The Santa Fe offers all wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Town and Country doesn’t offer all wheel drive.
The Santa Fe has a standard Blue Link, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Town and Country doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.
Both the Santa Fe and the Town and Country have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.
The Santa Fe comes with a full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck. The Town and Country’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.
The Santa Fe comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years unlimited miles. Hyundai will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Chrysler doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Town and Country.
Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Santa Fe 5 years longer than Chrysler covers the Town and Country. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Town and Country ends after only 5 years or 100,000 miles.
The Santa Fe’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and unlimited miles longer than the Town and Country’s (7/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 18th in initial quality. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 25th.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 9th in reliability, above the industry average. With 67 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 32nd.
The Santa Fe’s 3.3 DOHC V6 produces 7 more horsepower (290 vs. 283) than the Town and Country’s 3.6 DOHC V6.
On the EPA test cycle the Santa Fe FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Town and Country (18 city/25 hwy vs. 17 city/25 hwy).
For better stopping power the Santa Fe’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Town and Country:
Town and Country
For better traction, the Santa Fe has larger tires than the Town and Country (235/60R18 vs. 225/65R17).
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 Town and Country’s standard 65 series tires. The Santa Fe’s optional tires have a lower 55 series profile than the Town and Country’s 65 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Santa Fe GLS has standard 18-inch wheels. Only 17-inch wheels are available on the Town and Country. The Santa Fe offers optional 19-inch wheels.
For superior ride and handling, the Hyundai Santa Fe has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Chrysler Town and Country has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.
The Santa Fe has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Town and Country doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.
For better maneuverability, the Santa Fe’s turning circle is 2.2 feet tighter than the Town and Country’s (36.9 feet vs. 39.1 feet).
The Hyundai Santa Fe may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 700 pounds less than the Chrysler Town and Country.
The Santa Fe is 9.7 inches shorter than the Town and Country, making the Santa Fe easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces. The Santa Fe is 9.7 inches shorter than the Town and Country.
The Santa Fe has .6 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more rear headroom and 4.8 inches more rear legroom than the Town and Country.