Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport VS 2017 Honda CR-V Near New Bern, NC

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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

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2017 Honda CR-V

Safety Comparison

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

The Santa Fe Sport offers an optional Multi-view Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The CR-V only offers a rear monitor.

Both the Santa Fe Sport and the CR-V 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.

Warranty Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport comes with a full 5-year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The CR-V’s 3-year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Santa Fe Sport 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Honda covers the CR-V. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the CR-V ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Santa Fe Sport’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the CR-V’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Santa Fe Sport’s reliability 32 points higher than the CR-V.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 3 places higher in reliability than Honda.

Engine Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 50 more horsepower (240 vs. 190) and 81 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 179) than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport has 3.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the CR-V (17.4 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Santa Fe Sport’s brake rotors are larger than those on the CR-V:


Santa Fe Sport


Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.1 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

10.2 inches

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


Santa Fe Sport



60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport 2.0T Ultimate’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T Ultimate has standard 19-inch wheels. The CR-V’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The CR-V’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Santa Fe Sport’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the CR-V (106.3 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Santa Fe Sport is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1 inch wider in the rear than the average track on the CR-V.

For better maneuverability, the Santa Fe Sport’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the CR-V’s (35.8 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Santa Fe Sport has 2.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CR-V (108 vs. 105.9).

The Santa Fe Sport has 1.6 inches more front hip room, 1.5 inches more front shoulder room, 5.9 inches more rear hip room and 2.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the CR-V.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Santa Fe Sport’s rear seats recline. The CR-V’s rear seats don’t recline.

Ergonomics Comparison

The power windows standard on both the Santa Fe Sport and the CR-V have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Santa Fe Sport is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The CR-V prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Santa Fe Sport’s standard front power windows lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The CR-V’s power windows’ passenger windows don’t open automatically.

The Santa Fe Sport’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The CR-V LX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

The Santa Fe Sport has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The CR-V has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the EX/EX-L/Touring.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Santa Fe Sport Ultimate offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The CR-V doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Both the Santa Fe Sport and the CR-V offer available heated front seats. The Santa Fe Sport also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the CR-V.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Santa Fe Sport keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The CR-V doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Santa Fe Sport’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The CR-V doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Santa Fe Sport owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Santa Fe Sport with a number “5” insurance rate while the CR-V is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Santa Fe Sport is less expensive to operate than the CR-V because typical repairs cost much less on the Santa Fe Sport than the CR-V, including $335 less for a starter, $28 less for fuel injection, $146 less for front struts and $48 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has won recognition from these important consumer publications:


Santa Fe Sport


Consumer Reports® Recommends



Car Book “Best Bet”



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