Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2018 Honda Odyssey VS 2017 Hyundai Santa Near Katy, TX

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2018 Honda Odyssey

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2017 Hyundai Santa

Safety Comparison

The Odyssey has a standard Whiplash Mitigation Front Seat Design, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Mitigation Front Seat Design system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

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

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 Odyssey’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The engine in the Odyssey has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the Santa Fe has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

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 Odyssey’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 252) than the Santa Fe’s 3.3 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Odyssey gets better fuel mileage than the Santa Fe FWD:




Santa Fe



3.5 V6 9-spd Auto

19 city/28 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

3.3 V6 Auto


3.5 V6 10-spd Auto

19 city/28 hwy

17 city/23 hwy

3.3 V6 Auto

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Odyssey’s fuel efficiency. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Odyssey Touring/Elite’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Santa Fe doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Odyssey 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 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Odyssey has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Odyssey’s wheelbase is 7.9 inches longer than on the Santa Fe (118.1 inches vs. 110.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Odyssey is 3.2 inches wider in the front and 2.7 inches wider in the rear than on the Santa Fe.

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Odyssey 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 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

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

Passenger Space Comparison

The Odyssey offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the Santa Fe can only carry 7.

The Odyssey has 17 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Santa Fe (163.6 vs. 146.6).

The Odyssey has .8 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more front hip room, 3.7 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, .5 inches more rear legroom, 9.4 inches more rear hip room, 3.3 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.6 inches more third row headroom, 7.2 inches more third row legroom, 4.3 inches more third row hip room and 6.1 inches more third row shoulder room than the Santa Fe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Odyssey’s cargo area provides more volume than the Santa Fe.



Santa Fe

Behind Third Seat

32.8 cubic feet

13.5 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

88.8 cubic feet

40.9 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

144.9 cubic feet

80 cubic feet

The Odyssey has a standard One-Motion Magic Seat third row seat, which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Santa Fe’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left down on the Odyssey the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Santa Fe can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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

When the Odyssey EX-L/Touring/Elite is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Santa Fe’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Odyssey Touring/Elite has a standard center folding armrest for the third row rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer a third row rear seat center armrest.

Recommendations Comparison

The Honda Odyssey outsold the Hyundai Santa Fe by 8% during 2015.

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