 cu. ft.

Advantages of the 2020 Santa Fe

The Hyundai Santa Fe has been an excellent crossover option on the lineup since its introduction at the turn of the century as a member of the 2001 model year lineup. The Toyota Highlander was introduced the same year, and both have become incredibly popular options within the segment. We wanted to see exactly how they compare to one another, so we took a gander at some of their most important specifications and compiled them into the table up above.

First we looked at fuel economy, one of the most important aspects of any vehicles in today’s market. The Santa Fe achieves an extra two miles per gallon combined across city and highway driving, which translates to some savings at the pump in the long run. However, the Santa Fe gives up a ton of power to the Highlander. More specifically, it gives up 110 horsepower, which is unfortunately a huge difference. However, the advantage the Highlander gains from that difference is certainly diminished by the fact that the Hyundai Santa Fe weighs 779 pounds less than the Highlander.

The Highlander is also a three-row crossover, which means the Santa Fe offers far more standard cargo space, more than doubling what the Highlander offers behind its third row – more specifically, an extra 19.9 cubic feet. However, the Highlander does take the advantage if it drops down the third row, as it offers 48.4 cu. ft. behind row two or 84.3 cu. ft. behind the front row. The Santa Fe offers a max of 71.3 cu. ft.

If you’re interested in a 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe of your own, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us right here at Cocoa Hyundai. We look forward to hearing from you!

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