|The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Ultimate.|
|2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Ultimate AWD.|
Both, in top-of-the-line trim, come loaded (click here for a list of the Santa Fe Limited Ultimate's features), but equipped identically, the Santa Fe Limited Ultimate AWD is $2,400 less than the Sorento SXL AWD V6.
|2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate AWD interior.|
|Folsom to Lake Tahoe, Truckee, around the lake and home (Source: Google Maps)|
What kept running through my mind that day was how much more....American....the Santa Fe felt than the Sorento. And that's not a criticism of the Sorento or the Santa Fe. It's just that if I were buying, I'd cross-shop the Santa Fe against the Chevy Traverse and the Ford Explorer, but I'd compare the Sorento to the Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander.
Which would I choose? Tough call. The Kia puts the extra $2,400 into nicer cabin surroundings. It feels like a more premium piece. On the other hand, $2,400 buys (as of this writing) one thousand gallons of gas, which at the combined average of 19 miles per gallon and figuring 15,000 miles per year, works out to a little over a year and four months' worth. I'd love to tell you that'd be an easy, logical call for me. But the truth is, I'd wrestle with that one. Sixteen months of free gas versus how the vehicle (Sorento or Santa Fe) made me feel over a four-year long and possibly longer span of ownership.
I'll get back to you on that one.