2018 Toyota RAV4 vs Hyundai Santa Fe

Specs at a Glance

2018 Toyota RAV4

2018 Toyota RAV4

MPG **


Cargo Space

  38.4 cu.ft.

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe

MPG **


Cargo Space

  13.5 cu.ft.

2018 Toyota RAV4 vs 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe

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A two-row SUV is the perfect driving accessory to do everything well. From carrying people place to place to lugging cargo, an SUV is versatile in a number of ways. SUVs come with a range of features, delivering reliability and comfort with every ride.

Look no further than the best-selling 2018 Toyota RAV4. When it comes to safety, reliability and value, the RAV4 stands out from the crowd. Building on excellent Toyota reputation for durability and safety, the RAV4 appears to be yet another strong entry from Japan's largest automaker. Consider the comparison against Hyundai Santa Fe and see just how great the 2018 Toyota RAV4 is.


No car company has the kind of reliability that Toyota does. When it comes to reliability, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 is the next chapter in the Toyota story. Costs are affordable to maintain Toyota vehicles, and that is not set to change in 2018. Toyota commits to building cars that will endure any potential hardship which is attributed to Toyota being one of the biggest car seller in the world. Most cars are expected to last 8 years or 150,000 miles. Toyota, on the other hand, builds cars that average over 200,000 miles. Hyundai has come a long way in terms of their reliability, but Toyota builds the longest lasting vehicles on the road. If you are looking for something that will run reliably for years to come, the clear choice is the Toyota RAV4.


All of the nifty features you can find in a vehicle are nice, but getting to your destination is much more important. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 is an IIHS top pick for 2018 for a reason. With advanced safety software, a reinforced steel frame and energy absorbent design, the RAV4 is as safe as any vehicle on the road. Lane departure warning with steering assist, radar controlled adaptive cruise control, pre-collision pedestrian collision avoidance software, blind spot monitoring, rear and cross-traffic monitoring and the Star Safety system of stability control will keep your vehicle safely on the road. The RAV4 has eight air-bags to keep passengers in both the first and second rows safe. The Hyundai Santa Fe offers a number of similar safety options and also earned a top-safety pick. Still, many RAV4 standard features are optional upgrades, which leads neatly to the next category.


Value in a car is more than a simple sticker price, but even there, the Toyota RAV4 wins. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 starts at $24,510 and, even fully loaded, only gets into the $35,000 range. The Hyundai Santa Fe starts at $30,850 and can easily see its price escalate upwards towards $45,000. The clear difference between the two vehicles gets even more pronounced when considering depreciation and resale value. Toyota is as good as it gets when it comes to both resale and depreciation, competing with cars like BMW and Mercedes-Benz as the best in the business. Numerous studies also show the Toyota as the lowest cost of maintenance and ownership over a ten year period. That means the 2018 Toyota RAV4 is not only less expensive, it is also likely to last longer and have a higher trade-in value. This is a clear advantage for the Toyota RAV4.

When comparing the 2018 Toyota RAV4 and 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe, the clear advantage is with the RAV4. Now that you are armed with that knowledge, the best course of action is clear. Contact our Toyota dealership for more information about the incredible 2018 Toyota RAV4. Better yet, visit us for a test drive today!

** 2018 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary
** 2018 Santa Fe SE FWD: 18 City/25 Hwy/21 Combined. AWD: 18 City/24 Hwy/20 Combined. 2018 Santa Fe SE Ultimate/Limited Ultimate FWD: 17 City/23 Hwy/20 Combined. AWD: 17 City/22 Hwy/19 Combined. EPA estimates. For comparison only. Your actual mileage may vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and vehicle's condition.

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