New GMC Terrain VS Hyundai Santa Fe


The Santa Fe is a 5- or 7-passenger crossover SUV available in three trim levels: GLS, SE and Limited. The third row seat for two passengers is optional on SE and Limited trims. Santa Fe is available in FWD and AWD in all trims. It offers two V6 engines: a 185 hp 2.7L base V6, and the 242 hp 3.3L V6 that is standard in SE and Limited trim levels. A 4-cylinder engine is anticipated in 2010. The 2.7L base engine comes with a standard 4-speed manual or available 4-speed automatic transmission and the 3.3L engine is mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission with tap-up/tap-down manual control.

The Santa Fe is an IIHS Top Safety Pick and it also earned top NHTSA safety ratings with 5-star/5-star frontal driver/passenger rating and a 5-star/5-star side-impact crash rating. Customers looking at an entry-level crossover will fi nd the Santa Fe very attractive. They are willing to give up content and features for price. Terrain competes with the up-level Santa Fe’s—and comes out way ahead. Even when Santa Fe is equipped with its base 6-cylinder engine, Terrain provides 8 more mpg on the highway; that adds a lot of distance between fi ll-ups and keeps additional cash in our customer’s pockets.

Santa Fe is also lacking in features that are standard on Terrain such as Hill Hold, auto-grade braking, reclining second row seats, IP control for child safety locks and much more. When customers are looking for a vehicle that is economical and loaded with comfort and convenience features, Terrain is the obvious choice.


32 mpg fuel economy. The 2.4L 4-cylinder Terrain delivers up to 8 mpg better fuel economy than the base Santa Fe. When comparing uplevel V6 engines, Terrain still tops Santa Fe in fuel economy.

Greater driving range. Terrain can go over 600 miles on one tank of fuel. Santa Fe runs out of gas at 475 miles.

• More V6 power. The best Santa Fe can offer is a 3.3L with 242 hp. Terrain tops it with a 264 hp 3.0L V6.

6-speed automatic transmission. Standard on all Terrain models. In contrast, Santa Fe’s standard transmission is a 5-speed manual, with a 5-speed automatic available at extra charge.

Hill Hold. Prevents the vehicle from rolling back as the driver’s foot moves from the brake to the accelerator.
Standard on all Terrain models; Hill Hold is not offered on Santa Fe.

Auto-grade braking. The transmission automatically shifts to a lower gear while braking on a downgrade to help preserve brake life. Again, standard on all Terrain trim levels; not available with Santa Fe.

Larger wheels. Terrain offers 17", 18" and 19" wheels. Santa Fe offers 16" wheel on the base model and 18" on the SE and Limited.

Longer wheelbase. Terrain has a class-leading 112.5" wheelbase compared to the Santa Fe wheelbase of 106.3" —and the longer the wheelbase, the better the ride.


Standard Rearview Camera System. The Rearview Camera System with display integrated into the inside rearview mirror is standard on Terrain. No rear camera of any kind is offered on Santa Fe.

Power height and lumbar support. Both are provided on Terrain’s base trim level, SLE-1. These conveniences are standard only on Santa Fe’s most expensive trim level.

More rear-seat leg room. With Multi-Flex, Terrain’s rear seat can slide back to provide the most rear leg room in the segment or forward for easy access to children in the rear seat.

Reclining rear seatbacks. Terrain’s rear seatbacks have three positions, straight up and two recline positions. Added comfort levels not offered by Santa Fe.

Driver seat with memory. Front driver seat and mirror memory is standard on SLT-2. This touch of luxury is not available on any Santa Fe model.

IP-mounted control for child safety locks. Standard on Terrain; yet another convenience not available with Santa Fe.


Multi-Flex rear seat. Moves forward for more rear cargo space or back for more rear leg room as required. Santa Fe’s fixed rear seat does not allow this highly useful functionality.

Programmable power liftgate. Terrain offers the segment’s first programmable power liftgate, a luxury not available on Santa Fe.


Standard USB port. For connecting iPods and other USB devices, this is standard on Terrain. Santa Fe provides USB connectivity on SE and Limited, but not on the base model.

Rear DVD system. Terrain offers it on both SLE-2 and SLT trim levels while Santa Fe makes its DVD system available only with its Limited trim level. Because Terrain’s rear DVD system uses swiveling dual monitors mounted in the front seatbacks, it allows customers to enjoy both rear DVD entertainment and a sunroof—an option not available with Santa Fe’s single roof-mounted screen.

Navigation system. Terrain makes DVD navigation available on SLE-2 and both SLT trim levels. Santa Fe offers it only on its Limited trim level. OnStar Directions & Connections with Turn-by-Turn Navigation and eNav is available on all Terrain models. Santa Fe has nothing comparable.

Standard OnStar. Every new Terrain owner gets the advantage of OnStar including Automatic Crash Response, Vehicle Diagnostics, Crisis Assist, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance and Remote Horn and Lights. Santa Fe offers none of these services.

Bluetooth for Phone. Santa Fe offers Bluetooth connectivity as an accessory option. Terrain makes it standard on both SLE-2 and the SLT trim levels.

Driver Information Center. A Driver Information Center is standard on every Terrain. With Santa Fe, a DIC is standard on SE and Limited.

Advanced remote start. Terrain’s new advanced remote start system operates up to 325' from the vehicle. Remote start of any type is not available with Santa Fe.


Daytime Running Lamps. Standard on Terrain; not available on Santa Fe.

Standard OnStar. Terrain’s standard OnStar provides a suite of services including Automatic Crash Response; not available with Santa Fe.

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