2011 Hyundai
Santa Fe
vs. 2011 Jeep
Grand Cherokee Laredo

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

9.8

starting from

$31,040
"Plush ride."
caranddriver.com | talking about the Grand Cherokee's ride quality
"Up-trimmed wagon that is equally ready for the mall or an off-road maelstrom."
caranddriver.com | talking about the Grand Cherokee's external styling

Reasons to buy the Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

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Bigger towing weight
2030 lb
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.6"
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Good range on the highway
566 miles
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Power seats
Standard
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe

9.3

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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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
4 stars
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Average cargo space
78.2 ft3
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.2
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Winner: Grand Cherokee Laredo
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Grand Cherokee Laredo's power seats; not available on the Santa Fe
  • Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Grand Cherokee Laredo
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
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Winner: Grand Cherokee Laredo
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  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Grand Cherokee Laredo; but it's not available at all on the Santa Fe
Performance 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Winner: Santa Fe
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  • The Santa Fe 's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive
  • The Santa Fe has 1 more gear, which can improve performance, 6 vs 5
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.5
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Winner: Grand Cherokee Laredo
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  • The Grand Cherokee Laredo offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Santa Fe
  • The Grand Cherokee Laredo can carry around 80% more weight, 2030 lb vs 1148 lb
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Road Tests - vs -
Missing information
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  • Both have subpar cornering abilities
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.3

Luxury Features

Jeep
Grand Cherokee Laredo
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
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 Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Grand Cherokee Laredo's power seats; not available on the Santa Fe
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Grand Cherokee Laredo

Cost

Jeep
Grand Cherokee Laredo
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Hyundai
Santa Fe
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MSRP $31,040 vs $27,540 The Santa Fe has a great price and the Grand Cherokee Laredo is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 20 mpg The Santa Fe has OK city mileage, while the Grand Cherokee Laredo is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Santa Fe 's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Grand Cherokee Laredo'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 Grand Cherokee Laredo's warranty is very limited

Entertainment System

Jeep
Grand Cherokee Laredo
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Hyundai
Santa Fe
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Number of speakers 6 vs 6 Average number of speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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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 Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Grand Cherokee Laredo; but it's not available at all on the Santa Fe

Performance

Jeep
Grand Cherokee Laredo
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Hyundai
Santa Fe
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Horsepower 290 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 276 HP @ 6,300 RPM Fairly powerful
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 The Santa Fe has more gears and the Grand Cherokee Laredo is OK, too
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the Santa Fe 's semi-automatic transmission and the Grand Cherokee Laredo's Automatic transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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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 15.4 lb/hp vs 14.7 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The Santa Fe has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.1 ft vs 35.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Jeep
Grand Cherokee Laredo
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Hyundai
Santa Fe
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 68.7 ft3 vs 78.2 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.6 ft3 vs 59.0 ft3 The Santa Fe has roomy front seats and the Grand Cherokee Laredo is OK
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Base payload capacity 2030 lb vs 1148 lb The Grand Cherokee Laredo can carry more weight than the average vehicle, but the Santa Fe is comparable to other vehicles in its class
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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 Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Grand Cherokee Laredo offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Santa Fe
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Cupholders 6 vs 8 The Santa Fe has a good number of cupholders, but the Grand Cherokee Laredo is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

Jeep
Grand Cherokee Laredo
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
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 Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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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 None vs None

Road Tests

Jeep
Grand Cherokee Laredo
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Hyundai
Santa Fe
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0-60 mph 9.1 seconds vs 7.9 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 133 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 17.0 s @ 86 mph vs 16.1 s @ 88 mph The Santa Fe 's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Grand Cherokee Laredo's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.73 g vs 0.74 g Both have subpar cornering abilities
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Jeep
Grand Cherokee Laredo
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Hyundai
Santa Fe
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Rollover resistance 3 stars vs 4 stars The better is 1.7x safer than the Grand Cherokee Laredo
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2011 Acura MDX Santa Fe Limited vs MDX
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Santa Fe vs Traverse LS
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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 2011 Jeep Compass Limited Grand Cherokee Limited vs Compass Limited
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 2011 Jeep Liberty Sport Grand Cherokee Laredo vs Liberty Sport
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 2011 Land-Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharged Grand Cherokee Overland vs Range Rover Sport Supercharged
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser Grand Cherokee Limited vs Land Cruiser

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