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2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs 2016 GMC Terrain near Alexandria, VA

The 2016 Santa Fe Sport Provides the Golden Ratio

The crossover SUV is a wildly popular segment for families. When luxurious, modern cabins combine with zippy power and cargo space, there’s a sort of magic that happens. Finding the right combination of all that can be difficult, though, which is why Pohanka Hyundai of Fredericksburg has compiled this comparison of the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs the 2016 GMC Terrain near Alexandria, VA, to give a little bit of insight on this perfect ratio.

The golden ratio is a geometric equation that’s supposed to denote perfection, and has been hailed by many artists to be aesthetically pleasing. Let’s talk about that in regards to these two crossover SUVs, shall we? The Santa Fe Sport offers a plush, modern cabin that can be had with leather and has many soft-touch surfaces. The center stack is nicely laid out, the buttons well-organized and the telematics system intuitive. While the GMC Terrain isn’t lacking in nice materials covering the seats, its center stack hasn’t been updated since it debuted almost seven years ago, in 2010. It leaves a large disparity between it and the rest of the cabin. Add in the chaotic smattering of buttons located below the touchscreen, and you’ve got an accident waiting to happen, since this often puts it out of reach of the driver. Let’s give this first round to the Santa Fe Sport, considering its all-around driver-friendly layout.

Continuing on with our golden ratio, let’s talk about cargo space when it comes to the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs the 2016 GMC Terrain near Alexandria, VA. The Santa Fe Sport offers a very generous cargo capacity, clocking in at 35.4 cubic ft. of space1 with the backseat up, and an enormous 71 cubic ft. of room1 with the seats folded flat. That’s perfect for grocery shopping or moving your 20-something into their first apartment in Abbotts Run Apartment Homes. The GMC doesn’t quite match these numbers, despite looking bigger in appearance. It only offers up 31.6 cubic ft. of space2 for groceries, and 63.7 cubic ft. of space2 for boxes – just not quite perfect.

The last leg of the ratio we’re going to address is the get-up-and-go, aka, the engine. The Santa Fe Sport has a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 265 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque, able to zip from 0-60 MPH in 7.5 seconds with the front wheel drive configuration3. The 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that the GMC Terrain is equipped with, just wasn’t able to keep up. Producing 182 horsepower and 172 lb.-ft. of torque, it was only able to get from 0-60 MPH in 9.1 seconds3.

Our golden ratio is complete, with the Santa Fe Sport attaining a “perfect” for luxurious modern cabin, cargo space, and the zip in its engine, so fulfilling the golden ratio. We at Pohanka Hyundai of Fredericksburg hope that this comparison between the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs the 2016 GMC Terrain near Alexandria, VA, has been helpful. We’re open seven days a week, so stop by soon!

 

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* All photos are of 2017 Model of the Sante Fe Sport.

1. Always properly secure all cargo. 

2. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

3. Acceleration testing courtesy of Edmunds.com editors. Always obey the posted speed limit and drive responsibly. 


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