2017 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2017 Toyota Highlander

When shopping for a high-quality SUV, car enthusiasts will definitely come across the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe and the 2017 Toyota Highlander. While both vehicles might seem similar, the fact of the matter is that they are worlds apart. There are many things that make the Hyundai Santa Fe much better than the Toyota Highlander.

Design & Style

The 2017 Toyota Highlander is an SUV that has a butch appearance, a feature common to all preceding Highlander versions. The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe, however, looks pleasing next to the Toyota Highlander. The Hyundai’s front end has a cleaner look compared to the Toyota. The lack of as many lines and bulges makes the Hyundai have a more elegant look, which belies the fact that it is still as rugged and capable as the Toyota.

The same can be said of the interior. The Toyota Highlander has a generally clean and well-laid-out interior, but it does not have the luxurious feel like the Hyundai. The Hyundai Santa Fe offers more space in terms of head room and leg room, and also has better amenities including a higher-quality audio system. The Hyundai’s dashboard is also less cluttered compared to the Toyota Highlander’s.

Technology & Safety

The Toyota Highlander ships with an impressive list of technological and safety features. These include a 7-inch color touch screen display, a voice activated navigation system and Bluetooth capability. Safety features include traction control, dynamic stability control, a rear-view camera, smart city brake support and rear cross traffic alert systems.

The Hyundai tops this the addition of Android Auto, a sound expanding audio system, smart cruise control and a high-quality touchscreen display system. In addition to the basic safety features, the Hyundai features advanced safety systems including blind spot detection, a rear-view camera with dynamic guide lines, lane keep assist and a host of other smart safety systems. Overall, Hyundai is more technologically advanced compared to the Toyota Highlander.


The base Toyota Highlander ships with a 3.4 litr engine with an output of 295 horsepower at 6600rpm, and 263 lb-ft of torque at 4700 rpm.

The Hyundai Santa Fe, on the other hand, ships with a 3.3-liter 6-cylinder engine generating 290 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque at 5,200 rpm. This makes the Hyundai significantly more powerful than the Highlander, despite having the same engine capacity. The Hyundai Santa Fe is also known to be more fuel efficient compared to the Highlander, thanks to better engine and drivetrain design as well as less weight.

The Bottom Line

The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe is demonstrably a much better vehicle compared to the 2017 Toyota Highlander in more ways than one. By betting on the Hyundai, you are unlikely to regret this choice later on.

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Springfield Hyundai offers you an opportunity to try out the Hyundai Santa Fe to see just how well it performs on the road. Doing this is as simple as dropping by and going for a test drive. You can also call to book the test drive in advance as well.

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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
Springfield Hyundai 39.918676, -75.331753.