Toe to Toe: How Does the Subaru Outback Fare When Compared to the Hyundai Santa Fe?

If go-anywhere aesthetic, serious rough-weather capabilities, and savings at the fuel pump are all on your shortlist, then you're likely considering upgrading to the new Subaru Outback. As one of the automaker's flagship models, the Outback has remained a stoic champion of its segment for years.

Check out how this year's new Subaru Outback compares to the most recent iteration of a chief competitor, the Hyundai Santa Fe. Once you've familiarized yourself with the model, feel free to reach out over the phone to set up a test drive or ask any lingering questions related to the model, the manufacturer, or the car-shopping process in general.

The Subaru Outback vs. the Hyundai Santa Fe

  • Save More on Fuel with the Smart Subaru Outback: The latest Outback to hit our showroom floor features a 2.5-liter DOHC engine that's mated to a Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission. This powertrain makes up to an estimated 32 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg in the city, besting the Santa Fe's 28/25 highway/city mpg rating - when equipped with AWD, this number drops to 25 mpg on the highway.
  • The Subaru Outback Touts Adventure-Ready Style with the Capabilities to Back It Up: Adventurers, thrill-seekers, and outdoor enthusiasts alike praise the Outback for its expressive style and ample capabilities. The model sits higher off the ground than the Santa Fe, with 8.7 inches to 8.2 inches of ground clearance while delivering power to the ground through a standard Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive system. Moreover, the Outback uses rugged cladding to ensure durability and features standard roof side rails. The Hyundai Santa Fe offers HTRAC® All-Wheel-Drive and roof rails on its upper-echelon trim models. Even better, the new Wilderness trim boasts over nine inches of ground clearance, making it the perfect outdoor traveling companion. The Santa Fe has no model that can compete with the Outback's new Wilderness model.
  • The Subaru Outback Boasts a Sleek 11.6-inch Multimedia System: For a truly unequaled driving experience, we'd suggest Belmont, MA area drivers explore the Outback Touring model, which includes an 11.6-inch SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia Navigation interface with wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. The Hyundai Santa Fe is certainly tech-friendly, but its largest screen size only measures 10.25-inches.

Contact a Subaru sales expert over the phone to set up a test drive in the new Subaru Outback today at Cityside Subaru.