Hyundai Santa Fe vs Toyota Highlander

matthewhwolfmatthewhwolf Member Posts: 2
edited March 2014 in Hyundai


I'm interested in buying a used year 2010 - 2012 mid-sized SUV and I'm trying to decide between a Hyundai Santa Fe and a Toyota Highlander. I'm looking for it to have around 20K - 30K miles or so. I've noticed that the Highlander is about $5k more with this criteria ($25k vs $20k).

V6 vs V4 doesn't bother me so much. In fact I'm fine with a 4 cylinder because it gets the better gas mileage. I also don't care about a 3rd row.

My question is really about reliability. I currently have a 2003 Toyota Camry and the thing drives great and is a very reliable car. I'm worried about the Santa Fe not being as reliable as the Highlander. Also, if there is a problem with the car, is one cheaper to repair than the other?

Anyone have feedback on choosing between these models or perhaps can recommend a similar vehicle in this price range?

Thank you.


  • steverstever Guest Posts: 52,454
    edited March 2014

    You sure see a lot of Santa Fe's around so people do like them. But as you've discovered, Toyota still enjoys a better reputation for reliability and commands a premium resale price for that rep.

    The wrinkle is that most newer cars these days are pretty reliable, so you may wind up getting a better deal overall with the Hyundai. I don't know if parts or labor would be any cheaper with one vs. the other.

    Getting service records would be a plus, and having your own mechanic do a pre-purchase inspection on any used car is cheap insurance.

  • matthewhwolfmatthewhwolf Member Posts: 2

    Thanks Steve for the feedback. :)

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