SUVs make excellent vehicles for many reasons. They're spacious and comfortable, and often include high performing powertrains. Most importantly, the right SUV can navigate all kinds of terrain. However, which SUV is best for the Chalfont, Warrington, and Doylestown area? In this Toyota RAV4 vs. Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUV comparison, Fred Beans Hyundai will show you!

Santa Fe Sport vs RAV4: Performance

The performance of your SUV hinges on its handling. In a lesser vehicle, snow, sleet, or rain would be a major obstacle. But when behind the wheel of the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, you won't have to worry. Its optional all-wheel drive can handle all types of weather.

This drivetrain is backed by a powerful inline four-cylinder engine. Thanks to several enhancements in the valve system, the Santa Fe Sport can generate up to a whopping 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. With that kind of power, you can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

Power is cut down in the 2018 Toyota RAV4 as it can only produce 176 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque. You also won't have access to the available all-wheel drivetrain in all of the RAV4's trim levels like it is in the Santa Fe Sport. You'll have to go with one of the top trim levels to access this feature.

Santa Fe Sport vs RAV4: Interior

No matter where you're heading, your comfort should always be a priority. Overall, the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is a big vehicle, offering passengers 108 cubic feet of spacious wiggle room as well as several cool amenities to keep everyone comfortable and entertained.

In the Santa Fe Sport, heated seats are available in all rows as well as a heated steering wheel for the driver on those colder days. When it comes to trim, you'll have your choice of sleek leather or Yes Essentials® stain-resistant cloth - perfect for the kids!

Instead of focusing on these tactile interior comforts, the 2018 Toyota chooses to focus more on media. It offers a fairly comprehensive entertainment system comparable to that found in the Santa Fe Sport. Unfortunately, it still falls short with overall smaller screens and less features. In fact, you'll completely miss out on Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ in the RAV4.

Santa Fe Sport vs RAV4: Safety

If you're going to be navigating some dangerous roads, then you're definitely going to need extra protection. The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport features many stability-enhancing technologies, such as Hill Start Assist Control, Downhill Assist, and the Vehicle Stability Management System, all of which can keep your vehicle safely on course.

Some more intuitive technology features are also available in this model, such as Blind Spot Detection and the Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Using this technology, your overall road awareness can double as these features act as a second set of eyes on the road around you.

There are quite a few safety features available in the RAV4 as well, like Traction Control and Brake Assist. Still, compared to the more intuitive suite available in the competition, this garden variety tech seems far less useful.

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs 2018 Toyota RAV4: The Verdict

At Fred Beans Hyundai, our primary concern is in making sure all Chalfont, Warrington, and Doylestown drivers have access to the safest, most versatile cars possible. In the battle between the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and the 2018 Toyota RAV4, the RAV4 strives for this title but falls short of the impressive Santa Fe Sport.

To see for yourself just how capable this SUV is, you'll have to get behind the wheel. Give us a call today to schedule your test drive!

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