Today, we’re taking the 2019 Honda CR-V in Katy and comparing it to another popular competitor, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe. These two vehicles have their own impressive specs and features to boast about, but we’re here to tell you why Honda is the best choice.
Efficiency in handling and acceleration are critical features of any chassis to ensure a pleasant driving experience. The CR-V’s body can range from 300 to 850 pounds less than the Santa Fe and is 7.2 inches shorter, making parking in tight spaces a breeze. When looking at the vehicle’s aerodynamics, you’ll find that the standard flush composite headlights on the Honda help reduce drag while the Hyundai’s recessed headlights spoil the aerodynamics. Another feature to reduce drag on the CR-V is the electronically controlled shutters that close off airflow when less engine cooling is necessary. This can help improve highway fuel economy as well, but unfortunately, the Santa Fe doesn’t offer active grille shutters, and the following graph will show you why you’re going to need as much help as possible when it comes to fuel efficiency.
With fuel economy and range, every little extra feature can help you maintain great MPG for fewer fuel stops. Like we mentioned earlier, the CR-V has these additional features to improve fuel economy, but even if it didn’t, you would still get more band for your buck than if you chose the Santa Fe:
|FWD||2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.||26 city/32 hwy*||22 city/29 hwy*|
|AWD||2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.||25 city/31 hwy*||21 city/27 hwy*|
This Honda also has a standard cap-less fueling system which can automatically open and close when the fuel nozzle is inserted or removed. This completely eliminates the need to mess with a fuel cap while also reducing fuel evaporation that causes pollution.
We know that when you’re looking at SUV’s, that means you need more space than the average vehicle. Without looking like a behemoth, the CR-V has a much more significant cargo capacity than its competitor. With the rear seat up, you’ll have 39.2 cubic feet of space to work with versus the Santa Fe’s 35.9 cubic feet. When you fold down that back seat, the volume increases to 75.8 cubic feet; still 4.5 more cubic feet of space than the Hyundai. When loading all of your gear into the back, the low lift-over hatch makes it easier to do so because the height is 26 inches (vs. 31.2 inches)
Now that you know the Santa Fe isn’t that impressive check out our website for more specs on the 2019 Honda CR-V in Katy. Or if you’re ready to test-drive, visit us at Honda Cars of Katy this weekend! We’ll see you soon!
*Based on 2012-2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition, and other factors.