Comparing 2017 Toyota RAV4 vs 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Prospective car buyers in the market for a crossover have a lot of options to choose from, which can make the entire experience much more difficult. That’s where we come in! Our team here at Magnussen’s Toyota of Palo Alto is working to provide drivers with the information they need to compare popular models and make a decision on which one is best for them.

This time around we’re focusing on the Toyota RAV4 to give drivers a better idea of what this popular crossover has to offer. We’re going to compare it to the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport because these vehicles are quite comparable when it comes to a starting price point. It’s important to note we’re focusing solely on the base models for a more even comparison. Let’s dive in for more!

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2017 Toyota RAV4 FWD LE 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4 FWD
2.5L 4-cylinder Engine 2.4L I-4
23 city/30 hwy MPG 21 city/27 hwy
38.4 cubic feet Cargo Volume 35.4 cubic feet
$25,870 MSRP $26,245

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As we can see from the chart above, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 LE and the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4 have quite a bit in common. They’re equipped with similar sized engines and have a comparable starting price point. Drivers will notice the RAV4 does come out on top with a slightly more efficient fuel economy and more room in the cargo area for additional belongings.

When it comes to performance, the Santa Fe Sport does pump out slightly more horsepower than the RAV4, so drivers will have to decide between power and efficiency. Both are equipped with front-wheel drive and set standard with six-speed automatic transmissions. The RAV4 is set with a limited slip differential, which is not available on the Santa Fe Sport. In addition to the extra cargo space, the RAV4 does offer more legroom for the driver and front seat passenger to stretch out.

Both crossovers are set with the same standard safety features including anti-theft protection, automatic headlights and low tire pressure indicators. The RAV4 comes with a standard immobilizer, which is not offered on the Santa Fe Sport. It also includes optional running boards as well as standard voice activated controls, which are not found on the Santa Fe Sport.

Those interested in learning more about the 2017 Toyota RAV4 are welcome to contact us here at Magnussen’s Toyota of Palo Alto for further details. Drivers can get behind the wheel of this crossover by scheduling a test drive online today.

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