2011 Hyundai
Santa Fe
vs. 2012 Chevrolet
Traverse LS

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe

10.0

starting from

$27,540
"The materials and feel are high quality."
edmunds.com | talking about the Santa Fe's build-quality
"It's a good value."
edmunds.com | talking about the Santa Fe's value

Reasons to buy the Hyundai Santa Fe

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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Power outlets
Standard
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.1"
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS

9.5

starting from

$32,240

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Traverse LS

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Ample cargo space
116.4 ft3
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More passenger seats
8
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Rear air conditioning
Standard
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Average range on the highway
506 miles
Cost 9.0 vs 10.0
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Winner: Santa Fe
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  • Basic warranty lasts 2 more years, 5 year vs 3 year
  • Basic warranty lasts 24,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Gets around 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 20 mpg vs 16 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Neither offers a sun roof
  • Neither offers a leather interior
  • Neither has a power seat option
Road Tests - vs -
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Safety Features - vs 10.0
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Performance - vs 10.0
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  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, quite rare for this class
  • More gears
Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • Neither offers a navigation system
Entertainment System - vs 10.0
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  • Neither offers satellite radio
  • Neither offers an entertainment system
Overall 9.5 vs 10.0

Cost

Chevrolet
Traverse LS
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Hyundai
Santa Fe
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MSRP $32,240 vs $27,540 The Santa Fe has a great price and the Traverse LS is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 20 mpg The Santa Fe has great city mileage and the Traverse LS is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Santa Fe 's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Traverse LS's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 5 year The Santa Fe 's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Traverse LS's warranty is very limited

Luxury Features

Chevrolet
Traverse LS
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Hyundai
Santa Fe
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Road Tests

Chevrolet
Traverse LS
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Hyundai
Santa Fe
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0-60 mph 7.9 seconds vs 7.9 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 141 ft vs 133 ft The Santa Fe 's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Traverse LS is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.2 s @ 87 mph vs 16.1 s @ 88 mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.8 g vs 0.74 g The Traverse LS has good cornering abilities, but the Santa Fe is not very good for this class of vehicle
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

Chevrolet
Traverse LS
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Hyundai
Santa Fe
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Yes
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs None

Crash Test Ratings

Chevrolet
Traverse LS
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Hyundai
Santa Fe
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Performance

Chevrolet
Traverse LS
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Hyundai
Santa Fe
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Horsepower 281 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 276 HP @ 6,300 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 More gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, quite rare for this class
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Not Available
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 17.3 lb/hp vs 14.7 lb/hp The Santa Fe is a sporty car, while the Traverse LS is just average
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.4 ft vs 35.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Chevrolet
Traverse LS
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Hyundai
Santa Fe
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Passengers 8 vs 5 The Traverse LS has lots of passenger seats, but the Santa Fe has very few
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Cargo space 116.4 ft3 vs 78.2 ft3 The Traverse LS has lots of cargo room, and the Santa Fe is OK, too
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front seats 59.9 ft3 vs 59.0 ft3 The Traverse LS has roomy front seats and the Santa Fe is OK
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Base payload capacity Unknown vs 1148 lb
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Not Available vs Standard The Santa Fe 's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the Traverse LS
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders Unknown vs 8
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Chevrolet
Traverse LS
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Hyundai
Santa Fe
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Number of speakers Unknown vs 6
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs No
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Unknown vs Yes
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs No
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2011 Mazda CX-9 Touring Santa Fe Limited vs CX-9 Touring
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 2011 Hyundai Tucson Santa Fe vs Tucson
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 2012 Kia Sorento Santa Fe vs Sorento
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite Santa Fe Limited vs Odyssey Touring Elite
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2011 Buick Enclave CXL Santa Fe Limited vs Enclave CXL
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Traverse LS vs Equinox LT
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 2011 Buick Enclave CXL Traverse LTZ vs Enclave CXL
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ Traverse LT vs Tahoe LTZ
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 2011 GMC Terrain SLT Traverse LS vs Terrain SLT
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 2011 Ford Edge SE Traverse LT vs Edge SE

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