2018 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2018 Toyota Highlander

Families living in and around Pennsylvania will fancy having a good SUV to serve their transport needs on the road. Car manufacturers are aware that if you want to go for an SUV, it will have to be all about power, space and long-distance comfort. That is why the 2018 competition between the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Toyota Highlander has become quite stiff. The bet is more on the Hyundai, thanks to its crash safety mechanism, versatility and comfort. Check out some of the features that make it a favorite to its Toyota counterpart.

Design & Style

There is not much to say about the exterior of the 2018 Highlander as it seems like Toyota made time stand still from 2017. The trims remain the same from LE, XLE, LE Plus, SE and Limited Premium. The shape of this SUV looks truckier than Highlander’s usual rivals, and may pass for a machine made for the snowy landscape than the unpaved mountainous pass.

However, if you are looking to spend time in the far country, and desire a comfortable ride, Hyundai is the way to go. People adore its interior space, surrounding the passenger with all sorts of goodies like heat and ventilation, leather seats and one’s own space in a car. You can even tack in smaller people at the third row and leave 13 cubic feet of space for the cargo.

Safety & Technology

SUV are generally safe, and any current model of a SUV must come standard with some of the most common features. The2018 Toyota Highlander comes packed with some cool safety features that include automatic braking for emergencies, automatic headlights, adoptive cruise control and active lane control systems.

The Hyundai on the other has performed extremely well as concerns safety. Its crash test record gives it a thumbs up and the inclusion of a rearview camera is a welcomed feature for the Hyundai SUV. The 2018 Santa FE also has some cool additions including a high class audio at the dashboard and a panoramic roof that continues to attract more and more car enthusiasts.


The Highlander is a bigger car than the Santa Fe, yet scores quite high when it comes to fuel-efficiency. The V-6 crossover is powered by a 3.5-liter engine, giving the wheels 295 horsepower for either front or all-wheel drive options. The Highlander LE adopts a cheaper mechanism though, having front-wheel drive options only.

The highlight though for the2018 Santa Fe’s V-6, 3.3-liter and 290 horsepower engine is its performance when switching to its Sports mode. The transfer is seamless unlike other SUVs, and you will never feel the power surge while inside the car in Sports mode.

The Bottom Line

The 2018 Toyota Highlander is a huge car with a huge engine compared to the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe. The Hyundai generally has a neater exterior and a well equipped interior than the Toyota Highlander. It also has a Sports mode switch that is unmatched. Its crash test is also a plus for many SUV buyers and therefore stands to be a better contender at the end of the day.

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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.