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Compare the2024 Toyota Rav4VS 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe

2024 Toyota Rav4
2023 Hyundai Santa Fe

Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Rav4 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Hyundai Santa Fe doesn’t offer pretensioners for its rear seat belts.

The Toyota Rav4 has a standard driver’s side knee airbag mounted low on the dashboard. The knee airbag helps prevent the driver from sliding under the seatbelts or the main frontal airbag; this keeps the driver better positioned during a collision for maximum protection. A knee airbag also helps keep the legs from striking the dashboard, preventing knee and leg injuries in the case of a serious frontal collision. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer knee airbags.

The Rav4 has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Both the Rav4 and the Santa Fe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Toyota Rav4 is safer than the Hyundai Santa Fe:

Rav4

Santa Fe

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.5 inches

1.1 inches

Abdominal Force

138 lbs.

164 lbs.

Hip Force

246 lbs.

415 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

146

148

Spine Acceleration

49 G’s

54 G’s

Hip Force

508 lbs.

736 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

14 inches

HIC

299

376

Spine Acceleration

36 G’s

44 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its performance in IIHS driver-side and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, updated side impact, headlight, and daytime pedestrian crash prevention testing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Rav4 the rating of “Top Safety Pick” for 2023, a rating granted to only 71 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Santa Fe has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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There are over 49 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Rav4’s warranty.

Reliability

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From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ January 2023 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota first in overall reliability. Hyundai is ranked 13th.

Engine

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The Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 12 more horsepower (203 vs. 191) and 3 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 181) than the Santa Fe’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Toyota Rav4 is faster than the Hyundai Santa Fe 4 cyl.:

Rav4

Santa Fe

Zero to 30 MPH

3.1 sec

3.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.3 sec

10 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.5 sec

6.4 sec

Quarter Mile

16.5 sec

17.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88 MPH

83 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Rav4 gets better mileage than the Santa Fe:

MPG

Rav4

FWD

XLE 2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

27 city/34 hwy

LE/Limited 2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

27 city/35 hwy

AWD

LE 2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

27 city/34 hwy

XLE 2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

Adventure/Limited 2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

25 city/33 hwy

TRD Off-Road 2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

25 city/32 hwy

Santa Fe

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

25 city/28 hwy

2.5 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

AWD

2.5 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/25 hwy

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Rav4 LE/XLE’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Santa Fe’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Rav4 LE/XLE has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Santa Fe (8.4 vs. 8.2 inches), allowing the Rav4 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Rav4 XLE Premium/Limited/Adventure/TRD Off-Road’s minimum ground clearance is .4 inch higher than on the Santa Fe (8.6 vs. 8.2 inches).

Chassis

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The Toyota Rav4 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 450 pounds less than the Hyundai Santa Fe.

The Rav4 is 7.5 inches shorter than the Santa Fe, making the Rav4 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Rav4 Adventure/Limited/TRD Off-Road uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Cargo Capacity

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The Rav4 has a much larger cargo volume than the Santa Fe with its rear seat up (37.6 vs. 36.4 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Rav4 easier. The Rav4’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 27.8 inches, while the Santa Fe’s liftover is 29 inches.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Rav4. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

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The Rav4’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Santa Fe’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Rav4 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the Santa Fe can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Toyota Rav4 and the Hyundai Santa Fe, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Toyota Rav4 outsold the Hyundai Santa Fe by over three to one during 2022.

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