The 2020 Jeep Cherokee vs. Hyundai Santa Fe: A Battle of Sporty SUVs

The 2020 Jeep Cherokee vs. the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Proves to be a Tough Showdown

Two auto brands that are well-known for their production of quality products and histories of reliability make it difficult to compare the 2020 Jeep Cherokee and the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe. While the Jeep Cherokee is typically known for its off-road potential, the Hyundai Santa Fe is accompanied by the benefit of an expansive, long-term warranty.

Both SUVs are known for their own specific strengths, and while they do pose some similarities, they each offer something a little different to area drivers. Let us look at how the 2020 Jeep Cherokee and the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe compare on a more granular level.

Comparing Performance

Regardless of their feelings about other vehicle attributes, nearly every buyer is interested in the performance potential of a vehicle they are considering for a purchase. Buyers want to know that the vehicle they select can perform in the manner and intensity they expect it to.

Featuring a four-cylinder V6 engine, the Jeep Cherokee excels over the Hyundai Santa Fe's four-cylinder engine setup. The Santa Fe's turbo engine puts out more torque and generates more horsepower than the Jeep Cherokee. However, the Jeep Cherokee is able to attain a much better highway fuel economy coming in at an EPA-estimated 31 MPG compared to the Santa Fe's 29 MPG.  Despite these variances, the tough Jeep Cherokee excels in responsiveness and handling over the Hyundai Santa Fe.

Safety Evaluation

Scoring similarly in crash test ratings, these two vehicles are almost identical in their response to collisions and prevention efforts. Buyers can rest assured they are investing in a safe vehicle with either of these two options. When it comes to passive safety features, like anti-lock brakes and airbags, many features that are standard on the Hyundai Santa Fe are available options for the Jeep Cherokee. This is understandable, due to the difference in usage intentions between these two SUVs. Even so, both vehicles performed well in front impact, side impact, and side barrier passenger crash testing.

Interior Face-Off

Keeping in mind the design purpose of both vehicles, the Hyundai Santa Fe sits a bit wider and longer than the Jeep Cherokee. This makes it easier for the Jeep Cherokee to navigate through small areas and tight spaces. While the Hyundai Santa Fe has an interior that is made of high-quality materials, the functionality of the Jeep Cherokee wins overall. In fact, the sliding second-row seat of the Jeep Cherokee makes the interior setup unique from other comparable vehicles. The Jeep Cherokee also features a high-quality cabin that is made of materials that require minimal upkeep and are easy to clean.

Exterior Design Comparison

Although both vehicles are branded as an SUV, the exterior attributes that they display vary quite a bit. The Jeep Cherokee sports a more bold, down-to-earth appearance, while the Hyundai Santa Fe appears to be more of an upscale, modern SUV. The athletic stance of the Jeep Cherokee secures its position as a capable, off-road explorer. Comparatively, the Hyundai Santa Fe is confined to being a commuting vehicle. Two extremely different vehicles that boast many similar amenities can be expected of the Jeep Cherokee and the Hyundai Santa Fe.

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To get a feel for how the new Cherokee drives, contact Fred Frederick Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to schedule a test drive today. We'll show you around the available trim levels and walk you through the financing process. Give us a call today!

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