Nowadays SUVs are becoming increasingly popular because of their versatility and convenience. Most new SUVs on the market are full of all the latest safety and technology features, and the 2016 Toyota Highlander is no exception. Our team here at Cox Toyota is working to provide our drivers with detailed comparisons showing how Toyota models stand up against the competition. This time we’re focusing on how the 2016 Toyota Highlander compares to the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe.
To be clear, we’re focusing on the base models for both of these SUVs. It’s important to keep in mind there are higher models available with additional features and performance capabilities.
For the Highlander LE, drivers will have the option between a 4-cylinder and V-6 engine, but the V-6 is most comparable to the Santa Fe SE model. Both vehicles offer a similar fuel economy with an average 25 mpg on the highway for both the Highlander and the Santa Fe.
|2016 Toyota Highlander LE||VS||2016 Hyundai Santa Fe SE|
|3.5-liter V-6||Engine||3.3-liter V-6|
|6-speed automatic||Transmission||6-speed automatic|
|44.2 inches||Front Legroom||41.3 inches|
When it comes to safety, these two family-friendly SUVs have quite a bit in common. Both the 2016 Toyota Highlander and the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe come standard with automatic headlights, brake assist systems, child safety door locks, electronic traction control and hill start assist control. They’re also both set standard with anti-theft protection; the Highlander has a standard immobilizer, but the Santa Fe does not. A low tire pressure indicator is standard on both SUVs as well because it’s important to keep tires properly inflated at all times for the best performance and efficiency.
Although it’s not by much, the 2016 Toyota Highlander offers slightly more cargo space than the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe. The driver and front seat passenger will have more legroom in the Highlander, but rear seat passengers in the Santa Fe will have more room to stretch out. Both the Highlander and the Santa Fe come standard with cruise control, an outside temperature gauge, heated exterior mirrors and an MP3 player. Passengers in the Highlander will have more flexibility when it comes to adjusting the temperature with controls in the back and dual climate controls up front. These are not available in the Santa Fe.
Those interested in learning more about what the 2016 Toyota Highlander has to offer are welcome to contact our team here at Cox Toyota for more information. Drivers can get behind the wheel of this SUV by scheduling a test drive online today.