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Vehicle Comparisons:
2018 Toyota RAV4 vs Hyundai Santa Fe


One of the most effective ways to get around San Diego, Kearny Mesa, and El Cajon is in an SUV with lots of safety features, good fuel economy, and a comfortable interior.

Two popular options are the RAV4 and Santa Fe. So, to help decipher between these impressive SUVs, we created this 2018 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe comparison. Learn all about these vehicles below, and contact us at Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego if you have any questions.

Advanced Safety Features

The Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Santa Fe offer lots of safety features to help prevent an accident from happening.

The RAV4 comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense™ P. It includes many advanced driver-assisting technologies, such as:

The Santa Fe offers similar driver-assisting technologies. Unfortunately, none of them come standard.

Performance Specs

The 2018 RAV4 comes standard with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that’s mated to a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence. Not only does this SUV offer a smooth performance, but it’s fuel efficient, too. It achieves an EPA-estimated 23 city/30 highway MPG,1 so you don’t need to stop as often to refuel.

You may need to visit the gas station more frequently in the 2018 Santa Fe. When its 3.3L V6 engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, it achieves an EPA-estimated 18 city/25 highway MPG.

However, both vehicles come in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The latter proactively sends torque to the wheels with the most grip, helping you stay in control on unfavorable road conditions.

Interior Amenities

The RAV4 and Santa Fe are highly comparable when it comes to their amenities. They both offer heated front seats and a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel. Plus, they each offer an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support, to get in that perfect position behind the wheel.

The RAV4 has available SofTex®-trimmed seats, too. This synthetic leather material is designed for easy cleaning and resisting spills. Soft to the touch, it also wears much slower than standard leather. Unfortunately, that’s what the seats of the Santa Fe are trimmed in. So, if you’re planning on using an SUV for your family, you may want to opt for the SofTex® material in the RAV4.

2018 RAV4 vs 2018 Santa Fe: Verdict

While both SUVs are impressive, the Toyota RAV4 has better fuel economy and more standard safety features. If you still need help deciding if it’s right for you, then schedule a test drive at Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego.

We’ll let you take the car for a spin, to see how it’d perform on the streets of San Diego, Kearny Mesa, and El Cajon.

So, don’t wait. Contact us today!


1 2018 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.