The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe V.S. Toyota Highlander

May 17th, 2019 by

For 2019, the 2-row Hyundai Santa Fe is completely redesigned and it gets an eye-catching suite of standard safety features. The three-row Santa Fe XL is mostly unchanged. The 2019 Toyota Highlander has an elegant and tranquil cabin and a powerful and efficient optional V6 engine.


Hyundai Santa Fe:

The look of the 2019 Santa Fe has a thin-slit high-mounted LED daytime running lights which are similar of the Jeep Cherokee; the actual headlights are positioned down low, where you’d expect the driving lights to be. From the side, Hyundai’s compact SUV is characterized by a character line that extends from headlights to taillights. The side windows, what industry folks call the “daylight opening,” are surrounded by satin-finish trim, and the rear directional signals are down low at bumper level. The stock aluminum-alloy wheels add to the muscular look.

Toyota Highlander:

The Highlander’s look is significant but not imposing, muscular yet handsome. It has more of a squared-off look against the rounded Honda Pilot. You can’t miss the massive grille up front. The base models come with 18-inch wheels, while the higher trims have 19-inches. All models, except for the base Highlander LE, have a convenient flip-up rear hatch window, which makes it effortless to load and unload the rear without cracking open the entirety of the tailgate.


Hyundai Santa Fe:

The 2-row Santa Fe has enough space and accommodations for five people. Adults can ride comfortably in the rear seats, and the visibility is superb in all directions. The three-row Santa FE XL base trim level comes with a set of rear bench seats and has room for seven people.  

The top XL trim has second-row captain’s chairs, which reduces the total capacity to six people. The sliding second-row seats make it easier to get in and out of the third row of seats. It has a little more legroom than most three-row competitors.  

Toyota Highlander:

The Highlander’s 3-row SUV seats up to eight passengers. Passengers in the middle section can modify their seats using the sliding and reclining quality. In higher trims, the second-row bench seat is replaced with two captain’s chairs that are comfortable. The seating capacity can be reduced to seven.


Hyundai Santa Fe:

The knobs and buttons surrounding the infotainment, conveniently gets the job done, and it’s not difficult to maneuver. Hyundai Bluelink interface makes it easy to connect a smartphone, and standard Android Auto (which is new for 2019) and Apple CarPlay. Upgraded systems get a touch screen more massive than the standard display, along with premium surround-sound speakers and a navigation system.  

Toyota Highlander:

Toyota offers several standard and optional technology features on the Highlander. It’s easy to keep the family and passengers connected and charged with the available Driver Easy Speak PA system (which amplifies the driver’s voice for the rear seat passengers), and the Highlander also comes with five standard USB ports. A straightforward infotainment system is standard, and every model above the base trim comes with a responsive 8-inch touch screen. It can keep children occupied on long road trips, consider investing in the optional rear-seat entertainment system.


Hyundai Santa Fe:

The revamped 2019 Santa Fe gets an impressive suite of advanced safety features. Included with a rearview camera, driver attention monitoring, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control with full stop-and-go capability, lane keep assist and automatic high-beam headlights. It also comes with safe exit assist, which warns rear passengers if they try to open the door when a vehicle is nearing from the rear of the SUV.  

All of these systems are options on the XL. Available safety features include rear parking sensors, rear occupant alert, and a parking distance warning. Also offered are rain-sensing windshield wipers, a head-up display, and a surround-view monitor.

Toyota Highlander:

Standard in the 2019 Highlander includes a rearview camera and Toyota Safety Sense P. Under this designation is a pre-collision system with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning with steering assist, pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control. Optional safety features include a surround-view camera, blind spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, and rear cross traffic alert.    


Hyundai Santa Fe:

The Santa Fe comes with an option of two four-cylinder engines. The power plant produces 185 horsepower, and the optional turbocharged engine makes 235 horsepower. It’s decent for daily driving, and the eight-speed automatic transmission is particularly smooth. Under the hood of the Santa Fe XL is a 3.3-liter V6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Toyota Highlander:

The Highlander delivers power through a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Accessible on the base trim and standard on all others is the optional 3.5-liter V6 engine, which accelerates the Highlander with ease, even with a full crew in the vehicle. Its smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission helps V6-powered Highlanders achieve excellent highway gas mileage.


Hyundai Santa Fe: The Hyundai Santa Fe starts at $25,750 (plus destination fee).

Toyota Highlander: The Toyota Highlander starts at $32,375 (plus destination fee).

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