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2021 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2021 Subaru Ascent Review

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2021 Hyundai
Santa Fe

MSRP*: $27,000 to $42,450
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2021 Subaru
Ascent

MSRP*: $32,295 to $45,445
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Invoice* $25,732 to $40,448 $30,304 to $42,290
MPG - City 21 - 25 MPG 20 - 21 MPG
MPG - Hwy 25 - 28 MPG 26 - 27 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 7 - 8 seats
Cargo Space 72.1 ft3 86.0 - 86.5 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Horizontal
Transmission Auto Manual, Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel All-wheel
Horsepower 191 - 277 hp 260 hp
Towing Capacity 2,000 - 3,500 lbs 2,000 - 5,000 lbs
Exterior Length 188.4 in 196.8 in
Exterior Width 74.8 in 76.0 in
Leg Room Front 44.1 in
Rear 41.7 in
Front 42.2 in
Rear 38.6 in
Head Room Front 39.5 - 41.2 in
Rear 37.8 - 39.0 in
Front 40.1 - 41.3 in
Rear 38.7 - 40.0 in
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 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
The Hyundai Santa Fe offers a bit more room for passengers in the back seat than the Subaru Ascent. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Subaru Ascent.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Hyundai Santa Fe as you will with the Subaru Ascent, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

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 Subaru Ascent. 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 Subaru Ascent.

Dimensions
The Hyundai Santa Fe is a little narrower than the Subaru Ascent, so you'll have an easier time getting in and out of the car in a tight parking spot. The Hyundai Santa Fe is slightly shorter than the Subaru Ascent, which may make it easier to park.

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

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the Subaru Ascent is clearly the choice over the Hyundai Santa Fe for pulling heavy loads. The Hyundai Santa Fe has a little more horsepower than the Subaru Ascent.

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

Utility
Soccer Moms beware - the Hyundai Santa Fe seats a lot fewer people than the Subaru Ascent. The Hyundai Santa Fe has less cargo space than the Subaru Ascent, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

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