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Features Comparison: Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Toyota Highlander

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Model Year 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014
Model Santa Fe Santa Fe Highlander Highlander Highlander Highlander Highlander Highlander Highlander
Trim GLS Limited LE LE Plus XLE Limited Hybrid Limited Limited Platinum Hybrid Limited Platinum
Engines (show)  
3.3L V6
DOHC-4v
290 hp@6400
252 lb-ft@5200
             
2.7L I4
DOHC-4v
185 hp@5800
184 lb-ft@4200
               
3.5L V6
DOHC-4v
270 hp@6200
248 lb-ft@4700
       
3.5L V6 Hybrid
DOHC-4v
231 hp@5800
215 lb-ft@4800
             
Transmissions (show)  
6-speed manually-shiftable automatic    
CVT              
Drivetrains (show)  
FWD    
AWD
Tires (show)  
235/60R18 tires              
235/55HR19 tires              
245/60R18 tires    
245/55R19 tires          
Audio Systems (show)  
Unbranded, 6 speakers        
Dimension, 10 speakers (with subwoofer)                
Infinity, 550W, 12 speakers (with subwoofer)                
JBL, 9 speakers (with subwoofer)          
Accessories (show)  
AC power outletPowers devices with a regular home electrical outlet. Limited wattage: forget about using it to power a blow drier.        
Adaptive cruise controlAutomatically maintains set distance behind preceding vehicle as well as set speed. Minimum speed around 30 mph. Replaces regular cruise control, and includes its value.          
Cruise control        
Heated steering wheel          
Power decklid / liftgate pull-downPulls decklid / liftgate tight after latch is engaged. Door can be shut with very little effort.                
Power front side windowsOften must be ordered with power rear side windows, if these are available.
Power liftgateLiftgate can be opened and closed using buttons inside the vehicle and on the keyfob.  
Power locks
Power rear side windows
Proximity keyEnter and start the vehicle without removing the key from your pocket.    
Remote appCheck on car and remotely control various functions (locks, lights, HVAC) from a telephone or computer.              
Remote keyless entryUnlock and lock the car using buttons on the keyfob.
Remote startStart the car using a button on the keyfob. Interior can be a comfortable temperature as soon as you get in.            
Sunshades, second rowGreatly reduce the amount of sunlight entering the rear side windows. Retract into rear doors.    
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, manual
Universal garage door openerHomelink.    
Brakes, Airbags, and Other Safety (show)  
4-wheel disc brakesRear disc brakes.
AlarmOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.    
Antilock brakes (ABS)Automatically pulse the brakes in hard stops to prevent wheels from locking up, making it possible to brake and steer at the same time.
Blind spot warning systemMirror-mounted lights indicate when another vehicle is in a blind spot.      
Brake assistWhen a panic stop is sensed, fully applies the brakes.
Daytime running lights (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.          
Front airbagsMandatory, in all cars.
Front seat active head restraintsAutomatically move forward when the vehicle is rear-ended.    
Hill descent controlSelectively applies the brakes to maintain a slow, steady descent on off-road downhill slopes.
Hill start assistApplies the brakes to hold the vehicle in place on an incline. Incomplete data, so only displayed when pricing a single vehicle.
Knee airbag, driver
Lane departure warning systemAlerts driver when the vehicle seems to be wandering out of the lane.          
Obstacle detection, rearBeeps signal distance to object behind vehicle. Parking aid.      
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation systemPrepares brakes (and sometimes also seatbelts) for use when radar detects an imminent collision. Might also move seats and close windows. Early Lexus system used laser.          
Rear cross-traffic detectionWarns of traffic coming from either direction when vehicle is in reverse, to prevent accidents when backing out of parking spaces.          
Rearview cameraRearview camera connected to display screen on the instrument panel. Often requires navigation system.
Rollover sensorDeploys extended duration side curtain airbags when the vehicle rolls over. Usually included on tall vehicles. Rare on others.
Seat cushion airbag, passengerAirbag inflates under leading edge of seat cushion to prevent the passenger from sliding forward.    
Side curtain airbags, three rowsAirbags contained just above the window level. Cover all three rows.
Stability controlSelectively applies the brakes to prevent excessive understeer or oversteer (spinning).
Termporary spare tire
Tire-pressure monitorTwo types: a warning light when a tire is low on air and a pressure readout for each tire.
Torque vectoring / active trace controlUses the brakes to channel torque to the outside wheels and counteract understeer. Similar to stability control, but proactive, and acting to improve cornering performance rather than prevent loss of control.              
Traction controlWhen a drive wheel slips, it is braked and/or engine power is reduced, restoring traction.
Cargo Management (show)  
Cargo cover      
Cargo mat    
Cargo net
Cargo tray
Class II trailer hitchHitch rated for up to 3,500 pounds. Capacity of the vehicle could be lower.    
Console with shifter
Liftglass or two-piece tailgateDo not have to open entire tailgate to access the cargo area.      
Overhead sunglass holderUsually part of an overhead console.
Roof railsNo crossbars.    
Storage beneath cargo floorLarge storage area beneath the load floor, often compartmentalized.
Trailering equipment (4 wire)Includes four-wire harness, limited to relatively small trailers.
Climate Control and Infotainment (show)  
A/V input jacksJacks for a video camera, game console, or other device with A/V output.            
Air conditioning
App supportTouchscreen and/or voice control over apps that can include online search, Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, OpenTable, and MovieTickets.com. Requires connected compatible phone. Fees may apply after first three years.        
Audio controls on steering wheel
Automatic climate control, frontMaintains set temperature in front row. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.  
Aux inputJack for an iPod or similar device. No value because of incomplete data. Will soon be standard on nearly every car.
Blu-Ray-compatible entertainment systemEntertainment system able to play Blu-Ray discs.            
Bluetooth audio streamingUses Bluetooth rather than a cable to integrate audio device. Requires compatible audio device and/or phone.
Bluetooth cell phone linkEnables hands-free communication by wirelessly connecting a cell phone to a microphone and the vehicle's stereo speakers.
CD player
Dual-zone climate controlTemperature can be separately set for left and right sides of the passenger compartment. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.  
Entertainment system, ceiling-mountedA DVD player and ceiling-mounted screen. Often includes a pair of wireless headphones.            
HD radioHigh-definition radio, which broadcasts a digital signal. Free, no subscription fees.  
IntercomDriver can speak through microphone to the rear speakers.        
Interior air filterFilters exterior air before it enters the passenger compartment. No default value because most cars have them, even in cases where they're not in the official list of features.
Ionizing air filtrationIonizes air to clean it. Might create high levels of ozone.              
MP3-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing discs with MP3 files.
Navigation systemScreen-based navigation system.    
Rear air vents with automatic controlsMaintains set temperature in rear passenger area by providing heated or cooled air through vents in the center console, B-pillars, and/or ceiling. Replaces and includes value of rear air vents with manual controls.      
Rear air vents with manual controlsFan speed and/or temperature can be manually set for vents in the center console, B-pillars, and/or ceiling. Includes value of rear vents.            
Rear defrost
Rear heat ductsDucts under front seats direct heated air to the second row.
Rear HVAC unitA second evaporator provides cool air to rear vents. Does not include the value of these vents. Includes rear heater.
Rear wiper
Satellite radioXM or Sirius. Includes a subscription for three to six months, after which monthly fees apply.  
SMS text-to-speech readerConverts text messages to speech.    
Surround sound                
Telematics service, such as OnStarIn-vehicle security, communications, and diagnostics system. For 2011 and newer cars often includes a remote app. Monthly fee after the first 6-12 months.          
Telematics service, such as OnStar, with navigationIn-vehicle security, communications, and diagnostics system plus turn-by-turn navigation (no map display). For 2011 and newer cars often includes a remote app. Monthly fee after the first 6-12 months.              
Traffic + travel informationInformation about traffic plus weather, gas prices, sports news, and/or movie times. Monthly fee after first 3-12 months.      
USB portOften permits an iPod or phone to be integrated into the vehicle's entertainment system and controls.
Variable intermittent wipersTime between wipes can be precisely adjusted.
Voice control for audio system              
Voice control for nav and audioSometimes also includes voice control over climate control system.    
Voice textingDictate and send text messages. Usually an annual fee after a short trial period.              
Wiper de-icerHeating elements defrost area where front wipers rest.
Exterior (show)  
Bodyside claddingProtective cladding extending partly onto the doors.    
Bodyside cladding (gray/black)Protective cladding extending partly onto the doors.              
Bodyside moldingsMoldings on the bodysides, to protect against door dings in parking lots.    
Bright-finished exhaust tip(s)Chrome or polished metal exhaust tip.              
Deep-tinted rear windows
Mud guardsFlaps mounted behind two to four wheels, to protect the body from mud and rocks.
Paint, special white    
Panoramic sunroofFront glass panel retracts over a fixed glass roof panel. Entire unit covers nearly the entire roof.          
Rear bumper protector
Rear spoilerCan be small lip spoiler or a larger raised spoiler.
Running boards    
Sunroof            
Wheel-lip moldingsExtensions to the wheel opening, both decorative and protective.
Instruments, Lights, and Mirrors (show)  
Auto-dimming headlightsHigh beams automatically turned on and off.          
Auto-dimming rearview mirrorInterior rearview mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.    
Automatic headlightsHeadlights automatically turn on and off. Includes value of automatic-off headlights.
CompassWe haven't given this feature a value because it's hard to tell which cars have it.              
Conversation mirrorEnables driver to view rear passenger compartment without turning around.    
Fog lightsLight wide area close in front of the vehicle.  
Heated mirrorsClears ice and fog from mirrors.
Illuminated visor mirror, driverIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.
Illuminated visor mirror, passengerIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.
Interior ambient lightingLEDs in the ceiling or door panels cast a soft glow over the interior.        
Large energy flow and fuel economy displayStandard or optional in some hybrid vehicles. Fancy display of power flows, enhanced trip computer information.              
LED tail lights (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.                
Map lightsFront row reading lights.
Outside temperature display
Perimeter approach lightingArea around the vehicle is illuminated when the vehicle is remotely unlocked.          
Power mirrorsIncludes value of manual remote mirrors.
Rear reading lights    
Speed limit informationDisplays the current speed limit. Included with nav on an increasing number of cars. No feature value here because incomplete info on availability.              
TachometerReports engine speed.    
Trip computerReports average fuel economy, and perhaps also instantaneous fuel economy, distance to empty, average speed, and other stats.
Turn signals on or near mirrors
Upgraded instrumentsOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.              
Xenon HID headlightsProvide a brighter, whiter light than halogen headlights.                
Powertrain (show)  
Automatic start / stopAutomatically cuts off the engine when the vehicle is stopped and restarts it when the driver lifts off the brake pedal. Not listed for hybrids, where it is generally part of the powertrain system.              
Lockable center differentialThe center differential can be manually locked using a button. Only for use at low speeds on loose surfaces. Engaging low range (where available) usually locks the center differential automatically.    
Seats and Interior Trim (show)  
Front buckets
Second-row buckets      
Second-row 2-section 3-person split bench            
Second-row 3-section 3-person split bench                
Third-row 2-section 2-person split bench              
Third-row 2-section 3-person split bench    
All-weather floor matsAll-weather floormats.
Center armrest(s), front row
Center armrest(s), second row
Cooled or ventilated front seats      
Door sill trim plates      
Floor mats
Foldaway tray table, second rowErects between the seats; in vans stows against a seat to open up walk through; in sedans stows in a console.        
Folding second row seatsSeat folds to enlarge cargo area. Unless the seat is also removable, it usually folds flat or nearly flat.
Folding third row seatsSeat folds to enlarge cargo area. Unless the seat is also removable, it usually folds flat or nearly flat.
Heated front seats    
Heated second row seats          
Leather seating surfacesSeating surfaces are trimmed in leather; other upholstery tends to be leatherette.    
Leather-wrapped steering wheel  
Manual fore-aft adjuster, second row seatsSeat adjusts back and forth to vary the split between the second row and the third row or cargo area.
Manual height adjuster, driver seat                
Manual recliner, second row seats
Manual recliner, third row seats    
Memory system, driver seat      
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, driver seatLower back support power-adjustable vertically as well as in and out.              
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat  
Power fore-aft adjuster, passenger seat      
Power height adjuster, driver seat  
Power lumbar adjuster, driver seatPower-adjustable lower back support.      
Power recliner, driver seat  
Power recliner, passenger seat      
Power thigh support adjuster, driver seatPower-adjustable cushion length; provides better support for long legs.          
Power tilt adjuster, driver seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.  
Stain-resistant fabricFabric that resists stains, and in many cases odors as well.              
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires (show)  
Alloy wheels
Electronic systems calibration selectorVaries throttle, steering, ABS, and/or stability control calibration.              
Wheel locksLug nuts that can only be removed using a special key. Prevents theft of wheels.

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Option Package Contents

Technology Package

Features
AC power outlet
Dimension, 10 speakers (with subwoofer)
235/55HR19 tires

Premium Package

Features
Power liftgate

Technology Package

Features
Xenon HID headlights
AC power outlet
Surround sound
LED tail lights (optional)
Infinity, 550W, 12 speakers (with subwoofer)
235/55HR19 tires

Driver Technology Package

Features
Adaptive cruise control
Telematics service, such as OnStar
Auto-dimming headlights
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system
Lane departure warning system

Driver Technology Package

Features
Adaptive cruise control
Telematics service, such as OnStar
Auto-dimming headlights
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system
Lane departure warning system

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