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2021 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2021 Lexus NX 300 Review

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2021 Hyundai
Santa Fe

MSRP*: $27,000 to $42,450
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2021 Lexus
NX 300

MSRP*: $37,610 to $45,460
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Invoice* $25,732 to $40,448 $35,165 to $42,506
MPG - City 21 - 25 MPG 22 MPG
MPG - Hwy 25 - 28 MPG 27 - 28 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 72.1 ft3 54.6 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual, Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 191 - 277 hp 235 hp
Towing Capacity 2,000 - 3,500 lbs 2,000 lbs
Exterior Length 188.4 in 182.7 in
Exterior Width 74.8 in 73.6 in
Leg Room Front 44.1 in
Rear 41.7 in
Front 42.8 in
Rear 36.1 in
Head Room Front 39.5 - 41.2 in
Rear 37.8 - 39.0 in
Front 37.4 - 38.2 in
Rear 38.0 - 38.1 in
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** Info not available *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Info not available ****
Side Crash Rating** Info not available *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Rear passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Hyundai Santa Fe than in the Lexus NX 300. The Hyundai Santa Fe will be popular with taller drivers and passengers in the front seat, due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Lexus NX 300.

Convenience
The Hyundai Santa Fe requires fewer stops at the gas station than the Lexus NX 300, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Hyundai Santa Fe will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Lexus NX 300. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Destination Charge for the Hyundai Santa Fe is much higher than that for the Lexus NX 300.

Dimensions
The Hyundai Santa Fe is a little wider than the Lexus NX 300, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Hyundai Santa Fe, which is slightly longer than the Lexus NX 300.

Handling
The Hyundai Santa Fe has the same turning radius as the Lexus NX 300, so they both maneuver the same in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When considering towing capacity, the Hyundai Santa Fe is clearly the choice over the Lexus NX 300 for pulling heavy loads. The Hyundai Santa Fe has a little more horsepower than the Lexus NX 300.

Powertrain
With somewhat higher torque, the Hyundai Santa Fe transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than the Lexus NX 300.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Lexus NX 300. With the Hyundai Santa Fe, you'll be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Lexus NX 300.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Hyundai Santa Fe than that of the Lexus NX 300.