2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs. 2018 Toyota RAV4

The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has for a while now cemented its space among the most coveted crossover-SUVs in Pennsylvania, giving its close contenders like the 2018 Toyota RAV4 a run for their money. Fitted with loads of features, the SUV lover is assured of great value for his dollar. A quick look at some of the features will show us why the 2018 Santa Fe Sport is a better SUV than the 2018 RAV4.

Design & Style

While RAV4 has done quite well for itself over the years, entering the SUV market with solid form, a lot more creativity has been expected from its trend. Well, the avian look given by the headlights is a highlight for the new model, though the belt that stretches from the front side to the rears roof connects to a rail that seems somewhat bulky and may be a hindrance to the driver’s rear visibility. The tail-lights that jut outward combined with the bulging rear end gets a no-no from stylists.

The sports version of the Hyundai Santa Fe enters the market with a style that is a smart mix between the Tucson and the bigger Santa Fe. New bumpers, headlights, taillights, and a reshaped grille make it the sexiest among Hyundai’s SUVs, yet maintains its mature outlook. The inside of the SUV is a wonder. Big air vents bank the cockpit area, shielded by a number of uncluttered controls that glow through electroluminescence. The foldable front and rear seats provide huge spaces for larger items.

Technology & Safety

Both SUVs are strong on safety features. The 2018 RAV4 for example, tacks in its interior the federally mandated airbags, rearview cameras and forward collision warnings. It also comes with automatic head-beam lights, emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control. The 360 degree camera is also a welcomed addition to the RAV4.

It seems like the manufacturers of the Hyundai’s Santa Fe Sport want to always be ahead of the game as they have as well included a hill-start control and downhill assist mechanism for the SUVs. The market is always looking out for this kind of edge.


The numbers that reflect on this segment of a car will either have it sell or stay in the yard longer than manufacturers anticipated. RAV4 fits a 2.5-liter 176 horsepower engine below its hood. The non-hybrid version pairs a 4-cylinder engine that shifts up to 6-speed automatic transmission. It is actually a great partner in snowy and wet areas. Everything works well for RAV4 unless hard pressed, at which it gives off an uncomfortable shriek in the hood.

The Hyundai’s hood can fit a good combination of a 2.0-liter turbo-4 (though trims with higher volumes are available). The 240hp pushes 260 lb-ft of torque. The cool thing about it is that the 6-speed automatic transmission is not a strain, as it quickly builds up in split seconds. The torque vector control is also a cool addition on sharp bends.

The Bottom Line

If you are looking for comfort and versatility, the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is a better bet. Its turbo version is evidently a powerhouse in comparison to the 2018 Toyota RAV4’s engine. The body work on the RAV4 seems overdone and the interior and safety features on the Hyundai have been worked on with the market in mind.

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Phone: 877-428-7515

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.