2011 Hyundai
Santa Fe
vs. 2011 Kia
Sportage LX

2011 Kia Sportage LX

9.9

starting from

$20,990
"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 LX

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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
31 mpg
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Good city fuel efficiency
22 mpg
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Average 0-60 time
9.1 seconds
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Has a semi-automatic transmission
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe

9.8

starting from

$22,640
"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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Average cargo space
78.2 ft3
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.1"
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Spacious front seats
59.0 ft3
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Average range in the city
342 miles
Performance 9.5 vs 10.0
2011 Kia Sportage LX Winner: Sportage LX
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  • The Sportage LX's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission
  • The Sportage LX's power-to-weight ratio is more than 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 18.7 lb/hp vs 21.1 lb/hp
  • Almost the same, 34.7 ft vs 35.4 ft
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.5
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Winner: Santa Fe
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  • Passengers in front seats enjoy more than 10% more room, 59.0 ft3 vs 53.1 ft3
  • Room for more than 40% more stuff, 78.2 ft3 vs 54.6 ft3
Entertainment System 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Kia Sportage LX Winner: Sportage LX
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  • Like your tunes? In the Sportage LX, you can upgrade to satellite radio
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Kia Sportage LX Winner: Sportage LX
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  • Gets around 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 22 mpg vs 19 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $1,650 cheaper (around 10% less), $20,990 vs $22,640
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Neither offers a sun roof
  • Neither offers a leather interior
  • Neither has a power seat option
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests - vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.9

Performance

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Santa Fe
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe
2011 Kia Sportage LX Kia
Sportage LX
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Horsepower 175 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 170 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 More gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the Sportage LX's semi-automatic transmission and the Santa Fe 's Manual 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 21.1 lb/hp vs 18.7 lb/hp The Sportage LX has OK performance while the Santa Fe gives sluggish performance
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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 35.4 ft vs 34.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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Santa Fe
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Sportage LX
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 78.2 ft3 vs 54.6 ft3 The Santa Fe has OK cargo room, while the Sportage LX has very little
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front seats 59.0 ft3 vs 53.1 ft3 The Santa Fe has roomy front seats, but the Sportage LX is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 1228 lb vs 1311 lb Average towing capacity
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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 Not Available vs Optional The Sportage LX offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Santa Fe
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Cupholders 8 vs 8 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Santa Fe
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Sportage LX
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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 Optional Like your tunes? In the Sportage LX, you can upgrade to 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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Cost

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Santa Fe
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MSRP $22,640 vs $20,990 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 22 mpg The Sportage LX 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

Safety Features

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Santa Fe
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Sportage LX
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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

Luxury Features

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Santa Fe
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Sportage LX
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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

Crash Test Ratings

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

Road Tests

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Santa Fe
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe
2011 Kia Sportage LX Kia
Sportage LX
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0-60 mph 10.7 seconds vs 9.1 seconds The Sportage LX's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Santa Fe is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 134 ft vs 126 ft The Sportage LX has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Santa Fe is just OK
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1/4 mile 18.0 s @ 78 mph vs 17.0 s @ 83 mph The Sportage LX's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Santa Fe 's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.75 g
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 2011 Hyundai Tucson Santa Fe vs Tucson
2011 Kia Sportage LX 2012 Kia Sorento LX Sportage LX vs Sorento LX
2011 Kia Sportage 2011 Nissan JUKE SL Sportage vs JUKE SL
2011 Kia Sportage EX 2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara Limited Sportage EX vs Grand Vitara Limited
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2011 Kia Sportage 2011 Jeep Compass Sportage vs Compass

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