2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander v Mazda CX-8 GT comparison

In the battle of plush seven-seat SUVs, can the modern and well-equipped Hyundai Santa Fe win the day, or does the spacious and plush Mazda CX-8 reign supreme?


There’s seemly no shortage of options when it comes to large, seven-seat, family SUVs. For rural buyers, those who tow and tour, or perhaps just those that like a little lazy diesel torque, options are more limited.

We’ve brought together the 2021 Mazda CX-8 GT and 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander, both with 2.2-litre engines and all-wheel drive, to see which of these two versatile and comfortable high-grade SUVs offers the best space and value.

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2021 Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport 2WD v Toyota RAV4 GXL Hybrid comparison
2021 Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport 2WD v Toyota RAV4 GXL Hybrid

It's the heavyweight showdown between the two best-selling medium SUVs in Australia. Can Mazda dethrone the incumbent champion from Toyota? Read more

All 2022 Mazda SUVs Will Come Only with AWD
2022 mazda cx 5

The updated 2022 CX-5 is the first to drop its FWD variant, and the CX-9 three-row SUV and CX-30 subcompact Read more

Mazda Motorcycle History Revealed: What Might Have Been
Mazda Motorcycle

You’re undoubtedly familiar with Mazda cars. Most Americans became well-acquainted with Mazda in the early 1970s when the RX-3 s Read more

2022 Mazda CX-5 gets standard AWD and crucial mechanical updates
2022 Mazda CX-5

The 2022 Mazda CX-5 is getting standard AWD across all trim levels. Mazda’s i-Activ all-wheel-drive system is a fully automatic Read more

The Subaru Effect: Mazda Making AWD Standard On Every Crossover
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Mazda has several important novelties for the 2022 model year in the United States. In addition to the refreshed 2022 Read more

2022 Mazda CX-5 Rendered In High-Res After Grainy Images Emerge
Mazda CX-5 2022

If you were hoping that the next-generation Mazda CX-5 will debut with huge changes for the 2022 model year, prepare Read more

2022 Mazda CX-5 Revealed With Updated Design, Standard All-Wheel Drive
2022 Mazda CX-5

The 2022 Mazda CX-5 made an early debut a few days ago in China when images of the local version Read more

2022 Mazda CX-5 Adds Smoother Styling and Standard All-Wheel Drive
2022 Mazda CX-5

The best-selling Mazda in America benefits from massaged visuals, various refinements, and now only comes with AWD. Adding to a Read more

2022 Mazda CX-3 updated with new colour, revised safety
2022 Mazda CX-3

Mazda's entry-level SUV picks up minor aesthetic and safety updates for the new model year. The 2022 Mazda CX-3 'light' Read more

2022 Mazda CX-5 Refresh Allegedly Leaked By Chinese Government
2022 Mazda CX-5

We haven't heard or seen much about Mazda's mid-range CX-5 SUV. Earlier this year sketchy spy shots surfaced showing just Read more

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata review
2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata

What can I say about the Mazda MX-5 Miata that hasn't been said before? It's the best-selling two-seat sports car Read more

2022 Mazda CX-5 facelift leaked in China
2022 Mazda CX-5

An update for Mazda's popular mid-size SUV has leaked in China, ahead of a rumoured Japanese launch later this year. Read more