2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sports vs. 2017 Toyota RAV4

The Hyundai Santa Fe and the Toyota RAV4 are impressive crossover vehicles meant for urban use, but with the added advantage of more space and the ability to do some light off-roading. Many years back, the Toyota RAV4 was one of the best vehicles in this domain, but the most current Hyundai Santa Fe is a serious contender for the top spot. Here is why auto buyers are preferring the Santa Fe Sports over the RAV4:

Design & Style

Current Toyota models have gone for a more angular exterior design, and this also manifests in the Toyota RAV4. Unlike its predecessors which were predominantly curvy, this iteration has lots of angular elements including the headlights and fenders. The Honda Santa Fe, on the other hand, has a more grown up and attractive look compared to the Toyota. It has a few tight edges and creases designed to give it a distinguished look. You can be sure that when driving a Hyundai Santa Fe, the vehicle will not be confused with any other.

The interiors of both cars tell a similar story, with the Toyota having many angular elements, some of which might look out of place. The Santa Fe, on the other hand, has been made with premium materials, which means that everything that you see and touch will feel and look well made. The excellent build quality means that the Santa Fe will take quite a beating before having issues such as panels detaching, making it an ideal vehicle for the family.

Technology & Safety

Being the most current iterations of these vehicles, you can expect both of them to have some high tech features including center consoles with touch screens, multiple airbags, antilock braking systems and traction control. However, what puts the Hyundai Santa Fe ahead of the Toyota RAV4 is the offering of more tech equipment as standard. This means that you will not need to spend more money to get equipment that you would need to spend money on in the Toyota, or which it will lack altogether.

Some of these features include a larger center console touch screen, (7 inches), Hyundai Blue Link Telematic services (automatic aid services if you are in an accident, crash or have other malfunctions), blind spot monitors, a handsfree liftgate, keyless ignition and leather seating. Optional extras that you can get for a little more money include surround view cameras, heated and ventilated front seats as well as rear parking sensors.


The Toyota has a 2.5 liter straight-4 engine producing 176 horsepower, and which is mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission. The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe, on the other hand, ships with a 2.4 liter inline-4 front wheel drive engine mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC, including a lock-up torque converter and manual shift mode. The Hyundai’s transmission is clearly superior to the Toyota’s, since it offers more options and is more capable in different driving conditions. The Toyota’s engine produces 185 horsepower, making it more powerful than the RAV4 despite having less displacement.

The Bottom Line

In summary, this iteration of the Hyundai Santa Fe is not only more fun to drive compared to the Toyota RAV 4, but is also more practical as well. If you want a vehicle that you can use for your day to day activities such as school runs and still have some fun with it, the Hyundai Santa Fe would be your best bet.

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754 Baltimore Pike Springfield, PA


Phone: 877-428-7515

754 Baltimore Pike Springfield, PA


Phone: 877-428-7515

754 Baltimore Pike Springfield, PA
39.918676 -75.331753
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