2011 Hyundai
Santa Fe
vs. 2011 Kia
Sportage EX

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe

10.0

starting from

$26,940
"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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Quite powerful
276 HP @ 6,300 RPM
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Average cargo space
78.2 ft3
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.1"
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Sporty performance
14.1 lb/hp
2011 Kia Sportage EX

9.8

Runner-up

Kia Sportage EX

starting from

$23,990
"The Sportage matches up with the best crossover SUVs in the class."
edmunds.com | talking about the Sportage's value
"Sharp styling inside."
edmunds.com | talking about the Sportage's interior quality

Reasons to buy the Kia Sportage EX

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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
31 mpg
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Good city fuel efficiency
22 mpg
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Good braking distance from 60mph
126 ft
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Premium radio
Optional
Luxury Features 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Winner: Santa Fe
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Santa Fe
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Kia Sportage EX Winner: Sportage EX
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  • Gets 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 22 mpg vs 20 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $2,950 cheaper (more than 10% less), $23,990 vs $26,940
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Road Tests - vs -
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
  • More gears
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
Overall 9.8 vs 10.0

Luxury Features

Kia
Sportage EX
2011 Kia Sportage EX
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 Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Standard Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Santa Fe

Cost

Kia
Sportage EX
2011 Kia Sportage EX
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Hyundai
Santa Fe
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MSRP $23,990 vs $26,940 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 20 mpg The Sportage EX has great city mileage and the Santa Fe is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 60,000 mile vs 60,000 mile Fantastic basic warranty
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basic warranty years 5 year vs 5 year Fantastically long-lasting basic warranty

Crash Test Ratings

Kia
Sportage EX
2011 Kia Sportage EX
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Hyundai
Santa Fe
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs 4 stars
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

Kia
Sportage EX
2011 Kia Sportage EX
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 126 ft vs 133 ft The Sportage EX has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Santa Fe is just OK
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1/4 mile 17.0 s @ 83 mph vs 16.1 s @ 88 mph The Santa Fe 's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Sportage EX's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.75 g vs 0.74 g The Sportage EX has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average Santa Fe
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

Kia
Sportage EX
2011 Kia Sportage EX
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 Unknown
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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

Performance

Kia
Sportage EX
2011 Kia Sportage EX
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Hyundai
Santa Fe
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Horsepower 170 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 276 HP @ 6,300 RPM The Santa Fe is fairly powerful, but the Sportage EX is underpowered
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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, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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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 18.7 lb/hp vs 14.1 lb/hp The Santa Fe is a sporty car, while the Sportage EX is just average
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 34.7 ft vs 35.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Kia
Sportage EX
2011 Kia Sportage EX
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 54.6 ft3 vs 78.2 ft3 The Santa Fe has OK cargo room, while the Sportage EX has very little
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front seats 53.1 ft3 vs 59.0 ft3 The Santa Fe has roomy front seats, but the Sportage EX is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 1311 lb vs Unknown
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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 Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Kia
Sportage EX
2011 Kia Sportage EX
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Hyundai
Santa Fe
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Number of speakers 6 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the Sportage EX, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

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2011 Kia Sportage EX 2011 Kia Soul Sportage EX vs Soul
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