Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 Hyundai SANTA FE VS 2013 Buick Enclave Near Phoenix, AZ

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2013 Hyundai SANTA FE

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2013 Buick Enclave

Safety Comparison

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Santa Fe’s standard Downhill Brake Control allows you to creep down safely. The Enclave doesn’t offer Downhill Brake Control.

Both the Santa Fe and the Enclave have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

The Santa Fe comes with a full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Enclave’s 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Santa Fe 5 years longer than Buick covers the Enclave. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Enclave ends after only 5 years or 100,000 miles.

The Santa Fe’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Enclave’s (7 vs. 6 years).

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Santa Fe gets better fuel mileage than the Enclave:

Santa Fe




18 city/25 hwy

17 city/24 hwy



18 city/24 hwy

16 city/22 hwy

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Santa Fe GLS’ standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Enclave’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Santa Fe has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Enclave’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Santa Fe has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Santa Fe flat and controlled during cornering. The Enclave’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For better maneuverability, the Santa Fe’s turning circle is 3.5 feet tighter than the Enclave’s (36.9 feet vs. 40.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Hyundai Santa Fe may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 800 pounds less than the Buick Enclave.

The Santa Fe is 8.8 inches shorter than the Enclave, making the Santa Fe easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Santa Fe has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Enclave doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

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