Cantin Chevrolet in Laconia, New Hampshire is excited to bring to you an overall comparison of two top competitors in the Small SUV class of vehicles. The 2020 Chevrolet Blazer and Hyundai Santa Fe are two, five passenger, small SUVs available on the market today. Since they differ quite a lot in some areas, we wanted to take a minute and walk you through some of those differences.
Price / Fuel Economy = Santa Fe
With regards to price, the Santa Fe comes in a smidge lower at $26,275, compared to the Blazer at $28,800. The Santa Fe also gets a little better gas mileage with an EPA estimated 22 mpg City / 29 mpg Highway. The Blazer comes in just behind that with an EPA estimated 19 mpg City / 26 mpg Highway.
One of the biggest reasons the Blazer has a little higher price tag and a touch smaller fuel economy is because it has a much better power and towing rating than the Santa Fe. With the available 3.6L V6 paired with the 9-Speed Automatic Transmission, you can pump out an impressive 308 horsepower and 269 lb. ft. of torque. You will also have the ability to tow up to 4,500 lbs. The Santa Fe only has up to an 8-speed Automatic Transmission which is paired with a 2.0L V4 which produces 235 horsepower and 260 lb. ft. torque. The Santa Fe can only tow up to 3,500 lbs., which is unimpressive compared to the Blazer.
Both vehicles have Front Wheel Drive and All Wheel Drive options, however the Blazer is the only one that has an Advanced Twin-Clutch All Wheel Drive. This improved All Wheel Drive independently directs the torque to the right or left rear wheel to automatically optimize traction, making even your off-road adventures less stressful!
There are several areas in this category where the Blazer and the Santa Fe are comparable. They both have Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® capabilities, available hands-free liftgate, an available 8-inch color-touch screen with navigation system, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, and Rear-Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist. Both vehicles also have their own versions of an Electronic Stability Control, however the Blazer’s StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System is also equipped with Traction Control for an added safety advantage. The Blazer also includes one additional Airbag than the Santa Fe, bringing the total number of airbags up to seven.
Since the Blazer excels in the towing department, it only seems fitting that it would also have available resources to support that impressive towing capacity. The Hitch Guide does just that by using the Rear Vision Camera display to provide a guideline when hitching up your trailer. It also allows you to briefly check the trailer when driving through a specialized camera view.
Lastly for this category, let’s talk about device powerpoints. The Santa Fe has a total of 4 USB powerpoints in the vehicle. The Blazer, on the other hand, has numerous available powerpoints including; one 120-volt power outlet, one Type-A USB and one Type-C USB port in the instrument panel, and one type-A and one type-C USB charging port located on the rear of the center console. You also have the ability to add one SD card slot, auxiliary input jack, and one Type-A and one Type-C USB port in the front storage bin as well. You will never have to worry about connectivity for any road-trip or daily errand ever again!
There aren't a whole lot of differences for these two SUVs on the interior. They both have available Heated and Ventilated driver and front passenger seats as well as available heated rear passenger seating.
Hands-down, the Blazer wins this head to head competition. It may have a higher starting price, but it pays higher returns in the added abilities you have for all your adventures.