2011 Hyundai
Santa Fe
vs. 2011 Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited

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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Average number of gears
6
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Power locks
Standard
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

9.7

starting from

$29,220

Reasons to buy the Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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OK drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Passenger power seats
Standard
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Good range on the highway
536 miles
Cost 9.4 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
  • The best price we've seen is $2,280 cheaper (around 10% less), $26,940 vs $29,220
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
  • Neither offers a sun roof
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both come standard with roof rails
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.7 vs 10.0

Cost

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Outback 2.5i Limited
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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Hyundai
Santa Fe
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MSRP $29,220 vs $26,940 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 20 mpg The Outback 2.5i Limited has great city mileage and the Santa Fe 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 Outback 2.5i Limited'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 Outback 2.5i Limited's warranty is very limited

Luxury Features

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Outback 2.5i Limited
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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 Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Safety Features

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Outback 2.5i Limited
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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

Crash Test Ratings

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Outback 2.5i Limited
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars OK protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Performance

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Outback 2.5i Limited
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Horsepower 170 HP @ 5,600 RPM vs 276 HP @ 6,300 RPM The Santa Fe is of average power, but the Outback 2.5i Limited is underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 6 The Santa Fe has an OK number of gears, while the Outback 2.5i Limited has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The Santa Fe 's semi-automatic transmission is rare for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Standard 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 21.0 lb/hp vs 14.1 lb/hp The Santa Fe is a sporty car, but the Outback 2.5i Limited is sluggish
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive The Outback 2.5i Limited has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.8 ft vs 35.4 ft The Santa Fe can make tight turns, and the Outback 2.5i Limited is comparable to most other vehicles

Practicality

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Outback 2.5i Limited
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 536 miles vs 468 miles The Outback 2.5i Limited has good highway range and the Santa Fe is reasonable
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Cargo space 71.3 ft3 vs 78.2 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 57.2 ft3 vs 59.0 ft3 Both average size front seats
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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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roof rails Standard vs Standard Both come standard with roof rails
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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

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Outback 2.5i Limited
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Santa Fe
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Number of speakers 9 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 Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Outback 2.5i Limited's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Unknown
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Outback 2.5i Limited; but it's not available at all on the Santa Fe

Road Tests

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Outback 2.5i Limited
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Santa Fe
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0-60 mph 10.7 seconds vs 7.9 seconds The Santa Fe 's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Outback 2.5i Limited is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 133 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 18.2 s s @ 79.0 mph mph vs 16.1 s s @ 88.0 mph mph The Santa Fe 's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Outback 2.5i Limited's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.78 g vs 0.74 g The Outback 2.5i Limited has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average Santa Fe
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Top speed 123 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 2011 Kia Sportage EX Santa Fe vs Sportage EX
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Santa Fe vs RAV4 Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2011 Nissan Rogue SV Outback 2.5i Limited vs Rogue SV
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2012 Ford Escape XLS Outback 2.5i vs Escape XLS
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R 2011 Toyota Highlander Outback 3.6R vs Highlander
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Outback 2.5i Limited vs Equinox LT
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2011 Lexus RX 350 Outback 2.5i Limited vs RX 350

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