Auto123 compares the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer and the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe.
2019 was an essential yr for at present’s two protagonists. The Blazer resurfaced with a reputation pulled from the model’s previous, however in a really totally different kind. The Santa Fe, in the meantime, marked the arrival of its 4th era in the marketplace by turning into a 5-seater mannequin solely, leaving the large-format spot within the Korean automaker’s lineup to the brand new Palisade.
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2020 Chevrolet Blazer
Advertising issues may need compelled Chevrolet to carry again a well-liked title, however the mannequin bears no resemblance to its ancestor. The brand new Blazer is predicated on the identical platform because the GMC Acadia and the Cadillac XT5; its styling is each trendy and unobtrusive on the bottom and Premier fashions. Dimension-wise, it is barely bigger than the Equinox however smaller than the Traverse. This SUV is a little bit decrease to the bottom and a little bit wider, and the result’s a extra assertive look.
The RS model is the one which stands out from the gang, perhaps as a result of a number of components are literally impressed by the Camaro, particularly within the remedy of the entrance finish. RS fashions additionally include a handful of high-gloss black-finish exhaust suggestions and 21-inch wheels.
Beneficiant on the tech
The inside structure features a second-row bench seat that slides 13 cm or folds flat to supply as much as 1,818 litres of area, which could be very sensible certainly. As with the Equinox, there’s loads of arduous plastic, even within the high-end variations. In the case of connectivity, an 8-inch color touchscreen comes commonplace, as does Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with suitable 4G LTE Wi-Fi know-how.
RS and Premier fashions may be geared up with adaptive cruise management and a rearview mirror with digital camera, whereas a hands-free energy tailgate is commonplace on RS and Premier fashions. Induction charging can also be out there. Within the sportier RS model, the inside options color accents within the trim and alongside the dashboard that add a sporty contact.
The less-flashy Premier model is nearer to an Equinox with its leather-based trim and fabric and is the one one to supply a good variety of drive-assist techniques.
Two engine selections
Within the engine bay, the bottom fashions home a 2.5L, direct-injection 4-cylinder engine making 193 hp and 188 lb-ft of torque. For those who want/need extra energy, there is a 3.6L V6 that produces 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. The bottom engine is a little bit tough and lacks “oomph”, to make use of a scientific time period. Our advice undoubtedly goes to the V6 that is higher fitted to this mannequin.
A begin/cease system is commonplace throughout the lineup. Each engines are linked to a 9-speed computerized transmission. You even have the selection of a front-wheel drive system within the base fashions or two totally different 4WD techniques. The best of these distributes energy in a standard method from entrance to rear. On Premier and RS fashions, not solely do you have got dual-clutch all-wheel drive that sends energy from entrance to again, however every axle can distribute energy from left to proper to the wheel with probably the most traction.
The RS, by a mile
The expertise aboard the 4-cylinder is lower than convincing, making the V6 undoubtedly the one to go for. Dealing with is best with that unit in place, the chassis is stable and the car handles nicely even on small, winding roads. Steering is exact and predictable with out being sporty (apart from the RS).
The suspension takes severely its job of levelling out tough roads, making this a really civilized, city SUV. However I repeat, to benefit from the final driving expertise, you need to go along with an RS model. Whether or not when it comes to engine response, dealing with or all-wheel drive, that is the place you get pleasure from one of the best Blazer potential. The one downside is that you will have to pay round $50,000$ to get all of its goodies.
2020 Hyundai Santa Fe
The Santa Fe has undergone a number of modifications over the generations. Nevertheless, the target has remained the identical: to supply an reasonably priced and spacious mannequin for the household. For 2020, the Santa Fe is available in a number of flavours: Important, Most popular and Most popular Turbo with Solar and Leather-based, Luxurious and Final finishes.
Important and Most popular use a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine, whereas the opposite three get a 2.0L turbo unit. An 8-speed transmission is widespread to all variations. Important is the one model out there with FWD and non-obligatory AWD, which is commonplace elsewhere.
A great deal of tools for the cash
The bottom mannequin options 17-inch alloy wheels, computerized headlights, LED daytime operating lights, fog lights, adjustable and heated facet mirrors, heated entrance seats, 6-way handbook driver’s seat, 7.0-inch multimedia display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 4 USB ports, Bluetooth, leather-wrapped shift lever and steering wheel, air-con, cruise management, tilt and telescopic steering wheel and a rear-seat occupant alert.
Extra-advanced drive help techniques arrive within the Most popular mannequin; these embody adaptive cruise management, ahead collision warning with pedestrian detection and auto brake, lane conserving help, driver alert, computerized excessive beams, blind spot monitoring, cross visitors alert, protected exit help, rear parking sensors and an enhanced rear passenger system with ultrasonic sensors.
The uniquely named Most popular Turbo Solar and Leather-based model options, sure, a turbo engine, plus leather-based seats, 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and leather-based console cowl.
The Luxurious Bundle throws in ventilated entrance seats with cushion extension, heated rear seats, 360-degree exterior digital camera, door skid plates, 7.0-inch digital show, energy liftgate and blind spot monitor.
Lastly, Final Santa Fes get 19-inch wheels, LED headlights, fog lights, rain-sensitive wipers, 8-inch touchscreen with navigation and a 12-speaker Infinity audio system, head-up show, wi-fi loading and tire-pressure monitoring.
Trendy and enjoyable to drive
The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe has a contemporary cabin with match and end noticeably superior to what you get from the Blazer. Brushed metallic accents and wealthy supplies, and comfy and well-upholstered seats contribute to a fantastic driving expertise. Additionally noteworthy are the ergonomics led by exemplary, easy-to-understand controls, together with the quick-response infotainment system.
We appreciated the experience the SUV delivers, however rather less when it’s fitted with the two.0-litre turbo engine that gives a lag time whenever you hit the fuel pedal, of the type that rapidly will get in your nerves. The general experience can also be a little bit firmer than the Blazer, and rocky roads make themselves felt a little bit extra right here than within the Chevy. It ought to be famous, nevertheless, that driving is simple and one rapidly forgets the utility format behind the wheel.
Benefit Chevrolet Blazer
The ace up the Blazer’s sleeve is the V6 engine, which delivers superior energy and higher towing capability. We additionally appreciated the second-row sliding seats that supply important additional area.
Benefit Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai provides a greater base guarantee, a extra reasonably priced beginning worth and 4WD availability throughout the board.
The technological supply is kind of comparable. You might have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as commonplace in each fashions. Neither of those city creatures was designed to enterprise far off the paved street. Gas consumption can also be very even, the truth is I’d say the turbocharged 4-cylinder even consumes as a lot as Chevrolet’s V6.
On this head-to-head, the only option for you is intently tied to your particular wants. For those who’re searching for energy and towing capability, you need a V6 Blazer, and for those who do the RS is the mannequin of alternative, fingers down. In any other case, the Santa Fe is one of the best wager due to its extra reasonably priced beginning worth, longer guarantee, higher ending and stable resale worth.
2020 Chevrolet Blazer
Highway dealing with (RS)
We like much less
Pricy mannequin (RS)
Uninteresting-looking base mannequin
Much less cargo area than many rivals
2020 Hyundai Santa Fe
Expertise out there in base fashions
Spacious and quiet cabin
We like much less
The two.0L turbo engine
Mediocre gas consumption (2.0L T)
|…||2020 Chevrolet Blazer||2020 Hyundai Santa Fe|
|Transmission||9-sp auto||8-sp auto|
|Drivetrain||FWD or AWD||FWD or AWD|
|2.5L (FWD)||2.4L (FWD)|
|Gas consumption (metropolis)||10.8L/100 km||10.8L/100 km|
|Gas consumption (freeway)||8.1L/100 km||8.0L/100 km|
|Gas consumption (metropolis)||12.7L/100 km||12.3L/100 km|
|Gas consumption (freeway)||9.5L/100 km||9.8L/100 km|
|Output||193 hp||185 hp|
|Torque||188 lb-ft||178 lb-ft|
|Output||305 hp||235 hp|
|Torque||269 lb-ft||260 lb-ft|
|Cargo Area||1,818 L (again seats down)||1,016 L, 2,019 L (again seats down)|
|Gas Tank||73 L||71 L|
|Towing capability||2041 kg (V6)||1,588 kg (2.0L T)|
|Size||4861 mm||4770 mm|
|Width||1939 mm||1890 mm|
|Peak||1702 mm||1680 mm|
|Wheelbase||2863 mm||2765 mm|
|Guarantee||Three yrs/60,000 km||5 yrs/100,000 km|
|Pricing||$35,098 to $48,698||$29,249 to $45,249|
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