|2017 Chevy Traverse||VS||2017 Hyundai Santa Fe|
|Up To 8||Seating Capacity||Up To 7|
|3.6-liter V6||Engine||3.3-liter V6|
|98.2 cubic feet||Storage Capacity||80 cubic feet|
The crossover and SUV segments have reshaped our cultural mindset and how we view passenger vehicles. Whereas sedans lacked the sensibility of utilitarian design, and minivans were devoid of any sort of style or sportiness, the modern SUV has evolved to embrace the best of both worlds. Add in an impressive performance, improved fuel economies and a wealth of technology (designed to satisfy all kinds of passengers) and there aren’t a lot of boxes left to tick. And the inundation of offerings does nothing to dilute the strength of those offerings. Compare any make & model against another and you’re bound to find a wealth of features worth considering, in both. With that in mind (and since its one of our favorite activities) let’s compare the 2017 Chevy Traverse vs 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe in Cincinnati, OH, to see how they measure up.
Priced to start around $29,930 MSRP the Chevy Traverse is a three-row SUV that can accommodate up to eight passengers. Approaching a decade on the market, this full-size crossover is well into its second-generation as of 2017, relatively unchanged from the previous model year. Made available in three primary trim levels (LS, LT, and Premier) the lower levels enjoy subdivided variants as well. Depending on the configuration selected, the Travers is available in either front-wheel or (optional) all-wheel drivetrains.
The Hyundai Santa Fe is priced to start around $30,850 MSRP and can seat up to six or seven passengers (depending on how you configure the small third-row seating). A more ‘mature’ offering, the Santa Fe is edging towards its twentieth anniversary and immersed in the deep-end of its third generation. That said, the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe has enjoyed steady updates and a bit of a design refresh in this model year. It is available in four trim levels: SE, Limited, SE Ultimate and Limited Ultimate (as well as Hyundai’s smaller Santa Fe Sports model) and is also available as either front-wheel or all-wheel drive.