Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2017 Honda CR-V VS 2017 Hyundai Santa Near Katy, TX

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2017 Honda CR-V

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2017 Hyundai Santa

Safety Comparison

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the CR-V and the Santa Fe Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CR-V its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 54 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Santa Fe Sport is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 25 percent more Honda dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the CR-V’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 32 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 19th.

Engine Comparison

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 5 more horsepower (190 vs. 185) and 1 lbs.-ft. more torque (179 vs. 178) than the Santa Fe Sport’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the CR-V 1.5 turbo is faster than the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4 4 cyl.:

 

CR-V

Santa Fe Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

9.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

16.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

82.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V gets better fuel mileage than the Santa Fe Sport:

 

 

CR-V

Santa Fe Sport

 

2WD

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/32 hwy

21 city/27 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

1.5 Turbo/Auto

28 city/34 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

2.0T/Auto

 

 

n/a

20 city/27 hwy

2.0T Ultimate/Auto

4WD

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/31 hwy

20 city/26 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

1.5 Turbo/Auto

27 city/33 hwy

19 city/26 hwy

2.0T/Auto

 

 

n/a

19 city/24 hwy

2.0T Ultimate/Auto

The CR-V has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The CR-V stops much shorter than the Santa Fe Sport:

 

CR-V

Santa Fe Sport

 

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The CR-V Touring AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Santa Fe Sport pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The CR-V Touring AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Santa Fe Sport (27.9 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Honda CR-V may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 600 pounds less than the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.

The CR-V is 4.4 inches shorter than the Santa Fe Sport, making the CR-V easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the CR-V uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The CR-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Santa Fe Sport doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The CR-V has .5 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more rear headroom and 1 inch more rear legroom than the Santa Fe Sport.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Santa Fe Sport with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 35.4 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Santa Fe Sport with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 71.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

If the windows are left down on the CR-V the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Santa Fe Sport can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The CR-V Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Santa Fe Sport’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The CR-V’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Santa Fe Sport’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

Recommendations Comparison

The Honda CR-V outsold the Hyundai Santa Fe by almost three to one during the 2016 model year.

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