Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee VS 2014 Hyundai Santa Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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2014 Hyundai Santa

Safety Comparison

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The Grand Cherokee has standard Reactive Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Reactive Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Grand Cherokee (except Laredo) offers optional Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Santa Fe doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Grand Cherokee Limited/Overland/Summit has standard ParkSense to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, for the Grand Cherokee Summit in front of the vehicle. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

To help make backing safer, the Grand Cherokee (except Laredo)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Grand Cherokee and the Santa Fe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee weighs 592 to 1512 pounds more than the Hyundai Santa Fe. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

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There are almost 5 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Grand Cherokee’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Grand Cherokee has a standard 750-amp battery. The Santa Fe’s 660-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

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The Grand Cherokee’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 8 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 252) than the Santa Fe’s 3.3 DOHC V6. The Grand Cherokee’s optional 5.7 V8 produces 70 more horsepower (360 vs. 290) and 138 lbs.-ft. more torque (390 vs. 252) than the Santa Fe’s 3.3 DOHC V6.

The Grand Cherokee’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 168 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 252) than the Santa Fe’s 3.3 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Jeep Grand Cherokee V8 is faster than the Hyundai Santa Fe:

Grand Cherokee

Santa Fe

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.8 MPH

89.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Grand Cherokee Diesel gets better fuel mileage than the Santa Fe 4 cyl.:

Grand Cherokee

Santa Fe

2WD

Auto

22 city/30 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

AWD

Auto

21 city/28 hwy

18 city/24 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Grand Cherokee V8’s fuel efficiency. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Grand Cherokee has 5.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Santa Fe (24.6 vs. 18.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Grand Cherokee has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Grand Cherokee’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Santa Fe:

Grand Cherokee

Santa Fe

Front Rotors

12.9 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

11.9 inches

The Grand Cherokee’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Santa Fe are solid, not vented.

The Grand Cherokee stops shorter than the Santa Fe:

Grand Cherokee

Santa Fe

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Grand Cherokee has larger standard tires than the Santa Fe (245/70R17 vs. 235/60R18). The Grand Cherokee’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Santa Fe (265/50R20 vs. 235/60R18).

The Grand Cherokee’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Santa Fe’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Grand Cherokee offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Santa Fe’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Grand Cherokee offers an optional automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Grand Cherokee’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Grand Cherokee’s wheelbase is 4.6 inches longer than on the Santa Fe (114.8 inches vs. 110.2 inches).

Chassis Comparison

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The Grand Cherokee is 3.3 inches shorter than the Santa Fe, making the Grand Cherokee easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Grand Cherokee has .3 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front hip room and .8 inches more rear hip room than the Santa Fe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Grand Cherokee’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Santa Fe’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Grand Cherokee offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Grand Cherokee’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Santa Fe does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Grand Cherokee’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Santa Fe’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Grand Cherokee’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Santa Fe’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Grand Cherokee Summit has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Grand Cherokee (except Laredo) detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Grand Cherokee Summit has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer cornering lights.

When the Grand Cherokee Limited/Overland/Overland Summit is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Santa Fe’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Grand Cherokee offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Santa Fe offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Grand Cherokee has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Santa Fe.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Grand Cherokee (except Laredo) offers an optional Adaptive Speed Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the Grand Cherokee owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Grand Cherokee will cost $715 less than the Santa Fe over a five-year period.

Recommendations Comparison

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Both are recommended, but Consumer Reports® chose the Jeep Grand Cherokee as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

 The Grand Cherokee is ranked first in its class and received the 2012 “Total Quality Award.” The Santa Fe is not ranked.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee outsold the Hyundai Santa Fe by almost two to one during 2013.

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