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2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs 2017 Toyota 4Runner

When comparing the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs the 2017 Toyota 4Runner, it would appear that these two models couldn't be more different. One has a sleek and sporty design, while the other has a more boxy, traditional shape. We also can't forget the major price difference between the two, which we'll discuss in more detail below.

The truth is, however, that these two models do have one thing in common... believe it or not, they are part of the same automotive segment: two-row midsize crossover SUVS. And, if that describes the type of vehicle you're after, allow us to help you determine which of these vehicles will best suit your needs and provide the best value. Speaking of which, when it comes to value, notice the huge difference in starting MSRP between the two models that spans nearly $10,000. For a lower starting cost, the Santa Fe Sport has standard features that the 4Runner doesn't, including speed-sensitive volume, fully automatic exterior light control, a headlight washer and a number of available options that are not available through the 4Runner's entry level trim.

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2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport VS 2017 Toyota 4Runner
From $25,350 MSRP From $34,210
Up to 21 city/27 hwy MPG Up to 17 city/21 hwy
108 cu ft Passenger Volume 97 cu ft
Available Android Auto/Apple CarPlay Infotainment Entune options

Differences Between the 2017 Santa Fe Sport and 2017 4Runner

Now, despite the big difference in starting MSRP, the 4Runner does attempt to make up for the cost. After all, it comes standard with a 270-horsepower engine. The question is, however, how much power do you really need? Many drivers won't need that much power and will be perfectly happy enjoying the Santa Fe Sport's superior fuel efficiency through the standard 185-horsepower power plant. For an MSRP that is a few thousand dollars less than the 4Runner's starting price, you can get more power on the Santa Fe Sport through an engine that produces 260 lb-ft of torque, nearly just as much as the 4Runner. Better yet, that torque is available at a low 1,450 rpm rather than 4,400 rpm on the 4Runner, giving you power exactly where you need it most in real world driving situations.

We've already talked about a number of features found in the Santa Fe Sport, and you can see from the chart that the model has an edge over the 4Runner in a number of key areas. One of those areas is in infotainment. Of course, there could be varying opinions here, but Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are quickly being considered the top-of-the-line infotainment technologies available today, allowing nearly seamless connectivity between your vehicle and your phone by mirroring apps from your phone and displaying them in a vehicle-friendly format on the car's touchscreen display. You'll find both of these infotainment platforms on the Santa Fe Sport, but Toyota appears to be falling behind the times with its Entune infotainment offerings.

It's pretty clear that when comparing the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs the 2017 Toyota 4Runner, the Santa Fe Sport comes out well ahead in most areas. But if power is really what you're after in the end, you might consider opting for the Hyundai Santa Fe. It not only has a starting MSRP a few thousand dollars less than the 4Runner, but also delivers more horsepower from its standard engine, providing excellent value. Whichever Hyundai you're interested in, get in touch with us at Coastal Hyundai and we'll be sure to put you behind the wheel.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport infotainment screen
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport steering wheel controls
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport on the beach
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport rear bumper design