Pecheles Automotive Compares 2019 Toyota Sienna VS 2018 Hyundai Santa Near Washington, NC

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2019 Toyota Sienna

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2019 Toyota Sienna

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2018 Hyundai Santa

Safety Comparison

The Sienna Limited Premium FWD’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Sienna 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 Hyundai Santa Fe doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle seat belts.

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

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

Warranty Comparison

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Sienna for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Hyundai doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Santa Fe.

There are over 47 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Sienna’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota first in reliability. Hyundai is ranked 10th.

Engine Comparison

The Sienna’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 6 more horsepower (296 vs. 290) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (263 vs. 252) than the Santa Fe’s 3.3 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Sienna gets better fuel mileage than the Santa Fe:




Santa Fe




19 city/27 hwy

18 city/25 hwy





17 city/23 hwy

V6/Auto Ultimate



18 city/24 hwy

18 city/24 hwy





17 city/22 hwy

V6/Auto Ultimate

The Sienna has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Santa Fe (20 vs. 18.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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



Santa Fe

Front Rotors

12.9 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

11.9 inches

The Sienna stops shorter than the Santa Fe:



Santa Fe


60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Sienna SE’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Santa Fe Ultimate’s 55 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Sienna can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sienna’s wheelbase is 9.1 inches longer than on the Santa Fe (119.3 inches vs. 110.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Sienna is 3.6 inches wider in the front and 3.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Santa Fe.

Chassis Comparison

The design of the Toyota Sienna amounts to more than styling. The Sienna has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .3 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Santa Fe (.34) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Sienna get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Sienna offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the Santa Fe can only carry 7.

The Sienna has 17.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Santa Fe (164.4 vs. 146.6).

The Sienna has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more front hip room, 5.6 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, 10.7 inches more rear hip room, 6.3 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.6 inches more third row headroom, 5.4 inches more third row legroom, 6.2 inches more third row hip room and 7.2 inches more third row shoulder room than the Santa Fe.

The front step up height for the Sienna is 1.1 inches lower than the Santa Fe (16.7” vs. 17.8”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Sienna’s cargo area provides more volume than the Santa Fe.



Santa Fe

Behind Third Seat

39.1 cubic feet

13.5 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded


40.9 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

87.1 cubic feet


Second Seat Folded

117.8 cubic feet

80 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

150 cubic feet

80 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Sienna easier. The Sienna’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 23.6 inches, while the Santa Fe’s liftover is 29.5 inches.

The Sienna’s cargo area is larger than the Santa Fe’s in almost every dimension:



Santa Fe

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)



Max Width



Min Width






The Sienna has a standard Split & Stow 3rd Row third row seat, which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Sienna Limited FWD’s third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Sienna (except Base/SE/LE) offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Sienna’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Santa Fe’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The Sienna Limited Premium’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Santa Fe’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Consumer Reports rated the Sienna’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Santa Fe’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

When the Sienna Limited is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Santa Fe’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Sienna Limited has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Santa Fe offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Sienna owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Sienna with a number “5” insurance rate while the Santa Fe is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

The Sienna will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Sienna will retain 47.56% to 53.29% of its original price after five years, while the Santa Fe only retains 45.67% to 47.26%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sienna is less expensive to operate than the Santa Fe because typical repairs cost much less on the Sienna than the Santa Fe, including $21 less for a muffler, $24 less for front brake pads, $48 less for front struts and $411 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Both are recommended, but Consumer Reports® chose the Toyota Sienna as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sienna second among minivans in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Santa Fe isn’t in the top three in its category.

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