Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport VS 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Near Washington, NC

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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

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2018 Chevrolet Equinox

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Equinox doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

The Santa Fe Sport has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Equinox doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Santa Fe Sport and the Equinox have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Santa Fe Sport the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 120 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Equinox has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport comes with a full 5-year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Equinox’s 3-year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Santa Fe Sport 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Chevrolet covers the Equinox. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Equinox ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Santa Fe Sport’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Equinox’s (7/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Santa Fe Sport’s reliability 32 points higher than the Equinox.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 8 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 15 more horsepower (185 vs. 170) than the Equinox’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 4 cyl. is faster than the Chevrolet Equinox 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.:


Santa Fe Sport


Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

8.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

24.8 sec

26.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8.8 sec

9.6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.6 sec

16.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

84 MPH

83 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Equinox with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Santa Fe Sport has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Equinox FWD’s standard fuel tank (17.4 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Santa Fe Sport has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Equinox AWD/Diesel’s standard fuel tank (17.4 vs. 15.6 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Santa Fe Sport’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Equinox:


Santa Fe Sport


Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.3 inches

The Santa Fe Sport stops shorter than the Equinox:


Santa Fe Sport



60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Santa Fe Sport has larger tires than the Equinox (235/65R17 vs. 225/65R17).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Santa Fe Sport flat and controlled during cornering. The Equinox’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Santa Fe Sport is 2 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Equinox.

For better maneuverability, the Santa Fe Sport’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Equinox’s (35.8 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport has 4.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Equinox (108 vs. 103.2).

The Santa Fe Sport has .4 inches more front legroom, 2.5 inches more front hip room, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 3.7 inches more rear hip room and 2.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Equinox.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Equinox with its rear seat up (35.4 vs. 29.9 cubic feet). The Santa Fe Sport has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Equinox with its rear seat folded (71.5 vs. 63.5 cubic feet).

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

Ergonomics Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport’s optional front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches. The Equinox’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

The Santa Fe Sport has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Equinox doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Santa Fe Sport Ultimate offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Equinox doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Santa Fe Sport Ultimate offers an optional Smart Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Equinox doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Santa Fe Sport is less expensive to operate than the Equinox because it costs $306 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Santa Fe Sport than the Equinox, including $301 less for a water pump, $62 less for an alternator, $120 less for front brake pads, $112 less for a starter, $147 less for fuel injection, $415 less for a fuel pump and $32 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has won recognition from these important consumer publications:


Santa Fe Sport


Consumer Reports® Recommends



Car Book “Best Bet”



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