2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Calligraphy AWD Vs. Mitsubishi Outlander SEL Launch

 
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The Outlander vs. Santa Fe battle is underway, and size as you've never seen it before is about to blow your mind. Step into the ring with these two hefty haulers and see which SUV is meant to be. If you have a family who loves to attack the weekend with trips to national parks, beachside waves, away games, stories around the campfire, and more, get a car that's up for all the challenges.

Mitsubishi Outlander vs. Hyundai Santa Fe

In both the Outlander vs. Santa Fe, you'll find size delivered with style, excellent per-pound fuel efficiency, and the ability to pack up all kinds of massive motorized watercraft or trailers and tow them wherever you want to go. These sumo wrestler SUVs are built for many battles with the roads ahead, no matter the terrain or weather of the opponent staring back at them. They're available in a myriad of exterior colors, have plenty of legroom and headroom for all of your most precious passengers' growing limbs, and contain up-to-date technology that will keep everyone happy, no matter which row they're in. So, which heavy hauler is ready to rock in your garage next? Read through our no-stones-left-unturned guide to the Outlander vs. Santa Fe and head to a dealer near you to see who's emerged victorious: Hyundai vs. Mitsubishi.

Select Your Sedan

When it comes to pricing and trims, the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander takes the lead among all Hyundai Santa Fe competitors. As you can see in the chart below, the 2022 Outlander enters with a lower-priced base model and offers their most premium trim at a lower price point as well. Enjoy the Outlander 2.5 ES for a starting price of $25,795 MSRP,1 while the base model of the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe enters with a starting point of $27,000 MSRP. 2 The top-level 2.5 SEL Launch Edition of the Mitsubishi Outlander comes with Amazon Echo Auto™, six months of Amazon Prime Music™, premium leather seating throughout the cabin, and a heads-up display that brings all the most crucial information to your eyes easily. All these features are available for a starting price of $35,245 MSRP.1 Hyundai's top model has similar Nappa leather seating and a premium finish grille on the Santa Fe Calligraphy 2.5T AWD with 19-inch wheels, which will run you a starting price of $42,250.2

2021 Santa Fe
Price, base: SE $27,000
SEL $28,800
Limited $38,750
Calligraphy $40,750
Calligraphy AWD $42,250
2022 Outlander
Price, base: 2.5 ES $25,795
2.5 SE $28,845
2.5 SEL $31,945
2.5 SE Launch Edition $29,995
2.5 SEL Launch Edition $35,345

As the price comparison chart shows, the Outlander is out in front when it comes to starting price points.

The Strongman of SUVs

Both of these beefy SUVs can take more family fun than you can even fit in their cabins. When comparing similar trim levels like the 2021 Santa Fe Calligraphy AWD and 2022 Outlander SEL Launch, you'll notice they have the same towing capacity of 2,000 lbs.3 The 2022 Outlander has an available towing package that pairs with its standard 2,000-lb.3 towing capacity to help you take bikes, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, ATVs, a general-purpose trailer, or even a small fishing boat along for the ride. The Class II Towing Package includes a tow hitch for your heavier tasks, a wiring harness, a ball mount with a two-inch ball, and a protective cover for the receiver to get the most out of your Outlander.

2021 Santa Fe Calligraphy AWD 2022 Outlander SEL Launch
Engine: 2.5L Turbocharged GDI/MPI 4-cylinder 2.5L DOHC 4-Cylinder Direct Injection
Horsepower: 281 hp 181 hp
0-60: 8.9 seconds 8.5 seconds
Torque: 311 ft. lb. 181 ft. lb.
Drivetrain: AWD 4WD
Towing Capacity: 2,000 lbs. 2,000 lbs.

Who's the Biggest?

Both SUVs sport three rows and plenty of room to stretch out or stack countless suitcases. Seeing which SUV measures up best is really about what you want to get out of the increased size in your SUV. Enjoy luxury comforts inside the Outlander, which seats up to seven in leather-cushioned seats and even adjusts by memory to the driver's specifications as soon as you sit down up front. Triple-zone climate control and a rear-seat heater mean everyone can queue up the environment of their choice, and vibration reduction means that even the bumpiest dirt roads or cobblestone streets aren't much less smooth than your normal effortless glide. 33.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back seats is easily loaded through an extended door frame, so you can stack suitcases to the ceiling or even fold down the seats and slide in large pieces of furniture.

Which SUV has more seating and cargo capacity?

The Outlander seats seven passengers, and the Santa Fe seats only five. The Outlander also provides more cubic inches of passenger volume across the board than the Santa Fe. The Santa Fe leaves you less room to stretch out with just 111.5 cubic feet of passenger volume. However, it has just a little bit more cargo room, as you might expect, with 36.4 cubic inches behind the rear seats and 72.1 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the adjustable front seats.

2021 Santa Fe Calligraphy AWD 2022 Outlander SEL Launch
# of seats: 5 7
Cargo Capacity: 36.4 cu. ft. 33.5 cu. ft.
Length: 188" 185"
Width: 74" 74"
Ground Clearance: 8.2" 8.4"
Passenger Volume: 111.5 cu. ft. 120.8 cu. ft.

Fuel Economy

Again, speaking specifically to these similar trims, the Outlander edges out another formidable opponent on the scorecards. The Mitsubishi Outlander SEL Launch runs at an EPA-estimated4 24/30/26 miles per gallon in the city, highway, and combined. The Santa Fe Calligraphy AWD runs at a slightly less impressive clip of an EPA-estimated4 21/24/28 miles per gallon in the city, highway, and combined.

Which vehicle has the best warranty?

When it comes to warranty, both SUVs are made to please. On the Hyundai Santa Fe, enjoy a ten-year/100,000-mile warranty on your powertrain, a five-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty that comes with every new car, and a seven-year/unlimited-mile anti-perforation warranty. The powertrain warranty on the Mitsubishi Outlander also covers ten years and 100,000 miles and anti-perforation/new vehicle limited warranties of similar lengths. You can't go wrong in the warranty department.

Your Next SUV

Come find the big car that's right for you and your budding band of memory makers. A host of Outlander lease and finance deals are warmed up and ready to go. Come test drive one today and find out which large SUV between the Outlander vs. Santa Fe will take charge of your family's next favorite weekend getaway.

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Disclosure: 1 Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Excludes destination/handling, tax, title, license etc. Retailer price, terms and vehicle availability may vary. See your Mitsubishi retailer for details.

2 MSRP excludes freight charges, tax, title, and license fees. Freight charges and actual dealer prices may vary. Vehicles displayed may contain optional equipment at additional cost. Accessory items shown may vary according to model and illustration.

3 Towing capability varies by configuration. See the towing guide in the Owner's Manual for proper use and additional information.

4 EPA estimates for comparison. Your actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and vehicle's condition. Some accessories are not available on some models. While the information contained in this website was correct at time of publishing, specifications and equipment can change. Hyundai reserves the right to change product specifications and equipment at any time without incurring obligations. Some vehicles are shown with optional equipment. Specifications apply to U.S. vehicles only. Please contact your Hyundai dealer for current vehicle specifications.

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